DraftSeason’s NFL Rookie Team
It is that time of year again to name DraftSeason’s official NFL All Rookie teams. A few positions are complete no-brainers while others took quite a bit of back and forth before pulling the trigger. While you will see some early round picks below, you’ll also notice a few steals that came out of the 2012 NFL Draft. Offense | Defense | Special Teams
All Rookie Offensive Team
Quarterback – Andrew Luck (Colts)
Analysis: In an unbelievable class of rookie quarterbacks Luck gets the edge. He is setting rookie records with possibly the worst team out of the bunch. Easily the toughest position to pick the top player, all are more than deservering.
Running Backs – Doug Martin (Bucs), Alfred Morris (Redskins)
Analysis: Hard to believe Trent Richardson doesn’t make the cut, but Martin and Morris were clearly the top dogs as far as rookie runners go. Both have instantly improved their teams and look to be some of the best backs in the league in the coming years.
Wide Receivers – Josh Gordon (Browns), Justin Blackmon (Jaguars)
Analysis: Very solid year for the rookie receiving class. Even though both of these guys have less than stellar quarterbacks, each managed to put up solid numbers and help improve their lowly passing games.
Tight End – Dwayne Allen (Colts)
Analysis: Allen took advantage of an injury riddled year by fellow rookie Fleener. With 40+ catches to go along with 500+ yards, Allen easily takes the cake as the best rookie tight end.
Offensive Tackles – Matt Kalil (Vikings), Cordy Glenn (Bills)
Analysis: These guys are the real deal. I wouldn’t be shocked if both of these players are in the probowl in their second year. Both look like 5 year vets and have solidified a position on their respective teams for the next 7-10 years.
Guards – Kevin Zeitler (Bengals), Amini Silatolu (Panthers)
Analysis: All will agree the guard position is one of the unsexiest positions, but these two brutes both helped improve their teams o-line and both have started since week 1
Center – Peter Konz (Falcons)
Analysis: Not a true center in the class. Konz gets the nod just because he was one of the best rookie guards in the league, and has the ability to play the center position.
All Rookie Defensive Team
Defensive Ends – Bruce Irvin (Seahawks), Chandler Jones (Patriots)
Analysis: Both Irvin and Jones were seen as somewhat risky picks last April. Both have silenced doubters with huge rookie years. Each have proven to be able to get to the quarterback and both have proven to be someone a defense can build around.
Defensive Tackles – Michael Brockers (Rams), Fletcher Cox (Eagles)
Analysis: This is another position with many rookie contributors. Brockers has come on and has looked like an all out beast, and Cox has been just as advertised, a run stuffer who can get his big body into the offensive backfield.
Linebackers – Luke Kuechly (Panthers), Lavonte David (Bucs), Bobby Wagner (Seahawks)
Analysis: All three of these guys are in the top 10 for total tackles in the entire NFL (Kuechly is #1). Not only are each of these guys tackling machines but they are full blown game changers, proving to be able to get to the QB and force turnovers.
Cornerbacks – Casey Hayward (Packers), Janoris Jenkins (Rams)
Analysis: This was a tough one, many corners stepped up as rookies but Hayward and Jenkins get the nod. Both were 2nd round picks, but have more than proven they were well worth a first round selection last April.
Safeties – Harrison Smith (Vikings), Mark Barron (Bucs)
Analysis: Smith and Barron have both made immediate impacts on teams that had very questionable secondaries. Both are game changers and will be linked for years to come.
All Rookie Special Teams
Kicker – Blair Walsh (Vikings)
Analysis: Walsh had one of the best rookie years a kicker has EVER had. Walsh looks to be a complete steal and could be representing the NFC in the probowl for many years to come.
Punter – Bryan Anger (Jaguars)
Analysis: I was one of the people scratching their heads when Anger went in round 3. But he has proven many wrong, in only his rookie season he is already a top 5 kicker, averaging over 47 yds per punt.
Returnman – David Wilson (Giants)
Analysis: Averaging over 26 yards per return along with a touchdown, Wilson has been one of the best in the league.