Projecting the 2013 NFL All Rookie Team
With the preseason in the books and the depth charts taking shape for the 2013 season we are starting to get an idea of what to expect out of the top rookies in 2013. Below is a quick look at our predictions for the 2013 NFL All Rookie Team. Offensive Team | Defensive Team
EJ Manuel, Bills
This is really a toss-up between Manuel and Geno Smith. While I think they will both have their share of ups and downs throughout the year. Manuel looked more poised and ready to lead an NFL team in the preseason.
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
This is a tough one, I think this will come down to Bernard or Eddie Lacy of the Packers. Bernard gets the early edge due to his explosiveness, I think he will touch the ball a ton in his rookie year and pile up stats on a weekly basis in the Bengals offense.
Kenbrell Thompkins, New England Patriots
Thompkins couldn’t be walking into a better situation as a rookie. He will enter the season as one of Tom Brady’s top targets and has a legit shot to put up 70+ catches as a rookie.
Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
Austin will be looked upon to be one of the Rams top offensive weapons week 1. Look for him to put up big plays and numbers in a variety of ways.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
Patterson flashed his big play ability during the preseason and looks more NFL ready than some had thought. While I predict an up and down year for Patterson, I see more ups than downs.
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
Eifert is the best overall rookie tight end and even though he will be sharing time with Gresham he should see quite a few targets.
Eric Fischer, Kansas City & Luke Joeckel Jacksonville Jaguars
No surprise the top 2 tackles are on this preseason team. Each goes into a pretty good situation where each could very well start out on the right side. Each will have ups and downs but with each having a season vet to help them along Fisher and Jockel should be the top 2 tackles in 2013.
Chance Warmack, Tennessee Titans & Kyle Long, Chicago Bears
Both have shown in preseason why they were each selected in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Both of these guys could push for a pro-bowl berth in their first season in the league.
Dion Jordan, Miami Dolphins
Jordan is a little dinged up to start the season, so the Phins will work him in slowly. By mid season he should be ready to roll and the sacks will stark piling up. Jordan will benefit from having Jared Odrick and Cameron Wake on the same line.
Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions
Ansah already got the Lions faithful excited when he showed off his raw talent in the Preseason with a sensational pick 6 against Mark Sanchez and the Lions. He is getting over a concussion, but the team hopes he’s good to go by week 1.
Sharrif Floyd, Minnesota Vikings
Floyd shined in his first preseason game, pressuring the qb and swatting down a pass. He did suffer a minor injury so his play since then has been sparse. Fellow linemate Kevin Williams is hurt with a knee injury so Floyd should see plenty of reps early.
Star Lotulelei, Carolina Panthers
The Panthers looked to have landed a steal when they got Star with the 14th pick. He had a solid preseason racking up numerous tackles and has shown the ability to get after the quarterback too.
Sio Moore, Oakland Raiders
Moore has earned a starting job in Oakland and should rack up impressive numbers. He may miss a game or two as he heals from a toe injury, but he’ll waste little time catching up in the tackles race.
John Bostic, Chicago Bears
Bostic steps in for Brian Urlacher in the middle of the Bears defense and could have a very high number of tackles this year. He’s already shown great ability and leadership, and has some bruising hits under his belt.
Jarvis Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers
Jones showed in preseason games that no matter what his Combine numbers said, he has the ability to be an elite pass rusher. Jones has a knack for finding the ball and appears to be fully recovered and ready to go after a scary chest injury.
Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals
Mathieu has impressed the Cardinals coaching staff with his play this preseason. Many have already called him the steal of the draft, but it’s unsure whether the team will use him at corner, safety, or both.
Johnthan Banks, Tampa Bay Bucs
Banks will be starting in the Bucs secondary opposite Darrelle Revis this season. He will be tested early and often, so he should be able to rack up some pretty nice numbers from opening day.
Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers
Reid has been named a starter for the 49ers and will get plenty of chances to rake in the tackles and make some impact plays. He has the benefit of being part of a great defense, and will benefit from all the talent surrounding him.
John Cyprien, Jacksonville Jaguars
Cyprien flashed in camp, but then was injured and has had trouble staying on the field since then. The Jags will start him when healthy and will want him to get as much experience as possible in what is by all accounts going to be a long season in Jacksonville. Cyprien will put up great numbers as he has the ability and talent to shine in coverage as well as defending the run.
Caleb Sturgis, Dolphins
Jeff Locke, Minnesota Vikings