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View Poll Results: Who will win DEFENSIVE Rookie of the Year?

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  • DB Tyran Mathieu, ARZ

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  • LB Kiko Alonso, BUF

    6 30.00%
  • DE Sheldon Richardson, NYJ

    11 55.00%
  • DT Star Lotulelei, CAR

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  • S Eric Reid, SF

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    Who will win DEFENSIVE Rookie of the Year?

    Defensive Rookie of the Year:

    1. Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals defensive back: What's amazing about Mathieu is that he's already one of the NFL's most versatile and well-rounded defensive backs, playing safety in base packages and switching to cornerback in nickel and dime packages. I haven't seen a single cornerback who can match the third-round rookie in run support or blitzing.


    Mathieu has also shown a knack for big plays, punching the ball out of Jared Cook's hands on a would-be long touchdown and tackling Nate Burleson short of the sticks on a potential game-winning drive. The Honey Badger is a key chess piece in Todd Bowles' defense, which rivals Seattle's for the No. 1 spot in Football Outsiders metrics.

    2. Kiko Alonso, Buffalo Bills linebacker: After watching Alonso dominate for the first three months of his career, it's hard to believe a player of his obvious athletic gifts lasted to the middle of the second round. Alonso ranks among the inside linebacker leaders in tackles, quarterback hurries, opponents' passer rating and yards allowed per reception. The Bills suddenly have an intriguing defensive nucleus under coordinator Mike Pettine.

    3. Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets defensive end: Richardson has teamed with Muhammad Wilkerson and Damon "Big Snacks" Harrison for a "Sons of Anarchy" trio that has emerged as the NFL's most dominant defensive line. While it's fair to knock general manager John Idzik for drafting Dee Milliner and Geno Smith, it's already evident that the Richardson pick was a home run. Outside of J.J. Watt, there isn't a better run-stuffing defensive end.

    4. Star Lotulelei, Carolina Panthers defensive tackle: Lotulelei's run-stop percentage (13.5) ranks first among all NFL defensive tackles, according to Pro Football Focus. The interior pressure from Lotulelei and second-round pick Kawann Short have freed up Carolina's Pro Bowl-caliber defensive ends and linebackers to make plays on the league's No. 1 defense. Check out Lotulelei's strength in the Vine clip below.


    5. Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers safety: Despite an early-season injury to Patrick Willis and a month-long walkabout from Aldon Smith, the 49ers have been the stingiest defense in the league since Week 4. Reid deserves a lot of credit for that turnaround. His range, impact hits and ball skills stand out in a strong rookie safety class. The only concern is that he's already sustained two concussion and was shaken up again on a collision last week.
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap200...of-top-rookies

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    Richardson

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    I love Reid this year, Alonso and Mathieu as well, hard to argue against SRich tho.


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    If it's not Richardson the award is a joke. Alonso started off the year amazingly but has fallen off a bit.

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    Anyone else feeling this last rookie class is weak? Maybe it's just from last year having RG3/Luck/Wilson/Wagner/Kuechly come into the league, but it seems weaker than usual for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ztilzer31 View Post
    Anyone else feeling this last rookie class is weak? Maybe it's just from last year having RG3/Luck/Wilson/Wagner/Kuechly come into the league, but it seems weaker than usual for some reason.
    This class has had plenty of good players, they're not not at exciting positions. Larry Warford has been a beast this year but he's a guard. Sheldon Richardson and Lotulelei have been amazing this year but they're defensive linemen (and not of the pass rushing variety).

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    Lotulelei is incredibly underrated in this race. A lot of his success and blocking attention doesn't get translated into stats.

    ....but yeah, hard to argue against Richardson.

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    Eric Reid. He's the only rookie DB in the NFL that hasn't surrendered a touchdown or been flagged once this season.

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    Richardson: 70 tackles (rank: #85) (38 solo), 3.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 INTs.
    Alonso: 137 tackles (rank: #3) (78 solo), 2 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 INTs.
    Mathieu: 68 tackles (rank: #91) (65 solo), 1 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 2 INTs.
    Lotulelei: 38 tackles (rank: #286) (28 solo), 2 sacks, 8 tackles for loss, 0 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 INTs.
    Reid: 64 tackles (rank: #105) (51 solo), 0 sacks, 0 tackles for loss, 0 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 INTs

    Really hard to name anyone other than Alonso based on stats. The only categories he isn't leading are sacks and tackles for loss, by 1.5 sack and 2 tackles for loss.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullseyed View Post
    Richardson: 70 tackles (rank: #85) (38 solo), 3.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 INTs.
    Alonso: 137 tackles (rank: #3) (78 solo), 2 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 INTs.
    Mathieu: 68 tackles (rank: #91) (65 solo), 1 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 2 INTs.
    Lotulelei: 38 tackles (rank: #286) (28 solo), 2 sacks, 8 tackles for loss, 0 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 INTs.
    Reid: 64 tackles (rank: #105) (51 solo), 0 sacks, 0 tackles for loss, 0 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 INTs

    Really hard to name anyone other than Alonso based on stats. The only categories he isn't leading are sacks and tackles for loss, by 1.5 sack and 2 tackles for loss.
    How can you compare they play all different positions? He should have the most tackles by far that is what LB's do.

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    nobody cares.

    off the top of your head can you name the last 5 Defensive ROY's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetsguy View Post
    How can you compare they play all different positions? He should have the most tackles by far that is what LB's do.
    That's why I listed more than just tackles. He's got as many INTs as a safety and nearly as many sacks as a defensive end. Shrug.

    With the Jets at a -19 turnover differential you could argue that Richardson has had more opportunities to make plays if you want to dig really deep on it. The Bills are +1, Cardinals are +3, Panthers are +11 and 49ers are +8.

    I suppose we could also go the other way and compare individual stats versus team stats. For example, Buffalo has 758 total solo tackles (#2) while the Jets have only 594 solo tackles (#32). 78/758 = 10.29%, 38/594 = 6.40%. Buffalo has 43.0 sacks (#4) while the Jets have 47.0 sacks (#2). 2/43 = 4.65%, 3.5/47 = 7.45%. That gets a bit tedious though.
    Last edited by Bullseyed; 12-19-2013 at 04:10 PM.


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    Before the season started I picked Star for DROY
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    I was soooo pissed when he fell to OAK and they took DJ Hayden instead

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