NFL Rookie of the Year Candidates

October 9, 2012

Football, NFL, User Submissions

While it is still relatively early in the season there has been time enough to see which rookie players are rising to the challenges of the National Football League. Being thrown into the mix with more athleticism, new rules, and bigger stadiums is a daunting task, but some of the big names coming out of the NFL draft have proved their merit, while other players have done much better than expected.

Robert Griffin III:
Quarterback, Washington Redskins

RGIII not only has one of the coolest names/nicknames in the NFL, but also one of the coolest games for any player in the NFL, let alone a rookie. The all-star player made a name for himself at Baylor University after a monster season last year where he threw for almost 4300 yards and rushed for 700. His play making ability with his arm or his legs makes defending him extremely difficult and has transitioned perfectly to the NFL where, in his first game, the Redskins upset the Saints. Griffin also tied the Redskins’ franchise record of rushing touchdowns by a quarterback by the fourth week.

 Andrew Luck:
Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts

RG3 and Andrew Luck are destined to be compared and contrasted against each other; probably for their entire careers. The two were 1st and 2nd first round picks with Luck going to the Colts and RG3 to the Redskins. So far Luck is trailing behind RG3 in yards, QB rating, and touchdown-interception ratio, but there is a strong case that Luck does not have the offensive weapons that RG3 has. Luck is an admirable quarterback and will certainly have a long career in the NFL, even if he has taken longer to settle in that RG3.


Alfred Morris:

Running Back, Washington Redskins

Another potential for the Redskins; Morris did not have much hype around him when he was drafted in the 6th round. Morris played for Florida Atlantic in his college career, which had a dismal performance last year when they went 1-11. No one was expecting Morris to have the year he is having, and he is doing it quietly underneath the hype that his quarterback is creating. So far Morris has rushed for 376 yards with an average of 4.6 yards per carry. This puts him 5th overall for running backs and his consistency from the start of the season is shaping up for him to have a very good season.

Blair Walsh:
Kicker, Minnesota Vikings

While it is unlikely that a kicker will get the rookie of the year award, Blair Walsh still deserves an honorable mention. In his debut appearance for the Minnesota Vikings, Walsh kicked a 55 yard field goal to send the game into overtime, and then kicked a 38 yarder to win the game. So far he is 9/10 for the season, and he has completed at least a 50 yard field goal in every game. Walsh has played a vital role for the Vikings and looks set to continue to perform.

There are many other rookies who are setting up to have a great year as well. Miami Dolphins’ quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, and Cleveland Browns quarterback, Brandon Weeden, both had surprisingly good games even though their teams lost. New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden had a huge game in week four when he ran for 137 yards and a touchdown. It is always exciting to see rookies step up and rise to the challenge, especially when they have a chance to turn a team and franchise around like RGIII and Luck have potential to do.

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Jerome Manson is a sports enthusiast who enjoys both watching games and writing about them. When he is not cheering on his team from the stands, Jerome is blogging about The NFL for

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