Much to Early Look at the Preseason 2013 NFL All-Rookie Team
Sure it is only June, but we have to do something to pass the time until the NFL football season gets underway. I have gone through each and every rookie and the situation they are going into and have come up with the 2013 Pre-Preseason NFL All-Rookie Team. Check out each position below and who I think will be the top players at each. Offensive Team | Defensive Team
EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills
Manuel is somewhat defaulted as the starting quarterback as he is the only real rookie that has a legitimate shot at starting week 1 and possibly the entire season. While I expect a real up and down rookie year, look for Manuel to show flashes and quite a few haters on who bashed the Bills for taking him so early (myself included).
** Keep an eye on Tyler Wilson of the Raiders
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell will have every opportunity to be the Steelers feature back as a rookie. Pittsburgh has made it clear they drafted the Michigan St. star to come in and start week 1. If Bell manages to hold down the job throughout the year a 1,000 yard season isn’t out of the question year 1. The other top backs will be solid, but most are in a shared backfield scenario.
** Keep an eye on Eddie Lacy of the Packers
Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
I think Austin steps right in and nabs a handful of catches as a rookie. Bradford will be looking to get Austin many looks day 1. Add that to his ability to make plays out of the backfield and we should see quite the playmaking ability from the little guy.
** Keep an eye on Cordarrelle Patterson of the Vikings
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Hopkins goes into a perfect situation lining up opposite Andre Johnson year 1. With defenses keying in on Johnson and Foster Hopkins should get plenty of opportunities to make plays and pad his stats as a rookie
Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots
Dobson can thank Tom Brady for this. Dobson could very well be starting at receiver for the Pats week 1. Which immediately makes him one of Brady’s top targets, while he didn’t put up eye popping numbers in college Dobson could end up being one of the bigger rookie names in 2013.
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz gets the nod over Eifert due to not having to share the wealth with Gresham. The Eagles look to use Ertz as one of their top targets early in this big mans NFL career. Regardless of who ends up playing quarterback for Philly, Ertz will be a large part of the offense.
** Keep an eye on Tyler Eifert of the Bengals
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.
** Keep an eye on DJ Fluker of the Chargers
Chance Warmack, Tennessee Titans & Jonathan Cooper Arizona Cardinals
These 2 big men each went to a team that was in desperate need of a guard. Both of these guys instantly became the face of their respective offensive lines and will help each sputtering run game. Also look for Warford to make a legit run to knock one of these guys the top.
** Keep an eye on Larry Warford of the Lions
Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
While this pick still completely boggles my mind, the fact is Frederick very well could be the best center in the class. Very smart and safe player who (hopefully for Cowboy fans) will start week 1 and could be the Center for the Boys for the next 8 years.
** Keep an eye on Brian Schwenke of the Titans
Datone Jones, Green Bay Packers
Jones was one of my favorite fit picks in 2013. He fits the Packers defense to a “T”. Look for Jones to be cemented in as the starting defensive end as a rookie and have some solid production. Very aggressive player with perfect size and strength to make a big impact year 1.
** Keep an eye on Tank Carradine of the 49ers
Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions
Ansah very well could have the most pressure out of the 2013 defensive class. Looked at as a raw player with tons of upside Lion fans will be looking for production early in 2013. While I see a few bumps in the road for the raw rookie I also see some solid numbers and freakish plays in his rookie year.
Sharrif Floyd, Minnesota Vikings
Floyd is looked at by many as the early front runner for steal of the draft. Enters a perfect situation as he will be plopped into one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. Game changer that should see the field early and often as a rookie.
** Keep an eye on John Jenkins of the Saints
Star Lotulelei, Carolina Panthers
The Panthers shocked nobody when they went defensive tackle in round 1. Lotulelei is the real deal and will instantly upgrade the Panthers brutal defensive middle. While he might not have eye popping numbers as a rookie he will instantly help the overall defense and make his presents felt.
Bjoern Werner, Indianapolis Colts
Werner’s never ending motor and aggressiveness will lead to a handful of big plays as a rookie. He will be asked to lineup outside and could have a chance to put up a good sized sack number as a rookie.
** Keep an eye on Jarvis Jones
Manti Te’o, San Diego Chargers
Early reviews of Te’o have been solid so far during his young career. I think Te’o will go into the season with a large chip on his shoulder and be out to prove doubters he was worth a top 20 pick.
Barkevious Mingo, Cleveland Browns
The Browns have an up and coming defense and Mingo will be the icing on the cake adding another needed pass rusher. Mingo is another player seen as a raw physical freak, if he can pull it together early in his rookie campaign he could have a shot to be the defensive rookie of the year.
Desmond Trufant CB, Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons lost their two top corners to free agency which will boost Trufant into the starting lineup week 1. Trufant not only has great athleticism but also a good head on his shoulders which will help his ability to have an impact year 1.
** Keep an eye on Dee Milliner
Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota Vikings
Like Trufant Rhodes will also most likely be inserted into the starting lineup week 1. Big physical corner who will need to transition quickly as he will have the tough task of going up against the NFC North receivers.
Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans Saints
The Saints will be transitioning their defense in 2013 and Vaccaro will be a large part of that movement. Being able to play under aggressive defensive coordinator Rob Ryan should help boost his ability as a rookie. Vaccaro’s playmaking ability will help the Saints tough to watch secondary.
** Keep an eye on Eric Reid of the 49ers
Matt Elam, Baltimore Ravens
Elam has already opened a few eyes at Baltimore’s rookie camps and has the swagger to be a big time playmaker. While replacing Ed Reed most likely isn’t in the cards, he should at least have a big impact as a rookie starter and help ease pain for Raven fans.
Caleb Sturgis, Dolphins
Jeff Locke, Minnesota Vikings