Always fun to predict the All-Rookie team before the season has even began. This year is a little different from years past, we see a handful of mid rounders make the list, guys like Prescott/Sharpe on the offensive side of the ball, along with Washington/Martinez on the defensive side of the ball. Be sure to rip us apart if you don’t see your teams favorite rookie on the team and check back mid-season to see how we did.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
With Romo injured, Prescott steps in week 1 and becomes the starter. Prescott lit up opposing defenses in the preseason but look for him to come back to earth …. quickly. While he will be sure to continue to show flashes, I expect some growing pains early and often. That said, he has a legit shot at being the best rookie quarterback on the field come 2016.
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
With talent like the guys listed above these 2 choices were actually pretty easy. Elliot will be looked at to carry the load in Dally, and Henry will get plenty of carries himself while splitting time with Demarco Murray in Tennessee. Look for these guys to be 1 and 2 when it comes to rookie rushing yards at the end of the season.
Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee Titans
No Coleman or Treadwell on this list ….. Shepard and Sharpe are set to start week 1 and will no doubt see a handful of balls thrown their way in their rookie campaign. It isn’t complete silly talk to see both of these guys top the 60+ receptions and possibly crack the 1,000 yard mark.
Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers
Henry enters a pretty great situation …. not only does he get to play with a gun slinging quarterback in Rivers but Henry gets to learn and play with one of the best tight ends to ever play the game.
Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore Ravens
Jack Conklin, Tennessee Titans
I would be damn near flabbergasted if these two aren’t on the All-Rookie team at the end of the season. B0th will be stepping in as day 1 starters and have gotten rave reviews throughout the preseason. Not only will these be the best 2 offensive tackle rookies, but they cold be some of the best tackles period in only a handful of years.
Laremy Tunsil, Miami Dolphins
Germain Ifedi, Seattle Seahawks
Tunsil slides over to left guard as a rookie but that move should only be temporary, but while he is there, look for him to be dominant. Ifedi will be on the right side of the Seahawks line helping pave the way for the plethora of young backs that will be carrying the ball for Seattle.
Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts finally get their center, and he is a dandy. Kelly should help add some much needed relief to the Colts offensive line and has the chance to be one of the best young centers during his rookie season in Indy.
DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers
Emmanuel Ogbah, Cleveland Browns
Buckner steps in day one for the 9ers and is instantly one of their best overall defenders. While Ogbah will most likely find his home at linebacker, I couldn’t resist putting the pass rusher at defensive end.
Jarran Reed, Seattle Seahawks
Adophus Washington, Buffalo Bills
While I don’t see either of these guys putting up eye popping numbers during their rookie season, I do see them both holding down the starting spot for 16 games and instantly improving each of their defensive lines. Reed has the big body that Seattle has lacked in the middle for years and Washington is more of a threat to get his hands on the quarterback and put up a few sacks for the Bills in 2016.
Blake Martinez, Green Bay Packers
Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears
Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Out of these 3 only Martinez is penciled in as a starter right now, but don’t be surprised to see the other two on the field quite a bit in 2016. Floyd will be looked at to get to the quarterback while he refines the rest of his game and Jones has been turning heads in Atlanta to the point he might unseat current starter Paul Worrilow.
Vernon Hargreaves, Tampa Bay Bucs
James Bradberry, Carolina Panthers
First rounder Hargreaves has already proven he can sniff out the ball in the NFL notching 2 INTs this preseason. While Bradberry joins an already solid defensive unit in Carolina, the 2nd round pick from Samford already has himself a starting spot and will be a fun one to watch.
TJ Green, Indianapolis Colts
Karl Joseph, Oakland Raiders
I gotta be honest, I was mildly shocked at how high both these guys went on draft day. That said, they are the best of the bunch and both are holding down starting spots. Green steps in day 1 to help improve a Colts D while Joseph joins an up and coming defense in Oakland.
Roberto Aguayo, Tampa Bay
Had a shaky preseason …. but something tells me he will be just fine and might even prove he was worth that 2nd round pick.
Drew Kaser, San Diego Chargers
Loved this guy leading up to the draft, his big leg will wow Chargers fans.