Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Rookie of the year from the AFC East?
AFC South gadabout Paul Kuharsky stole an idea of mine Wednesday afternoon, when he posted his own Cinco de Mayo piece.
I should retaliate by swiping one of his ideas, but he never has any good ones.
Instead, I'm pilfering from NFC North maven Kevin Seifert. He asked his readers to debate what NFC North newbies have the best shot to win rookie of the year honors.
With that in mind, I've come up with two names for each AFC East club to consider and debate in the comments section below.
Our discussion shouldn't be limited to the names I mentioned. I had trouble deciding on a couple teams, but these are the ones I forecast as having a chance, emphasizing rookies who should get on the field right away and play positions conducive to the award.
Buffalo Bills: Running back C.J. Spiller was the most obvious choice of the four teams. He's an electric playmaker, and highlight-reel plays go a long way in creating buzz for awards. He will be a contributor immediately. I rated third-round defensive end Alex Carrington's chances ahead of second-round nose tackle Torell Troup because of their positions.
Miami Dolphins: Defensive lineman Jared Odrick and outside linebacker Koa Misi should have the greatest impact, and rightfully so. They were the Dolphins' first two picks. Misi is more likely to generate more attractive stats because of the way defensive coordinator Mike Nolan operates his 3-4 defense.
New England Patriots: The toughest team for me to settle upon, I skipped over first-round pick Devin McCourty because cornerbacks don't often jump right into Bill Belichick's lineup. Tight end Rob Gronkowski and linebacker Brandon Spikes, a pair of second-round picks, are plausible opening-day starters.
New York Jets: There wasn't much to choose from with only four picks, but first-rounder Kyle Wilson already has been named the starting nickelback and punt returner. Wilson will have opportunities to make plays. A non-skill player never has been voted offensive rookie of the year, but guard Vladimir Ducasse is my second choice because running back Joe McKnight and fullback John Conner appear to be depth players for now.