Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Kiper All-Rookie Team: Luck's the QB
By Paul Kuharsky
Mel Kiper’s All-Rookie Team is loaded with AFC South skill players on offense.
Kiper likes Colts quarterback Andrew Luck ahead of both Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson as his rookie quarterback.
“He gets the most juice here because no team in history has had this kind of a turnaround after drafting at No. 1, and Luck was the greatest reason the Colts turned it around,” Kiper writes. “Luck wins here based on his body of work over the course of the season, which spearheaded Indy's stunning turnaround. But they're all great.”
Three pass catchers and a punter are also on the team with Luck:
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
Kiper: “His 17.2 yards per catch was fifth in the NFL, more than bigger-name downfield targets like DeSean Jackson, Demaryius Thomas or Julio Jones. “
Kuharsky: He led rookies receivers with seven touchdowns and had Chuck Pagano thrown a challenge flag Sunday he would have had an eighth.
Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars
Kiper: “He answered some questions about whether he's a big-play threat in one of his best games of the season at Houston.”
Kuharsky: Blackmon is one of the few bright spots in Jacksonville where he showed he’s able to be what they envisioned when they drafted him.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts
Kiper: “He was by far the most productive rookie tight end, with 45 catches for 521 yards, and should have a great future along with Coby Fleener in Indy.”
Kuharsky: Allen also brings really good leadership qualities to the Colts locker room.
Bryan Anger, P, Jaguars
Kiper: “He averaged 47.8 yards per punt and consistently got good hang time. Only 5.5 percent of his punts went for touchbacks.”
Kuharsky: A very solid season with a lot of good hang time. Should be a top guy in the league for a long time.