PRESEASON ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

September 6, 2016

Every year, when Week 1 of the Preseason begins, I get incredibly amped up to be able to quench my insatiable thirst for live football. And every year by Week 4 of the Preseason, I am completely over it and just want to get 53 man cuts out of the way and get on with it. It's like clockwork. But one thing makes every snap watchable, and that's seeing how the rookie class is adjusting to the speed of the NFL game. Below is a list of rookies who used this Preseason to do just that.

 

OFFENSE

QB - Dak Prescott

RB - Derrick Henry

WR - Michael Thomas

WR - Robby Anderson

WR - Tajae Sharpe

TE - Hunter Henry

LT - Ronnie Stanley

LG - Joe Thuney

C - Joey Hunt

RG - Germain Ifedi

RT - Jack Conklin

 

MVP: QB Dak Prescott

 

ALL 3-4 DEFENSE

DE - Carl Nassib

DT - Javon Hargrave

DE - Chris Jones

OLB - Matt Judon

ILB - Blake Martinez

ILB - Tyler Matakevich

OLB - Emmanuel Ogbah

CB - Kendall Fuller

FS - TJ Green

SS - Kevin Byard

CB - Brandon Williams

 

MVP: OLB Matt Judon

 

ALL 4-3 DEFENSE

DE - Romeo Okwara

DT - Jarran Reed

DT - Darius Latham

DE - Noah Spence

OLB - Shilique Calhoun

ILB - Myles Jack

OLB - De'Vondre Campbell

CB - Vernon Hargreaves III

FS - Vonn Bell

SS - Jayron Kearse

CB - Jalen Ramsey

 

MVP: CB Vernon Hargreaves III

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K - Roberto Aguayo

P - Drew Kaser

KR - Dwayne Washington

PR - Trevor Davis

 

TOTAL TEAM SELECTIONS

-AZ (1) ATL (1) BAL (2) BUF (0) CAR (0) CHI (0) CIN (0) CLE (2) DAL (1) DEN (0) DET (1) GB (2) IND (1) JAX (2) KC (1) LA (0) MIA (0) MIN (1) NE (1) NO (2) NYG (1) NYJ (1) OAK (2) PHI (0) PIT (2)  SD (2) SF (0) SEA (3) TB (3) TEN (4) WAS (1)

 

NOTES & OBSERVATIONS

-Titans GM Ryan Robinson wins GM of the Preseason, with 4 of his rookies making the All-Preseason team. What's more - Robinson came out of the 2016 Draft with an additional 1st rounder next year from the Rams, and judging by the early results of Jared Goff's play, it could be a Top 5 pick. Wow.

 

-Dak Prescott may have had the all-time best preseason a QB has ever had, but you probably already know that. Dak finished with the following stat line: 39/50 (78.0%) 454 yards 5 TDs 0 INTs (137.8 QBR)

 

-Jets UDFA WR from Temple, Robby Anderson, led the NFL in receiving yard this Preseason with 264. Considering the Jets trotted out 4 different QBs throughout the Preseason, Anderson's ability to be productive regardless of who lined up behind center is encouraging.

 

-Speaking of WRs, the fact that Tajae Sharpe, a 5th round pick from the University of Massachusetts, earned his way to be WR#1 on an NFL team's depth chart is astounding. Don't know if that's more telling of how talented and polished Sharpe appears as a rookie or simply how bad the Titans WR core is, but it's impressive nonetheless.

 

-I was really torn on whether or not to include Tyler Boyd or Michael Thomas for the WR#3 spot. Both flashed a lot during Preseason but looking at the respective team's depth charts, Thomas has the better chance of becoming the top WR on his team and becoming the #1 go-to target for Drew Brees.

 

-Two Seahawks on the offensive line? That's music to Tom Cable's ears. Germain Ifedi has been a beast at RG against other team's top defensive linemen and C Joey Hunt was nearly flawless in his clean up duty. Maybe it was the chemistry and familiarity of his college teammate Trevone Boykin playing QB?

 

-It's encouraging for this new Browns regime that they had two players end up on this list in Carl Nassib and Emmanuel Ogbah. Nassib has been a demon, working tirelessly to earn production and Ogbah is showing his athleticism playing off the edge. When's the last time you can say this heading into Week 1 of any Browns rookie?

 

-Matt Judon out of Grand Valley State was one of our draft crushes last year, and he was absolutely dominant playing in a 3-4 OLB role that I wasn't sure was best suited to his strengths. I think Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens found at least one heir apparent to their aging edge rushers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. 

 

-Surprised to see Oakland UDFA DT Darius Latham on here? Don't be. Latham was a monster collapsing the pocket up the middle all Preseason and forced double teams as games progressed. Latham outperformed fellow rookie Jihad Ward, who the Raiders took no. 44 overall. Yikes...

 

-Vernon Hargreaves III showed off the same exceptional ball skills that landed him in Tampa Bay with the 11th pick in the draft, tying for the Preseason lead in interceptions with his deuce courtesy of Chad Henne.

 

-Although Jalen Ramsey only played in games 2 and 3 of the Preseason, he was a force when it comes to tackling and did not allow a single completion thrown his way playing in both the nickel and outside CB spots. Mackensie Alexander was a consideration for this spot with 2 INTs this Preseason, but he was extremely inconsistent with penalties, so Ramsey is the guy.

 

-Yes, Roberto Aguayo was terrible the first half of Preseason, but there is literally not another rookie Kicker out there who is still active and on a team, so I did not consider them. If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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