Midseason Individual Award Predictions Around the NFL

           Midseason Individual Award Predictions Around the NFL

Staff Writer: Corey Darko

 

We are at the point in the NFL season where we have a good idea of who will win all the major awards. Without further ado let’s get started.

 

    1. Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback, New Orleans Saints. To put it simply, Lattimore has been a transcendent cornerback for New Orleans. He has become the franchise cornerback the Saints have been searching for as a ripe 20-year-old rookie. His ability to shadow the other team’s best wide receivers is Darelle Revis-esque, who he was frequently compared to coming out of college. How the Saints defense has looked without him should strengthen his case for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Without him, the Saints are an average secondary. His best performance was when he held star Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans to one catch. Opposing quarterbacks are already scared to throw his way due to his rare ball skills and receivers struggle to get open since Lattimore is an extremely quick corner with 4.3 speed. Due to his value and already a shutdown corner, Lattimore is easily the pick. Runner-up: TJ Watt, outside linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers

 

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Lattimore picks off Matthew Stafford by anticipating TJ Jones’s route. Lattimore’s Football IQ makes one of the best young talents in the game.

Photo from NOLA.com. Gathered by Elena Waldrop.

 

2. Offensive Rookie of the Year: Alvin Kamara, Running Back, New Orleans Saints. Man did the Saints have an amazing draft class. Not only did they get their franchise cornerback of the future but also their running back in Kamara. Most likely, if Deshaun Watson was healthy he would win this award but Kamara has been special too. His ability to catch the football and be a dominant rusher has lifted so much pressure of Drew Bree’s’ shoulders. Kamara is a truly special back who will be a dominant running back for years to come. Runner Up- Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Houston Texans

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Caption: Kamara elusive and ability to dominate the passing and run game make him special

Credit: Photo From Nola.com. Gathered by Elena Waldrop.

 

3. Offensive Player of the Year: Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots. Age is nothing but a number to Brady as he is having another dominant season for the Patriots. He is first in the NFL in passing yards, second in touchdowns and top 5 in QBR. Despite being 40 years of age, Brady is still one of the best quarterbacks in the game and elevating the Patriots to yet another successful season. Runner Up: Russell Wilson, Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks.

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Caption: Brady’s ability to play a high level of football at 40 years old makes him a special quarterback

Credit: Photo from Si.com. Gathered by Elena Waldrop

4. Most Valuable Player: Carson Wentz, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles. A year ago, the Eagles made a bold move by trading six spots up to the No. 2 spot and it looks worth it now. Despite recently tearing his ACL, which is a big blow to the Eagles Super Bowl hopes, Wentz is easily the MVP. He has been an absolute transcendent talent who has taken the eagles to new heights earlier than expected. While it makes sense to give the award to Brady based on him staying healthy and longevity, what Wentz did should not be ignored. Runner Up: Tom Brady

 

 

 

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Caption: Prior to tearing his acl, Carson Wentz’s ability to extend plays and through accurate passes while running made him a very special quarterback.

Credit: Photo from Si.com Gathered by Elena Waldrop

5. Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Donald, Defensive Tackle, Los Angeles. While you can make an argument for Bobby Wagner of Seattle, Donald has been the most disruptive and dominant defensive player in football. Despite being only 6-feet, he is very quick and strong so he can overpower or use his quickness to beat offensive guards. He is first in the NFL in pressure created. He should have won this award a lot sooner but his teams are always losing. Now that the Rams are winning, Donald gets the respect he deserves by finally winning DPOY. Runner Up: Calais Campbell, Defensive End, Jacksonville Jaguar.

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Caption: Donald’s ability to dominate the interior and outside while being a run-stuffer makes him the most dominant defensive player in the game.

Credit: Photo from UsaToday.com. Gathered By Elena Waldrop.

 

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