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2016 GZL All-Rookie Team
By Keith Van Wagner
Special to gzl-football.com

Earlier I posted the results from the Rookie of the Year Tracker. While I was at it, I made my (sorta) annual All-Rookie Team. A few things are remarkable.

First, did anyone have a better draft than San Francisco? They have 5 rookies on this list. Each of those were their first five picks. That’s amazing. Not that it helped them much in the regular season, but you get the sense they will be good in a couple years. Miami got a couple of defensive backs in the list which should cause AFC East QBs headaches for years to come.

Also, as usual, some good scouting on our part. 15 of the 22 offensive and defensive starters were first rounders, and but a Tight End and a Guard were 1st and 2nd rounders. That’s not bad. Furthermore, 12 of the 22 were either the first or second player taken at that position. Also interesting to note that the Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year were both Top 10 picks.

QB – Jonathan Higgins, NYJ (1.1, 1st QB overall)
HB – Gerald Campbell, CAR (1.9, 2nd HB overall)
FB – Michael Castle, SF (2.11, 1st FB overall)
WR – Rick Urban, DAL (1.17, 5th WR overall)
WR – Mark Perez, DEN (1.15, 4th WR overall)
TE – Casper Stephens, NYG (6.4, 6th TE overall)
OT – Michael Millen, ATL (1.2, 1st OT overall)
OT – Chuck Kaufman, SF (1.11, 2nd OT overall)
OG – Byron Coles, CHI (2.9, 2nd OG overall)
OG – Sammy Fraser, SEA (3.3, 5th OG overall)
C – Fernando Wilson, SF (1.27, 1st C overall)

DE – Amos Houston, JAX (1.5, 1st DE overall)
DE – Marc Thomas, CHI (2.25, 4th DE overall)
DT – Ron Green, PHI (1.8, 1st DT overall)
DT – Dwane Coyle, CIN (2.20, 4th DT overall)
OLB – Jermaine Newsome, JAX (1.30, 4th OLB overall)
OLB – Larry Pittman, SF (1.28, 3rd OLB overall)
MLB – Rodney Kates, SF (2.5, 2nd overall)
CB – Kyan McGrady, NE (1.21, 4th CB overall)
CB – Tyrone Booker, MIA (1.3, 2nd CB overall)
FS – Sergio Fields, MIA (1.23, 1st FS overall)
SS – Kendall McFarland, CAR (1.20, 2nd SS overall)

K – Irv McCoy, TB (4.13, 2nd K overall)
P – Alex McLean, NYJ (4.4, 1st P overall)
KR – Chase Sullivan, NYJ (2.19, 4th HB overall)

Offensive Rookie of the Year – Gerald Campbell
Defensive Rookie of the Year – Amos Houston
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