Where did the time go?! The 2020 regular season is in the books and we now begin the playoff run to the Super Bowl. However, it’s also a good time to reflect on our season and do a final evaluation of the rookies as we must choose a Rookie of the Year. There has been some shakeup to the list since we last checked in after Week 12. One of the biggest changes is the rise of Myles Jack who has really come on in the second half of the season.
The two big HBs of the season were battling down to the wire. Jonathan Cortez, who at the beginning of the season seemed to come out of nowhere eventually lost the rushing crown to first rounder Latavius Murray, but holds on to win the Rookie of the Year award. Both were remarkable contenders, but Cortez wins out as he has a better average, the same number of TDs, fewer fumbles…AND led the entire league (not just the rookies) on yards from scrimmage with over 3,000. Similarly, there were two WRs who were neck and neck coming down to the wire. Laquon Treadwell and Pharoh Cooper had very similar totals at the end of the season. I was tempted to edge Cooper a little higher as Treadwell had perennial All-Pro Matt Stafford throwing to him, while Cooper had the three-headed monster of Mark Sanchez/David Carr/Connor Cook passing to him. But at the end of the day it’s subjective and being 5th or 6th overall isn’t that big of a deal.
Defensively, Top 10 pick Reggie Ragland looks to have locked up Defensive Rookie of the Year behind his sterling rookie season. Ragland was all over the field and led all rookies in tackles and tied for the rookie lead in interceptions. It is interesting to note the quick rise of Myles Jack, the first rounder for the Cowboys. Amongst rookies, Jack finished 4th in tackles, 1st in sacks, tied for 1st in tackles for loss, and tied for 4th in interceptions. That’s not too shabby. But in the end Ragland gets the nod.
Here are the Rookie of the Year Candidates:
1. HB Jonathan Cortez, SEA (1654 yds, 5.0 avg, 13 TD, 25.2 kr avg, 1TD) Previous Rank: 1
2. HB Latavius Murray, MIA (1713 yds, 4.7 avg, 13 TD) Previous Rank: 2
3. MLB Reggie Ragland, ARI (102 tak, 12 TFL, 3 sack, 1 FF, 2 int) Previous Rank: 3
4. OLB Myles Jack, DAL (62tak, 12t TFL, 9 sacks, 1 FR, 1 int) Previous Rank: NR
5. WR Laquon Treadwell, BUF (1236 yds, 13.9 avg, 9 TD) Previous Rank:
6. WR Pharoh Cooper, DAL (1213, 15.0 avg, 8 TD) Previous Rank: NR
7. OT Kellen Kelmendi, BAL (70 pancakes, 1 sack) Previous Rank: 9
8. OT Laremy Tunsil, MIA (84 pancakes, 4 sack) Previous Rank: 8
9. OLB Aeneas Pope, MIA (87 tkl, 5 tfl, 3 sacks, 1 FF, 2FR) Previous Rank:
10. QB Jared Goff, WAS (55%, 2,012 yards, 16 TDs, 10 Ints) Previous Rank: NR
Also Receiving Consideration: DE Odin Fuller, DT Julius Walker, OLB Scooby Wright III, Ya’ell Lowe, Ezekiel Elliot, QB Teddy Bridgewater, QB Connor Cook, QB Desmond Wade
Dropping out of the Top 10: DT Julius Walker, Ya’ell Lowe, DE Joey Bosa, OLB Aeneas Pope