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2020 GZL All-Rookie Team
By Keith Van Wagner
Special to gzl-football.com

Went ahead and pulled together an All-Rookie team. Love doing these as it’s fun to see where a player’s production matches with his draft position. Tashaun Leonard wasn’t on my radar and I didn’t notice when he went to the Seahawks in the 5th round as the 11th WR taken. But he outperformed Armani Chance taken 5th overall also by Seattle. Of course, Chance got hurt, but the little speedster out of Nebraska made the most of his time in the lineup.

For the most part the All-Rookie team matched up fairly well with where they were taken in the draft. Laremy Tunsil and Kellen Kelmendi were the first and third Offensive Tackles taken, so it’s not that surprising to see them make the team. There are however, a few surprises. In addition to Leonard, FB Jamar Hughes outshown the 3 fullbacks taken before him.

The lowest draft pick to make the team is SS Justin Morris who went in the 7th. That’s impressive, but honestly, there weren’t that many SSs that made an impact. Morris only recorded stats in 8 games and finished with a mere 9 tackles. Jalen Ramsey had 13 tackles in 5 games, but didn’t even deflect a pass. At least Morris deflected 2, so I gave the spot to him. Either way, being the All-Rookie SS isn’t that great of an accomplishment.

Miami appears to have had the best draft, with 5 rookies making the squad. Not bad for a team that went 10-6 and won their division. Suggests that they will have a lot of success down the road. Dallas came in second with 4 players on the list. Seattle and Jacksonville both had 3 players, and Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Green Bay, Houston, and Pittsburgh each had 2.


OFFENSE
QB – Jared Goff, WAS (Selected 1.32/3rd QB overall); Connor Cook, DAL (1.10/2nd)
HB – Jonathan Cortez, SEA (3.3/5th); Latavius Murray, MIA (1.26/3rd); Ya’ell Lowe, SD (1.23/2nd)
FB – Jamar Hughes, MIA (3.18/4th)
WR – Laquoan Treadwell, BUF (1.4/2nd); Pharoh Cooper, DAL (2.10/5th); Tyler Boyd, MIN (1.3/1st); Tashaun Leonard, SEA (5.10/11th)
TE – Mo Idlewild, ATL (2.22/2nd)
OT – Laremy Tunsil, MIA (1.2/1st); Kellen Kelmendi, BAL (1.15/3rd)
OG – Cody Whitehair, GB (2.5/3rd); Jon Wayne-Myers, NYJ (3.1/5th)
OC – Max Tuerk, PIT (1.18/1st)

DEFENSE
DE – Odin Fuller, CAR (1.29/3rd); Joey Bosa, HOU (1.11/1st); Gene Christensen, ARI (3.7/5th)
DT – Julius Walker, PIT (2.13/3rd); Cyrus Youssefi, HOU (2.24/6th); Robert Nkemdiche, JAX (1.27/1st)
MLB – Reggie Ragland, ARI (1.7/1st); Rodrigo Pippin, GB (1.29/2nd)
OLB – Myles Jack, DAL (1.22/3rd); Aeneas Pope, MIA (2.1/5th); Scooby Wright III, CHI (1.16/1st)
CB – Kendall Fuller, ATL (1.17/4th); Don Slade, JAX (1.13/3rd); Junior Malloy, BUF (2.9/6th)
FS – Elijah Brownlee, DAL (1.21/1st)
SS – Justin Morris, JAX (7.12/7th)
K – Willie Croteau, MIA (3.27/1st)
P – Brett Goodwin, SF (6.10/3rd)
KR – Jonathan Cortez, SEA (3.18/4th)

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Jonathan Cortez
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Reggie Ragland
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