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2021 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. DT Hannibal Quinn wasn’t on my radar screen when he was drafted deep in the 3rd round. But he outperformed the two DTs taken in the first round. Not too shabby for a player who only counts 1.37 million towards the cap next year.

For the most part the All-Rookie team matched up fairly well with where they were taken in the draft. Carson Wentz and Derrick Henry were high draft picks, so it’s not that surprising to see them make the team. There are however, a few surprises. Who here had Leonte Carroo leading all WRs, despite being the 6th overall wideout taken? And to think I paid such I high price to move up to get Purifoy Bolden when Shaq Lawson could have been had a few slots lower. He had a crazy good season.

Incredibly, all the rookies on this list were taken in the first 3 rounds. While it makes sense that most would be taken high, usually there’s a 5th rounder that sneaks in there somehow.


QB – Carson Wentz, MIN (Drafted 1.2, 1st QB overall)
HB – Derrick Henry, CIN (1.4, 1st HB overall)
FB – Derek Watt, NE (3.18, 3rd FB overall)
WR – Leonte Carroo, PHI (2.18, 6th WR overall) ; Will Fuller, SF (1.24, 3rd WR overall); Quinton Smith, WAS (2.13, 5th WR overall)
TE – Hunter Henry, NYJ (2.8, 1st TE overall)
OT – Ronnie Staley, CIN (1.5, 1st OT overall); Shon Coleman, BUF (1.32, 6th OT overall)
OG – Timmy Porter, PIT (2.11, 4th OG overall); Rich Jacques, DEN (1.21, 2nd OG overall)
C – Nick Martin, TB (1.29, 2nd C overall)

DE – Shaq Lawson, CAR (1.10, 3rd DE overall); Noah Spence, BUF (1.25, 5th DE overall)
DT – Kenny Clark, KC (2.17, 4th DT overall); Hannibal Quinn, MIN (3.28, 8th DT overall)
MLB – DeShaun Kennedy, CHI (1.15, 1st MLB overall)
OLB – Keyvan McGee, SD (1.27, 2nd OLB overall); Jaylon Smith, MIN (3.14, 5th OLB overall)
CB – Rollo Salsbury, ATL (1.1, 1st CB overall); Mackensie Alexander, CAR (2.10, 5th CB overall)
FS – Karl Joseph, MIA (1.20, 1st FS overall)
SS – Sam Barbartsky, CLE (3.20, 2nd SS overall)
K – Roberto Aguayo, MIN (1.11, 1st K overall)
P – Phi Phan, OAK (2.32, 1st P overall)

Offensive Rookie of the Year: HB Derrick Henry
Defensive Rookie of the Year: DE Shaq Lawson
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