Robert Griffin III Headlines the 2012 All-Rookie Team

By Gladys Louise Tyler
July 25, 2012 12:47 pm
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The NFL draft and the supplemental draft are over.  Contracts are being negotiated and signed.  And training camp is just a whisper away. It's go time, so let's go with who will rule the rookie roost this year. 

Quarterback
Cam Newton was a freak of nature.  The quarterback class this year has a lot to live up to.  While it is doubtful that any of the incoming quarterbacks will get close to Newton's year last season, there is one who will have a good enough year. 

Robert Griffin III is the most notable.  Griffin has landed in the best position.  He will be passing to Santana Moss, Chris Cooley and Fred Davis. Griffin can hand the ball off to Roy Helu, Tim Hightower or Evan Royster.  Mike Shanahan will model the offense around Griffin's talents, which include a rocket arm and the ability to run.  Griffin won't reach Cam Newton's numbers but he will be productive. 
Honorable Mention: Andrew Luck

Running Back 
Doug Martin is playing for a run offense that has no where to go but up.  In 2011, Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 30th in rushing offense.  Playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at worst case he will share carries with LeGarrette Blount.  Best case he will supplant the fumble prone Blount as the number one running back. Either way new coach Greg Schiano will see if he can make Doug Martin the Ray Rice of the sunshine state.

Trent Richardson
is everyone's number one.  According to Fantasy Football Today, Richardson is projected as a top ten fantasy back.  Richardson joins a team that ranked 29th in rushing last season.  This year the Brown's will open with a new quarterback and a new offensive coordinator.  Everyone knows that Richardson will be the work horse for the Cleveland Browns.  Playing in the defense heavy AFC North will level Richardson's stats. 
Honorable Mention: Isaiah Pead
 
Wide Receivers
Kendall Wright is the man.  Wright is the recipient of being in the right place at the right time.  Kenny Britt may see significant rest time due to an impending DUI. Even before that Britt was hobbling under multiple knee surgeries and an ACL replacement.  During OTA'a Wright was already practicing in Britt's  X position.  Now he will be vaulted to the number one receiving position.  Chris Johnson will open up the offense for the receivers.  With his route running ability and explosiveness, Wright will not let the absence of Britt affect the Tennessee Titans. 

Brian Quick is the forgotten man everywhere except Saint Louis.  Quick steps into a position where he will be the number one receiver.  At 6'4" and 220 pounds, Quick possesses 4.55 40 speed.  His offensive line needs to rectify itself.  With a healthy Sam Bradford, and Steven Jackson, Quick will help Saint Louis climb out of the purgatory that was last year.
Honorable Mention: Alshon Jeffrey

Tight End
Coby Fleener at 6'6" and 250 pounds, Fleener ran a 4.51 40-yard dash on his pro day.  He is also coming into the league comfortable with the pro style offense and comfortable with his quarterback  Fleener should see the passes when his quarterback Andrew Luck feels pressure and when he looks towards the end zone. 

Adrien Robinson might be impressive in spite of himself.  Jake Ballard is gone. Travis Beckum has a knee injury. And Bear Pascoe has not established himself in three seasons. The New York Giants have signed former Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett to a one year contract, but Bennett is considered a blocking tight end.
Honorable Mention: Ladarius Green

This year's draft class is a fluid mix of guard, center and tackle.  You will find a center playing tackle, a guard playing center and none of these at the loss of talent. 

Guard
 David DeCastro should start immediately as the Pittsburgh Steelers right guard.  While soft spoken and friendly, DeCastro is said to be nasty and physical once play starts.  New offensive coordinator Todd Haley will make the most of DeCastro's ability to slide and block. 
Honorable Mention: Kevin Zeitler

Center
Peter Konz was the consensus best center in the draft. The only problem is with all the centers drafted most will play oscillating between offensive line positions.  This works well for Konz who will start at right guard while waiting for veteran Todd McClure to step away from the game.  Konz will make an immediate impact. 
Honorable Mention: Ben Jones

Tackle
Matt Kalil proves good genetics help having a brother who plays for Carolina and a father who played at the highest level.  Considered the best tackle to come out of the tackle factory that is USC in two decades.  Kalil is 6'7" and 295 pounds with remarkable athleticism.  Going against Jared Allen during training camp will only improve his skills. 
Honorable Mention: Cordy Glenn

 

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20 months ago
Giants TE coach Mike Pope is among the very best and has transformed relative no-name TEs into productive players. The rookie Adrien Robinson may move up the depth chart since Bennett looks to be in Pope's doghouse after reporting to the OTAs at 291 lbs and developing a nagging hamstring injury.
20 months ago

The Giants schedule is brutal. How likely is it Eli will depend on a rookie tight end? Still like Fleener, Pope's talents notwithstanding!
20 months ago

I wasn't saying I would select Robinson over Fleener. I was just elaborating on one of the rookies mentioned in the article. With the lack of experience at the TE position, the Giants may very well incorporate Robinson into their offense all depending on how well he learns the playbook.
20 months ago

Did I mention how much I like it when you agree with me :0)

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