Updated: Jan 13
1. Marcus Peters CB Kansas City Chiefs (Click Name For Highlights)
The defensive rookie of the year had one of the best campaigns as a corner back that you will ever see. This dude can flat out ball. He tied for the most picks in the NFL at 8 and pick sixes at two. Peters will only get better in his second year now that he understands the game flow and tempo. Kansas City has solidified its left corner spot with peters for a long time to come.
2. Stefon Diggs WR Minnesota Vikings (Click Name For Highlights)
Stefon had a great debut as a rookie last year becoming the first rookie wide out to record four straight 85-yard receiving games to start his career. In a run heavy offense it will be important for Diggs to capitalize on as many passes he’s thrown this year. With Mike Wallace now off to Baltimore he will have plenty of opportunities to do so.
3. Eric Ebron TE Detroit Lions (Click Name For Highlights)
Ebron is the most intriguing player on this list, because he hasn’t quite lived up to being picked tenth overall in the 2014 draft. He did however have 47 catches for 537 yards and five touchdowns last season. Ebron has an amazing upside and with Calvin Johnson now retired I believe this year he’s going to make the leap as a top 5 tight end in the league.
4. DeMarcus Lawrence DE Dallas Cowboys (Click Name For Highlights)
One of the bright sides on my Cowboy’s defense. Lawrence is a up and coming D-end who made his impact felt last year recording 55 tackles and eight sacks after coming back from injury his rookie year. He is however currently facing a four game suspension to start the season. Once he’s back on the field however, his presence will be felt.
5. Aaron Donald DT Los Angeles Rams (Click Name For Highlights)
The 2014 defensive rookie of the year is entering his third season as arguably the best player at his position. Aaron Donald is a nightmare for offensive lines; he recorded 11 sacks last season tied for the most among D-tackles. Racking up that many sacks when playing inside the line is no easy task. With the Rams now settled in Los Angeles, be on the look out for Donald to build on his already growing popularity this season.
6. Derek Carr QB Oakland Raiders (Click Name For Highlights)
Baby Brett is what some call him! Derek Carr is a young gun slinger in his own right, 53 touchdown passes over his first two seasons are the most accumulated other than Dan Marino. Now in his third year you can see his knack for the game growing with every passing week. Having two great weapons in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree will certainly boost his numbers this year. They will also boast a solid defense led by Khalil Mack, look for Raiders to make the playoffs for the first time in over 14 seasons.
7. CJ Mosley LB Baltimore Ravens (Click Name For Highlights)
CJ was a Pro Bowler in his rookie year. Last year he accumulated 117 tackles and four sacks. In his third year the Ravens will look to him as the focal point of their defense. With Mosley moving to middle linebacker this year, look out for improvement in his defensive awareness, pass coverage and leadership. More will be asked of him this year, but it’s nothing that Mosley hasn’t prepared for.
- Malcolm Mallory