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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NFL All-Sophomore Team

It would be interesting to see a rookie vs. sophomore game in the NFL like they do in the NBA. This would be my Sophomore team:

All-Sophomore team

QB Josh Freeman (Bucs) - Freeman has carried the Bucs with lack luster talent around him and he beat out Mark Sanchez as the best sophomore QB.

RB Arian Foster (Texans) & LeSean McCoy (Eagles) - I couldn't decide between the two.  Both have been great in their second year running and catching the ball out of the backfield.

WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants) - A playmaker that has 15 touchdowns in the 15 games he has started.

WR Percy Harvin (Vikings) - Harvin gets the nod over Jermey Maclin because of his impact on special teams.

TE Brandon Pettigrew (Lions) - Has really become a weapon in the passing game in his second year.

T Michael Oher (Raven) - All Oher has done is come in and start every game as a pro for the Ravens, he has proven to be the best tackle in a very talented 2008 tackle class.

T Sebastian Vollmer (Patriots) - Relatively unknown when he was drafted in the late second round, Vollmer has become an important part of the Patriots talented offensive line starting all 11 games this year.

G Andy Levitre (Bills) - Underrated because he plays for the Bills, but has started every game as a pro.

G Matt Slauson (Jets) - Slauson struggled early but has helped the Jets continue to run the ball against just about everyone.

Alex Mack (Browns) - Emerging as one of the better centers in the game.

DE Brian Orakpo (Redskins) - Orakpo has switched to outside linebacker.  While his true position is defensive end, he has racked up 19.5 sacks so far in his career.

DE Matt Shaughnessy (Raiders) - Slim pickings at defensive end, but Shaughnessy has been productive this year, racking up 39 tackles and 5 sacks.

DT Terrance Knight (Jaguars) - Starting every game as a pro, the former third round pick is playing well this year already racking up 4 sacks and an interception.

DT B.J. Raji (Packers) - Playing the defensive end position in the 3-4, Raji has been key against the run.

LB Clay Matthews (Packers) - May be the best player in the sophomore class, Matthews has been on a tear this year.

LB James Laurinaitis (Rams) - Captain of the NFC West leading Rams.

LB Brian Cushing (Texans) - Tackling machine and former rookie of the year.

CB Vontae Davis (Dolphins) - Davis has been a very good at shutting down big name receivers.

CB Alphonso Smith (Lions) - Despite having a bad game on thanksgiving day, Smith has been very good, intercepting 5 passes and defending 13 passes.

S Malcolm Jenkins - Can hit and cover, has helped the Saints become one of the best teams against the pass.

S Jairus Byrd (Bills) - Byrd is not putting up the same numbers as last year, but he is still a very good looking safety.

Instead of an All-Rookie team, an All-Junior team will be posted posted tomorrow...


Jimmy Hawley said...

Might go down as one of the best defensive drafts of all-time.

Keith McGonigle said...

Ya I think Stafford is probably the best quarterback in the class too... but he hasn't been healthy.

I think this rookie class right now is pretty unreal. A lot of guys already making an impact right away, I think will look back at the 2010 class as one of the best.

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