So, who gets the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award?

CooperThe biggest driver on football cards these days is the Rookie Card and now that the regular season is over most of those big-name newcomers are done for the year.

So, naturally, that makes us wonder who get the Rookie of the Year nod? We’ll focus on offense since it matters the most when it comes to cards. (On defense Buzz thinks it will probably go to Kansas City’s Marcus Peters, who tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions and two TDs.)

But on offense it’s not as easy.

WinstonAt quarterback, there are really only two options — Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston and Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota. Both had their moments but Mariota missed time due to injury. Winston’s got the yardage and the TDs, but the rating isn’t exactly amazing. Tack on six rushing TDs and he’s the top QB.

Comp. Att. Pct. Yards Avg, YPG TDs Int. Sack Rating
Jameis Winston 312 535 58.3 4,042 7.6 252.6 22 15 27 84.2
Marcus Mariota 230 370 62.2 2,818 7.6 234.8 19 10 38 91.5

Todd-Gurley

At running back, there wasn’t a lot of consistency but there’s one guy who dominated at the beginning of the season — the St. Louis Rams’ Todd Gurley. He’s the only rookie to run for 1,000 yards — and there were only six others who topped the mark for all players. Gurley finished third-overall in yardage and his rushing TD mark tied for fifth in the league. Although he fell off the map pretty hard later in the season, he’s still the top-rushing rookie RB and an overall ROY contender. (For fun, we’ve included the QBs’ stats here.)

Att. Att./G Yards Avg. YPG TDs Long Fum.
Todd Gurley 229 17.6 1,106 4.8 85.1 10 71T 3
Thomas Rawls 147 11.3 830 5.6 63.8 4 69T 1
T.J. Yeldon 182 15.2 740 4.1 61.7 2 45 0
Melvin Gordon 184 13.1 641 3.5 45.8 0 27 5
Ameer Abdullah 143 8.9 597 4.2 37.3 2 36 4
David Johnson 125 7.8 581 4.6 36.3 8 47T 2
Jeremy Langford 148 9.2 537 3.6 33.6 6 23 0
Karlos Williams 93 8.5 517 5.6 47 7 41T 1
Javorius Allen 137 8.6 514 3.8 32.1 1 44 2
Matt Jones 144 11.1 490 3.4 37.7 3 39T 4
Tevin Coleman 87 7.2 392 4.5 32.7 1 46 3
Duke Johnson 104 6.5 379 3.6 23.7 0 39 0
Marcus Mariota 34 2.8 252 7.4 21 2 87T 2
Jameis Winston 54 3.4 213 3.9 13.3 6 21 3

panini-america-2015-black-friday-salute-to-service-amari-cooperFor receivers, there’s really only one option for the season as a whole, and that’s the Oakland Raiders’ Amari Cooper. The former Alabama star wasn’t as strong later in the year but still managed to be the only 1,000-yard receiver and he tied the late-season standout, Seattle’s Tyler Lockett, for the receiving-TD lead for rookies.

Rec. Yards Avg. YPG Long TDs 20+ 40+ 1st Fum.
Amari Cooper 72 1,070 14.9 66.9 68T 6 16 6 45 1
Stefon Diggs 52 720 13.8 55.4 40T 4 13 1 31 2
Tyler Lockett 51 664 13 41.5 49T 6 9 2 31 0
Jamison Crowder 59 604 10.2 37.8 44 2 7 1 34 2
Dorial Green-Beckham 32 549 17.2 34.3 47T 4 10 1 30 0
Duke Johnson 61 534 8.8 33.4 52 2 8 1 23 1
DeVante Parker 26 494 19 35.3 49 3 9 2 20 0
Devin Funchess 31 473 15.3 29.6 52 5 5 2 24 1
Will Tye 42 464 11 35.7 45 3 5 1 23 1
David Johnson 36 457 12.7 28.6 55T 4 6 2 21 1

So, who gets the nod overall? Realistically, the vote might skew to the QBs, but this is an award that either goes to Gurley or Cooper. Buzz is going with Cooper but expects the hardware might go to Gurley since he was among the overall elite at his position in the league. Cooper’s stats are strong for a rookie and he’s a definite playmaker, but there were others who put up even more impressive stats at the position.

Who gets your Rookie of the Year pick? Vote below or tell us in the comments.

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