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    Top NFL defensive rookies


    (In alphabetical order. Stats through Monday.)

    Jairus Byrd
    Team Buffalo Bills
    Position Safety
    College Oregon (Clayton High)
    Draft history 2nd round (No. 42 overall)
    Key stats 8 interceptions, 36 tackles

    Brian Cushing
    Team Houston Texans
    Position Linebacker
    College Southern California
    Draft history 1st round (No. 15 overall)
    Key stats 88 tackles, 1 sacks, 2 interceptions

    Vontae Davis
    Team Miami Dolphins
    Position Cornerback
    College Illinois
    Draft history 1st round (No. 25 overall)
    Key stats 27 tackles, 2 interceptions (one for TD).

    Louis Delmas
    Team Detroit Lions
    Position Safety
    College Western Michigan
    Draft history 2nd round (No. 33 overall)
    Key stats 55 tackles, 1 interception.

    James Laurinaitis
    Team Rams
    Position Linebacker
    College Ohio State
    Draft history 2nd round (No. 35 overall)
    Key stats 96 tackles, 2 interceptions.

    Clay Matthews
    Team Green Bay Packers
    Position Linebacker
    College Southern California
    Draft history 1st round (No. 26 overall)
    Key stats 31 tackles, 4 sacks

    Brian Orakpo
    Team Washington Redskins
    Position Defensive end
    College Texas
    Draft history 1st round (No. 13 overall)
    Key stats 41 tackles, 7 sacks

  • #2
    Re: Top NFL Defensive Rookies

    Our boy J-Lau has played like a man possessed. Very impressed indeed--I thought he was the wrong pick over Rey, glad I didn't have to pull the trigger on that one.

    I really liked Byrd as well. I thought we'd even have a shot to grab him in the 3rd as a CB. Surprised to see that he is playing that well though! I truly hope that the powers that be recognize that Defensive rookie of the year is not a popularity contest, rather something based on skill and contribution. If this is the case, I'd think our guy is a lock.


    • #3
      Re: Top NFL Defensive Rookies

      this was a great pick in the last draft as most of the guys wanted him, he will be around for along time.


      • #4
        Re: Top NFL Defensive Rookies

        I was surprised he wasn't taken when we got him. I remember sitting down to watch our 2nd pick, and when they announced it was James I was very surprised he was still there!
        Very glad we got him! Looks like a guy who will feel a need for 10+ years!