2017 NFL Awards Predictions

Now that the 2017 NFL season is over there are some awards to hand out. This year is particularly difficult to choose an MVP. Carson Wentz was practically running away with the award. He was dominating defense and leading the leagues top team. Then he blew out his knee against the Rams and that opened the race up. Tom Brady defied odds and had one of his best seasons at the age of 40. Todd Gurley was Mr. Everything and helped the Rams turn from a laughing stock of the league to one of the leagues best teams. Antonio Brown had another record setting season for the Steelers until he injured his calf against the Patriots. Offensive Player of the Year features all of the MVP candidates from above, along with a few others. Defensive Player of the Year is another difficult choice. Aaron Donald held out all summer but still put up monster numbers. Chandler Jones and Calais Campbell had huge sack numbers. Offensive Rookie of the Year comes down to two top running backs, the Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt and the Saints’ Alvin Kamara. Deshaun Watson looked as if he was the leading candidate despite his limited appearances but a season-ending knee injury took him out of the running. Defensive Rookie of the Year is a runaway. Marshon Lattimore of the Saints deserves to be a unanimous winner due to his play and turning the Saints’ defense into one of the best in the league. Coach of the Year could be won by any from this list: Sean McVay, Doug Pederson, Mike Zimmer, Doug Marrone, Sean McDermott, Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton, or a candidate every year, Bill Belichick.

Here are my picks:

MVP: Patriots QB Tom Brady

Brady just edges out Todd Gurley for me. Brady plays the most important position and helped his team to the top seed in the AFC. He led the league in passing (4577 yards) and was third in TD passes with 32. Gurley had a monster season but just falls short in my eyes.

Tom Brady
Tom Brady with an historic year as he continues to defy the odds at age 40. Will he add a 6th ring to the collection? (Boston Globe)

Honorable Mention: Rams RB Todd Gurley, Eagles QB Carson Wentz, Steelers WR Antonio Brown

OPOY: Rams RB Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley deserves some love this year. After last year’s disappointing year, he turned eyes running the ball, receiving the ball, and making plays. Sean McVay led a turnaround that was one for the record books and Gurley was a main reason why.

Todd Gurley
The 2017 version of Todd Gurley ran wild over the league and helped the LA Rams get back to the playoffs (Pro Football Focus).

Honorable Mention: Patriots QB Tom Brady, Eagles QB Carson Wentz, Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell

DPOY: Rams DT Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald clearly showcased that he is the most dominant defensive player in the league. Donald held out all summer, missed the start of the season, and still led the Rams to a dominating season.

Aaron Donald
Aaron Donald proved that he was one of the most dominate defensive players in the league (Los Angeles Rams).

Honorable Mention: Saints CB Marshon Lattimore, Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones, Jaguars DE Calais Campbell, Saints DE Cameron Jordan

OROY: Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt and Saints RB Alvin Kamara

This was easily the toughest category. I couldn’t pick just one so I had to pick both of these two. Hunt led the league in rushing and started making a mark from the start of the season. Kamara began to make his mark after Adrian Peterson to Arizona. Both of these two deserve the award equally so why not share it together?

Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara
Kareem Hunt led the league in rushing and was one of the best rookies all year. Alvin Kamara helped lead the Saints rushing the ball and receiving the ball (FanRag Sports).

Honorable Mention: Texans QB Deshaun Watson, Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster, Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette, Rams WR Cooper Kupp

DROY: Saints CB Marshon Lattimore

Marshon Lattimore arguably was one of the most valuable rookies in the league this year. His stellar play helped the Saints turn their defense from a bottom tier defense to one of the leagues best. His ability to shut down teams’ top targets helped him rise up to one of the leagues top corners.

Marshon Lattimore
Marshon Lattimore came straight from Ohio State and became a shutdown corner to help the Saints become one of the best defenses in the NFC (NOLA.com).

Honorable Mention: Bills CB Tre’Davious White, Steelers OLB TJ Watt, Cleveland DE Myles Garrett, Jets S Jamal Adams

Coach of the Year: Rams Sean McVay

The LA Rams were one of the leagues worst teams last year as they struggled to score points and many thought that their 2016 top pick, Jared Goff, was a bust in the making. McVay’s innovative offense led the Rams to one of leagues best. NFC West Champions, #3 seed, and one of the NFC’s most complete teams.

Sean McVay
At 31 Sean McVay is the youngest coach in the league and helped turnaround the LA Rams into a division champ and Super Bowl contender (Orange County Register).

Honorable Mention: Eagles Doug Pederson, Vikings Mike Zimmer, Jaguars Doug Marrone, Bills Sean McDermott, Steelers Mike Tomlin, Saints Sean Payton, and Patriots Bill Belichick.


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