The 2016-2017 is going to come to a close this Sunday, and the awards are going to be announced tonight. Today, I will be sharing with you who I think are the most deserving candidates for each of these awards.
Comeback Player Of The Year: Cameron Wake, DE for the Miami Dolphins
Cameron Wake had one of the best years of his career this year, recording 11 and a half sacks at the age of 34! It is rare that a player of even his calliber can produce these types of numbers at this age, but the special thing about Wake’s scenario is that is coming off a torn achilles. Wake is the leader of the Dolphins, and showed his value by leading his team to the playoffs despite an awful start to the season.
Defensive Rookie Of The Year: Jalen Ramsey, CB for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Jalen Ramsey is already one of the most feared players in the league. Aaron Rodgers, an MVP candidate and future hall of famer, did not throw Ramsey’s way once when the Packers met the Jaguars in week 1. Ramsey continuously scared opposing quarterbacks to throw his way, and he didn’t allow a catch until the end of his second game! Ramsey is an incredible talent that is unlike any other we have ever seen!
Offensive Rookie Of The Year: Dak Prescott, QB for the Dallas Cowboys
Prescott is one of the biggest parts of the Dallas Cowboy’s success. In the wake of an injury to Tony Romo, the preseason sensation stepped onto the field as the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Prescott broke the rookie record for most consecutive games without turning the ball over, which ended by way of a fumble, not even an interception. Prescott is an MVP-caliber player as a rookie, and deserves this award due to the lack of expectations he received verse the product he produced.
Defensive Player Of The Year: Vic Beasley Jr., OLB for the Atlanta Falcons
Vic Beasley Jr. has established himself as one of the best past rushers in the league in only his second season. The ex-Clemson Tiger has put on a show this season since his transition from defensive end to outside linebacker. Beasley deserves defensive player of the year for many reasons, but none more than his 3.5 sack game vs the Broncos which really turned the Falcon’s reputation around. After this game, people believed that Falcons could be playing where they will be playing on Sunday.
Offensive Player Of The Year: Ezekiel Elliot, RB for the Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliot, often known as Zeke, put on a show in his rookie year behind one of the best offensive lines in the history of the NFL. Elliot ran for over 1,600 yards on over 320 carries while scoring 15 times on the ground. If it weren’t for the Cowboy’s offensive line, I doubt Elliot would be in consideration for this award.
Walter Payton Man Of The Year: Larry Fitzgerald, WR for the Arizona Cardinals
No explanation, I just want Fitz to win something due to his great leadership skills he has shown throughout his long career.
Coach Of The Year: Bill Belichick, HC of the New England Patriots
Belichick proved this year that he may be the best coach of all-time. For the first year in a long time, The Patriot’s didn’t have their star quarterback Tom Brady. Belichick won with quarterbacks Jimmy Garropolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett. Belichick reminded us that he could win no matter what type of adversity he had to overcome.
MVP: Matt Ryan, QB for the Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan, also known as Matty Ice, proved all his haters wrong who called him not clutch this season by bringing his Falcons to the Super Bowl. Matt Ryan had 38 touchdowns and almost 5,000 yard with only 7 interceptions. These are special numbers from a special quarterback, which is why I think their is no player more deserving of this award than Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons.