The 2017 NFL regular season is weeks behind us as we look forward to Conference Championship weekend. After some of the most productive seasons in recent history from a rookie draft class, the 2017 NFL Draft Geek Rookie Awards had numerous qualified candidates to pick from. So without further ado we announce our inaugural NFL Draft Geek Rookie Awards, and as voted on by you the reader.
2017 NFL Draft Geek Rookie MVP
Going from preseason backup to the NFL rushing leader with 1,327 rushing yards is quite the accomplishment for a rookie third round draft pick. Hunt quickly made his mark on the league and added a new dimension to a Kansas City offense with his 1,782 all purpose yards and eleven total touchdowns, allowing them to jump out to a 5-0 start. The future is bright for Hunt as he has shown he is one of the better young backs in the league.
Runner up: Marshon Lattimore, CB | New Orleans Saints
2017 NFL Draft Geek Rookie OPOY
Alvin Kamara, RB | New Orleans Saints
The third round pick quickly lived up to the hype that made future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson tradable for the Saints midseason. Kamara showed up all over the stat sheet with 728 rushing yards, 81 receptions for 826 receiving yards, and 347 return yards to along with 14 total touchdowns including at least one from each facet of his game. Every time he touched the ball was a must see event and NFL and Saints fans alike should be excited to see what the future has in store of Kamara.
Runner up: Kareem Hunt, RB | Kansas City Chiefs
2017 NFL Draft Geek Rookie DPOY
Marshon Lattimore, CB | New Orleans Saints
The Saints defense made a dramatic improvement in 2017, with Lattimore being a major reason for it. In only thirteen games he was able to make his presence felt with five interceptions and eighteen passes defended, quickly earning the title of an up and coming shutdown corner.
Runner up: Tre’Davious White, CB | Buffalo Bills
2017 NFL Draft Geek Rookie Biggest Steal
Kareem Hunt, RB | Kansas City Chiefs
As referenced above the NFL Draft Geek MVP being selected in the third round makes him an easy choice by the readers for the biggest rookie steal of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Runner up: Keelan Cole, WR | Jacksonville and Desmond King, S | Los Angeles Chargers (tie)
2017 NFL Draft Geek Rookie Most Likely to be a Bust
John Ross, WR | Cincinnati Bengals
Combine superstar Ross set the would ablaze after running a blistering 4.22 second forty yard dash. But his rookie season was marred by injuries and he was held to three games and zero receptions, not the type of return the Bengals expected from the number nine overall pick. Ross has a chance to turn things around in 2018, but he is on the fast track to bustville with another terrible season.
Runner up: Charles Harris, DE | Miami Dolphins