Denver Broncos defensive end Von Miller has been named the Defensive Rookie of the Year by Fansided NFL. Check out the official announcement over on NFL Spin Zone. I’ll spare you the details as to why he won. He was good. Very good. If you want to know more, then follow that link.
The only Seahawk who received votes was the one on my ballot. CB Richard Sherman received 2 2nd place votes, one of which being mine. You have to think that if he’d been a starter at the beginning of the season that he’d be higher on that list.
Aldon Smith was 4th on my ballot, but clearly the other voters didn’t see it that way. I personally think he’s overrated. If he wasn’t playing next to Justin Smith, who’s a legitimate defensive player of the year candidate, Aldon Smith would have never put up the stats that he did.
I also completely missed JJ Watt as a legitimate candidate. Statistically he is. He made a huge impact on the Texans this season. I think I overlooked him because he wasn’t a leader on his defense. He just wasn’t in the spotlight, but that shouldn’t mean that someone isn’t eligible for the award. I clearly made a mistake in failing to consider him.