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RB Lacy and DE Sheldon Richardson Win NFL Rookie of the Year Awards


Eddie Lacy and Sheldon Richardson Win NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year Awards

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy and NY Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson win the NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year Awards for their outstanding 2013 season

For Yearbook 2013 Scouting Reports on Rookies Lacy and Richardson from Draft Insiders Digest NFL Draft 2013 – Continue to Read Article - Frank Coyle / Publisher

Photo – RB Eddie Lacy - Packers

Eddie Lacy was selected in the 2nd-round in the NFL Draft 2013 out of Alabama. He was the #1 rated running back in Draft Insiders’ Yearbook 2013 in April. Lacy rushed for 1,178 yards on 284 carries with 11 touchdowns. He also had 35 receptions for 257 yards and was a key to helping the Packers weather the storm when star quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury in the middle of the season.

Lacy beat out San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen. Whereas Allen finished 22nd in receiving yards and 13th in receiving touchdowns, Lacy placed eighth in rushing yards and third in rushing scores. After Week 5 through the rest of the season, only LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles among running backs averaged more than Lacy's 86.7 yards per game.

Lacy carried Green Bay's offense for a crucial seven-game stretch when Aaron Rodgers was sidelined, emerging as the Packers' most valuable player. Most impressively, Lacy saved the season while toughing out an ankle injury and facing stacked boxes without Rodgers directing the Packers' offense.

A physical throwback type of runner, Lacy consistently got most of his yardage after contact. He finished near the top of the list in yards after contact and forced missed tackles. This award is a fitting tribute to a player who not only broke John Brockington's long-standing franchise record for rookie rushing yards.

Offensive Rookie of the Year voting
Player / Position / # of votes
Eddie Lacy - Green Bay Packers RB - 35
Keenan Allen - San Diego Chargers WR - 12
Giovani Bernard - Cincinnati Bengals RB - 1
Larry Warford - Detroit Lions OT - 1
Cordarrelle Patterson - Minnesota Vikings WR/KR - 1

New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson earns the 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Richardson was announced as the top defensive rookie at Saturday's "NFL Honors" awards show. It's rare for a defensive lineman to take home the award because the position's biggest contributions rarely show up in the box score or in casual game viewing.

The Jets realized early on that Richardson would make an immediate impact, teaming with Muhammad Wilkerson and Damon Harrison on the Sons of Anarchy defensive line that was arguably the league's best in 2013.

"He's had a tremendous year and I think he has a great future here," coach Rex Ryan said in December. "The production is a huge part of it and the way he plays. He's got that relentless motor. For a defensive tackle and being as productive as he is ... the tape doesn't lie."

Richardson won the award over the Buffalo Bills' Kiko Alonso, the Carolina Panthers' Star Lotulelei, the New Orleans Saints' Kenny Vaccaro and the Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu.

The Jets defensive end totaled 77 tackles to go along with 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Those stats really don’t show his true impact as a defender. Among 3-4 defensive ends, only J.J. Watt produced more stops than Richardson's 41. The former Mizzou star gets off the ball quickly, pushes the pocket and blows up opposing run games.

Defensive Rookie of the Year voting
Player / Position / # of votes
Sheldon Richardson - New York Jets DE - 23
Kiko Alonso - Buffalo Bills LB - 19
Kenny Vaccaro - New Orleans Saints S - 4
Tyrann Mathieu - Arizona Cardinals S - 2
Star Lotulelei - Carolina Panthers DT – 2

For Yearbook 2013 Scouting Reports on Rookies Lacy and Richardson from Draft Insiders Digest NFL Draft 2013 – Continue to Next Page - Frank Coyle / Publisher

1. * Eddie Lacy - Alabama - 5’11” 230 - Sp. 4.50 / Rating 89
Tough powerful tailback completed a strong career, displaying the skill set to become an NFL running back. Eddie is a strong thick runner who was instrumental in the Tide’s back to back national championships. He shows quick footwork through the hole and can be his own blocker. He is built low to the ground that hits the hole with authority and has the ability to run through defenders consistently to make yardage after contact. He displays good initial quickness that gets him through the line and to the 2nd level. He makes good running decisions with fine one cut skills to change directions and retain his speed. He shows the quickness to get outside and make yardage on the perimeter with the speed to break a big play. He has developed steadily as a receiver to compete for a 3rd down role or win the feature back assignment as a rookie. As a runner, he shows the ability to cut back sharply and make a key run with the quick acceleration to get through the hole. He shows rare power and toughness to make the difficult yardage, displaying fine vision, balance and functional strength. He makes consistently good running decisions using his crouched style of running to finish well and run through tacklers. He runs with very good body lean and is basically a one cut runner who relies on power and quickness to finish each run well. He has been very durable with outstanding production.
The Numbers: As a junior, he rushed for 1322 yards on 204 carries for a 6.5 average and 17 TDs, playing in every game and earning first team SEC honors. He added 22 receptions for 189 yards and 2 TDs. As a sophomore, he rushed for 674 yards on 95 carries for a 6.1 average and 7 TDs, backing up #1 pick Trent Richardson. He added 11 receptions for 131 yards. As a freshman, he rushed for 406 yards on 56 carries for a 7.2 average and 6 TDs with 2 receptions. Over his career, he rushed for 2402 yards on 355 attempts for a fine 6.7 average and 30 TDs plus totaled 35 receptions for 2 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’11” and 231 lbs. He did not workout. Hindu Theory: Corey Dillon
The Skinny: Downhill runner with the talent to be an immediate feature back. As a blocker, he shows quick reactions and toughness to face up with a linebacker and use his excellent size. His receiving skills have developed nicely with reps, though he must continue to improve in that role. He has the natural running skills to be a difference maker in an offense. He has the overall ability to give a club a workhorse back who came up huge in big games. Good early round selection with the skill set to be a core weapon. Top 50 prospect with fine intangibles.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Sheldon Richardson #34 - Missouri - 6’2” 295 - Sp. 5.0 / Rating 90
Quick athletic junior tackle ended his college career early after an impressive season in his two year stay with the Tigers. Sheldon earned first team SEC honors after a strong effort that saw him rank among the top tackles in the conference. He is a very active quick mobile defender who plays with speed and good leverage to make plays in both run and pass defense. He has fine AA and functional strength to be effective on the inside with a nice level of development in technique and play recognition. He gains a fast advantage on the snap and uses his strong hand punch, quick first step and sound leverage to gain penetration. When he plays with leverage, he can be a force inside as either a pass rusher or run stuffer. He relies on quickness to get past blockers with further hand development completing his game. He has a big reach (34 1/2”) that he uses well to keep blockers off his body, allowing him to use his quickness and foot speed to pursue the play. He is ideally suited for the three-technique position in single matchups where he can win on quickness early on the down. He lacks great bulk and can struggle with double team blocks and to hold the POA when facing combo blocks. He can get a good push off the ball and can collapse the pocket, though he needs work on all his maneuvers plus additional moves to improve as a pass rusher. He can struggle to separate late when blockers get their hands on him early on the down. At times, he can rise to locate the ball, allowing defenders to get into his body and neutralizing his charge. During the 2012 season, he started all 11 games and made 75 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 FF and 2 FR in a fine overall performance that earned him SEC honors. As a sophomore, he made 37 tackles with 8 TFL and 2 sacks while starting 2 of 13 games. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’2” and 295 lbs. with 34 1/2” arms. He ran a 5.02 time and did 30 reps, 32” VJ and a 9’8” BJ in a good effort. He is similar to former top picks Sedrick Ellis and Amobi Okoye in size, quickness, AA and scheme fit as a three technique one-gap defender. He displays well developed AA with a quick explosive burst and improving instincts to make plays, but needs to use his long arms better to stay clean to finish plays late. He will most likely come off the board in the early 1st round and is a marginal top 20 prospect. He needs the right situation and best suited to play 3 technique tackle in a 4-3 set with little versatility to fill other roles, though some scouts feel he can play the five technique spot. Fast rising intriguing prospect with the skill set and experience to be a nice addition. Early NFL starter if he refines his natural ability. Top prospect with impact talent.
Draft Projection: 1st Round