Part two of the roundtable includes our picks for all the important awards (GTFO offensive players of the year) and a special appearance by Todd Bergman.
Todd Bergman: Aaron Rodgers. The general rule of thumb is that the best player on the team with the best record wins the MVP. This is no different as Rogers greatly benefits from the return of Jordy Nelson.
Dustin James: Tom Brady. The “Fuck You” Tour is coming NFL. I hope you’re ready and prepared. Something tells me you won’t be though.
Steve Cook: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks. With Marshawn Lynch out of the picture, Wilson’s poised to finally get some credit for a little bit of the Seahawks’ success.
Jeremy Lambert: Derek Carr. The Raiders offense is going to be fire this year and Carr will lead the Raiders to a division title.
Defensive Player of the Year
Todd Bergman:Khalil Mack. Dare I say that this is “The Return of The Mack?” So I made Mark Morrison happy with that statement. Mack has shown what some are called a 3.0 version of himself this preseason. That’s a pretty scary thought as Khalil has taken past criticism that he previously faced with his footwork and has improved and looked like a different pass rusher this preseason.
Dustin James: Aaron Donald. He became the NFL’s best defensive lineman last season and he looked even more dangerous this pre-season. He’s a relative unknown which is a shame, but he’s the best defensive player in the NFL. Sorry Justin James Watt.
Steve Cook: Kahlil Mack, Oakland Raiders. I think writers will get tired of voting for JJ Watt & see that this Mack kid is pretty awesome.
Jeremy Lambert: Von Miller. I’m not ever picking against this man after the Super Bowl.
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Todd Bergman: Dak Prescott. The ability to start behind the best offensive line in the NFL will proper Prescott into this award. I’m not so high on Ezekiel Elliott as many within the writing community are because I don’t think that his body will hold up all year long. Prescott does a great job and produces solid stats that push the Cowboys into a potential playoff position because let’s face it, the NFC East is weak.
Dustin James: Ezekiel Elliott. He’s going to run all over the NFL. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if he was the NFL’s rushing leader in his rookie season. That talent running behind that offensive line? It’s a match made in heaven.
Steve Cook: Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys. He better win this award or there are going to be a lot of sad people in Dallas.
Jeremy Lambert: Sterling Shepard. Beckham is going to draw a lot of double coverage and Shepard is the number two guy. Expect them to put up big numbers together.
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Todd Bergman: Jalen Ramsey. The idea of Dante Fowler, Myles Jack and Jalen Ramsey all lining up on the same team is something impressive. Ramsey is incredibly talented and has the ability to cover big receivers and smaller slot receivers. He has great hands and has the skills to play man-to-man given all the one-on-one coverage that he did at Florida State. Just for the heck of it, Ramsey has 70 tackles, 5 interceptions with two of those being returned for touchdowns. Such lofty predictions for a young player.
Dustin James: Jalen Ramsey. He was my favorite defensive player in this past draft and he’s going to become a shut-down corner in the NFL. It wouldn’t shock me at all to see him come out and have a year like last year’s defensive rookie of the year, Marcus Peters of the Kansas City Chiefs. Jacksonville needs the defensive help, so Ramsey is going to see the field a lot. That’s a sure thing.
Steve Cook: Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers. I wanted to put my guy Sheldon Rankins here, but Louisville players have had really bad luck with their legs this offseason.
Jeremy Lambert: Myles Jack. If he’s healthy, and that’s a pretty big if, this is his award to lose. He’ll get more love than Ramsey simply due to his position.
Coach of the Year
Todd Bergman: Bill O’Brien. This is the surprise of the year. I believe that this is the year that the Texans take the big jump and O’Brien wins this award based upon this. The Texans have always had a solid defense and now they have a really promising offense as well. The addition of Brock Osweiler finally gave the Texans a QB who can get the job done. I also love the signing of Lamar Miller and the drafting of Will Fuller.
Dustin James: Pete Carroll. I don’t know why, I just feel like the ol’ silver fox has got this award coming his way this year.
Steve Cook: Bill Belichick, New England Patriots. Shouldn’t he win this every year?
Jeremy Lambert: Jack Del Rio. RAIDERS BABY!
NFC Championship Game
Todd Bergman: Packers over Panthers. Close game that comes down to Aaron Rodgers making a play. I think that the Panthers have a lot to prove given how the Super Bowl went last year but it’s not this year for Cam Newton either.
Dustin James: Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers
Steve Cook: Panthers vs. Seahawks
Jeremy Lambert: Cardinals over Packers.
AFC Championship Game
Todd Bergman: Texans over Patriots. As I mentioned with the Coach of the Year award, I believe that the Texans are really due for a massive outbreak this year. Osweiler and company outduel the Patriots in a somewhat shocking fashion.
Dustin James: New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Steve Cook: Patriots vs. Chiefs
Jeremy Lambert: Patriots over Steelers.
Todd Bergman: Packers over Texans. Again, this comes down to Aaron Rodgers making a play to win the big game. Seems like more and more Super Bowls are decided on the last play and I will say that Rodgers finds Randall Cobb in the back of the end zone for the game winning strike.
Dustin James: Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots. Yep. It’s happening again baby!
(Editors Note: Dustin James is bitchmade and is withholding his Super Bowl winner until tomorrow.)
Steve Cook: Panthers over Chiefs. I’m pitting my buddies’ teams against each other because I’m an evil man.
Jeremy Lambert: Cardinals over Patriots.