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Kuechly named PFT's 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year

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http://profootballta...tseason-awards/

Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Winner: Luke Kuechly, Panthers.

Runner-up: Janoris Jenkins, Rams.

Honorable mention: Bobby Wagner, Seahawks; Lavonte David, Buccaneers; Casey Heyward, Packers; Harrison Smith, Vikings.

The ninth overall pick in the draft, Kuechly led the NFL with 164 tackles, finishing 10 short of the rookie record set in 2007 by Patrick Willis. Kuechly also had 10 games with 10 or more tackles. In Week Five, he slid from outside linebacker to the middle, where he participated in every snap on defense for the rest of the season.

Jenkins, a second-round steal, instantly became a dangerous cover man and return specialist. He could soon be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Some may say he already is.

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No mention of TD for comeback player of the year. Saying that "no one comes close" to having the comeback as Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson is a giant slap in the face to TD.

People have come back from 1 acl tear before and doctors said that Peyton should be able to return to normal once he had that last surgery. No one said that Thomas Davis would be even able to step foot on the field, must less play at a high level.

Does he deserve the award? Probably not. But he at least deserves to be mentioned.

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Never understood the PFT hate. They're a bit snarky, especially Florio...but I usually enjoy Gantt's articles.

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Man, it would have been nice if the Rams would have passed on Jenkins and we could have nabbed him with the next pick.

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Man, it would have been nice if the Rams would have passed on Jenkins and we could have nabbed him with the next pick.

I was pissed when that happened.

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The first few games he barely played that much. If he had been playing every play of every game of the season he would have shattered the rookie tackle record.

He'll break the single season record one day.

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