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Draft Network’s NFL Midseason Awards: Who Are The Top Rookies?

  • The Draft Network
  • November 8, 2022
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The NFL has reached the midway point of its 18-week regular season. The first nine weeks of the new campaign have been filled with some surprises, some confirmations, and a whole lot of wild action. What better time to stop and take a look back at what has transpired so far?

Eleven members of The Draft Network staff submitted a poll ranking their top five players (in order) to win the NFL MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Comeback Player of the Year awards. The votes were tallied up and the results determined TDN’s official NFL midseason awards. Let’s dive in.

NFL MVP: Patrick Mahomes QB, Kansas City Chiefs

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place Total
Patrick Mahomes 6 1 4 46
Jalen Hurts 3 4 3 1 41
Josh Allen 2 5 2 1 1 39
Geno Smith 1 5 3 16
Tyreek Hill 1 1 1 2 11
Tua Tagovailoa 2 2 6
Saquon Barkley 2 1 5
Justin Jefferson 1 1

 

Even without Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns through nine weeks. Despite being showered with praise since his first year as a starter, the TDN staff doesn’t have any Mahomes fatigue when it comes to handing out awards.

OPOY: Tyreek Hill WR, Miami Dolphins

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place Total
Tyreek Hill 9 2 53
Stefon Diggs 3 1 1 2 19
Nick Chubb 2 1 4 19
Derrick Henry 1 3 1 3 18
Justin Jefferson 1 2 1 1 13
Saquon Barkley 1 1 1 2 12
Jalen Hurts 1 1 9
Travis Kelce 1 1 2 7
A.J. Brown 2 6
Christian McCaffrey 1 4
Cooper Kupp 1 1 3
Patrick Mahomes 1 2

 

What more can be said about the year Tyreek Hill is having? Hill leads the NFL in receiving yards, yards from scrimmage, and receptions. He’s thriving alongside Jaylen Waddle and Tua Tagovailoa on the high-flying Miami Dolphins.

DPOY: Micah Parsons LB, Dallas Cowboys

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place Total
Micah Parsons 8 3 52
Matthew Judon 2 2 4 2 24
Za’Darius Smith 2 3 19
C.J. Gardner-Johnson 2 1 2 15
Nick Bosa 3 1 2 13
Pat Surtain II 1 1 1 1 10
Myles Garrett 2 1 9
Quinnen Williams 1 5
Jeffery Simmons 1 4
Sauce Gardner 1 1 4
Aaron Donald 1 2
Darius Slay 1 2
Uchenna Nwosu 1 2
Eddie Jackson 1 1
Maxx Crosby 1 1
Von Miller 1 1
Jon Allen 1 1

 

After finishing second in the NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting as a rookie, Micah Parsons has picked up right where he left off last season. Parsons has eight sacks, 14 quarterback hits, a pair of forced fumbles, and has been an all-around disruptive force for the Dallas Cowboys defense.

OROY: Ken Walker III RB, Seattle Seahawks

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place Total
Ken Walker III 7 2 2 49
Dameon Pierce 3 7 1 45
Chris Olave 1 7 2 1 31
Garrett Wilson 1 6 3 19
Breece Hall 1 1 1 2 11
Drake London 1 2 4
Romeo Doubs 1 3
Tyler Linderbaum 1 1
George Pickens 1 1
Charles Cross 1 1

 

Ken Walker III has really surged in recent weeks. Walker III has 512 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in his last five games, four of which are starts in the wake of Rashaad Penny’s season-ending injury. Walker III is averaging 23.5 touches per game in his four starts, as the Seattle Seahawks offense runs through him.

DROY: Sauce Gardner CB, New York Jets

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place Total
Sauce Gardner 8 2 1 51
Tariq Woolen 3 7 1 46
Aidan Hutchinson 1 5 3 2 27
Devin Lloyd 1 2 3 3 19
Jack Jones 2 2 10
Jaquan Brisker 2 3 7
Travon Walker 1 2
Coby Bryant 1 1
Kerby Joseph 1 1
Kayvon Thibodeaux 1 1

 

No. 4 overall pick Sauce Gardner has been downright sensational this season—he even got some DPOY votes. He’s the epitome of a true shutdown corner who has had no trouble adjusting to the NFL. He leads the NFL with 13 passes defended to go along with his pair of interceptions.

COTY: Brian Daboll, New York Giants

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place Total
Brian Daboll 7 2 1 1 48
Nick Sirianni 1 4 4 2 35
Pete Carroll 1 3 1 4 1 29
Kevin O’Connell 2 4 2 2 26
Robert Saleh 1 1 1 2 12
Mike McDaniel 1 2 2 11
Mike McCarthy 1 2
Andy Reid 1 1
Arthur Smith 1 1

 

No team has outperformed expectations quite like the New York Giants. In his first year as a head coach, Brian Daboll has his team at 6-2 and firmly in the playoff conversation despite a clear lack of talent—particularly on offense.

Comeback: Saquon Barkley RB, New York Giants

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place Total
Saquon Barkley 8 1 1 47
Geno Smith 2 4 1 1 30
Christian McCaffrey 2 2 3 2 22
Travis Etienne 2 1 4 1 20
Derrick Henry 1 2 2 1 15
Brian Robinson Jr. 1 1 8
JuJu Smith Schuster 1 3 5
Jerry Hughes 1 4
Jamaal Williams 1 3
Za’Darius Smith 1 3
DeAndre Hopkins 1 3
Daniel Jones 2 2
Raheem Mostert 1 2
Nick Gates 1 1

 

After dealing with an ACL injury in 2020 and various ailments in 2021, Saquon Barkley is back to being the straw that stirs the drink in New York. He’s already run the ball more this year than last year despite playing in five fewer games. Barkley ranks third in the NFL in rushing, behind only Derrick Henry and Nick Chubb.

 

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