Denver Broncos: Final 2016-2017 NFL Season Award Predictions
Ezekiel Elliot: Offensive Rookie of the Year/Rookie of the Year
Fellow teammate Dak Prescott gives Ezekiel Elliot a run for his money to win Offensive Rookie of the Year (OROY), but the production of the ex-Buckeye is gaudy. Elliot put together a season the fans and NFL have not seen since Adrian Peterson. He is not just a favorite fort the OROY, but for the overall Pepsi Rookie of the Year, as well.
Before the season began, draft experts coined Elliot as the best running back in his class. Separating him from the pack is pass blocking and catching it out of the backfield. Ever since week three of the NFL season, Elliot ran hard accumulating 100+ yards on the ground with close to 30 yards per game as a receiver.
If Elliot does in fact win both awards, he needs to take the young and best offensive line in football to a fancy dinner and pay for all of them. The offensive deserves as much credit, if not more than Elliot. Not to take away from Elliot’s season, but there would not be holes if it were not for the “big uglies” up front. It is not farfetched to think he has a chance at Offensive Player of the Year, but quarterbacks are the likely choice. Matt Ryan and Tom Brady are the candidates for such award in Offensive Player of the Year.