Prior to the first NFL Sunday, The Ringer got their football staff writers together to pick division winners, make Super Bowl predictions and go through who they thought would win the individual awards.
When it came time to choose the Defensive Rookie of the Year, three of the six writers chose former Wildcat Josh Allen. Kevin Clark, Rodger Sherman and Riley McAtee all selected the rookie Jaguars pass rusher. This comes just days after three of CBS Sports’ panelists also predicted Allen as DROY.
“Allen has been so impressive in the preseason that Jaguars Defensive Coordinator Todd Walsh is adjusting his scheme to get the rookie defensive end more playing time,” McAtee wrote. “There is so much talent on the Jacksonville defense still that Allen could run wild, and gaudy sack numbers are the quickest path to taking home this award.”
After an impressive preseason, the 7th overall pick has been a popular pick among media members to win Defensive Rookie of the Year, and his performance today helped his case. The Jaguars’ defense struggled today against the vaunted offense of reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, but Allen still collected two tackles and one quarterback hit in his first official NFL game.
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