Hola, amigos! I know it's been a long time since I've rapped at you...but I did have a good reason. The Mrs. and I have been in the process of moving into an actual house. Obviously, Jason Kirk and Adam Schultz have more than capably filled in over the last month or so while I've been so sporadic, but hopefully you'll be seeing an awful lot more of me now.
That aside out of the way, it's time to get into the meat of today's discussion. Rather than delve too deeply into the injury to Brent Grimes—hopefully that hammy's fine by training camp proper—we're going to talk rookies. This discussion is either a total no-brainer or something a little more complex, depending on your point of view.
Basically, I'm looking for you to select one member of the rookie draft class or undrafted free agents and anoint them the Best Rookie (Batteries Not Included). You can articulate whether you mean for the life of their career or just in the season ahead. Unlike most of our discussions here, which involve the closest approximation of pointing and yelling the Internet has to offer, I'd like you to back up your argument with stats, logic or dark magic.
I'll go first, and naturally I'm going to be incredibly lame. Sean Weatherspoon I think will have the best career out of anyone in the 2010 draft class, based on his rapid ascension to the starting lineup and the fact that he's such a well-rounded linebacker. I think we'll someday consider 'Spoon in the same conversation as someone like Keith Brooking or Jesse Tuggle, albeit perhaps lighter versions of them.
For this year, I'm going to roll the dice on Corey Peters. For a guy I wasn't terribly high on just a couple of months ago, Peters has really wormed his way into my heart, and I have a strong feeling that Peria Jerry is going to struggle to be an impact player as he recovers from his injuries. Peters may well be an excellent rotational piece and not a starter, but I think his learning curve in this system will be pretty shallow.