I can only assume that Peter Worrilow came in a close second after he received high praise from Jon Gruden for our Monday Night Football game.
We talked a few days ago about how Desmond Trufant made Kiper's list and came in as the top rookie corner. He was pretty good this year, easily the top rookie corner. And after we saw Dunta Robinson benched before the Kansas City Chiefs lost their first playoff game, the investment in Trufant looks like a good move.
What about Worrilow? He came in 2nd for the inside linebacker spot, beaten out only by Kiper's rookie of the year Kiko Alonso. Worrilow came in above other big names like Manti Te'o and Arthur Brown for the spot.
ILB Paul Worrilow, Atlanta: Undrafted out of Delaware, the 230-pound linebacker led the Falcons with 127 total tackles. Not too shabby.
Why can't Kiper ever keep his analysis short and sweet?
Worrilow only started 12 games but finished the year with the aforementioned 127 tackles, along with two sacks, one pass deflection and four tackles for a loss. These impressive numbers were put up while alternating between outside linebacker and inside linebacker, until he finally replaced the perma-struggling Akeem Dent.
In the end it was good to have some rookies with a very quick and impactful presence on our team, and we can only hope it pays off next year.