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Who will be the Atlanta Falcons Rookie of the Year?

The obvious choice is Keanu Neal, but read on.

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons have a total of six draft picks and a buttload of undrafted free agents in camp, and what we want to know is this: Who will be the best one in 2016?

The obvious, easy pick is Keanu Neal. He's the team's hand-picked strong safety, a player Dan Quinn genuinely seems to love, and he's virtually guaranteed to play more snaps than any other rookie if he's healthy. No one's going to blame you if you just choose Neal. That being said, it wouldn't surprise me if Deion Jones winds up starting at middle linebacker and making an outsized impact in his first year, given his speed and ability, though he's obviously got more work ahead of him to be an effective starter than Neal does.

To make things a little more interesting, though, let's talk about best defensive and offensive rookie for the year. Give us your picks in the comments below.