NFL Senior Analyst Gil Brandt released his 2015 All Rookie team, and three former Florida State players made the cut. Quarterback Jameis Winston, defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., and cornerback Ronald Darby were the players that made the list.
Here is what Brandt wrote about Winston, who is up for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award:
"Winston threw for 4,042 yards, had 22 touchdowns against 15 picks and recorded a passer rating of 84.2. He started off slowly, tossing seven picks in his first four games, but improved as the season wore on, putting up a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 16:8 over his last 12 games. It looks like Tampa Bay has found its franchise quarterback."
Brandt wrote this about Edwards Jr.:
"Edwards shed some pounds after leaving Florida State and really elevated his performance as a pro, to the point that he was playing as well as any rookie in the NFL before a Week 15 neck injury sent him to injured reserve. Consider his effort against the Vikings in Week 10: 11 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Provided he comes back healthy, Edwards should continue playing at that level, and he has a chance to be a Pro Bowler."
Here is what Brandt had to say about Darby, who is up for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award:
"Darby started all 15 games he appeared in, recording 68 tackles and 21 passes defensed. He didn't pick off many balls, finishing with just two interceptions, but the bottom line is, the man he's covering hardly ever makes a catch or a play. Darby is very, very good."
There was one more former Seminole to make the All Rookie team, and even though he transferred away from Tallahassee he will be included here.
"[Will] Tye led a relatively weak tight end class with 464 receiving yards on 42 catches. He's a tough matchup because he has a stocky build -- checking in at 6-foot-2 1/8 and 262 pounds -- with 4.55 speed. It almost looks like he's a lineman, then all of a sudden, he's downfield, with his speed and explosion. Tye also did a pretty good job as a blocker. I think he helped open things up for the receivers and contributed to Eli Manning's strong season."null