Marino' 2008 All Rookie First Team Offense

While Jackson, Slaton, Forte and Flacco have garnished all of the headlines, the one person in this year's All Rookie team that has thoroughly impressed me with his play has been the Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady. In their 30 to 10 loss to the Panthers two weeks ago, I have never seen a tackle, let alone a rookie tackle, so thoroughly dominate a player with the status of a Julius Peppers.

WR – DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

Fast and talented – leading receiver as a rookie – a real hot dog

WR – Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos

undersized all purpose player with speed, quickness and good hands – slipped some late in the season

TE – John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks

Steady and dependable – contributes within the running game

OT – Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos

As fine a rookie tackle as I've seen since Pace – good balance points – finishes people

OT – Jake Long, Miami Dolphins

Had some growing pains, but played well overall – Will struggle some with speed – Plays hard, finishes

OG – Mike Pollak, Indianapolis Colts

Versatile and athletic – good skill set and know how – needs better play strength

OG – Chilo Rachal, San Francisco 49ers

Big sucker who was effective in a limited area – good short setting skills

OC – Kory Lichtensteiger, Denver Broncos

Back up player with good toughness and short area quickness

QB – Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Has improved with each outing – big arm – can check down and make time

RB – Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

The Bear's heart and soul – work horse who can run and catch – secures the football

RB – Steve Slaton, Houston Texans

Explosive player with the speed to run away from second and third level people

RS – Clifton Smith – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Undersized free agent via Fresno St who earned his way on to the roster – explosive kick off man

KO – Connor BarthKansas City Chiefs

accurate short to intermediate range kicker – top kicker by default


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