Marino' 2008 All Rookie First Team Defense

Based on what I have seen to date, I have a feeling that linebacker Jerod Mayo of the Patriots is going to go to be spending a whole lot of his February's in sunny Honolulu. Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers, spent most of the 2008 season on IR, but before being injured, he too looked like a sure fire future pro bowl player.

DE – Phillip Merling, Miami Dolphins

Has flashed some pass rush skills – just not there yet

DE – Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals

King sized 3-4 tackles with some power rush ability – good range – will get pads up at times

DT – Glenn Dorsey, Kansas City Chiefs

Somewhat disappointing – has excellent quickness but doesn't get off blocks consistently

DT – Sedrick Ellis, New Orleans Saints

Injured early, but has shown gap quickness and playing range

OB – Alex Hall, Cleveland Browns

Still lacks some know how and physical maturity, but upfield quickness and rush skills

OB – Keith Rivers, Cincinnati Bengals *

Injured early in the season, but already showed some impressive playing instincts and range

MB – Jerod Mayo, New England Patriots

Already one of the top inside backers in the game – lots of range and much improved playing instincts

DC – Mike Jenkins, Dallas Cowboys

A player with lock down playing potential – Has excellent feet, COD and reactions to the ball in flight

DC – Leodis McKelvin, Buffalo Bills

Nickel back early, who handled himself well when he given the chance – explosive kick returner

DS – Chris Horton, Washington Redskins

An early surprise during the 2008 season – A downhill player with range who tackled well – good zone defender

DS – Tyrell Johnson, Minnesota Vikings

Struggled some early, but I really liked his size, smarts, speed and overall tools – not there yet, but it's just a matter of time

LS – Brett Goode, Green Bay Packers

PT – Brett KernDenver Broncos


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