Offensive Rookie of the Year: David Montgomery, Chicago Bears
After an illustrious career at Iowa State, David Montgomery steps into a Bears offense that should see his skills maximized fully. Although he will split reps with Tarik Cohen, Montgomery’s complete skill set, including pass protection, will lend him to get more and more snaps as the season progresses.
He might not be super fast or athletic, but Montgomery’s contact balance, receiving ability, and footwork will allow him to be a potent running back at the NFL level and make an immediate impact in his rookie year. He has the potential to have a big rookie season playing in Matt Nagy’s offense in the Windy City.
-Nick Farabaugh, PFN NFC North & Film Room Writer
Other Finalists: Josh Jacobs, Kyler Murray, Miles Sanders
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Devin Bush, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie linebacker Devin Bush is PFN’s pick to win the Defensive Rookie of the year honors in the NFL. The team moved up in the 2019 NFL Draft because of their confidence in what Bush can bring to this defense. It is certainly easy to see why Pittsburgh and NFL fans love this talented rookie so much. He was all over the field in his preseason debut against the Buccaneers, recording ten total tackles and making his early mark in the Steel City.
The team was devastated by the loss of their unquestioned emotional leader Ryan Shazier in 2017. Bush will attempt to replace Shazier as the face of this defense moving forward, and the speedy linebacker is already off to a great start. He is a perfect fit as a sideline to sideline presence in the middle of this defense and will be a great player in Pittsburgh for years to come.
-Scott Gorman, PFN AFC North Writer
Other Finalists: Ed Oliver, Josh Allen, Nick Bosa
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