The trade deadline has come and gone, and we are at the halfway point in the NFL season. This year is full of injuries, surprises, and disappointments. Let’s take a look at who I think should win the major NFL awards at the halfway point in the season.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kareem Hunt
I would have easily given this award to Deshaun Watson, but we all know what had recently happened to him. Just sad news. However, this award then comes down to Leonard Fournette and Kareem Hunt. Both players are tearing it up this season, but I have to give Hunt this award due to his all around ability to contribute. Fournette may be the better pure rusher, but he does not receive the ball as well out of the backfield. Hunt leads all of football in rushing yards so far this year. He has been phenomenal for the Chiefs and he is one of the reasons why they have been so successful.
Runner Up: Leonard Fournette
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marshon Lattimore
This award was real easy to pick. Marshon Lattimore has not been just the best defensive rookie, but he has been one of the best overall defensive players this year. He is currently ranked as the #1 CB according to PFF. He is becoming one of the best man-coverage corners in the game and this award is his to lose.
Runner Up: T.J. Watt
Offensive Player of the Year: Alex Smith
The Chiefs drafted Pat Mahomes in the first round this year and Alex Smith got the message. He has stepped it up big time for the Chiefs, while having the best season of his career so far. He is top 3 in the NFL in yards, TDs, passer rating and completion percentage. OH! He also has yet to throw an interception! Give this man the award.
Runner Up: Carson Wentz
Defensive Player of the Year: Calais Campbell
This award is a tight race between Calais Campbell and Demarcus Lawrence. Both are defensive ends and both are sack machines far this year. They are number one and two in sacks. Lawrence has 10.5, while Campbell has 10. However, I think it is more impressive for Campbell to be doing as he is 31 years old. Campbell is currently ranked as the #5 DE, while Lawrence is ranked as the #9 DE (PFF). Close race, but for now I am giving this to Campbell.
Runner Up: Demarcus Lawrence
Coach of the Year: Sean McVay
What a start to the year for the LA Rams. A team that I expected to be in the middle of the pack at best is one of the best teams in the league right now. They are fighting for the NFC West title, while currently sitting at 5-2. McVay has turned this team into an offensive powerhouse. If the Rams keep up this type of play and make the playoffs, there is no doubt in my mind that he will win this award.
Runners Up: Doug Pederon, Andy Reid
Comeback Player of the Year: Todd Gurley
The comeback player of the year award does not have to go to a player who was injured the year before. It can go to a player who had a poor performance as a whole a year ago and has bounced back. I was looking at three names for this award: Todd Gurley, Jared Goff, and Keenan Allen. If Allen can step up his performance and stay healthy then this award should go to him. However, as we currently stand this is Gurley’s award to lose. Gurley is close to career-highs in almost every category in just half a season. He is showing everyone why he was so highly-touted coming out of college.
Runners Up: Keenan Allen, Jared Goff
Most Valuable Player: Carson Wentz
This was a tough one between Carson Wentz and Alex Smith. However, I had to look at team performance to make the decision and Wentz has an edge in that category. The Eagles were expected to be good, but not this good. They are arguably the best team in football right now and Wentz is a HUGE reason why.
Runner Up: Alex Smith