CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso has released a list of awards for first-year players, and it includes some Detroit names.
Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was awarded Best Past Rusher, while Malcolm Rodriguez was named Most Reliable Linebacker.
“Hutchinson took some time to acclimate to the pro game, then he started rushing the quarterback like he was back in the Big Ten,” Trapasso wrote. “From Week 7 on, Hutchinson registered multiple pressures in every single game throughout the rest of the season, and that included seven games with three or more pressures.”
He added, “Rodriguez was a very reliable tackler and registered 87 of them on just 611 snaps with eight tackles for loss, and he only allowed one touchdown in his coverage area. He defeated blocks well in the box and was not a liability in coverage. Plenty of range to his game too.”
Find the full list of rookie winners here.