If I told you a second-round pick from the 2015 NFL Draft would immediately be pressed into a starting role on an offensive line and not give up a single sack all year, would you consider that offensive lineman in the mix for Rookie of the Year?
What if he was the only rookie to do so?
What if he was the only tackle to do so in the entire NFL?
#Rams Rob Havenstein was the only OT to play 12+ games and not give up a single sack in 2015.— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 10, 2016
I get it. There's a reason the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year has only gone to quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs. And no, I'm not suggesting that Havenstein deserved to win it more than Rams RB Todd Gurley, who won the award, or Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston.
But consider that Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson got a vote. Johnson finished with 581 rushing yards and had just one 100-yard game. For a six-game stretch in the middle of the season, he had less than ten yards in each contest.
Obviously, there's reason to honor offensive linemen. I just wish the NFL and the media made more of an effort to do so.