January is always the time of year where players start gathering accolades for strong seasons.
Pro Football Weekly and the Professional Football Writers of America released their annual All-Rookie 2011 teams.
The Broncos strong season coming off their worst season in franchise history was recognized with two rookies being recognized both on the defensive side of the ball.
Second overall pick Von Miller pick was the obvious choice for any rookie team. PFW had this to say about Miller.
Miller, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft from Texas A&M, tied the Broncos’ rookie sack record with 11.5 quarterback takedowns on his way to becoming just the second rookie in club history to be named to the Pro Bowl. His 11.5 sacks tied for ninth in the NFL and his 64 tackles were fifth-most on the Broncos.
The second Bronco to make the list (in the safety spot) was rookie defense back Chris Harris, who came out of nowhere to be one of the reasons for the Broncos comeback season. PFW had this to say about Harris.
Harris, who was signed by the Broncos as a college free agent out of Kansas, finished the regular season ranked fourth on the team with 65 tackles. He also intercepted one pass and broke up six others. Harris was the team’s nickel cornerback for the majority of the season, but was selected to the All-Rookie team as a safety.
Congratulations to both Broncos. The Broncos had many good performances by their rookies this season. Quinton Carter had a lot of strong moments including a huge interception against the Steelers. Orlando Franklin started all 16 games at right tackle for the Broncos. The Broncos wanted three starters out of this rookie class and got 3 possibly 4 if you include Chris Harris at the nickle back spot.The full rookie teams can be seen here.
Congrats to all the Broncos rookies on a good season and here's to many more to come!
You made Bronco Country proud!