With the NFL Awards ceremony complete, one might wonder who might win next year’s NFL Awards. We’ll give explanation for each possible selection and pick a likely candidate for each. To clarify, we will only be predicting the MVP, Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Head Coach of the Year, and the Comeback Player of the Year. With that being said, let’s get started.
2017 Winner: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Projected 2018 Winner: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
The student becomes the master. After being traded to the San Francisco 49ers at the trade deadline, Garoppolo has become an interesting player to look out for in next year’s MVP race. If the 49ers become good again, it will be because of Jimmy G’s ability to bring them relevance.
Other Candidates: Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson
Offensive Rookie of the Year
2017 Winner: Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
Projected 2018 Winner: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Few believed that Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara could become the OROY, but stranger things have happened in the NFL. It may be a safe pick to choose Barkley for next year, but there isn’t anyone who comes close to his pro-readiness.
Other Candidates: Courtland Sutton, James Washington
Defensive Rookie of the Year
2017 Winner: Marshon Lattimore, CB, New Orleans Saints
Projected 2018 Winner: Derwin James, S, Florida State
There are many players I could choose from, but I ended up going with James out of FSU. Why? He’s a thumper who has ball-hawk instincts. I think any team becomes better with him on the roster.
Other Candidates: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Tremaine Edmunds
Offensive Player of the Year
2017 Winner: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Projected 2018 Winner: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
After suffering a season-ending injury last season, OBJ will look to recoup and put on a clinic for either Eli Manning or whoever is at QB. People won’t forget how dominant a receiver he is for long.
Other Candidates: Jordan Howard, Deandre Hopkins
Defensive Player of the Year
2017 Winner: Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams
Projected 2018 Winner: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars
I believe 2018 will be the year that there will be consensus on who the most dominant corner in the game is, and his name is Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey has ability to cement himself as the best in the business with a stellar 2o18 campaign; it’s up to him if he delivers.
Other Candidates: Marcus Peters, Khalil Mack
Head Coach of the Year
2017 Winner: Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams
Projected 2018 Winner: Steve Wilks, Arizona Cardinals
I tried to think outside-the-box on this one, and I’d like to continue the trend of first year head coaches winning this award. Wilks brings a defensive mind to an intriguing defensive unit. With the help of a QB and the return of David Johnson, Wilks could definitely win it.
Other Candidates: Mike Tomlin, Jon Gruden
Comeback Player of the Year
2017 Winner: Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Projected 2018 Winner: Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
It’s good to see Keenan Allen back in his Pro Bowl form. For next season, a major headline is the health of Andrew Luck. If Luck is healthy and plays well, he’s almost a shoe-in to win this award.
Other Candidates: David Johnson, J.J. Watt