"Since 2000, the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award has gone to a linebacker eight times; a linebacker has currently won the award six years in a row. The only year that it went to another position was in 2002 when Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers won the award. Another linebacker will receive the award this year, and it should be a consensus pick, Seattle Seahawks first round pick Aaron Curry. He was my No. 1 prospect entering the 2009 NFL Draft and he will emerge as the top defensive rookie this year." - Chris Steuber
But perhaps even more interesting is who Steuber thinks will be 'rookie most likely to be a steal in five years'. Mike Teel, quarterback taken in the 6th round by Seattle, is given the title. Steuber argues that the former Rutgers signal caller has the skills, it's just a question of consistency. If he can find the right system and become a more reliable force - he could be the potential heir apparent to Matt Hasselbeck in Seattle.
"Since 1998, there have been four quarterbacks selected in the sixth round that have gone on to be Pro Bowl players: Matt Hasselbeck, Marc Bulger, Tom Brady and Derek Anderson. I'm not going to compare Teel with any of the quarterbacks mentioned, but if he develops and can become a more consistent thrower, he has a chance to be a quality starter in the league." - Chris Steuber
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