The Falcons have had rookies break franchise records in each of the last two seasons. Kyle Pitts set several records, and Drake London broke his receptions mark. But those are first-round picks; it’s not too surprising. Tyler Allgeier, a fifth-round pick, breaking the Falcons’ all-time rookie rushing record came out of nowhere. Yet, he still wasn’t recognized as one of the best first-year players, according to the Associated press, who released their Offensive Rookie of the Year finalists:
- Brock Purdy, 49ers QB
- Kenneth Walker III, Seahawks RB
- Garrett Wilson, Jets WR
I won’t argue against Brock Purdy or Garrett Wilson. Both have had incredible seasons, particularly the 49ers’ rookie signal caller. After being the last pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Brock Purdy has played flawlessly in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. He deserves praise, but Allgeier’s numbers are equally as impressive as Kenneth Walker’s — something I’ve dissected multiple times.
Kenneth Walker III, Seattle Seahawks
Stats: 228 carries, 1,050 rushing yards, 27 catches, 165 receiving yards, 9 total TDs
Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta Falcons
Stats: 210 carries, 1,035 rushing yards, 16 catches, 139 receiving yards, 4 total TDs
That is absolutely ridiculous. Walker has totaled 1,215 yards from scrimmage on 255 touches; Allgeier has 1,174 on 226 touches — 4.67 yards per touch compared to Allgeier’s 5.19 yards per touch.