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Rookie Watch: Awards go to ...

It's close, but Luck deserves Offensive ROY; Kuechly is top defender

Originally Published: January 2, 2013
By Matt Williamson | ESPN.com
Luke Kuechly/Andrew LuckUS PresswireAndrew Luck, right, led the Colts to the playoffs. Luke Kuechly was a tackling machine for Carolina.

Russell Wilson was No. 1 on this list the past two weeks, but the space between Wilson, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III has been minimal of late.

All three are fantastic quarterback prospects. In fact, they are all already excellent NFL quarterbacks -- even when comparing them to the veterans starting in the league. In the end, I chose Luck as my NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the narrowest of margins over Wilson and Griffin. Why? Because I thought he finished the regular season stronger in Week 17 than the other two, and because I feel that more was asked of Luck from the start.

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