MVP: Justin Herbert QB, Los Angeles Chargers
After a record breaking rookie season, and a terrific sophomore season, Justin Herbert will still be poised to take a step in the 2022 NFL Season. Herbert is in the perfect system to succeed with weapons like Runningback Austin Ekeler, and Wide Receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, along with an improving Offensive Line lead by Rashawn Slater and Corey Linsley with 2022 First Round Pick Zion Johnson. I would expect and predict around 50 TD Passes for Herbert and 5,000 yards, and a playoff berth which will seal the deal for the voters.
OPOY: Justin Jefferson WR, Minnesota Vikings
Justin Jefferson has been one of if not the best receivers in football since he entered in the league in 2020, and he did that in a run-first offense with conservative play calling. New Head Coach Kevin O’Connell, who was the former Offensive Coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams and learned under Offensive Genius Sean McVay will be running a pass-first offense which will be centered around Jefferson, just like the Rams offense was centered around last year’s OPOY Cooper Kupp. Jefferson will undoubtedly be able to break records in a pass-first offense with him as the focal-point.
DPOY: Micah Parsons LB, Dallas Cowboys
After winning Defensive Rookie of the Year last season Micah Parsons heads into his second season on top and will only continue to improve his craft under Great Defensive coach Dan Quinn. Parsons has all the tools to be the next defensive superstar in the NFL, and win many DPOY awards.
OROY: Kenny Pickett QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
This is usually a Quarterbacks award, and I think Kenny Pickett will put up good enough numbers and enough volume to be the one to win this award. Pickett is in a great position to succeed with RB Najee Harris, and pass catching options like Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, George Pickens, and Pat Freiermuth.
DROY: Aidan Hutchinson DE, Detroit Lions
Aidan Hutchinson comes in as the clear favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Hutchinson had an amazing season at Michigan last year and some thought he deserved the Heisman award. The Number two overall pick comes in as a very pro-ready prospect and I expect him to dominate in his first season.
Coach of the Year: Brandon Staley, Los Angeles Chargers
Brandon Staley had a great coaching season last year that went unnoticed because of the Backlash he got because of his decision in Week 18. The Chargers will be in contention for the AFC West this season and there is a good chance they win it. Staley is an analytical genius and has all the tools to outcoach his opponent.
Comeback Player of the Year: Derrick Henry RB, Tennessee Titans
Derrick Henry missed most of last season with a foot injury, he is poised to continue his dominance in 2022. Henry will get more volume in 2022 due to Tennessee Titans Receiver AJ Brown being traded, this will get Henry more carries and more yards.