Tyrann Mathieu named to Mel Kiper's All-Rookie team; Andre Ellington snubbed

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Despite his late-season injury, he gets recognized for fine season.

Arizona Cardinals rookie defensive back Tyrann Mathieu had his season end prematurely with a torn ACL and LCL, which will put at least a portion of his 2014 in jeopardy. He did enough, though, to get recognized as one of the league's top rookies.

ESPN draft guy Mel Kiper, Jr. put together his All-Rookie team for the season and Mathieu was on the list.

Mathieu was named one of the two All-Rookie safeties:

He could also qualify at cornerback, or nickelback, but I put him here based on how the Cardinals used him. Great season, injury aside.

Mathieu played 13 games, starting 11. He picked off two passes, had one sack and a forced fumble. He was second on the team with 65 solo tackles.

Kiper previously had Mathieu ranked as the league's 12th best rookie, placed in his Top 30. Fellow Cardinals rookie Andre Ellington also made that initial list at number 22. Ellington did not make the Kiper All-Rookie team despite over 1000 yards from scrimmage on the season. He elected to go with CIncinnati Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard.

Do you think Mathieu and Ellington both deserve to be on the All-Rookie team? Is Ellington's absence more of a snub or more of truly just falling short?

Discuss it in the comments.

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Revenge of the Birds

You must be a member of Revenge of the Birds to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Revenge of the Birds. You should read them.

Join Revenge of the Birds

You must be a member of Revenge of the Birds to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Revenge of the Birds. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker