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.