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The first 'official' All-Pro and All-Rookie teams are out, and the Buccaneers had a few players make the All-Rookie team.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have three really good rookies, and all three of them made ProFootballWeekly/Pro Football Writers of America's All-Rookie team: running back Doug Martin, linebacker Lavonte David and safety Mark Barron. Obviously, all three awards are well-deserved. Martin led all rookies in yards from scrimmage, while Lavonte David looked ominously like the second coming of Derrick Brooks at linebacker (and that is not something I say lightly). Mark Barron bookended a weak middle of the season with an outstanding start and finish to the season.
I do have one complaint: Luke Kuechly won Defensive Rookie of the Year, which is a shame, because Lavonte David had a terrific season and should have been a strong contender for that award. Kuechly isn't necessarily undeserving of the award, but I'd say David would have been the better choice.
Unfortunately but not unexpectedly, no Buccaneers were named to the PFW/PFWA All-NFL team. Vincent Jackson had an outside shot, as did Gerald McCoy, but with just one or two players for most positions, there's not much room for error.