The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had four of their players named to the Pro Football Writers of America's All-Rookie team: quarterback Jameis Winston, left tackle Donovan Smith, right guard Ali Marpet and Kwon Alexander were all named to the team.
Ironically, though, none of these players won Offensive or Defensive Rookie of the Year, with Marcus Peters and Todd Gurley running off with those awards. They both had good seasons, with Gurley racking up 1,106 rushing yards and ten touchdowns in just 13 games, but it's a shame that Winston's own excellent season is going overlooked. With 4,042 yards, 28 total touchdowns, 15 interceptions and 7.6 yards per attempt, he certainly had the statistics to get a shot at that title. But the Bucs four-game losing streak at the end of the season undoubtedly hurt his candidacy.
Of course, PFWA isn't the only outfit awarding rookies. The AP rookies of the year have yet to be announced, while the NFL also ran a few official fan polls which have yet to be completed.
Regardless, all these awards just reinforce an obvious fact: the Bucs had a ridiculously good draft class last year. Here's to hoping they can do it again this year.