Last night, Aaron Donald won defensive rookie of the year at the NFL Honors award, but I am not sure he was the sure winner. While Khalil Mack did not have great stats, his presence was felt in the game. According to PFF, he was the best linebacker in the NFL. He was not the only one that fell short to Donald. C.J. Mosley fell short in the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting as well, finishing second to St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Mosley received 18 votes, which were seven short of Donald (25 votes). The only other rookies to receive votes were Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack (six votes) and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland (one).
The 13th overall pick, Donald had 37 tackles, nine assists, and led all rookies with nine sacks. He and Mosley were the only defensive rookies to make the Pro Bowl this season, but how did Khalil Mack only receive six votes?