This week, Acme Packing Company will look back at the first half of the Green Bay Packers' 2015 season to identify the most outstanding players in a variety of categories. In the third of our four posts, we will break down our choices for the Packers' Rookie of the Year.
Four APC writers contributed to our rankings by listing our top three options for each award. We assigned points as follows: 3 points for first-place vote, 2 points for second-place vote, 1 point for third-place vote. You'll see the number of points next to each player's name.
This race, however, was an easy one for us to pick. The four writers who submitted votes were unanimous at all three slots.
Damarious Randall (12 points)
The first-round pick out of Arizona State has most definitely lived up to his billing, leading the Packers in passes defended and tying for the team lead in interceptions. When Morgan Burnett's injury forced Micah Hyde to safety instead of the slot position, Randall was inserted into the lineup right away in the nickel and dime packages as a boundary corner. As the weeks have gone along, he has consistently improved and is showing a short memory, making big plays even after allowing a few going the other way. We feel that this is a no-brainer call that has more than justified Ted Thompson's choice at the 30th overall pick.
Ty Montgomery (8)
Our second-place rookie was the team's third pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and one that seemed puzzling at the time. Why would the Packers draft a wide receiver and return specialist in the third round when they have Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and an emerging Davante Adams?
Ted Thompson's choice has proven to be a good one so far, as Montgomery has been a big part of the offense with all three of the aforementioned veterans either missing time or being limited somewhat by injury. His kick returns have also sparked the special teams, and he looks poised to become the Packers' next multi-talented wideout.
Quinten Rollins (4)
In third place is Rollins, the converted point guard who is playing high-level football for just the second year. Rollins made his mark in the preseason with a few big plays, but it was his pick-six off Nick Foles of the Rams in week five that helped him into this spot. Hopefully he will be able to return to the field soon after suffering a neck injury against the Broncos two weeks ago.