Packers 2010 Yearbook Awards: Player Most Likely to have the Best Season of their Career in 2011
(Be sure to place your vote in the poll below.)
Adam: Nick Collins — Collins is already good, but I still think he’s still on the upswing. Look for him to go from good to great in 2011.
Al: B.J. Raji — I think year three will be the breakout for B.J. Raji. After an injury hobbled first season, Raji played a ton of snaps last year and his improvement was accelerating in the post season. That trend continues, Jersey Boy Raji gets stronger and opposing centers feel the pain.
Chad: A.J. Hawk — This is a tricky one. When you talk about the best season of a player’s career, you’re talking past, present, and future. So to hit this category, you’ve got to find the player that’s hitting their peak and not currently too early or too late in their careers. That being said, I think this is the year A.J. Hawk hits his high point. His production dipped a bit when the Packers switched to the 3-4 under Capers, but after finally taking the reins of the defense last year, I think Hawk’s sixth season will be his best ever.
Kris: Aaron Rodgers — Call me crazy but I’m going with Aaron Rodgers. 30 touchdowns and only 7 picks may be near impossible to beat, a career high in yardage isn’t out of the question. I will even call my shot now and say he is the league MVP. That would be a career year for Rodgers.
Thomas: Jordy Nelson — In my opinion he’s already the number 2 receiver after Jennings and that will only increase his production as that becomes more apparent. I think he has better hands than Jones (who is probably going to leave anyways) and Driver has declined to a point where Nelson is probably better. Add that to the fact that Nelson has had pretty paltry numbers since being drafted (not his fault, there was just so much talent ahead of him), and there’s no way he doesn’t have a great statistical season.
Zach: Jordy Nelson– This is the year Nelson takes off. He should be brimming with confidence after his performance in the Super Bowl, and James Jones is likely heading out of town. Add in the fact that Donald Driver is slowing down, and you get a perfect storm for Nelson having a big 2011. Would it really be unrealistic to think that Nelson could make up half of Jones’ production in 2010 (50 catches) next year? I think he certainly could push 70 catches.——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.