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“You can argue that passing totals are up and we shouldn't get too excited about another great rookie season, but consider the company Winston is in after throwing for 4,042 yards,” Kiper wrote. “Andrew Luck. Cam Newton. Peyton Manning. And Winston did it a year younger than Newton and Manning. The totals are nice; the rate of improvement is what is really impressive. This is what you hope to see in a No. 1 pick.”
Winston’s success was the tip of the iceberg, though. Linebacker Kwon Alexander, guard Ali Marpet and offensive tackle Donovan Smith were all listed on Kiper’s all-rookie team. Smith started every snap for the Buccaneers at left tackle while Marpet and Alexander stepped in as starters for the first game of the 2015 season. Despite missing the final four games of the season, Alexander finished second on the Buccaneers in tackles with 93.
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“Alexander lost time at the end of the season with a suspension, but he did really well when thrown into action,” Kiper wrote, "(and) he won't turn 22 until training camp in August.”
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