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Predicting the 2014 NFL awards

Who will win the big awards in the AFC such as MVP, defensive player of the year, and rookie of the year?

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As the regular season approaches in the National Football League, one thing that fans love to do is predict. Whether it's predicting a team's record, predicting who will win each division, or even predicting who will win the Super Bowl. Fans love to do it.

I'm here to predict who will win all the awards at the end of the season. The one award that pops into your head right away is the Most Valuable Player award. Only the best of the best receive this one. If you're really good, you might even get it twice. In fact, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has won the award four times, but that's rare.

With that being said, let's take a look at who I think will receive these particular awards by season's end:

Most Valuable Player: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Nothing too eye popping here, as Rodgers has been arguably the best quarterback in the game over the last five years. I am predicting Rodgers to win at least one more Super Bowl before the end of his career,and whether that year is this season or not, I think he will win the 2014 Most Valuable Player award.

Defensive Player of the Year: Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers

This wont be Kuechly's first time winning an award. He received the Defensive Rookie of the Year award following the 2012 season, and looks to make an even bigger impact in 2014. Kuechly recorded 103 tackles in 2012 and 93 in 2013 along with six career interceptions. Those are impressive numbers, and the 23-year old isn't even in the prime of his career yet.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers

After losing Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, and Ted Ginn Jr. in the offseason, the Carolina Panthers are left with a very thin group at the wide receiver position. One receiver that they did manage to add was Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State whom they picked 28th overall in the first round. With all of Cam Newton's attention being drawn to Benjamin, I don't see how he can't at least eclipse the 1,000 yard mark, barring an injury.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens

Perhaps I am being a little biased here, but how can't I? Mosley has just been outstanding in the preseason and will look to take over the reins of Ray Lewis. He has recorded 12 tackles and one interception through the first three weeks of preseason action and he has made the decision to start him really easy for the Ravens team staff to make. It is preseason, and you can't put too much into what occurs during the exhibition games, but these are PRESEASON predictions after all.

Comeback Player of the Year: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Assuming that Gronkowski stays healthy, he will have a great shot at winning this award. Although that is a hard assumption to make, I will still go ahead with it. Gronkowski has participated in just 18 games over the last two years combined, so injuries are a big issue with him. However, in Gronkowski's only full season as a starter, he caught 90 passes for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns, so he definitely has the ability to make some huge plays, and grab this award.

Coach of the Year: Jay Gruden

If a head coach wins this award that most often means that they turned their team from a total disaster to a winner in just one or two years. There is no exception in this case. The Washington Redskins finished with the worst record in the league lat season at 3-13 just one year after claiming the NFC East crown for the first time since 1999. However, with a rejuvenated Robert Griffin III, a healthy Pierre Garcon, and the addition of DeSean Jackson, I don't see how they can't possibly win at least four games than last year.