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Rookies Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Corey Linsley honored

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- General manager Ted Thompson drafted Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to be an immediate starter. That's not what he had in mind for Corey Linsley.

But the Green Bay Packers' first- and fifth-round picks, respectively, in last year's NFL draft both became full-time starters as rookies. Together, they were named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team, which was announced Tuesday.

Clinton-Dix, the 21st overall pick in last year's draft, started 10 of the 16 regular-season games, the most starts by a Packers rookie safety since Nick Collins started all 16 games in 2005. Clinton-Dix finished second on the team with 95 tackles and also had a sack, an interception and 11 pass breakups.

Linsley, the 161st overall pick in the draft, started every game at center even though he didn't take over the job until the final week of the preseason after JC Tretter sustained a knee injury. Linsley went into the season having never even taken a preseason game snap with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Linsley was rated as the NFL's fifth-best center this season by ProFootballFocus.com.

The Packers were one of seven teams to have multiple rookies selected. The full list can be found at the Pro Football Writers of America website. New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was named this year’s PFWA rookie of the year.

Last year, Packers running back Eddie Lacy was named the PFWA's rookie of the year, a precursor to winning the AP's offensive rookie of the year award, which is the NFL's official award.