Curry, Laurinaitis and the top rookies

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks and Rams are quite pleased with their rookie linebackers.

The NFL considered both as candidates for defensive rookie of the month. Bills free safety Jairus Byrd won the award, however. Byrd had 15 tackles, five interceptions and seven passes defensed in October.

According to the NFL, Byrd is the first rookie since Mark Carrier in 1990 to pick off five passes in a month. Byrd is also the first rookie since Everson Walls in 1981 to intercept two passes in two consecutive games. The Bills turned three of Byrd's interceptions into touchdowns over their last two games, both victories.

The Seahawks' Aaron Curry and the Rams' James Laurinaitis will have a hard time winning rookie awards unless their teams start winning more frequently.