Two-for-two: Kamara, Lattimore take NFL Rookie of the Year honors

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Alvin Kamara, Marshon Lattimore

A few moments after the New Orleans Saints used their second-round draft pick on free safety Marcus Williams, general manager Mickey Loomis started working the phones.

Loomis wasn’t the only one. Three more Saints staffers started working the phones, desperately trying to trade back up for another prized prospect.

The target? Alvin Kamara, the versatile running back from Tennessee who was named Offensive Rookie of the Year at the NFL Honors awards show Saturday night, joining fellow running backs George Rogers (1981) and Reuben Mayes (1986) as the only Saints to win the award.

The Saints have spent decades searching for a true franchise cornerback, the kind of cover man who can lock down a receiver every game for a decade.

New Orleans might finally have found its man.

Marshon Lattimore, the first of two first-round picks by the Saints in April’s NFL draft, became the first Saint to be named Defensive Rookie of the Year when the award was handed out by New Orleans’ own Odell Beckham Jr. at the NFL Honors show on Saturday night.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees was honored as the Clutch Player of the Year at the ceremony.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won his third career NFL MVP.

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