2012 NFL Draft Prospects: Setting Early Odds for Defensive Rookie of the Year

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2012 NFL Draft Prospects: Setting Early Odds for Defensive Rookie of the Year
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While it is early for even the pre-draft process for the top 2012 NFL Draft prospects, it is never too early to start looking ahead to the 2012 NFL season and how the upcoming class of rookies will contribute next season.

I broke down the Defensive Rookie of the Year race for next season, although these odds will certainly change once these players are actually drafted by teams. Their fits and how that fit will enable them to immediately impact their team, will play a large part in their success as rookies.

The top candidates on the defensive side of the ball are much less clear than they are on the offensive side of the ball. That said, these are my best projections based on the prospects’ abilities to contribute early at the next level.

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