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Similar to defensive players and their chances of winning an MVP award, offensive linemen are ousted when it comes to winning Rookie of the Year. Even when the Associated Press breaks up its awards to an offensive and defensive player, offensive linemen are rarely considered, and in the end, they don't win.
If there is a chance of an offensive lineman taking the award, this year could be the year. The 2013 NFL draft wasn't as highly touted as past drafts. With two offensive linemen being taken with the first two picks and three in the first four, it could happen. The chances are still low but better than before since offensive linemen were highly coveted.
The first four offensive players drafted were offensive linemen, and six of the first seven were either a tackle or guard. Will the candidates for Offensive Rookie of the Year be different from years past?
T Eric Fisher
Don't get me wrong, Eric Fisher's chances are still low. But he's the top pick of the draft, and the Chiefs didn't draft another player until the third round.
In a year where there were no dominant quarterbacks, running backs or wide receivers in this year's draft, maybe an offensive lineman can sneak his way to winning the award for best offensive rookie.
If this turns out to be the case, expect Fisher's name to be tossed as a nominee.