Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidates through Week 12
Through Week 12 of the NFL season, we're beginning to get a good idea as to which rookies are having the best seasons.
More and more, the NFL is seeing rookies come in and have immediate impacts on their team. Who will be the next Adrian Peterson, Matt Ryan or Percy Harvin?
Here are my Top 5 candidates for Offensive Rookie of the Year:
No. 5: Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit Lions
Starting as a rookie for Detroit cannot be the easiest task in the NFL.
Despite Detroit's 2-9 record, the Lions have gone from 27th in the NFL in scoring during the 2009 season, to 12th in 2010.
Jahvid Best has been a key addition to the Lions as he's rushed for 382 yards and four TD, as well as having 49 receptions for 375 yards and a score.
No. 4: LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After going undrafted in the 2010 draft, LeGarrette Blount signed with Tampa Bay this offseason and worked his way onto the roster.
Blount only had 10 carries in the Buccaneers first five games this season. Since becoming the starter, he has rushed for 466 yards and three TD in six games giving the Buccaneers solid production from a position that had been lacking through the first part of the season.
No. 3: Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant has a solid season for a Dallas Cowboys team that has been a major disappointment.
When it had became clear that the team had quit on Wade Phillips, Dez Bryant was still giving it his all.
With 44 receptions, 547 yards and six TD receiving, he's been the lone bright spot for the Cowboys. Add in his two punt returns for touchdowns and it's clear that Bryant will be very good in the NFL.
No. 2: Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Williams was drafted 210th overall in the 2010 NFL draft.
He has quickly elevated himself to the No. 1 receiver for a young Josh Freeman. The results have been spectacular.
He leads all rookies with 45 receptions, 701 yards and six TD.
No. 1: Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams
Sam Bradford has been playing absolutely phenomenal for a rookie.
In recent years, we have seen rookie quarterbacks come out and play at high levels from day one. Arguably none since Matt Ryan have come into the situation that Bradford has.
With almost no help on the outside, he has still managed to keep the St. Louis Rams alive in the division. He's thrown for 2,466 yards, 17 TD and nine interceptions through 11 games.