Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidates through Week 12

Ryan DuncanContributor IIIDecember 4, 2010

Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidates through Week 12

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  NFL Commissioner Roer Goodell stands at the podium on stage during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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    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

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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 10: Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions looks for running room after getting past Craig Dahl #43 of the St. Louis Rams on October 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 44-6. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Ima
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    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

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Running back LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers straight arms safety Oshiomogho Atogwe #21 of the St. Louis Rams during the game at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Ge
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    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

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the New York Giants on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    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

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 07:  Mike Williams #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 7, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams rolls out of the pocket during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 28, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Rams defeated the Broncos 36-3
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    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.