NFL Predictions: The Top 5 Candidates for 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year

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NFL Predictions: The Top 5 Candidates for 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year
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After the truly spectacular season that Ndamukong Suh had, the next batch of defensive rookies will be closely watched for any signs of the same greatness.

Following in the footsteps of the first ever defensive player to be the rookie of the year will be a challenge, especially to the defensive linemen, who will suffer from the dreaded comparison at every turn.

However, the new guys on the block are a talented bunch, and there are more than five names who could leap into history, either from lucky circumstances or sublime play.

In this slide show, I will run through the five players most likely to win the award in 2012.

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