When it comes to the 2011 NFL Draft, all we can do is speculate. Who is going to be taken No. 1? Where will stars like Cam Newton, A.J. Green and Blaine Gabbert end up? What will the Dallas Cowboys do to rebound from last season?
All the experts can do is guess. So, with all the presumptions going on around the NFL, in articles and message boards across the country, why not take it a step further? Let’s jump past the draft. Hell, let’s jump past training camp, the preseason and the 2011 NFL season altogether! It’s time to go big or go home, and name the 2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Let's break things down. Since 1990, 16 of the 21 Offensive Rookie of the Year winners have been drafted in the first round. Three in the second round. So it’s safe to assume that this year’s trophy holder will be going in the top 50.
Beyond that, since 1990, 13 winners have been running backs. And in the last seven years, four recipients have been quarterbacks.
The first round of the 2011 NFL draft looks to be centered around building defenses. The top 32 is full of defensive ends and linebackers, especially.
To view a prediction of 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, visit http://bleacherreport.com/articles/676300-2011-nfl-draft-predicting-the-2011-nfl-defensive-rookie-of-the-year
So the list of likely Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates is slim.