2011 NFL Draft: Predicting the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

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2011 NFL Draft: Predicting the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
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Patrick Peterson, Von Miller and Adrian Clayborn vie for 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

There is no doubt in anyone's mind that the first two rounds of the 2011 NFL draft are stacked with defensive talent. With at least 40 defensive players going in these rounds, there are plenty of options for 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. And with practically all of them seeing the starting lineup in Week 1, this draft class will be one of the most productive in history.

On the defensive side of the ball, the competition is stacked. Since 1990, 19 of the 20 Defensive Rookie of the Year winners have been drafted in the first round. With roughly 20 defensive players projected to go in Round 1, things could get hairy.

Nearly half of all Defensive RotYs have been linebackers. In the last 10 years alone, eight of the players have been linebackers. There hasn’t been a cornerback since Charles Woodson in 1998, and no safety since 1990. But with two fantastic cornerbacks likely going in the top 10, there is a possibility that that streak will be broken.

To view my picks for 2011 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, check out this article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/675955-2011-nfl-draft-cam-newton-aj-green-julio-jones-fight-for-rookie-of-the-year

Without further ado, let's take a look at the candidates for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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