2011 NFL Predictions: Top 10 Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidates

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2011 NFL Predictions: Top 10 Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidates
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With all the movement of players this offseason via trade and free agency, it's pretty easy for the incoming crop of rookies to be overshadowed. 

Besides, in addition to the learning curve and the growing pains, they were selected back in April: yesterday's news! 

But by midseason there are going to be some rookies who've made a name for themselves, some to be expected, some a complete surprise. 

Whoever makes the greatest contribution--and, of course, isn't a defender--throughout the bulk of the 2011 will earn the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

That honor has gone to legends like Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, and Earl Campbell, but also those not bound for Canton like Leonard Russell, Troy Stradford, and quarteback Dennis Shaw, who thew twice as many picks as he did touchdowns as a Bills rookie in 1970. 

Let that be a lesson: a rookie season doesn't make (or break) a career. 

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