2010 NFL Draft Pre-Preseason All-Rookie Team: Offense

Chris MaierCorrespondent IMay 17, 2010

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 5:  Runningback Brandon Boykin #2 of the Georgia Bulldogs dives for the ball for the ball as Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys cannot make the pass during the third quarter of the game at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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With the NFL Draft nearly a month behind us, it is time to close out the 2010 coverage with a stab at the 2010-2011 All-Rookie Team. The selections are based on a combination of talent, opportunity, and gut instinct. While it would be easy to just select first and second rounders, there are some surprise selections mixed in.  

2010-2011 NFL All-Rookie Offensive Team

QB: Jimmy Clausen (Carolina) - Bradford was the top pick, but Clausen landed in a better situation, going to a team with one of the league's best rushing attacks, a talented offensive line, and of course, Steve Smith.

RB: Ryan Mathews (San Diego) and Ben Tate (Houston) - C.J. Spiller and Jahvid Best were considerations and have game-breaking potential, but Mathews and Tate are all-around backs with the ability to run inside or outside, plus will be factors in the receiving game. Tate is a surprise selection, but he is a great scheme fit and may have the best chance of any running back to be his team's bellcow in 2010.

WR: Dez Bryant (Dallas), Golden Tate (Seattle) and Mike Williams (Tampa Bay) - Bryant was clearly the top receiving talent in the draft and goes to a team with a good quarterback and other quality targets. Tate will be more of a slot receiver but will find ways to make an impact after the catch and as a returner. Mike Williams goes to a Tampa team where he should start right away, while talent has never been his problem (staying academically eligible was). He was the most impressive draft-eligible receiver I watched in 2010.

TE: Rob Gronkowski (New England) - As long as his back is healthy Gronkowski should win the starting job on one of the best passing offenses in the NFL. Wanted to pick Jermaine Gresham but lacked the confidence in offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski to take advantage of a receiving tight end.

OT: Russell Okung (Seattle) and Anthony Davis (San Francisco) - Okung is an experienced blindside pass protector who will make the biggest impact of any player on the Seahawk offense. Davis lands in a good situation where he will play right away and not have the pressure of the blindside. His ability to fill a major need will allow him to make an instant impact.

G: Mike Iupati (San Francisco) and John Jerry (Miami) - Iupati is a no-brainer based on his elite talent and how much he should immediately impact the 49er O-line. The second spot was a difficult choice between Maurkice Pouncey, Jon Asamoah, and Jerry. All should earn starting jobs, but Jerry's abilities as a road grader should allow him to make the biggest early impact.

C: JD Walton (Denver) - Walton earns this designation almost by default, as Pouncey will likely play guard as a rookie, leaving him as the only rookie center to start next season. That said, Walton is extremely experienced and has the type of toughness to be better than expected.

Chris Maier is senior editor for nfldraft101.com . He can be reached at cmaier@nfldraft101.com .  Follow me on twitter: nfldraft101


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