Saturday, February 5, 2011

NFL Rookies of the Year

Congratulations to Sam Bradford and Ndamukong Suh, winners of the NFL's 2010 Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards.

Bradford, the #1 overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Rams, led St. Louis to within 1 game of winning the NFC West Division Title. Bradford threw for 3512 yards and 18 touchdowns in his rookie season leading all rookies in both categories. Bradford struggled a bit down the stretch just 1 touchdown and 6 interceptions over the final 5 games, but his body of work for the season earned him 44 of 50 votes and the award. Mike Williams, the wide receiver for Tampa Bay not the one from Seattle, placed second with 4 votes and Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey received 2 votes. Bradford's best game came in Week 12 against Denver when he completed 22 of 37 passes for 308 yards and 3 touchdowns leading the Rams to a 36-33 win. The numbers he put up this season are that much more impressive when you look at his receiving corps:

WR Danny Amendola - 85 receptions 689 yards 3 touchdowns - Undrafted Free Agent
WR Brandon Gibson - 53 receptions 620 yards, 2 touchdowns - 2009 6th Round Pick, WAS
TE Daniel Fells - 41 receptions 391 yards, 2 touchdowns - Undrafted Free Agent
WR Laurent Robinson - 34 receptions 344 yards, 2 touchdowns - 2007 3rd Round Pick - ATL
WR Mark Clayton* - 23 receptions 306 yards, 2 touchdowns - 2005 1st Round Pick - BAL
WR Danario Alexander - 20 receptions 306 yards, 1 touchdown - Undrafted Free Agent
TE Michael Hoomanawanui - 13 receptions 146 yards, 3 touchdowns - 2010 5th Round pick
WR Billy Bajema - 14 receptions 145 yards, 2 touchdowns - 2005 7th Round Pick, SF
WR Mardy Gilyard - 6 receptions 63 yards - 2010 4th Round Pick
TE Fendi Onobun - 2 receptions 15 yards - 2010 6th Round Pick

*Season Ending Injury Week 5

Not exactly a group of world beaters right there. Just think what he'll be able to do if he continues to develop and the Rams him can surround him with some playmakers.

Suh, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Detroit Lions, helped the Lions finish the season with 4 straight wins and a 6-10 record, their best season since they were 7-9 back in 2007. Suh finished the year with 66 sacks and 10 sacks. He also had an interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a touchdown against the Redskins. Suh's 10 sacks led all rookies, led the Lions, and led all interior linemen. Suh, in addition to being the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year was also the only rookie place on the All-PRO team. Suh received 48 of 50 votes overall, the other two were given to New England cornerback Devin McCourty.

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