The NFL draft went like it was supposed to go in 2010.
Quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick by the St. Louis Rams, was named the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Sug, the No. 2 overall pick by the Detroit Lions, was named the AP’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.
If only it was this easy selecting players every season. Then, teams wouldn’t be scared to death of owning the top picks many years like they always are because of the intimidating bust factor with all first-round picks.
Bradford won in a landslide, capturing 44 of the 50 first-place votes. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams got four and Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey received two. Suh ran away with his award too, getting 48 votes. New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty received the other two.
Bradford helped the Rams improve from 1-15 to 7-9 and showed great promise for the future. Suh is already one of the most dominant interior players in the league.
Now, the pressure is on the Carolina Panthers to find the next rookie of the year. They hold the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft.
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