Top NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidates

17424561-mmmainThe 2015 NFL season is four months away, however, it’s never too early to predict the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. They say the NFL is a quarterback driven league and the top two picks from this years draft did nothing to dispel that notion (with Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota going 1st and 2nd overall). Winston has two receivers coming off 1000-yard seasons behind sub-par QB play and should put up respectable numbers this year. Mariota is probably going to take a few years seasoning to adjust to an NFL offense, therefore he’s not a favorite to win the ROY award. A big part of what determines a player’s success as a rookie is scheme fit and opportunity. Three players that meet those qualifications are Amari Cooper, WR-Oakland, Melvin Gordon, RB-San Diego, and Tevin Coleman, RB-Atlanta. Cooper immediately becomes the big play threat Oakland needs in their offense. He’s a polished route runner who is excellent breaking tackles once the ball is in his hands. David Carr, the QB of the Raiders will target Cooper often, giving him a great chance to be ROY. The San Diego Chargers RBs were very productive when healthy both in the running game and passing game last season. Gordon was drafted because of his production, durability and versatility. Phillip Rivers, the Chargers QB, has had weapons on the outside in the WR corp, and also has had Antonio Gates to exploit match-ups in the middle of the field.  The difference now is Gordon is the type of weapon he hasn’t had since LaDanian Tomlinson left town. Gordon can carry the load, which was evident by his 343 rushes for 2,587 yards a season ago at Wisconsin. Look for San Diego to also get him the ball as a receiver out of the backfield. Tevin Coleman is the sleeper of the group. Taken in the 3rd round by the Falcons out of Indiana, Coleman is the perfect one cut RB to fit the Kyle Shanahan zone rushing attack. RB’s have had great success as rookies in this system dating back to Terrell Davis and Clinton Portis in Denver and as recently Alfred Morris in Washington. Each of those RB’s rushed for at least 1100 yards and 7 touchdowns. Morris gained 1613 yards and Portis had 15 rushing touchdowns. Look for Coleman to continue that trend of rookie RB’s excelling in that system.

London Fletcher

London Fletcher

London Fletcher is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Undrafted in 1998, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent and became a Super Bowl champion with the team. He was also a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he played for five seasons, and the Washington Redskins, where he played for seven seasons. Fletcher was well known for never missing a game in his career, being one of only four players in NFL history to play in over 250 consecutive games. Fletcher also holds the record for consecutive starts at the linebacker position. He eventually finished his career with 215 consecutive games started, which ties him for 6th all time along with Alan Page and Ronde Barber. London has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user.

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