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Top 10 Early Candidates for 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Top 10 Early Candidates for 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

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The NFL season is a long way away, but it is never too early to speculate which rookies have the best chance to win the Offensive Player of the Year. Here are the top 10 candidates for the award.

10. QB Johnny Manziel

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10. QB Johnny Manziel

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Manziel will have a hard time winning the award if Josh Gordon is suspended, but Manziel is too talented to not be a candidate. His ability to extend plays, compete and produce in big moments will make Manziel stand out among the rookies this season. He'll just need a little help from the rest of the Browns' roster.

9. TE Jace Amaro

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9. TE Jace Amaro

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Amaro, a second-round pick, was the third tight end taken in this year's draft. He is a perfect fit with the New York Jets and will be catching a lot of passes.

8. QB Teddy Bridgewater

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8. QB Teddy Bridgewater

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Bridgewater is better than his draft position indicates and has to seize his opportunity in Minnesota. Having guys like Greg Jennings, Corrarrelle Patterson and Adrian Peterson on his side will make things easier for Bridgewater. He has the potential to put up big numbers this season.

7. WR Marquise Lee

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7. WR Marquise Lee

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Lee is one of the best receivers in this draft class and the Jaguars are lucky he slipped to the second round. He's speedy and has the ability to make plays after the catch. He's a fluid athlete with good route-running skills. Could have a solid season in Jacksonville.

6. TE Eric Ebron

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6. TE Eric Ebron

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Ebron is an absolute beast. He plays like a wide receiver in a tight end's body. He's extremely fast, smooth and possesses a massive catch radius. With all the focus on Calvin Johnson, Ebron has a chance to make a huge impact with the Detroit Lions and put up veteran-like numbers.

5. QB Blake Bortles

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5. QB Blake Bortles

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Bortles is the best QB in this draft and could have a good year if he is the Jaguars' starter at some point. He may be in the best position to succeed because of the receivers Jacksonville drafted to surround him.

4. WR Mike Evans

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4. WR Mike Evans

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Evans, at 6-foot-5, is physical and imposes his will with defenders. He's consistent at getting open and makes all the difficult receptions look easy. He could flourish lining opposite of Vincent Jackson with the Buccaneers.

3. RB Tre Mason

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3. RB Tre Mason

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Tre Mason could be the best running back drafted in 2014. He has a chance to be the No. 1 back with the St. Louis Rams and has the skill set to make a real impact. He has a solid, compact build and possesses the ability to make defenders miss and is explosive in the open field.

2. WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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2. WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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Playing with Eli Manning gives Beckham Jr. a very good chance of being the offensive rookie of the year. He's speedy, explosive and has reliable hands. He's able to burst out of cuts, snatch the ball in the air and make impact plays in the open field. He should have a successful season with the Giants.

1. WR Sammy Watkins

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1. WR Sammy Watkins

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Watkins is a freakish athlete who boasts similarities to Julio Jones. He gets up field quickly and can snatch the ball from anywhere. He is certainly the most talented offensive player in this year's rookie class. He will make a huge impact with the Bills and put up monster numbers.