Sam Bradford and Ndamukong Suh won the Associated Press Offensive and Defensive rookie of the Year awards respectably. Taken #1 and #2 overall in last April’s draft, both players lived up to the hype. Bradford led the Rams to a 6-game improvement and just missed out at a playoff spot in the weak NFC West with a 7-9 record. Bradford won the 2008 Heisman Trophy when at Oklahoma University. Bradford’s sure status as the number 1 pick dropped when he missed almost the entire 2009 college season with a shoulder injury. Even though the injuries were a problem, the Rams selected Bradford with the first pick and he went on to shine. He threw for 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Suh won the award almost unanimously, getting 96% of the votes. The other two votes went to Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty. The Lions had 4 more wins in 2010 to finish 6-10, and Suh had 10 sacks and put up 66 tackles. Suh is the first Lion to win the award in 32 years. He received a starting role in the Pro Bowl, but declined, as he underwent shoulder surgery.