Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rookies of the Year

Happy Draft Day!

As I mentioned in my post a couple days ago, the 2011 NFL Draft starts TODAY! To some of you this may be a regular Thursday for the books, but for football diehards, it's like the best thing ever.

You get to see the new talent your team acquires and who your opponents grab. It also gets you pumped for football season (even though if it DOES happen, it's still a few months away). Basically, it's an excuse for us football fans to get together, down some adult beverages and talk sports. I'll take it.

Each year there are loads of pro-football newbies with tons of talent. Draft analysts spend months predicting which players NFL teams will choose and which rookies get picked up. Though different analysts have different opinions, there are always some college stars whose names stick out.

Take a look at some of the most talked about rookies to grace this year's draft:

Patrick Peterson, Cornerback/Return Specialist, LSU
photo via Zimbio

Nick Fairley, Defensive Tackle, Auburn
photo via EveryJoe

Von Miller, Linebacker, Texas A&M
photo via Fox Sports

Cam Newton, Quarterback, Auburn

A.J. Green, Wide Receiver, Georgia
photo via SI

Julio Jones, Wide Reciever, Alabama
photo via NYDaily News

Blaine Gabbert, Quarterback, Missouri
photo via Mizzou Nation

Da'Quan Bowers, Defensive End, Clemson

Robert Quinn, Defensive End, North Carolina
photo via Fox Sports

and though he doesn't top the draft lists, he's my personal favorite for more reasons than just his QB skills (hello dark-tall-and-handsome stud muffin)...

Christian Ponder, Quarterback, Florida St.
photo via BleacherReport

No one knows for sure where these football wonders will end up by Saturday, but one thing's for sure - they'll go quick. 

Make sure to check out the draft between now and Saturday to see who your team goes home with. And keep your fingers crossed that the NFL dickwads can get their situation straightened out and give us a chance to see these rookies tear it up. 

Have a great draft weekend!

Cosmo Clue:
Many of the same college studs top different draft analysts' lists.

Wondering what the rookies do pre-draft day? Check out this video. 

Can't get to a TV? Stay online here to catch the draft live.

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