Rating the Rookies: A Look at This Year's Key Rookies

Rating the Rookies: A Look at This Year's Key Rookies

This article is part of our 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit series.

There's still plenty that needs to shake out in training camp, but as always, there will be a number of rookies who are fantasy difference-makers this year. Correctly identifying who they'll be and drafting them accordingly (not too early, not too late) will go a long way in determining your team's 2010 fate.

*Height/Weight numbers are according to NFL.com.

QUARTERBACKS

Sam Bradford – (6-4, 236) Oklahoma – St. Louis Rams – The Rams entered the draft needing to upgrade at quarterback in the worst way, and in Bradford, they got savvy signal-caller with good polish. With A.J. Feeley, Keith Null and Thaddeus Lewis the only other quarterbacks under contract at press time, it's hard to imagine the top overall pick not being the team's Week 1 starter. Assuming his shoulder holds up, and it's been so far, so good on that front, the Rams have a player who fits the franchise cornerstone profile. As is so often the case with young quarterbacks, there will be a steep learning curve for both Bradford and his largely unproven receiving corps, so temper your expectations for his rookie season.

Jimmy Clausen – (6-3, 222) Notre Dame – Carolina Panthers – Clausen falling to the No. 48 slot in the NFL Draft was one of the event's biggest shockers and makes him the early favorite to be its steal, given that some scouts think he might be the better pro than Bradford. One of the knocks on Clausen is the perception that he's

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