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Identifying early 2021 NFL Rookie of the Year candidates

May. 23, 2022 – 01:31 – Since the 2021 NFL Draft has not happened yet, narrowing down a list of possible NFL Rookie of the Year winners can be tricky. Generally, a large part of analyzing whether a player is set to thrive in his new environment depends on many things such as his fit within a scheme or positional depth. Last season, a popular early ROY pick was Clyde Edwards-Helaire due to Kansas City’s lead back opting out. CEH had a great year, but it wasn’t quite the year many were anticipating.Fueled by incredible rookies such as Justin Herbert, Justin Jefferson, Joe Burrow, Chase Young, Antoine Winfield Jr., and more, fans got to witness a special group of talent from the 2020 NFL Draft class. Even though the college football season featured fewer games than usual, the 2021 rookie class figures to feature plenty of potential. Some NFL Draft analysts expect as many as five or six quarterbacks taken in the first round alone.While quarterbacks tend to dominate the conversation, the 2021 NFL Draft features a lot more than just players who can throw a football. Let’s dive into some of the other candidates for the 2021 Rookie of the Year award.

NFL

Playing 01:31 Identifying early 2021 NFL Rookie of the Year candidates

Identifying early 2021 NFL Rookie of the Year candidates

01:23 WATCH: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray reportedly not ‘eager to play’ in 2022 on current contract

WATCH: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray reportedly not ‘eager to play’ in 2022 on current contract

01:32 WATCH: Jadeveon Clowney re-signs with the Cleveland Browns

WATCH: Jadeveon Clowney re-signs with the Cleveland Browns

01:29 WATCH: Daniel Jones focused on winning games not his New York Giants contract situation

WATCH: Daniel Jones focused on winning games not his New York Giants contract situation

01:35 WATCH: New England Patriots players concerned about ‘direction’ of offensive coaching staff

WATCH: New England Patriots players concerned about ‘direction’ of offensive coaching staff

01:24 WATCH: 10 highest-paid athletes in 2022

WATCH: 10 highest-paid athletes in 2022

01:48 WATCH: 3 reasons Micah Parsons will be NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate

WATCH: 3 reasons Micah Parsons will be NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate

01:00 WATCH: Top-selling NFL jerseys - Rookie Class Tops Sales

WATCH: Top-selling NFL jerseys – Rookie Class Tops Sales

02:25 WATCH: Will the New York Jets still struggle in 2022?

WATCH: Will the New York Jets still struggle in 2022?

02:46 WATCH: Which Quarterback is set for success in 2022?

WATCH: Which Quarterback is set for success in 2022?

NFL

Identifying early 2021 NFL Rookie of the Year candidates

Identifying early 2021 NFL Rookie of the Year candidates

WATCH: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray reportedly not ‘eager to play’ in 2022 on current contract

WATCH: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray reportedly not ‘eager to play’ in 2022 on current contract

WATCH: Jadeveon Clowney re-signs with the Cleveland Browns

WATCH: Jadeveon Clowney re-signs with the Cleveland Browns

WATCH: Daniel Jones focused on winning games not his New York Giants contract situation

WATCH: Daniel Jones focused on winning games not his New York Giants contract situation

WATCH: New England Patriots players concerned about ‘direction’ of offensive coaching staff

WATCH: New England Patriots players concerned about ‘direction’ of offensive coaching staff

WATCH: 10 highest-paid athletes in 2022

WATCH: 10 highest-paid athletes in 2022

WATCH: 3 reasons Micah Parsons will be NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate

WATCH: 3 reasons Micah Parsons will be NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate

WATCH: Top-selling NFL jerseys - Rookie Class Tops Sales

WATCH: Top-selling NFL jerseys – Rookie Class Tops Sales

WATCH: Will the New York Jets still struggle in 2022?

WATCH: Will the New York Jets still struggle in 2022?

WATCH: Which Quarterback is set for success in 2022?

WATCH: Which Quarterback is set for success in 2022?

NBA

WATCH: Brooklyn Nets working to distance themselves from Kyrie Irving

WATCH: Brooklyn Nets working to distance themselves from Kyrie Irving

WATCH: 10 highest-paid athletes in 2022

WATCH: 10 highest-paid athletes in 2022

WATCH: 4 ideal Ben Simmons trade scenarios for Brooklyn Nets

WATCH: 4 ideal Ben Simmons trade scenarios for Brooklyn Nets

WATCH: 3 ideal Zion Williamson trade scenarios from New Orleans Pelicans

WATCH: 3 ideal Zion Williamson trade scenarios from New Orleans Pelicans

WATCH: Kings hire Mike Brown as head coach - Who should the Lakers hire?

WATCH: Kings hire Mike Brown as head coach – Who should the Lakers hire?

WATCH: Joel Embiid's impact on the Philadelphia 76ers

WATCH: Joel Embiid’s impact on the Philadelphia 76ers

WATCH: Nikola Jokic to be named NBA MVP for second straight season

WATCH: Nikola Jokic to be named NBA MVP for second straight season

WATCH: James Harden's epic performance against the Miami Heat

WATCH: James Harden’s epic performance against the Miami Heat

WATCH: Did Jordan Poole break the

WATCH: Did Jordan Poole break the “Player Code” for foul on Ja Morant?

WATCH: What can the NBA do to prevent fans from crossing the line?

WATCH: What can the NBA do to prevent fans from crossing the line?

MLB

WATCH: MLB power rankings 2022 - Top 20

WATCH: MLB power rankings 2022 – Top 20

WATCH: MLB power rankings 2022 - Top 20

WATCH: MLB power rankings 2022 – Top 20

WATCH: MLB rotation rankings - Best starting rotations in 2022

WATCH: MLB rotation rankings – Best starting rotations in 2022

WATCH: MLB power rankings 2022 - Top 20

WATCH: MLB power rankings 2022 – Top 20

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with DraftKings' Jared Carrabis discussing the MLB

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with DraftKings’ Jared Carrabis discussing the MLB

WATCH: MLB Dark Horse - The Cleveland Guardians

WATCH: MLB Dark Horse – The Cleveland Guardians

WATCH: Should Mets fans be optimistic this year?

WATCH: Should Mets fans be optimistic this year?

WATCH: Breaking down the Los Angeles Dodgers & Toronto Blue Jays

WATCH: Breaking down the Los Angeles Dodgers & Toronto Blue Jays

WATCH: Don Orsillo excluded from Jerry Remy Tribute Ceremony

WATCH: Don Orsillo excluded from Jerry Remy Tribute Ceremony

WATCH: The Boston Red Sox honor Jerry Remy

WATCH: The Boston Red Sox honor Jerry Remy

NHL

WATCH: NHL power rankings - Avalanche finally dethroned

WATCH: NHL power rankings – Avalanche finally dethroned

WATCH: Fantasy hockey picks - The top 5 to watch and skip

WATCH: Fantasy hockey picks – The top 5 to watch and skip

WATCH: NHL power rankings: Top 20 - Feb. 2022

WATCH: NHL power rankings: Top 20 – Feb. 2022

WATCH: NHL power rankings - Top 20

WATCH: NHL power rankings – Top 20

WATCH: NHL power rankings: Top 20

WATCH: NHL power rankings: Top 20

Fantasy hockey picks: The top 6 to watch and skip

Fantasy hockey picks: The top 6 to watch and skip

NHL power rankings: Top 20 teams

NHL power rankings: Top 20 teams

4 potential Arizona Coyotes relocation landing spots

4 potential Arizona Coyotes relocation landing spots

NHL power rankings: Powerful Capitals overtake no. 1 spot, Panthers’ injuries plague club

NHL power rankings: Powerful Capitals overtake no. 1 spot, Panthers’ injuries plague club

New York Islanders open up UBS Arena

New York Islanders open up UBS Arena

NASCAR

WATCH: NASCAR power rankings 2022 - Top 10

WATCH: NASCAR power rankings 2022 – Top 10

WATCH: Pockrass on the 2022 NASCAR season so far

WATCH: Pockrass on the 2022 NASCAR season so far

WATCH: Is William Byron the one to beat?

WATCH: Is William Byron the one to beat?

WATCH: Bob Pockrass discusses Joey Logano

WATCH: Bob Pockrass discusses Joey Logano

WATCH: Bristol Race - Next Gen car's debut to the dirt track

WATCH: Bristol Race – Next Gen car’s debut to the dirt track

WATCH: NASCAR'S Next Gen car challenges

WATCH: NASCAR’S Next Gen car challenges

WATCH: The anticlimactic NASCAR race at Martinsville

WATCH: The anticlimactic NASCAR race at Martinsville

EXCLUSIVE: Bob Pockrass discusses the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series

EXCLUSIVE: Bob Pockrass discusses the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series

WATCH: Alex Bowman fends off Kyle Larson to win Pennzoil 400

WATCH: Alex Bowman fends off Kyle Larson to win Pennzoil 400

WATCH: Formula 1 cancels contract for all future Russian events due to invasion of Ukraine

WATCH: Formula 1 cancels contract for all future Russian events due to invasion of Ukraine

UFC

WATCH: Anderson Silva next fight - Who will tangle with the ‘Spider’ next?

WATCH: Anderson Silva next fight – Who will tangle with the ‘Spider’ next?

WATCH: Conor McGregor next fight - Who will win the ‘Notorious’ jackpot?

WATCH: Conor McGregor next fight – Who will win the ‘Notorious’ jackpot?

WATCH: UFC Fight Night - Błachowicz vs. Rakic Preview

WATCH: UFC Fight Night – Błachowicz vs. Rakic Preview

WATCH: Esparza defeats Namajunas in lackluster UFC title fight

WATCH: Esparza defeats Namajunas in lackluster UFC title fight

WATCH: Will Conor McGregor accept Michael Chandler's call out?

WATCH: Will Conor McGregor accept Michael Chandler’s call out?

WATCH: What's next for Tony Ferguson?

WATCH: What’s next for Tony Ferguson?

WATCH: UFC 274 Recap - Michael Chandler KO's Tony Ferguson

WATCH: UFC 274 Recap – Michael Chandler KO’s Tony Ferguson

WATCH: Who should fight Charles Oliveira next?

WATCH: Who should fight Charles Oliveira next?

WATCH: UFC weigh-in fiasco - Charles Oliveira stripped of title

WATCH: UFC weigh-in fiasco – Charles Oliveira stripped of title

EXCLUSIVE: UFC 274 Recap & UFC Fight Night Preview

EXCLUSIVE: UFC 274 Recap & UFC Fight Night Preview

Interviews

EXCLUSIVE: UFC 274 Recap & UFC Fight Night Preview

EXCLUSIVE: UFC 274 Recap & UFC Fight Night Preview

Is Derek Carr The Las Vegas Raiders Franchise Quarterback?

Is Derek Carr The Las Vegas Raiders Franchise Quarterback?

EXCLUSIVE: Breaking down the NFL's 2022 Schedule

EXCLUSIVE: Breaking down the NFL’s 2022 Schedule

EXCLUSIVE: Fmr NBA star Shelden Williams discusses the NBA Playoffs

EXCLUSIVE: Fmr NBA star Shelden Williams discusses the NBA Playoffs

EXCLUSIVE: Grading the Green Bay Packers 2022 Draft Selections

EXCLUSIVE: Grading the Green Bay Packers 2022 Draft Selections

EXCLUSIVE: Grading the Las Vegas Raiders Draft Selections

EXCLUSIVE: Grading the Las Vegas Raiders Draft Selections

EXCLUSIVE: Trey Wingo breaks down the 2022 NFL Draft

EXCLUSIVE: Trey Wingo breaks down the 2022 NFL Draft

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with SI's Brett Siegel - Breaking down the NBA Playoffs

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with SI’s Brett Siegel – Breaking down the NBA Playoffs

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with UFC Legend Anderson Silva

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with UFC Legend Anderson Silva

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with UFC legend Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with UFC legend Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson

CFB

WATCH: Miami Hurricanes QB Tyler Van Dyke's early NFL Draft favorite

WATCH: Miami Hurricanes QB Tyler Van Dyke’s early NFL Draft favorite

WATCH: Coastal Carolina's Rising Star - Grayson McCall

WATCH: Coastal Carolina’s Rising Star – Grayson McCall

WATCH: NC State QB Devin Leary gaining attention

WATCH: NC State QB Devin Leary gaining attention