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GZL Rookies of the Year, 2010 - Present
By Keith Van Wagner
Special to gzl-football.com

As part of my now epic series of articles on Rookies, I present a retroactive crowning of the Rookies of the Year from previous seasons. This has been updated to reflect this year's winners.

2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year – HB Ryan Mathews, Chargers
Drafted: 1.12
Stats from Rookie Year: 2,079 yards, 5.6 ypc, 13 TDs
Since winning: Currently the GZL’s all-time leading rusher.

2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year – MLB Rolando McClain, Raiders
Drafted: 1.8
Stats from Rookie Year: 104 tackles, 15 TFL, 4 sacks
Since winning: 100+ tackles and 10+ TFL in 5 of last 6 seasons.

2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year – QB Christopher Henderson, Chargers
Drafted: 1.22
Stats from Rookie Year: 3,494 yards, 54.9%, 24 TD, 10 Int, 87.3 QBR
Since winning: Traded to Tennessee; Career passer rating of 92.9; Two Conference Championship game appearances

2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year – OLB Cameron Jordan, Browns
Drafted: 1.6
Stats from Rookie Year: 57 tackles, 17 TFL, 13 sacks
Since winning: 31 sacks in last 3 years.

2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year – HB Jacquizz Rodgers, Saints
Drafted: 2.3
Stats from Rookie Year: 1,461 yards, 4.6 ypc, 10 TDs
Since winning: 3 consecutive 1,000 seasons before being demoted in 2016

2012 Defenisve Rookie of the Year – OLB Martin Butler, Steelers
Drafted: 4.30
Stats from Rookie Year: 61 tackles, 10 TFL, 14 sacks, 1 interception
Since winning: Average of over 60 tackles a year; only 14 sacks in 4 years since rookie year.

2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year – HB Lamar Miller, Jets
Drafted: 2.9
Stats from Rookie Year: 1,743 yards, 5.2 ypc, 11 TDs
Since winning: Traded to the Lions; Averaged over 1,300 yards a season his first 2 seasons; only 651 yards rushing in 2016.

2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year – MLB Luke Kuechly, Vikings
Drafted: 1.16
Stats from Rookie Year: 99 tackles, 6 TFL, 3 sacks, 6 Ints
Since winning: Set GZL records for most tackles (155) and forced fumbles (6) in a season in 2015.

2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year – HB Bull Griggs, Jaguars
Drafted: 1.10
Stats from Rookie Year: 1,770 yards, 5.0 ypc, 11 TDs
Since winning: Nearly 1,500 yards rushing in 2015 but a disappointing season in 2016.

2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year – OLB DeVonte Holloman, Jets
Drafted: 4.30
Stats from Rookie Year: 42 tackles, 9 TFL, 9 sacks, 2 ints
Since winning: Moved to MLB in 2015 and played in reserve; Recorded 27 tackles in 2 years

2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year – QB Kendall Irving, Texans
Drafted: 1.1
Stats from Rookie Year: 3,072 yards, 53.9%, 26 TDs, 10 Ints, 95.1 QBR
Since winning: 72.3 Passer Rating in 2016

2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year – DE Tank Carradine, Broncos
Drafted: 1.26
Stats from Rookie Year: 44 tackles, 14 TFL, 10 sacks
Since winning: 7 sacks in 2016

2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year – HB Gerald Campbell, Panthers
Drafted: 1.9
Stats from Rookie Year: 1,802 yards, 5.0 ypc, 9 TDs
Since winning: TBD

2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year – DE Amos Houston, Jaguars
Drafted: 1.5
Stats from Rookie Year: 37 tackles, 10 TFL, 12 sacks
Since winning: TBD
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