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THE NFL'S OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR COULD BE THE TOP TWO PICKS IN THE DRAFT. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME THAT HAPPEN

The NFL's offensive and defensive rookies of the year could be the top two picks in the draft. When is the last time that happened?

With three games to play, the Rams' Sam Bradford and the Lions' Ndamukong Suh seem to be in the running for, if not the favorites for, the AP offensive and defensive rookie of the year awards, respectively.

If they both win it will be the second time in the 44-year history of the awards the Nos. 1 and 2 picks have won.

In 1981, No. 1 pick George Rogers won the offensive award with the Saints, while No. 2 pick Lawrence Taylor started his Hall of Fame career with the Giants.

Being picked high is no guarantee of immediate success, however.

In 37 of 43 seasons, a top-2 pick has not won and it's been eight seasons — the Panthers' Julius Peppers in 2002 — since one lived up to his draft status.

Here are the only other top-2 picks to win rookie honors: Marshall Faulk (1994 Colts), Eric Dickerson (1983 Rams), Billy Sims (1980 Lions), Earl Campbell (1978 Oilers) and Tony Dorsett (1977 Cowboys).

Co-defensive ROY Al Richardson (1980 Falcons) is the lowest pick to win, coming in at No. 201 overall. Denver's Mike Anderson, who won the 2000 offensive award, was picked 189 out of Utah that year.

The best pair of winners in a single season?

We'll go with 1989 winners Barry Sanders and Derrick Thomas, who are both Hall of Famers.

The 1998 combo of Randy Moss and Charles Woodson has a good chance to join that duo in Canton, too.

—Joshua Wood

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