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Three potential offensive rookie of the year candidates for 2016

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Each year their are rookies who outperform their draft stock and surprise everyone while there are those who disappoint and do not produce to the level that was expected of them.

To exemplify; last season first round running back Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers did not live up to his hype while Minnesota Vikings struck gold with their fifth round pick, wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

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Predicting the offensive rookie of the year winner is not easy due to the unpredictability of prospects ability to adjust to the NFL level.

Based on their talent and the systems they will be going in to, here are three players with a chance to be the most effective in 2016:

Jared Goff - QB, Los Angeles Rams

There is no surprise that Goff is on this short list, he will likely start every game in 2016 and has a real chance to turn this Rams offense around and possibly even help them compete for a play-off spot.

Goff has an excellent defense and a star running back to help him along and with talented receivers in Pharaoh Cooper, Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt he could put together an impressive season. 

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The first overall pick in this year's draft has the skill set to play and succeed right away in the NFL and as long as he adjusts to the offense and limits his mistakes, his name will be up there for this award come the end of the 2016 season.

Ezekiel Elliott - RB, Dallas Cowboys

The former Ohio State Buckeye and number four overall pick in this years draft has an excellent chance to win this award and have a high scoring rookie season.

Elliott is a true every down back who is durable and explosive and will be running behind the best offensive line in football.

He is arguably more talented than former Cowboys runningback Demarco Murray who had a monster 2014 season behind this same offensive line.

Elliott has the potential to even exceed Murray's 2014 numbers in his first season as a Cowboy.

His powerful running style and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield make him a dangerous weapon for quarterback Tony Romo and he should have a productive year. 

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Having Dez Bryant and Jason Witten alongside him in the pass catching game will allow Elliott more touches as defenses will often number up on the two elder statesmen leaving Elliott with room to make big plays. 

Devontae Booker - RB, Denver Broncos

Booker is an interesting one and could be the surprise package this season much like Diggs was in 2015.

A fourth draft pick out of Utah, Booker will have to compete with Ronnie Hillman and CJ Anderson for reps but he does have a real shot to usurp both these guys who in truth, failed to stake a claim to the number one spot on the depth chart last year.

They operated under a running back by committee scheme last season and Booker may just be able to secure the starting spot due to his abilities matching well with the offense that Gary Kubiak runs.

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Booker is a better pass catcher than both the incumbent backs on the roster and with the bootleg scheme the offense runs, this skill is valued high.

He is a three down back who runs hard and is able to make opponents miss often with his fast feet and excellent vision.

Booker has a chance to put up big numbers mainly due to the scheme he will be operating in and has an outside shot to be the offensive rookie of the year. 

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