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Todd Gurley, Amari Cooper lead NFL OROY candidates

It can be tough to guess which players will rise from each year's crop of newcomers to become the Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year. Just consider the predictions that appeared on around this time last year.

Brandin Cooks, Sammy Watkins, Blake Bortles, Jadeveon Clowney, Ryan Shazier and C.J. Mosley were among the names included -- with eventual winners Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald warranting nothing more than a passing mention.

Nonetheless, let's take a snapshot of the upper echelon of the 2015 class as it stands right now. Below, you'll find my top five candidates for OROY, presented in reverse order.

NOTE: To see my top five Defensive Rookie of the Year candidates, click here.

Gil Brandt Senior Analyst