2014 — Aaron Donald, DT, St.Louis/Pitt — The Defensive Rookie of the Year started 12 games and finished the season with nine sacks.

2013 — Sheldon Richardson, DT, New York Jets/Missouri — A Rookie of the Year winner, Richardson made the Pro Bowl last season after making eight sacks.

2012 — Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona/Notre Dame — A starter, Floyd has caught 157 passes for 2,444 yards with 13 touchdowns over his first three seasons.

2011 — Nick Fairley, DT, Detroit/Auburn — Fairley left the Lions to join the Rams this offseason after recording 13.5 sacks during his first four seasons.

2010 — Brandon Graham, DE/LB, Philadelphia/Michigan — A situational player, Graham has appeared in 64 games and has 17 sacks.


2014 — Bradley Roby, CB, Denver/Ohio State — Appeared in 16 games as a rookie, snaring two interceptions and totaling 14 passes defensed.

2013 — Travis Frederick, C, Dallas/Wisconsin — The center has started all 16 games in each of his first two seasons.

2012 — Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay/Boise St. — Burst onto the scene by rushing for 1,454 yards as a rookie, but has not eclipsed 500 yards since.

2011 — Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh/Ohio State — After a slow start to his career, Heyward recorded a combined 12.5 sacks over the past two seasons.

2010 — Jerry Hughes, DE, Indianapolis/TCU — Slow to get started in Indianapolis, Hughes made 20 sacks over the past two seasons for Buffalo.