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Last year, Luke Kuechly was NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. The season before? Von Miller. In all, nine of the past 10 winners have been linebackers, meaning the likes of Arthur Brown, Jarvis Jones and Manti Te'o must be favorites, right? Or will someone else -- maybe a certain safety in Arizona -- emerge? Rank the candidates!

Rank 'Em: MVP | QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | DLs | LBs | DBs | Offensive ROY

Rank: NFL Defensive ROY Candidates

Ezekiel Ansah

Ezekiel Ansah

DE, Lions

Arthur Brown

Arthur Brown

LB, Ravens

Matt Elam

Matt Elam

S, Ravens

Jarvis Jones

Jarvis Jones

LB, Steelers

Dion Jordan

Dion Jordan

DE, Dolphins

Star Lotulelei

Star Lotulelei

DT, Panthers

Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu

S, Cardinals

Dee Milliner

Dee Milliner

CB, Jets

Barkevious Mingo

Barkevious Mingo

LB, Browns

Alec Ogletree

Alec Ogletree

LB, Rams

Manti Te'o

Manti Te'o

LB, Chargers

Kenny Vaccaro

Kenny Vaccaro

S, Saints

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Calvin Johnson set the single-season receiving yards record in 2012, while also leading the league in receptions, yards per game and first downs. But he's far from the only elite receiver out there. Ten players had 1,350 receiving yards or more. Nine wideouts hauled in double-digit touchdowns. How do they stack up against each other as the 2013 season nears? Click the images below to set your rankings!

Rank 'Em: MVP | QBs | RBs | TEs | DLs | LBs | DBs | Offensive ROY | Defensive ROY

NFL wide receivers

Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola

Patriots
2012: 63 rec, 666 yds, 3 TDs

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant

Cowboys
2012: 92 rec, 1,382 yds, 12 TDs

Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb

Packers
2012: 80 rec, 954 yds, 8 TDs

Marques Colston

Marques Colston

Saints
2012: 83 rec, 1,154 yds, 10 TDs

Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz

Giants
2012: 86 rec, 1,092 yds, 10 TDs

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

Cardinals
2012: 71 rec, 798 yds, 4 TDs

A.J. Green

A.J. Green

Bengals
2012: 97 rec, 1,350 yds, 11 TDs

Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin

Seahawks
2012: 62 rec, 677 yds, 3 TDs

Vincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson

Buccaneers
2012: 72 rec, 1,384 yds, 8 TDs

Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson

Texans
2012: 112 rec, 1,598 yds, 4 TDs

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Lions
2012: 122 rec, 1,964 yds, 5 TDs

Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Falcons
2012: 79 rec, 1,198 yds, 10 TDs

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

Bears
2012: 118 rec, 1,508 yds, 11 TDs

Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

Packers
2012: 49 rec, 745 yds, 7 TDs

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Panthers
2012: 73 rec, 1,174 yds, 4 TDs

Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

Broncos
2012: 94 rec, 1,434 yds, 10 TDs

Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace

Dolphins
2012: 64 rec, 836 yds, 8 TDs

Reggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne

Colts
2012: 106 rec, 1,355 yds, 5 TDs

Wes Welker

Wes Welker

Broncos
2012: 118 rec, 1,354 yds, 6 TDs

Roddy White

Roddy White

Falcons
2012: 92 rec, 1,351 yds, 7 TDs

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It's almost here: the 2013 NFL season, where the defending Super Bowl champion ... might not make the playoffs? That's the case after the Baltimore Ravens jettisoned numerous players, seemingly opening things up for a host of contenders -- from San Francisco to Denver to Green Bay to New England (and, it should be said, several more). How do these teams stack up? Click on the logos below to set your preseason NFL rankings!

NFL Power Rankings

49ers

49ers

San Francisco 49ers
2012 record: 11-4-1

Bears

Bears

Chicago Bears
2012 record: 10-6

Bengals

Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals
2012 record: 10-6

Bills

Bills

Buffalo Bills
2012 record: 6-10

Broncos

Broncos

Denver Broncos
2012 record: 13-3

Browns

Browns

Cleveland Browns
2012 record: 5-11

Buccaneers

Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2012 record: 7-9

Cardinals

Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals
2012 record: 5-11

Chargers

Chargers

San Diego Chargers
2012 record: 7-9

Chiefs

Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs
2012 record: 2-14

Colts

Colts

Indianapolis Colts
2012 record: 11-5

Cowboys

Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys
2012 record: 8-8

Dolphins

Dolphins

Miami Dolphins
2012 record: 7-9

Eagles

Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles
2012 record: 4-12

Falcons

Falcons

Atlanta Falcons
2012 record: 13-3

Giants

Giants

New York Giants
2012 record: 9-7

Jaguars

Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars
2012 record: 2-14

Jets

Jets

New York Jets
2012 record: 6-10

Lions

Lions

Detroit Lions
2012 record: 4-12

Packers

Packers

Green Bay Packers
2012 record: 11-5

Panthers

Panthers

Carolina Panthers
7-9

Patriots

Patriots

New England Patriots
2012 record: 12-4

Raiders

Raiders

Oakland Raiders
2012 record: 4-12

Rams

Rams

St. Louis Rams
2012 record: 7-8-1

Ravens

Ravens

Baltimore Ravens
2012 record: 10-6

Redskins

Redskins

Washington Redskins
2012 record: 10-6

Saints

Saints

New Orleans Saints
2012 record: 7-9

Seahawks

Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks
2012 record: 11-5

Steelers

Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers
2012 record: 8-8

Texans

Texans

Houston Texans
2012 record: 12-4

Titans

Titans

Tennessee Titans
2012 record: 6-10

Vikings

Vikings

Minnesota Vikings
2012 record: 10-6

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On Friday, ESPN's "First Take" debated whether the Jets should sign Kevin Kolb. The team is reportedly interested in the former Arizona quarterback, who the Cardinals released Friday. Herm Edwards thinks it's time for a change in New York, while Stephen A. Smith thinks that Kolb could excel behind an offensive line that's not a complete disaster. Skip Bayless thinks that, despite the Jets apparently creating a logjam at quarterback, Kolb would be the best fit. What's your take?

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Every so often, a Super Bowl matches or exceeds the hype, giving football fans something to remember with an improbable upset, a superlative performance or a closely matched battle that remains in doubt until the final whistle. Which of these memorable Super Bowls is your favorite? Cast your ballot by clicking on the images below.

Best Super Bowls

Jets 16, Colts 7

Jets 16, Colts 7

First win for AFL in Super Bowl III validates Joe Namath's "guarantee."

Steelers 16,
Vikings 6

Steelers 16,
Vikings 6

Dominant Steelers defensive performance In Super Bowl IX allows Vikings just 119 yards.

Steelers 21,
Cowboys 17

Steelers 21,
Cowboys 17

Lynn Swann's catch highlights Super Bowl X, a matchup of the best teams of the '70s.

Steelers 35,
Cowboys 31

Steelers 35,
Cowboys 31

Terry Bradshaw throws four TDs as Steelers hold off Cowboys comeback in Super Bowl XIII rematch of '70s dynasties.

Giants 39, Broncos 20

Giants 39, Broncos 20

Phil Simms completes a record 22 of 25 passes In Super Bowl XXI as Giants pull away from Broncos in second half.

Redskins 42,
Broncos 10

Redskins 42,
Broncos 10

Redskins' Doug Williams throws 4 TDs in 35-point second quarter, wins Super Bowl XXII MVP.

49ers 26, Bengals 21

49ers 26, Bengals 21

Joe Montana leads 92-yard scoring drive late as 49ers edge Bengals in Super Bowl XVI.

Giants 20, Bills 19

Giants 20, Bills 19

Giants hold Bills' explosive offense at bay, win Super Bowl XXV as Buffalo's game-winning FG attempt sails wide right.

Broncos 31,
Packers 24

Broncos 31,
Packers 24

John Elway outduels Brett Favre in Super Bowl XXXII as Broncos claim first SB win in five tries.

Rams 23, Titans 16

Rams 23, Titans 16

Kurt Warner, Rams take early lead, withstand Titans comeback that ends 1 yard short on final play in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Patriots 20, Rams 17

Patriots 20, Rams 17

Underdog Patriots slow Rams' "Greatest Show On Turf," win Super Bowl XXXVI on last-second FG.

Patriots 32,
Panthers 29

Patriots 32,
Panthers 29

Panthers roar back to tie Super Bowl XXXVIII in fourth quarter, but Patriots win on late FG.

Giants 17, Patriots 14

Giants 17, Patriots 14

Underdog Giants drive late for winning TD, spoiling Patriots' quest for undefeated season in Super Bowl XLII.

Steelers 27,
Cardinals 23

Steelers 27,
Cardinals 23

Santonio Holmes' TD catch caps see-saw fourth quarter as Steelers outlast Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

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