Young Guns: NFL Rising Stars – NFC

As the NFL season approaches the halfway point, young players around the league are making their mark.

At quarterback, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft – St. Louis’ Sam Bradford – seized the starting job in training camp and hasn’t looked back.  Running back Jahvid Best, a first-round pick (No. 30) by Detroit, leads all rookies with 534 scrimmage yards.  Tampa Bay’s Mike Williams, the team’s fourth-round selection (No. 101), tops rookie wide receivers with 28 catches and 365 yards in addition to his three touchdown catches.  And Dallas’ Dez Bryant, also a first-rounder (No. 24), is tied with Best among NFL rookies with five total touchdowns, including a three-TD performance this past Monday night against the Giants.

Defensively, safety Earl Thomas (first round, No. 14) of Seattle leads NFL rookies with four interceptions (tied for second

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