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NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt named former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and running back Jeremy Hill to his 2014 All-Rookie Team.

Running back: Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
Draft position: Round 2, No. 55

While most people probably expected Hill to be a good player, he turned out to be truly special, absolutely one of the better running backs to enter the NFL in the past five years. He split time with second-year pro Giovani Bernard in the first portion of the season -- and still racked up 1,124 yards and nine scores. He also ran for more than 140 yards in four separate games, tied with Curtis Martin for the second-most by a rookie in NFL history. Hill is the real deal; he runs with power, makes guys miss and can catch the ball, meaning he can stay in for all three downs. He should be a perennial Pro Bowl mainstay.

Wide receiver: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
Draft position: Round 1, No. 12

Beckham played in just 12 games -- and still had an epic rookie season. He had the most receiving yards per game (108.8) of any rookie receiver in NFL history, as well as the second-most receptions (91), the fourth-most yards (1,305) and the fourth-most touchdown catches (12). He's a matchup nightmare who can play in the slot or outside; he's one of those guys who can stop on a dime and leave you nine cents change. He has everything, including -- as he showed with that grab for the ages against the Cowboys -- great receiving ability. Beckham might have been as good a rookie receiver as I've ever seen.
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no doubt.
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Was there any doubt?
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