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Gaffney, Shockey should catch on quick

Jabar Gaffney and Jeremy Shockey figure to make a big impact as rookies.

Updated: July 18, 2002, 12:17 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In 2001 a pair of second-round draft choices, Chicago tailback Anthony Thomas and Pittsburgh linebacker Kendrell Bell, captured the offensive and defensive rookie of the year awards. One year earlier a sixth-round afterthought, Denver running back Mike Anderson, took home offensive rookie of the year honors after posting the fifth-best numbers of any first-year players in NFL history.

The lesson here, class, is that you don't have to be first-round to be first-rate. And that's demonstrated ...

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