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Cadillac deserves more attention in drafts

Updated: June 29, 2010, 5:44 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

It was pretty much a formality when The Associated Press named New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady its AP Comeback Player of the Year back in January, just a few days after the season concluded. Brady came back from a serious knee injury in Week 1 of the 2008 season to throw for 4,398 yards and 28 touchdowns. I think it was obvious he'd come back and perform well, sealing this award early on, but did we know that Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams was going to have as good a year as he had, and finish just a few votes behind Brady?

Not a chance. Fantasy footballers trusted Brady so much they made him the No. 2 quarterback in standard leagues last season and a second-round draft pick. Williams was way, way off the radar. He wasn't among ESPN's top 60 running backs, as free agent Derrick Ward was a new acquisition from the New York Giants, and Earnest Graham was the incumbent he'd have to beat out. Williams had barely played in 2007 and 2008, recovering from two devastating knee injuries.

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