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Carlos Dunlap Named To The PFW/PFWoA’s All-Rookie Team

The Cincinnati Bengals drafted nine players in the 2010 NFL Draft. Three players (Jermaine Gresham, Geno Atkins and Jordan Shipley) started at least one game and several others made an impact on special teams this year.

Yet, nothing compares to Carlos Dunlap's rookie season, recording a franchise high 9.5 quarterback sacks for a rookie. While missing four of the season's first five games (which is impressive enough), Dunlap posted at least a shared sack in six straight games to finish the season and a shared sack in seven of the final eight games of the season.

Even though Dunlap was not named to the 2011 Pro Bowl, he was named to the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team.

Bengals place kicker Clint Stitser also made the All-Rookie team, converting seven of eight field goals, including a four field goal performance against the Cleveland Browns that helped the Bengals snap a ten-game losing streak. While he brought some consistency on the season, being named to the All-Rookie team was a bit surprising. As Joe Reedy said, "I think there were no other rookie kickers out there."

Jermaine Gresham led all rookie Tight Ends in receptions (52) while Jordan Shipley ranked second with 52 catches behind Tampa Bay's Mike Williams. Neither were named.

The Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team is as follows:

OFFENSE Player Team
Quarterback Sam Bradford Rams
Running Back LeGarrette Blount Buccaneers
Running Back Chris Ivory Saints
Wide Receiver Mike Williams Buccaneers
Wide Receiver Dez Bryant Cowboys
Tight End Rob Gronkowski Patriots
Center Maurkice Pouncey Steelers
Guard Mike Iupati 49ers
Guard John Jerry Dolphins
Tackle Rodger Saffold Rams
Tackle Bryan Bulaga Packers
DEFENSE Player Team
Defensive Line Ndamukong Suh Lions
Defensive Line Carlos Dunlap Bengals
Defensive Line Lamarr Houston Raiders
Defensive Line Tyson Alualu Jaguars
Linebacker Rolando McClain Raiders
Linebacker Koa Misi Dolphins
Linebacker Pat Angerer Colts
Cornerback Devin McCourty Patriots
Cornerback Joe Haden Browns
Safety Eric Berry Chiefs
Safety T.J. Ward Browns
Place Kicker Clint Stitser Bengals
Punter Zoltan Mesko Patriots
Punt Returner Marc Mariani Titans
Kickoff Returns Jacoby Ford Raiders
Special Teams T.J. Ward Browns