With rookies contributing to their NFL teams faster than ever, NFL fans quickly fall in love with players from the first games they play in the league.
Many 2011 NFL draft picks have already become fan favorites, including Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
Top quarterbacks are almost guaranteed to become fan favorites if they are successful, so Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III are excluded from these rankings.
Instead, I project the 10 other players from the 2012 NFL draft who are the most likely to become nationwide fan favorites.