5 Early Contenders for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

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5 Early Contenders for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
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The 2012 NFL draft has come and gone. Now that the first round of rookie minicamps are out of the way, fans and pundits alike have begun to label a player as a star or bust just moments after their first practice.

Is this ridiculous? Absolutely! As experts like to say, you cannot fully evaluate a draft class until three to five years afterwards, much less one practice.

So, as a result, no player can truly be named a contender for anything before a down is played.

But using only what we know now, here are five players who have a legitimate shot to contend for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year this season.

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