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.