As successful as the rookies of the 2011 NFL draft class were last year, without the benefit of a full training camp, imagine what the level of expectations will be for the current crop of new rookies. The 2012 NFL draft class are quickly being signed to deals, so they will all benefit from the maximum amount of possible coaching that is allowed under the new CBA deal.
But to put things in perspective, we thought it would be an interesting exercise to go back and take a look at 25 of the current top players in the NFL to see how they fared in their very first NFL start. Expect to see some varied results. As for the 25 players selected, we tried to mix it up with some younger and some older players, as well as a handful of defensive players to give a reasonable cross-section look.
On to the presentation.