2012 NFL Rookie Predictions: 10 Rookies Fans Should Be Patient with

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2012 NFL Rookie Predictions: 10 Rookies Fans Should Be Patient with
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Not every NFL rookie is able to step onto a depth chart and compete for Pro Bowls from day one.

In fact, that is the rare exception to a rather harsh reality: It takes time for prospects to develop into quality starters at the next level.

Sure, top-five picks like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be asked to turn around the fortunes of their respective franchises right away, but most players have a more gradual transition.

Being buried on the depth chart and fighting for playing time is a common occurrence, even for first-round picks.

With that in mind, let's look at 10 rookies who fans should approach with patience as the 2012 season nears.

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