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5 NFL Rookies That Will Fall Flat on Their Faces in Year 1
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Jacksonville WR Justin Blackmon

While it may seem a bit cliché, the fact remains that the old adage is true: NFL champions are built through the draft. Take any dynasty of the past 40 years — the 1970s Steelers, the 1980s 49ers, the 1990s Cowboys or the 2000s Patriots — and they each have the same thing in common: great drafts.

Conversely, if a team has a string of bad draft picks it can sink a franchise. The Cleveland Browns have had a history of horrid picks over the past 15 years and have paid for it with just one playoff appearance. The Rams, the Lions, the Bengals and the Cardinals can also point to lousy drafts as the reason for their lack of success.

With OTAs under way and the glow from the NFL Draft still in the air, every team feels like that its collection of rookies will be the foundation for a dynastic run. But history shows that it is simply not the case and many of these first rounders will fade into obscurity.

What follows is my list of five rookies that will fall flat on their faces this season. It’s a harsh sentiment and frankly, some of these may prove me wrong. But whether because of their draft position or the team they were chosen by, these five will have a difficult time finding success in the NFL.

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