32 NFL Rookies Currently Battling for 53-Man Roster Spots

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32 NFL Rookies Currently Battling for 53-Man Roster Spots
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Most of our attention to the incoming class of NFL rookies will be paid to the first-round draft picks, and the players who are expected to earn immediate starting spots and make an impact for their teams right away.

However, some of the best and most important rookies of every class come from players who start out as more unheralded talents. Late-round selections and undrafted free agent signings are not guaranteed roster spots, but those who win the fight and earn roster spots often carry that fighting spirit into on-field productivity.

As we remain nearly three months away from the beginning of the 2012 NFL season, it is still too early to know which rookies will find their way onto rosters, and which ones could end up on practice squads or out of the league altogether. That said, I have highlighted one rookie currently on each NFL roster who has the potential to contribute, but will have to impress throughout OTAs, training camp and the preseason to secure a spot on the team’s final 53-man roster.

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