Stat Predictions for the Top 50 NFL Rookies of 2012

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Stat Predictions for the Top 50 NFL Rookies of 2012
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Predicting how rookies will perform is a tough task, but looking back on previous rookie statistical totals is a great place to start.

To develop my projections, I compared members of this rookie class to to past rookies and their production. For example, I looked at Michael Floyd as a wide receiver just a notch below Julio Jones. So I basically went with a stat line for Floyd that was slightly below that produced by Jones last season.

This strategy isn't bullet-proof. At times, I didn't find a good comparison. Robert Griffin III is the best example of this. There isn't a player in the NFL who matches his wide range of skills. Some will point to Cam Newton, but Griffin III is a more refined passer than Newton was heading into the league.

Here are my statistical projections for the top-50 rookies, with individual breakdowns of the top 25.

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