Every team depends on their rookie draft class to some extent. Some coaches like to bring their rookies along slowly, only giving them limited responsibility and allowing them to progress slowly in the system that they are learning.
Other coaching staffs want to throw as much as they can at their rookies. Sometimes this isn't really so much a philosophical decision as it is a survival instinct, trying to get new talent on the field as quickly as possible—presumably to replace old talent that has faded or fallen off completely.
Today, we look at five rookies who will not only be given all they can handle from day one of training camp, but whose teams desperately need them to produce results right away. Obviously, there are a couple teams here who drafted in the top 10 in this past April's draft. It only makes sense that the worst teams would need their big first-round picks to come through right away.
These guys will be counted on to come in and play like seasoned professionals pretty much from the start. They'll take their lumps along the way—every rookie does. But if each of them can reach their potential, their respective team should end 2012 in better shape than they ended 2011.