NFC North: 5 Rookies Who Will Start Strong in 2012-13

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NFC North: 5 Rookies Who Will Start Strong in 2012-13
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Minnesota rookie left tackle Matt Kalil

The NFC North is arguably the strongest division in football. The division boasts three playoff-caliber teams in the Packers, Bears and Lions as well as some of the best players at the their respective positions. The 2012 NFL draft saw NFC North teams take some impact rookies in Rounds 1 and 2 who could have a strong start.

The 2012-13 NFL season figures to be an exciting one. It sounds cliche, but the league finally has true parity. There are more teams than ever who can compete for the Lombardi Trophy, and even the bad teams are good enough to steal a game from any team at any time.

But the NFC North has the potential to stand out among the rest. The Packers are now considered perennial Super Bowl contenders. The Bears made huge moves in the offseason and could give the Pack a run for their money. The Lions have finally found success and will look to build on last season. And even the lowly Vikings really aren't that lowly. I wouldn't be surprised if Minnesota was close to .500 this year.

The rookies that were drafted into the NFC North could be what pushes one team ahead of another, so I am going to take a look at five rookies in the division that could make a difference in the 2012-13 season.

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