To start in the NFL EVER is a major accomplishment. The odds of getting hit by lightning are greater than ever playing a snap in the NFL.
To start on opening day as a rookie is incredible. First-round picks are supposed to be sure-fire starters, but many struggle in training camp and end up riding the pine until they can get the feel for the NFL pace.
Five NFL rookies will be starting at quarterback the opening week of the 2012 season. Those players—Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Brandon Weeden, Russell Wilson and Ryan Tannehill—will be expected to lead their teams to victory.
As for the other positions on the field, here is a look at 16 other rookies who are starting that have the chance to make a huge impact on the outcome of their first game. Based on their matchups, these 16 have the best chance at success.