Most Disappointing NFL Rookies in 2012

Josh Zerkle@JoshZerkleChief Writer IIINovember 16, 2012

Some of this NFL season's rookies have been phenomenal.

First-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been sensational, producing steadily but also delivering the occasional big game. And, of course, those two quarterbacks taken first and second overall haven't been terrible either. Robert Griffin III has proved to be a playmaker for the Redskins, while Andrew Luck seems to have the Colts in the midst of a playoff run. 

Other rookies this season, though, have been disappointing. 

Justin Blackmon looked like a troubled prospect from the onset. He didn't interview well, and there was debate over how much credit fellow Oklahoma State Cowboy Brandon Weeden deserved for his success (granted, the reverse was also true).

After the Jacksonville Jaguars grabbed Blackmon with the fifth-overall pick in April, the buyer's remorse was almost immediate. Blackmon got a DUI in June, and he was the last first-round pick to reach a deal with his team. 

Meanwhile, Dre Kirkpatrick was expected to start for the Cincinnati Bengals, but he suffered a knee injury during the summer and didn't see the field for the first two months of the season. The 34-year-old Terence Newman, originally signed to be a backup, played in his stead.

Only in the second half of the season has Kirkpatrick seen limited action, primarily on special teams. 

Check out our video discussing our most notable rookie disappointments, where I'm joined by Senior NFL Draft Writer Matt Miller. Thanks for watching. 

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