While all eyes were on the top two quarterbacks selected in the 2012 draft, this year's rookie crop has proven to be an impressive one.
But for every rookie just now breaking into the starting lineup, there's one that started hot and is fading down the stretch.
Whether it's due to the wear and tear of four preseason games and a longer pro season, or teams now getting their second look at some standout rookies or coaches tinkering with gameday strategies and lineups, it's a an annual pastime, watching the rookies fade.
This season, both highly-touted and surprising rookies are well into their second-half swoon. Here's a fast four of rookies fading down the stretch.