The 2012 NFL draft was headed by Andrew Luck, the most talented college prospect the game has seen since Peyton Manning. Luck didn’t disappoint as a rookie, starting all 16 games while leading the Indianapolis Colts to an unheralded playoff spot.
Luck was joined by two other rookie quarterbacks in the postseason, each of whom started all 16 games and made the Pro Bowl. Along with offensive tackle Matt Kalil, running back Doug Martin and kicker Blair Walsh, six players made the Pro Bowl as rookies. That bodes well for the future of the league.
The following list breaks down the performances of the 32 first-round rookies based solely on year one (and in backwards order).
This in no way means a player that didn’t put up a good showing won’t become a star one day. After all, both Manning quarterbacks turned in forgettable rookie campaigns. But this does show which players are on track to becoming franchise players.