NFL teams, media and fans spend months on end dissecting draft prospects, analyzing team needs and creating mock drafts. After the draft, the cycle spins all over again as fans and fantasy football junkies grade, break down and project how all the rookies will produce in their new jobs.
By the time rookie minicamps roll around, everybody knows everything there is to know about all the important rookies.
So how come every season rookies come out of nowhere to make a huge impact?
For all the focus on the big names, the flashy talents and the first round or two of the draft, there are always second- and third-day rookies who come out of nowhere and play at a high level.
Who are the mid-rounders and the small-schoolers who'll step up? Who are the unusual suspects who'll leap into the starting lineup? Which NFL rookies will shock the world this season?