NFL rookies are rarely expected to be disappointments. Each team brings in its rookie class every year with optimism that its draft picks will provide the players that it needs to fill the holes on its roster in order to reach the next level of success.
Yet while every rookie class produces instant superstars, we all know that many rookies will fail to live up to expectations in their first seasons. Some of those players, especially those who were draft reaches with early picks, will never live up to expectations.
San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver A.J. Jenkins are among the first-round picks who fell well short of meeting expectations as rookies last season.
The following 10 rookies were all drafted in the first three rounds of the 2013 NFL draft, and all have the potential to be great. However, while they were all drafted to quickly step into important roles for their teams, they may not be ready to fill those shoes just yet.