The first week of the 2013 NFL regular season is in the books, but the NFL careers of the members of the 2013 rookie class have only just begun. That said, many rookies already made big impressions in their NFL debuts.
Throughout the season, I will be ranking the league’s top 25 rookies for Bleacher Report.
I opened the series last week with preseason rankings, but this week’s rankings are brand new. While the Week 1 rankings were based on preseason performances, those performances have been moved aside for this week in favor of results in meaningful games.
While some of the top players in this week’s rankings remain the same, there are many new additions from the top to the bottom of this week’s top 25. Some of the more unsung stars of the preseason became reserves in the regular-season opener, while some higher draft picks improved upon subpar preseasons with strong debuts.
Going forward, each rookie’s entire body of work for the regular season will be considered for each week’s rankings. For this week, however, we look at the rookies who put themselves in the best positions with their performances in the season openers.