April seems so far away.
For this year's class of rookies, April—just six months ago—feels like an eternity ago. Since then, they've become superstars, been handed playbooks that dwarfed their college binders and been "welcomed" to the NFL by teammates and then by opponents. They've had ups. They've had downs. Yet one tie binds this group (and every rookie class) more than anything else.
The reality of midseason is a lot tougher than the optimism of April.
Our Bleacher Report NFL experts took a shot at a preseason all-rookie team back in September. At the time, we had already learned a lot about this group, so many of our votes are the same. Where the votes differ is almost entirely because of: a) someone getting injured or falling off the map; or b) some rookie coming out of nowhere with a fantastic first half of the season.
The first chapter of the book on this rookie class isn't even complete yet, so there is still plenty of story left to tell. This is the conflict, though, and each rookie on this list (or just off of it) needs to stay the course to make sure he comes out with an ending just as exciting and happy as his beginning.