The pressure on rookies in the National Football League is tremendous. The higher a player is drafted, the more he is expected to contribute to his team, especially in the current generation.
First-round picks are expected to be key starters for their team on day one, plugging holes from the previous year's team.
Some players can handle the pressure, while others fall flat on their face, overwhelmed by day one. The following slides will highlight the 25 best rookie seasons in the history of the NFL, and yes, most of these were first-round picks.
Some notable players who missed the cut for the top 25 include Ben Roethlisberger, Dan Marino, Clinton Portis, Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, Adrian Peterson, Cookie Gilchrist, Steve Van Buren, Lem Barney, Bob Hayes, Anquan Boldin, John Jefferson, Keith Jackson, Patrick Willis, Brian Cushing, Alfred Morris, Von Miller, Aldon Smith, George Rogers and Billy Sims.