NFL Rookies Who Will Be Household Names by Season's End

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NFL Rookies Who Will Be Household Names by Season's End
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The 2014 NFL draft just ended. Pop quiz, hotshot—name all of the first-round rookies.

Of course, if you have been following the draft closely for months, this shouldn't be a problem. But chances are, many of this year's class aren't quite household names just yet.

What rookies will make a big name for themselves by this time next year? These are guys who are well-known to the draft community but aren't quite as popular as, say, quarterbacks Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater.

If a player was dissected or discussed ad nauseam through the draft process, he is probably well-known to a certain extent. The same goes for college award winners or big-name players from major conferences. That removes guys like Jadeveon Clowney, Blake Bortles, Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Manziel and Bridgewater, among others.

Also, certain positions were excluded—offensive linemen and punters aren't typically in the limelight, after all. What we need are skill or defensive players who at least have a good chance of starting and helping their teams right away.

It's tough to delineate which rookies aren't too famous yet, but we'll try here. Which players are stepping into a great situation and have the talent to stand out as rookies? Click through to find out.

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