We love individual showdowns in the world of the NFL, and rookie matchups are in no way exempt from the adulation.
The countless hours we spend each year trying to predict where these rookie stars will wind up are probably a bit unnecessary. Our irrational desire to immediately assign "winner" and "loser" labels to the teams selecting said rookies is more than a tad silly.
Yet, all of the draft ridiculousness seems to fade away once we finally get a look at these highly touted NFL initiates on the football field—especially against one another.
Over the next few pages, we will examine and rank the most intriguing rookie battles likely to take place in the coming season.
Due to the vast number of rookie matchups we will see this season, our list will be limited to battles involving players selected in the first two rounds of this year's draft.
Rankings will be based on timing (early matchups or battles with potential playoff implications), draft status and the popularity of participants (with all respect intended, fans probably aren't salivating at the thought of seeing that fourth-round guard in action).
Special consideration will also be given to matchups that involve players connected by draft-day storylines. Did your team pass on one quarterback to draft another? If so, you're probably like us and eager to see which player comes out on top—if only for one week.