They've wowed their team and fans but have also set the bar high for the following season's performance. A million different variables can impact each player's situation—injuries, changes in surrounding personnel or schemes, off-field issues—making it a unique challenge for budding stars to recapture the magic of a stellar rookie campaign.
Other rookies would love nothing more than to forget about their first dance with the NFL, failing to live up to high expectations that come with being a top pick. Their sophomore season is about shaking off the doubters who are ready to slap on the "bust" label and proving their team made a wise investment in spending a premium choice on them.
Which players will use their impressive rookie year as a catalyst to bigger and brighter things in their NFL career? Who is hoping to turn rags into riches in their second season? Let's take a look.