The 2011 NFL draft is over, and even with the lockout we can speculate on what these rookies will do their rookie season.
Some of these rookies will have great seasons and become big stories. Others will not, but we are not going to dwell on those guys here.
The quarterbacks are the obvious stars when you look down the line, but there are running backs and wide receivers who have chances to break out as well.
So here is a look at five rookies who could be big stars by the end of 2011 (assuming, as always, that there is a 2011 season).
Julio Jones will be on the field with the Atlanta Falcons catching passes from Matt Ryan. It is a safe bet that Jones will be making a lot big catches and make an impact his rookie season.
The Vikings are hinting they want Christian Ponder to start right away, which means he has the potential to make a significant impact early in the season.
I think Ponder was underrated going into the draft, so I have confidence he will surprise a lot of people.
The Vikings seem to agree with me.
No matter who is taking snaps behind center in Cincinnati, A.J. Green is going to make catches. Even if the Bengals are not very good, expect Green to live up to his billing and be a bright spot on the Bengals offense.
The Arizona Cardinals did not have much of a running game last year. Some of that can be attributed to the offensive line, but Beanie Wells never could stay healthy long enough to get anything going.
With Ryan Williams, expect to see a fresh running attack out of Arizona. Williams is seen as a better running back prospect by some scouts and he will surprise a lot of people.
With Williams, the Cardinals will have a running game again.
The Tennessee Titans took Jake Locker before Blaine Gabbert, and their decision will be looked on later as a good one.
Locker has a lot of skills and should make the transition to the pros relatively quickly.
Locker was saddled with a poor offensive line and below-average receivers. The Titans should be able to give Locker better support, but that is assuming Kenny Britt is not rotting in jail.
Even without Britt, the Titans can expect to see good things from Locker.