In the 2011 NFL draft, we saw some hulking athletes step on stage to shake Commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand after their first-round selection.
These athletes are ready to take their talents to the level where they will need to utilize their brute strength and insane conditioning to become a mainstay in the NFL.
Contrary to popular belief, these athletes were not born with bulging muscles and overpowering skills; what they have is what they’ve earned.
As you’ll see in this slideshow, many of the 2011 NFL draft first-round picks came into college looking like another average freshman, but as the years and seasons progressed, so too did their physical stature.
Let’s take a look at some of this year’s shining rookie class and see where they came from and where they are now when it comes to changes to their physique.
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