It’s finally here, the start of the NFL regular season. The business side of football is behind us and the action on the field is about to get serious next week.
One of the most fascinating parts of this abbreviated offseason and preseason, other than the whirlwind free agency period, was how the rookies would adapt to their new surroundings and grasp all that is the NFL.
The preseason gave everyone a taste of what this year’s draft class brings to the table and how they fit with their respective teams. Some rookies impressed, others have been depressing, but whether it’s been good or bad, we all have our opinions on who’s been the best.
So, as we approach Week 1, I’ve ranked my top 20 NFL rookies. My rankings are not based solely on a player’s preseason performance. There are a lot of variables factored into the rankings including: playing time, potential impact, surrounding cast, team environment, etc…
I will update the rankings at various points during the season, but here is my initial view of the top 20 rookies heading into the 2011 season.