The NFL lockout was supposed to provide a hindrance to rookies, but that's a lost theory on a group of emerging wide receivers in their first seasons.
An alarming amount of wide receiver busts in early rounds of recent drafts has prompted all eyes to be on top-10 picks Julio Jones and A.J. Green. So far, they are proving to be exceptions to this "bust rule."
What's more significant, however, is that 2011 provided the NFL with a class of quality wideouts that goes much deeper than the aforementioned marquee names. In no particular order, here are seven rookie wide receivers that have already left their mark on the league.