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NFL Power Rankings: Ranking the Most Valuable Rookies for 2011
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Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

With a lockout, rookies are not supposed to be as much of a factor as in other years.

In 2011, it was just the opposite.

This was a strong rookie Class of 2011. Several first-year players contributed greatly to their team's success, and others put up big numbers in their first season, making fans excited for the future of their franchise.

These rookies have all grown into top NFL players in just their first season, and are looking to improve in coming years as well. There were many who proved to be extremely valuable, and among those, seven stood out. 

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