NFL The Top NFL Rookies of 2012  

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The top NFL rookies in 2012 are those first-year professional football players who are quickly making an impact in the league. These NFL players, many of whom were among the best steals in the 2012 NFL Draft, each are seeing success in the pros as quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs, kickers and even defensive players.

Prior to the start of the 2012 NFL season, all eyes were on the top quarterbacks taken in the 2012 NFL Draft especially as a number of teams had plans to use their rookies immediately. Andrew Luck out of Stanford had perhaps the most on his shoulders as he was filling some very big shoes on the Indianapolis Colts previously filled by Peyton Manning. But things didn't go as planned when the Colts began the 2012 season at the bottom of the AFC South. Instead, another rookie quarterback earned the lion's share of attention. Robert Griffin III, who won the Heisman Trophy as a member of the Baylor Bears in 2011, turned heads when in his opening game notched 320 passing yards and two touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints.

But there are plenty of other players besides NFL quarterbacks who have been impressive 2012 NFL rookies. Running backs Trent Richardson of the Cleveland Browns, Bernard Pierce of the Baltimore Ravens and Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins, wide receivers Kendall Wright of the Tennessee Titans, Justin Blackmon of the Jacksonville Jaguars and tight end Coby Fleener of the Indianapolis Colts have all seen strong starts to their rookie campaigns.

On the defense, stars like Chandler Jones of the New England Patriots, Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks and Josh Norman of the Carolina Panthers all began their rookie seasons atop the stats leaders in defensive categories like tackles and interceptions. Don't see your favorite 2012 NFL rookie listed? Want to move these selections around? Do all of that and more below by voting for, adding to or re-ranking this list of top 2012 NFL rookies.
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Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Robert Griffin III Quarterback

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Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Russell Wilson Quarterback

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Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Andrew Luck Quarterback

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Doug Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Doug Martin Defensive end

5
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Alfred Morris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Alfred Morris Running back

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Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Trent Richardson Running back

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Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Luke Kuechly Linebacker

8
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Chandler Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Chandler Jones Defensive end

9
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Bruce Irvin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Bruce Irvin Defensive end, Linebacker

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Matt Kalil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Matt Kalil Tackle

11
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Justin Tucker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Justin Tucker Placekicker

12
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Lavonte David is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Lavonte David Linebacker

13
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Alshon Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Alshon Jeffery Wide receiver

14
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Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Justin Blackmon Wide receiver

15
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Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012

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Janoris Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Janoris Jenkins Cornerback

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Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Colin Kaepernick Quarterback

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Coby Fleener is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Coby Fleener Tight end

19
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Brandon Weeden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Brandon Weeden Quarterback

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Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker

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Kendall Wright is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Kendall Wright Wide receiver

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Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Michael Floyd Wide receiver

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Ryan Tannehill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Ryan Tannehill Quarterback, Wide receiver

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Bernard Pierce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Bernard Pierce Running back

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Morris Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Morris Claiborne Cornerback

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Josh Norman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Josh Norman Cornerback

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Dwayne Allen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Dwayne Allen Tight end

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Lamar Miller is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Lamar Miller Running back

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Stephen Hill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Stephen Hill Wide receiver

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Travis Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Travis Benjamin Wide receiver

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Kirk Cousins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Kirk Cousins Quarterback

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Rod Streater is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Rod Streater Wide receiver