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The Top NFL Rookies of 2012 

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List Rules Please vote for the players based on their 2012 season only

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.
list ordered by
1
Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Quarterback from Cincinnati, Ohio
2
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Quarterback from Washington, D.C.
3
Doug Martin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Defensive end from Fairfield, California
4
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Quarterback from Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
5
Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Linebacker from Cincinnati, Ohio
6
Chandler Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Chandler Jones Defensive end from Rochester, New York
7
Alfred Morris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Running back from Pensacola, Florida
8
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Running back from Pensacola, Florida
9
Alshon Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Wide receiver from St. Matthews, South Carolina
10
Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Harrison Smith Safety from Knoxville, Tennessee
11
Bruce Irvin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Defensive end and Linebacker from Atlanta, Georgia
12
Justin Tucker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Placekicker from Houston, Texas
13
Matt Kalil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Tackle from Corona, California
14
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker from Lewisburg, Tennessee
15
Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
allstar21 added Quarterback from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
16
Lavonte David is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Linebacker from Miami, Florida
17
Kirk Cousins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Redskin23 added Quarterback from Barrington, Illinois
18
Ryan Tannehill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Quarterback and Wide receiver from Lubbock, Texas
19
Josh Norman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Cornerback from Greenwood, South Carolina
20
Janoris Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Janoris Jenkins Cornerback from Pahokee, Florida
21
Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Wide receiver from Oceanside, California
22
Dwayne Allen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Tight end from Fayetteville, North Carolina
23
Brandon Weeden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Quarterback from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
24
Lamar Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Running back from Miami, Florida
25
Kendall Wright is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Kendall Wright Wide receiver from Mount Pleasant, Texas