NFL 2012 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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1
140 43
Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Quarterback

2
162 66
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Quarterback

3
145 61
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Quarterback

4
107 39
Doug Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Defensive end

5
117 49
Alfred Morris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Running back

6
98 69
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Running back

7
57 32
Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Linebacker

8
61 58
Chandler Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Defensive end

9
55 51
Bruce Irvin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Defensive end, Linebacker

10
40 27
Matt Kalil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Tackle

11
41 46
Justin Tucker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Placekicker

12
10 2
Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012

13
41 47
Alshon Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Wide receiver

14
35 46
Lavonte David is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Linebacker

15
35 43
Janoris Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Cornerback

16
41 57
Justin Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Wide receiver

17
26 9
Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
allstar21 added Quarterback

18
22 26
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Linebacker

19
35 59
Coby Fleener is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Tight end

20
38 56
Brandon Weeden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Quarterback

21
11 8
Ryan Tannehill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Quarterback, Wide receiver

22
22 42
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Wide receiver

23
21 42
Kendall Wright is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Wide receiver

24
16 43
Josh Norman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Cornerback

25
16 48
Lamar Miller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Running back

26
19 50
Bernard Pierce is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Running back

27
5 0
Kirk Cousins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Redskin23 added Quarterback

28
11 23
Morris Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
liveyourlife5467 added Cornerback

29
15 49
Travis Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Wide receiver

30
4 4
Dwayne Allen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Tight end

31
15 47
Stephen Hill is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Wide receiver

32
8 48
Rod Streater is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NFL Rookies of 2012
Wide receiver