With the first pick in the 2012 draft, the Indianapolis Colts select…Andrew Luck. The Redskins followed next with Robert Griffin III and the Seahawks picked up Russell Wilson in the third round. The Colts and Redskins were dreaming about the possibility of great rookie years from their first round draft choices. I don’t think the Seahawks realized exactly what they just landed.
These three men had rookie years that were unimaginable. Luck took over a team that had a record of 2-14 the previous season, and turned them into an 11-5 team. RG3 commanded a club, brought hope and excitement to the city of D.C, and led the Redskins to the playoffs. Wilson came from nowhere and became a player that other teams didn’t know how to defend against. The talent that these players possess as rookies is unparalleled in any other class. For all three of them to come into the NFL in the same year and lead each of their respective teams to the playoffs is remarkable.
A few other QB rookie classes that are comparable are the 2004 and 2008 classes. ’04 brought up Eli Manning (drafted #1 overall), Philip Rivers (#4 overall), and Ben Roethlisberger (#11 overall). You recognize those names, right? Lots of talent right there. The 2008 class included Matt Ryan (#3 overall) and Joe Flacco (#9 overall). Both of those guys were in the playoffs this year and are the faces of their organizations. But if all the guys from this 2012 class can stay healthy and keep improving, there’s no doubt in my mind that they are the best rookie class ever.
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