Every year, fans are excited to see the new class of rookies enter the NFL. Some fans barely get to watch because they’re just not ready. However, others take the league by storm and take the first steps on the journey to superstardom. The game is constantly evolving but we still love to see young players succeed.
Many of these players were Heisman Trophy winners and lived up to massive expectations. Others were late-round draft picks and broke onto the scene out of nowhere. Meanwhile, others didn’t actually start the season but when they played they definitely showed their qualities.
So we looked at 35 players who took the NFL by storm. Not all of these players won individual awards but they all showed brilliance in their rookie years. Check out the list below via USA TODAY Sports.
35. Kyler Murray
Murray became the first rookie quarterback to start all 16 games for the Cardinals when he joined them as the first overall pick in 2019. The young man arrived from the Oklahoma Sooners with a big reputation as the Heisman Trophy winner. He didn’t disappoint as he performed well enough to seal a spot as a Pro Bowl alternate. That’s not bad at all for a rookie who took the NFL by storm.
He passed for 3,722 yards with 20 touchdown passes in a productive season for the young man. Furthermore, Murray broke effectively all of the franchise rookie quarterback records in a great year. Then, he won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Several analysts doubted him before the season because they believed he wasn’t big enough to succeed in the NFL.