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CODY WIEWANDT
June 28, 2012
There's little certainty when it comes to first-timers, but these new faces are in just the right places
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June 28, 2012

Rookies

There's little certainty when it comes to first-timers, but these new faces are in just the right places

YOUNG? OF COURSE. RAW? SURE. YET AS RECENT YEARS HAVE SHOWN, ROOKIES CAN TURN INTO FANTASY STANDOUTS OVERNIGHT. DON'T DEPEND UPON THEM TOO MUCH ON DRAFT DAY, BUT HERE'S A LOOK AT SOME TANTALIZING TALENT.

1 Trent RICHARDSON

BROWNS RB

TWO THINGS immediately make Richardson an early-round fantasy back: talent and opportunity. "I think it's safe to say we draft a guy third overall, he's going to be the guy," Browns G.M. Tom Heckert said. "We think he's going to score a lot of touchdowns for us." Richardson has a nose for the end zone, having scored 42 touchdowns in 38 college games, and he'll get every chance to prove that those skills translate to the pro game.

2 Doug MARTIN

BUCCANEERS RB

THE BUCS traded up to select Martin in the first round, and they plan to get their money's worth. New coach Greg Schiano has raved about Martin's three-down ability, and the Boise State standout has been compared with the Ravens' Ray Rice, a former pupil of Schiano's. The signing of All-Pro guard Carl Nicks will improve Tampa Bay's offensive line, and incumbent back LeGarrette Blount appears to be in the doghouse. Optimism abounds.

3 David WILSON

GIANTS RB

AHMAD BRADSHAW is still the Giants' workhorse, but Wilson is the heir apparent. The 2011 ACC player of the year—he rushed for 1,709 yards on 5.9 yards a carry and scored 10 TDs at Virginia Tech last year—is strong after contact. Touches might be an issue, but the departure of Bradshaw's running mate, Brandon Jacobs, will open up opportunities for the 5' 10", 205-pound Wilson, and his mix of athleticism and toughness should carry him far in the gritty NFC East.

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