Percy Harvin, Michael Oher, and The Best Rookies of 2009


Published: December 4, 2009

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... in the league are required to learn on the job and, right from the beginning, are expected to contribute.

The draft is about talent and thinking toward the future, but with more and more money riding on draft picks, there's pressure right away to perform. As has been seen again and again, sometimes that pressure gets to young players.

In a meritocracy like the NFL, few players get a free ride. Even though the top drafted players are already collecting a king's ransom, many have already begun earning their keep with stellar performances this year.

With that, let's look at the ten rookies making the most of their rookie campaigns and how important they have been to their teams.

Percy Harvin, WR/KR, Minnesota Vikings

Harvin has been as good as advertised in his first year in Minnesota. The kid just makes plays for his team.

He likely already has the rookie of the year award sewn up, barring a stunning final month from some of the...

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