Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/26/13

Hundreds of rookies every year hope to find their way onto a team’s final 53-man roster and make as much of an impact as they can from day one. As we will see from my top five most likely to thrive, it isn’t always when you were drafted, but more what opportunity you are given.In order for a rookie to success they of course must have the talent and determination to show what they are made of. But more importantly that must find that perfect storm of right place, right time, right team, and filling a need.If the best quarterback in the draft is a sixth round guy that ends up backing up the likes of Matt Ryan or Aaron Rodgers, it doesn’t matter how good they are; they aren’t going to get the chance to shine. But a sixth round running back that happens to earn the back-up role to an injury prone player might be a carry away from a breakout rookie season.Let’s take a closer look at five guys that I think have the talent as well as the right situation to make big waves in 2013.

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