Updated NFL rookie rankings

Kiko Alonso still leads way, but Falcons' Trufant making late charge

Updated: December 19, 2013, 10:11 AM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

Desmond TrufantAP Photo/Joe RobbinsThe Falcons' Desmond Trufant has started to emerge after midseason struggles.
Few players have a tougher adjustment to make in transitioning from college to the NFL than those in coverage. Look at a talented rookie who has struggled, such as Dee Milliner with the New York Jets. There are advanced technical aspects to coverage in the NFL that must be learned, scheme-specific skills that must be honed, and then there's just the reality that every week you're facing a wide receiver who is as good as any receiver you might have faced in college. You just can't ever let your guard down.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst