The Atlanta Falcons have a long way to go to match the New England Patriots’ success at the position.
The Falcons rank near the bottom of the NFL with just 17 players on their roster with NFL experience.
They’re also coming off a season where they went 8-8 and lost to the Miami Dolphins in the Super Bowl.
And, of course, the Patriots also beat the Falcons in the AFC Championship Game.
But the Falcons’ rookie class is far more experienced than the Patriots.
Atlanta’s rookie class has played a combined 464 games, which ranks 11th in the NFL.
The Patriots, meanwhile, are coming off the franchise’s worst season since 2000.
They were eliminated from the playoffs in six games.
But their rookie class boasts some of the best NFL experience in the league.
Here’s a look at how each team’s rookie classes ranks.
Atlanta Falcons Atlanta has the league’s most impressive rookie class.
Atlanta ranks 13th in NFL history with 17 rookies on their active roster.
The Atlanta-born players come from an extensive scouting department led by former NFL player Eric Davis and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
It includes veteran tight end Taylor Gabriel, defensive tackle Dontari Poe and safety Keanu Neal.
It also includes former NFL running back Paul Perkins, former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Deion Branch, former New England receiver Wes Welker and former Falcons cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
The first two players are signed to long-term contracts.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn also drafted five players with a combined 15 first-round picks.
All of them are signed for a combined $3.7 million per season.
New England Revolution The New England team has the most rookies on the roster with 12 players on the active roster with at least three years of experience.
All five players are veterans who are also former NFL players.
Former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount and former Patriots wide receiver Wes Moore are both former Pro Bowl wide receivers.
Cornerback Brandon Browner is a free agent and could be looking at a long-time contract.
The team also has veteran linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who also has played in the Pro Bowl three times.
New Orleans Saints The New Orleans team is the most successful rookie team in NFL History with seven rookies on its active roster who played in at least 60 games.
They are former Pro Bowler Brandon Brown-Dukes, former Saints defensive end Aaron Maybin, former Super Bowl MVP Derrick Shelby and former Atlanta Falcon safety Dontae Johnson.
Former NFL wide receiver Andre Johnson is also a former Super Bowler.
The Saints also have three Pro Bowlers in rookie defensive end Michael Mauti and safety Jahleel Addae.
Philadelphia Eagles The Philadelphia Eagles’ rookies are the most experienced in the game with four players on its roster with a total of over 30 games of experience playing at least one down.
Rookie tight end Zach Ertz, linebacker Mychal Kendricks and cornerback DeMeco Ryans all played in three Pro Bowlers’ seasons.
The Eagles also have former Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino and former NFL defensive tackle Chris Kelsay on their rosters.
Cincinnati Bengals The Bengals’ rookies have played a total 30 games this season, which is the second-highest total in the entire league behind the New Orleans’ rookie group.
Rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson are all Pro Bowl selections.
Rookie running back Giovani Bernard is also in the fold.
Rookie linebacker Kevin King is also on the Bengals’ roster.
Jacksonville Jaguars The Jacksonville Jaguars have one of the most impressive Rookie Classes in the National Football League with seven players on offense who have at least 70 career touches and three who have played in over 200 career games.
The Jaguars have the league lead with 12 rookies on offense, and they’re the first team since the 2006 Chargers to have two players with over 1,000 career touches.
Former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has already made it to the Pro Football Halls of Fame and is one of only two players in NFL Playoff history to record 1,100 career passing yards.
Chicago Bears The Bears have been among the NFL’s best at drafting and developing its rookies since the late 2000s.
They have drafted players like rookie wide receiver Brandon Marshall and rookie running back Jordan Howard.
The Bears also have drafted running back Jeremy Langford and linebacker Kyle Fuller.
Detroit Lions Detroit’s rookies are among the most dominant in the football world with seven on their team who have already made an NFL career.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford is the only player on the Lions’ roster to play in two Pro Bowls.
Rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is a Pro Bowl and is signed for $14 million annually.
Rookie safety Harrison Smith has also played in two Super Bowls and two division titles.
Cincinnati Patriots The Patriots are the only team in the history