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Don Vito 05-13-2013 09:58 AM

2013 "Next Step" Players
 
The NFL is everywhere you look, but 99% of it is laughable with circuses like Tebowmania and such. Who do you guys see as truly underrated players/potential breakout stars? Pick one player who you think doesn't quite get the respect you think he deserves, and he doesn't play for your favorite NFL team.

My answer: Greg Hardy. Hardy was viewed as a potential top 10 pick at times in his college career, but inconsistencies, attitude problems, and injuries caused him to fall to Carolina in the 6th round. After showing some flashes in his first few seasons, Hardy had 11 sacks last year while lining up all over the defensive line. When talking about the best defensive linemen in the NFL, you never hear Hardy's name. That will change this year. He is still only 24 years old and has every tool you could ask for, and Panthers fans will be glad to know that he is working harder than he ever has and is focused on being the best player he can be. People have wanted that from Hardy since his freshman year at Ole Miss, and he finally has it. I expect a dominant season from Hardy.

AntoinCD 05-13-2013 10:02 AM

My guy would be Muh Wilkerson from the Jets. It's easy to miss him with players like Revis and Cro on the same defense, let alone the media fuckfest which follows both Tebow and everything Jets. However if I was to give a list of top 5 defensive linemen to play in a 34 he would definitely be there.

He isn't on the same level as someone like Watt or Ngata, however he is the one true difference maker the Jets have in their front 7

TimD 05-13-2013 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by AntoinCD (Post 3362149)
My guy would be Muh Wilkerson from the Jets. It's easy to miss him with players like Revis and Cro on the same defense, let alone the media fuckfest which follows both Tebow and everything Jets. However if I was to give a list of top 5 defensive linemen to play in a 34 he would definitely be there.

He isn't on the same level as someone like Watt or Ngata, however he is the one true difference maker the Jets have in their front 7

Nice, I was hoping someone would say Wilk in this thread. He should have been a pro-bowler last year. The Jets front 7 could be insanely good in the future if he keeps playing well and Coples & Richardson develop.

tjsunstein 05-13-2013 12:11 PM

So much for the favorite team disclaimer. Sad truth is that people will pimp their guys on their teams because they watch them every week.

Randall Cobb, WR Green Bay - Some will say he's taken that next step but without Greg Jennings in Green Bay, Cobb could bring in Welker catches with Calvin yards. Yeah, I have a boner for this guy.

James Casey, TE Philadelphia - In Chip Kelly's offense; despite the addition of Ertz in the draft.

Vincent Brown, WR San Diego - I thought he should have been getting more looks the last year or two but I think this year he takes over as the main pass catcher over oft injured Gates.

Corey Liuget, DE San Diego - If you watched him play, you know.

Mychal Kendricks, LB Philadelphia - Loved him coming out of the draft, athleticism should be used a bit more.

Casey Heyward, CB Green Bay - Outstanding rookie year, loss of Charles Woodson so you should hear Heyward's name for better or for worse this year.

SickwithIt1010 05-13-2013 12:30 PM

I'm with TJ on the pick of Randall Cobb, I have a feeling that this guy is gonna go off this year.

RaiderNation 05-13-2013 12:37 PM

For the Raiders on offense I'd say Denarius Moore. He's shown tons of flashes as a big play WR down the field but will he ever be a true #1? This year will be his chance to do it. On defense I'd say Lamarr Houston. He's highly regarded as one of the top run defenders at DE in the NFL, but he just hasn't produced the sack numbers need to be considered a Pro Bowl caliber player. Like Moore, Houston will get his chances this year to show what he has.

As for a player other than the Raiders I'd say Jake Locker. Loved him as a prospect and now having a improved oline and Justin Hunter added to the WR group I see him being the young breakout QB in the NFL this season.

phlysac 05-13-2013 12:52 PM


FUNBUNCHER 05-13-2013 01:09 PM

Lions DT Nick Fairley.
I don't think it's crazy to say he could be come THE dominant DLineman for Detroit this season.

Steelers DE Cam Heyward. Just a feeling he's going to emerge in 2013.

Chiefs safety Eric Berry.
Big name from the draft, hasn't really emerged as an elite player yet in the pros.
2 years removed from his ACL injury, 2013 is the year 'Mini Sean Taylor' becomes one of the dominant defenders in the game.

BallerT1215 05-13-2013 01:57 PM

Kenny Britt - WR - Titans

I think he showed flashes of his talent 3 years ago. Philadephia fans have definitely seen his potential. Two years ago he was off to a quick start that looked like a potential breakout season and promptly tore his ACL. I think last season was expected with his 1st action since major injury and missing the amount of football that he did. That being said, his teammates say he looks like pre-injury Britt and showing all his athleticism in the workouts they had together. With the line revamped, and quality WR's on the other side of him, it will be up to Locker on how good he does. He has potential for a 1500 yd season if Locker can get him the ball consistently.

Ness 05-13-2013 02:54 PM

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Originally Posted by BallerT1215 (Post 3362334)
Kenny Britt - WR - Titans

I think he showed flashes of his talent 3 years ago. Philadephia fans have definitely seen his potential. Two years ago he was off to a quick start that looked like a potential breakout season and promptly tore his ACL. I think last season was expected with his 1st action since major injury and missing the amount of football that he did. That being said, his teammates say he looks like pre-injury Britt and showing all his athleticism in the workouts they had together. With the line revamped, and quality WR's on the other side of him, it will be up to Locker on how good he does. He has potential for a 1500 yd season if Locker can get him the ball consistently.

Hopefully he doesn't get hurt or arrested again. Isn't this the last year of his contract too?

ChiFan24 05-13-2013 03:24 PM

A thousand times Danieal Manning.

edit: that falls more in the "underrated" category. Robert Quinn is someone that doesn't get much pub and is also going to continue improving.

VAfy-ya 05-13-2013 03:40 PM


gpngc 05-13-2013 03:49 PM

I could see Harvin staying healthy and fresh and doing something ridiculous.

Like 1500+ all purpose and 15 TDs.

Babylon 05-13-2013 03:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Ness (Post 3362374)
Hopefully he doesn't get hurt or arrested again. Isn't this the last year of his contract too?

Huge ifs there for this guy. I guess he's due for a good season.

Locker should have a good year too. He's healthy again and has never really had a line as good as he'll have in front of him. Well maybe at Ferndale high but that's another issue.

Caulibflower 05-13-2013 04:04 PM

Cameron Jordan down in N'Orleans.

scottyboy 05-13-2013 04:06 PM

David Wilson gon' make you all learn this year

ph90702 05-13-2013 04:12 PM

Nick Perry.

VAfy-ya 05-13-2013 04:21 PM

I guess most of you missed the part where the OP says to name someone that doesn't play for your fav team. Or you just dont give a **** is probably more accurate statement.

JHasley10 05-13-2013 04:27 PM

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Originally Posted by VAfy-ya (Post 3362455)
I guess most of you missed the part where the OP says to name someone that doesn't play for your fav team. Or you just dont give a **** is probably more accurate statement.

Came here to post that.
For some reason i think its going to be Reggie Bush.
In Det offense he could get 1300 rushing over 500 rec.

HawkeyeFan 05-13-2013 04:34 PM

For the Rams, either:

Chris Givens, WR


or

Janoris Jenkins, CB




For the NFL, either Randall Cobb or Doug Martn.

FUNBUNCHER 05-13-2013 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by JHasley10 (Post 3362460)
Came here to post that.
For some reason i think its going to be Reggie Bush.
In Det offense he could get 1300 rushing over 500 rec.

Yeah Reggie is a nice call playing in that dome in Detroit.

I would not be shocked if Bush had 2K all purpose in 2013. He's tailor made for that offense with Megatron and Stafford.

cmarq83 05-13-2013 04:59 PM

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Originally Posted by phlysac (Post 3362260)

D'Qwell Jackson will get recognition if and when the Browns ever become good. Much like Dockett and Wilson were with the Cardinals before they became a contender his play has pretty much hit his peak. From here it's just about getting his team on a stage where people will actually notice that he is really good.

phlysac 05-13-2013 06:00 PM

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Originally Posted by cmarq83 (Post 3362484)
D'Qwell Jackson will get recognition if and when the Browns ever become good. Much like Dockett and Wilson were with the Cardinals before they became a contender his play has pretty much hit his peak. From here it's just about getting his team on a stage where people will actually notice that he is really good.

Agree. That's how I interpreted the OP. Name someone who's "next step" is simply to get the recognition they actually deserve.

Jackson is a beast in my book. I even thought he was a stud in the 3-4 but he is even better in the 4-3.

JeffSamardzijaIRISH 05-13-2013 06:10 PM

Alex Smith.

Hurricanes25 05-13-2013 06:11 PM

RB Lamar Miller, Dolphins



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