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.