We just got done discussing which players are primed for a rough second season. Now let’s look at which players are primed for a breakout season! The only rule being used is that the player must have 3 years of experience or less. It’s a lot of great talent in the NFL and with that being said let’s see who’s primed for a breakout season.
1. Bradley Chubb
The 5th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft has not been a letdown in the slightest. However, he hasn’t performed as well as the Broncos would have hoped either. After a really solid rookie season where Chubb totaled 12 sacks. Chubb has been unable to stay on the field in recent years. Only playing in 18 of a potential 32 games in the past two seasons. Chubb and Star Edge Rusher Von Miller both totaled double-digit sacks in their only full season together.
2. Sam Darnold
The 3rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft unlike his draft counterpart Chubb has been a disappointment. Throughout his career thus far Darnold has been unable to take care of the football. With 39 career interceptions compared to only 45 passing touchdowns. Darnold is now in Carolina and being paired with up-and-coming play-caller Joe Brady who was the orchestrator of the historic LSU championship offense. Check out our thoughts on Sam Darnold’s potential down below!
3. Denzel Ward
Ok, we promise this is the last entry from the 2018 NFL Draft, maybe. Ward is not like the other players so far mentioned on this list. Ward is an established cornerback in the NFL. Most would even consider him a top 10 cornerback in the league. Denzel Ward while is a really good corner hasn’t made that next jump to superstardom. If Denzel can become the lockdown cover corner the Browns hope he can be then the Browns have a legitimate shot to make it to the Super Bowl.
4. Rashan Gary
The Packers currently have a dominant edge rusher with Za’Darius Smith. What the Packers are currently missing is someone who can create similar production from the opposite side. With Preston Smith having one of the worst seasons of his career it may be time to let Gary take the full-time starting role. Gary without being the starter last season would have more sacks and pressures created than Smith. We even suggested that the Packers should have considered cutting Preston Smith and Dean Lowry to create cap space to re-sign Star Center, Corey Linsley.
5. Clyde Edwards-Helaire
The 32nd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft should be primed for a breakout season. In 2020 as a rookie Helaire had 1100 scrimmage yards. The Chiefs went out and used heavy capital on rebuilding their offensive line. Not only would the Chiefs sign Joe Thuney in free agency, but they also traded for star left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. from the Baltimore Ravens. They also were able to draft one of the steals of the draft with Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey in the second round. All of this is leading towards the Kansas City Chiefs to having more of a balanced offensive attack. Clyde provides a pass-catching option out of the backfield while having the potential to be a lead back.
6. Tyron Johnson
Call me biased if you want but Tyron Johnson is a really good football player. It is key for the Chargers that he has a breakout season this upcoming year. If he can achieve this then this may dissuade the Chargers from giving Mike Williams a massive contract extension. Johnson provides a legit deep threat for Justin Herbert to attack within the vertical pass game. Johnson an undrafted receiver from Oklahoma State has legit 4.3 speed on tape and provides some things as a route-runner as well. If Johnson can develop and breakout this season then this could speed up the process for the Chargers on the road to the super bowl in the coming years.