The NFL football gods have finally looked favorably upon the Detroit Lions. After years of futility and draft failures, the Lions put together an impressive 2011 campaign. For that reason expectations are high.
The Lions' turnaround can be attributed to a core of young and exciting players. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh are Detroit's "Big Three," and they've vaulted the Honolulu blue and silver to national relevance.
Those three guys already had their breakout years—Suh in 2010, and Johnson and Stafford in 2011. While they certainly could have those types of seasons again, they won't surprise anyone this time. They're expected to do well.
Luckily for the Lions they have a bevy of talented players who only have a year or two of NFL experience under their belts and are raring to go. These players—because of injury or limited playing time—have much to prove. They are the ones that could take the Lions to the next level and take the NFL by storm.
Here are five Detroit Lions with the best chance of having breakout seasons in 2012.