Across the country NFL training camps are underway and teams are finally starting to get a real feel for which players will be on their final 53-man roster when the dust settles and the regular season begins.
The Detroit Lions are no different of course. They've moved past all the offseason controversies and are forging ahead, determined to get better and once again prove people wrong.
The regular season will prove whether those predictions are true but one thing is for sure—2011 was a break-out year for the Lions. Of course they can always improve, but they won't take anyone by surprise again. Not after making the playoffs.
The Lions can't have a break-out year in 2012 regardless of their record, but there are a number of players on their roster who can.
They might have super stars like Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril on their roster, but they have even more players that are relatively unknown but poised for break-out years.
They might be young or simply in a better position to succeed then they've ever been. Regardless of the reason here are five under-the-radar Lions on the verge of becoming the next big thing.