Every NFL preseason, some players come out of the woodwork who look like they could be headed for stardom. It is inevitable that out of roughly 2,880 players currently on NFL training camp rosters, there will be a small percentage of unknown players that have an outstanding camp.
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is an example of a player who came out of obscurity in the preseason to look like a stud, but then he actually followed up his play in the preseason by doing the same thing in the regular season as well. Yet there are far too many examples of training camp stars who faded into obscurity when it really mattered.
So, who are the players formerly under the radar who are turning heads with a monster preseason in 2012? By monster preseason, we are talking about a big effort in a preseason game that allowed that player to grab the spotlight, as opposed to having a steady but rather unspectacular training camp.
Maybe they were an undrafted rookie free agent. Maybe they came out of a Division II or Division III school. Maybe they were a backup in college who never really got the chance to be a starter, but had the talent to play. They just needed a chance. Perhaps they were injured for most of 2011 and were overlooked at the draft as a result.
For this presentation, we are open to players on offense or defense. For somebody to be under the radar, we are going to eliminate the players drafted in the first two rounds of the 2012 draft. No way that any of them are under the radar.
This isn't intended for fantasy football purposes. We just want to focus on lesser-known players who have done a solid job of making a name for themselves due to their play and, as a result of some big performances, now have a chance to survive final cuts and make a NFL roster.