5 Second-Year NFL Players Poised to Become Superstars in 2012

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5 Second-Year NFL Players Poised to Become Superstars in 2012
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When looking back at the 2011 NFL draft, one could realistically argue that five bona fide superstars can already be identified from the class: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Bengals receiver A.J. Green, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is a borderline candidate after leading Cincinnati to the playoffs and earning a spot as an AFC Pro Bowl quarterback. 

Despite already showing great promise in Year 1, however, I doubt the 2011 class is done producing elite level players. In fact, there are five names from the class who could breakout in a big way in 2012.

In the following slides, we break down the five 2011 rookies who will be household names by the end of this season. 

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