Predicting the NFL's Next Big Breakout Player at Every Position

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Predicting the NFL's Next Big Breakout Player at Every Position
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Which players will emerge from the smoke in 2012?

Each year in the NFL, new faces litter every roster in all the NFL cities. Players are acquired via free agency, the NFL draft or trades. With every move, a reactionary move must be made to fill that position. 

Quarterback Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos. Thusly, quarterback Tim Tebow was shipped to the New York Jets, and the Indianapolis Colts filled Manning’s spot by drafting quarterback Andrew Luck.

Some players get “Wally Pipped.” That is a reference to the first baseman for the New York Yankees who missed a start due to illness only to never get his spot back from Lou Gehrig. Some players just get beaten out for the position. Whatever the case may be, NFL rosters are constantly changing. 

Here are predictions from each position of a player who may or may not currently be a starter, but by the end of the 2012 season, barring injury, he will be a household name.

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