Very few players in the NFL develop into superstars right out of the gate. Some players never even play well enough to become starters, while others slowly mature into household names. With the average life expectancy in the NFL at three-and-a-half years, it’s hard to tell who will last in the league and who won’t.
Yet that doesn’t mean a well-informed fan doesn’t know who some of the up-and-comers are on a year-to-year basis. Advanced analytics, game film and league insiders have helped expand the knowledge base of NFL observers. People who are interested in the game no longer have to rely on their local newspaper or broadcast television.
They can empower themselves and draw their own conclusions. With the help of advanced analytics and game film, I broke down 10 under-the-radar players who could become big names during training camp in 2013.
Let’s take a look.