From draft picks to developing young players, every NFL team goes into each season with players who have the potential to break out as stars.
Which players actually do often depends on whose skill sets translate quickest to the pro game, who plays with a chip on their shoulder and who are the right fit for their teams and systems.
From rookies like Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso and Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy to emerging standouts like St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn and Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, there has been no shortage of breakout players looking like future stars through the first seven weeks of the 2013 NFL season.
In the following slideshow, we take a closer look at 15 players who are showing this year why they could be NFL standouts for years to come.
In the interest of focusing on candidates who are still on the rise, players were only considered if they are in their first three NFL seasons and have not yet been named to a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team or won an Offensive or Defensive Rookie of the Year award.