Every year in the NFL we see players evolve from a "good young player" to a "Pro Bowler" status. Here is a list of 10 players I think will take that step in the 2010 season.
Those who just missed the cut:
-CJ Spiller, RB, Bills
-Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles
-Jerome Harrison, RB, Browns
-Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
-Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets
-Ndamukong Suh, DT, Lions
-Jerod Mayo, LB, Patriots
-Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
-Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers
Now this guy is just a rookie, but he has the talent level of some of the better NFL running backs. Since he has never played a down in a regular season NFL game, he falls to 10, but lookout, this guy could be good.
This will be Beanie's second year in the NFL, and there are a lot of high expectations. The former Buckeye is expected to take a majority of the teams' carries in 2010 and if he does how many people think, he could be dangerous.
In 2009, Henne looked pretty good at times, but other times not so much. Now he has Brandon Marshall to throw to, one of the most versitale recievers in the NFL. Look for Henne to improve.
Greg Jennings has been a very good reciever for a few years, but is yet to make a Pro Bowl appearence. So far this preseason, he has looked like a Pro Bowler, so it is likely that this talented reciever will make a trip to Hawaii.
Nicks made some great plays his rookie year, but not consistently. With Steve Smith establishing himself as the #1 guy for the Giants, look for defenses to sleep on Nicks, allowing him to make great plays on a regular basis.
Another young, talented QB who is ready to take the next step. Ryan has all of the abilities to become a Pro Bowl quarterback and this year could be the year.
Joe Flacco has all the tools to take the next step; he has great running game with Ray Rice and Willis Mcgahee, and now an elite reciever to throw to with Anquan Boldin. With his cannon arm, look for huge numbers from the young QB.
In 2009, Crabtree didn't come to a contract agreement until week 7. From then on he led all rookies in recieving yards per game, and caught 48 passes for 625 yards and 2 touchdowns. Now he will be playing all 16 games (unless he gets hurt), and will play an even bigger role in the 49ers offense. Look for the former Red Raider to be a dominant reciever.
Finley had a breakout year in 2009, and now he looks to add to that. One of the most physical, hard-to-cover tight ends in the league, look for Finley to be somewhat like Vernon Davis was last year.
During the last half of the 2009 season, Jamaal Charles exploded. He became the only player in NFL history to rush for 1,100 yards on 200 or less carries. Averaging a whopping 5.9 yards per carry, if the young running back stays on the same pace as last year, he could find himself with 2,000 or more rushing yards.