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NFL Rankings: Top 5 Breakout Players for the League in 2011

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NFL Rankings: Top 5 Breakout Players for the League in 2011
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Every year there are players who surprise the NFL world with a fantastic season and put themselves in the headlines. There are rookies who make the mental leap from Year 1 to Year 2, back-ups who finally get their chance, and sometimes they just come completely out of nowhere (Yes Buffalo, I'm talking about Stevie Johnson).

With NFL viewership at an all-time high, thanks to outlets like fantasy football, fans are always looking ahead at the next great player.

Under the assumption that there will be a new CBA in place next year, here are five NFL players poised to take the next step from good to elite in 2011.

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