In the 2008 NFL season, it was Antonio Bryant. In 2009, it was Sidney Rice. Last season, it was Brandon Lloyd.
Without fail, every season in the NFL brings with it a lesser-known wide receiver who manages to put it all together and explode for a career season.
In some cases, the wide receiver is well into their career before they are ready to have their coming out party. In others, the breakout season is the best season of his career. And every once in awhile, the breakout season is just the beginning.
The 2011 season will be no different, as there are a number of promising receivers poised to enter the spotlight and post some illustrious numbers. Whether it is due to talent, ideal placement or a combination of the two, the following seven pass-catchers are the most likely candidates to improve their numbers and breakout this year.
Cornerbacks better start memorizing these names.