Last year the New England Patriots had one of the best draft classes of all time, bringing in rookies such as Devin McCourty, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Spikes and Zoltan Mesko. In addition to the fresh faces, the Patriots also received contributions from other younger players who made impacts in all three phases of the game.
New England has transformed as a team; gone are the days where the locker room was dominated by players like Tedy Bruschi, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown and Rodney Harrison. Now there is more youth on the team than I can remember, and you know what? They are producing.
Given that the Patriots are stuffed with young and relatively undeveloped (yet limitless) talent, it raises the question of who will be the next player to experience a breakout season. Well, we're one step ahead of you; here are five New England Patriots who could potentially have their breakout year during the upcoming 2011 season.