Before last season began, a virtually unknown running back came to Cleveland in a trade. When he arrived, he had two seasons of experience and a total of 397 career rushing yards.
But then everything changed.
In 2010, he joined the 1,000 yard club, won the heart of every Cleveland Browns fan out there, and wound up on the cover of Madden. Yes, that would of course be Peyton Hillis. Not bad for a guy somebody gave up for Brady Quinn.
Hillis is living proof that today's unknown commodity can become tomorrow's superstar.
Obviously for every unknown who winds up a video game cover subject, there are thousands who fade out of the league before we even learn their names.
But as dedicated football fans, we all pride ourselves on being able to predict The Next Big Star. Nine times out of 10 of course, we wind up having to concede that the guy we hyped last year now mows lawns for a living.
But it's always fun to take a shot at predicting the unknowns in the league who might blossom into stars in the upcoming season, or even those who, while they'll never have true star power, will be surprisingly great assets to their team.
So here are five largely unknown Browns who could surprise this season. It's unlikely any of them will become the next Peyton Hillis-calber star at their position, but each of these guys definitely has the potential to become much more than what's currently expected.
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