We’re just a couple of days away from the start of the NFL regular season, and the football universe is buzzing with anticipation for a season that at one point was in serious jeopardy. That would’ve been heartbreaking to all involved, but it would have been even more detrimental to the incoming rookie class and the second-year players looking to continue their progression in the league.
Luckily, we never had to cross that bridge, and we will be able to see the likes of Sam Bradford, Ndamukong Suh and Eric Berry continue on their paths of becoming the next elite stars of the NFL. But, while Bradford, Suh and Berry are known to most who follow the NFL, what about the second-year players who showed promise as rookies and have the potential to take the next step to superstardom?
With that in mind, I chose seven second-year players (one from each round of the 2010 draft), analyzed their performances in their first-year, observed their current situations and determined them as the sophomores likely to take the next step.
Chris Steuber is the NFL Draft Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. In addition to his role with Bleacher Report, Steuber serves as Director of Player Personnel for the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League. He’s previously served as NFL Draft Analyst for Scout.com and Fox Sports, as well as NFLDraftScout.com in conjunction with CBS Sports. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSteuber.