Watching young NFL players blossom into dominant forces is one of the most exciting processes in football.
Jermaine Gresham came into the NFL with a chip on his shoulder. Gresham missed his final season at Oklahoma, but he was still drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 21st pick in the first round.
In Gresham's rookie season, he quieted all doubters who thought that he would struggle coming off his knee injury at Oklahoma as he hauled in 52 catches for 471 yards.
Gresham's combination of size and athletic ability makes it extremely hard for anyone to defend him. He is too fast for most linebackers and too big for most defensive backs.
If Andy Dalton continues to develop as a quarterback in Cincinnati, then he will find that opposing defenses cannot stop Gresham.
Dalton already uses Gresham as a safety valve, but once he realizes that he is an unstoppable threat down the field, then Gresham's stats will rise.
Gresham struggles as a blocker, but he can make big plays. With 231 yards and three touchdowns through six games, it is obvious that Gresham is going to be a star tight end in the NFL for a long time.
This list of promising young playmakers is populated by players 23 years old and younger who are not recognized by the general public. Therefore, young players like Cam Newton, A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Von Miller will not appear on this list due to to the fact that they are widely praised by the media and already seem to be on the verge of stardom.