The Schottey Six: The NFL's Top Breakout Candidates for 2009

Michael Schottey@SchotteyNFL National Lead WriterMay 22, 2009

The Schottey Six: The NFL's Top Breakout Candidates for 2009

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    ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 09:  First round pick Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders works out at the rookie mini-camp at the Raiders training facility on May 9, 2008 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

6) Vernon Gholston (OLB, New York Jets)

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 26:  Vernon Gholston poses for a photo after being selected as the sixth overall pick by the New York Jets during the 2008 NFL Draft on April 26, 2008 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

5) Earl Bennett (WR, Chicago Bears)

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 12:  Earl Bennett #85 of the Chicago Bears warms up before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on October 12, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

4) Curtis Lofton (LB, Atlanta Falcons)

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 14:  Linebacker Curtis Lofton #50 of the Atlanta Falcons lines up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at the Georgia Dome on December 14, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

3) Adam Carriker (DT, St. Louis Rams)

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 21:  Adam Carriker #90 of the St. Louis Rams looks on before the game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 21, 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

2) Brent Celek (TE, Philadelphia Eagles)

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18:  Tight end Brent Celek #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a six-yard touchdown in the third quarter during the NFC championship game against the Arizona Cardinals on January 18, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glend

1) Darren McFadden (RB, Oakland Raiders)

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    ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 09:  First round pick Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders works out at the rookie mini-camp at the Raiders training facility on May 9, 2008 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Best of the Rest

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    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 07:  Owen Daniels #81 of the Houston Texans carries the ball while being pursued by Desmond Bishop #55 of the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field on December 7, 2008 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Texans def