Every year the National Football League sees players enjoy breakout seasons that lead to fame and fortune. Last year, guys like cornerback Josh Norman, defensive end/outside linebacker Khalil Mack, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, and wide receiver Allen Robinson all seemingly came out of nowhere to emerge as some of the best players in the league at their respective positions.
With the 2016 NFL season rapidly approaching, we put together a list of players who are likely on the verge of experiencing breakout seasons. These 11 players have a combined zero Pro Bowl appearances and zero All-Pro selections, but we see these things changing this year.
Several players on this list will likely burst onto the NFL scene in 2016. With that said, here is a look at 11 players who are strong candidates to have breakout seasons in 2016.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
DeVante Parker’s rookie season (2015) was severely limited due to a foot injury that he suffered during training camp. When he was healthy, though, the former Louisville Cardinal flashed signs of brilliance, as he caught 22 passes for 445 yards and three touchdowns in the Dolphins’ final six games of the 2015 season.
By all accounts, Parker is now fully healthy. With a full offseason to work with quarterback Ryan Tannehill in new head coach Adam Gase’s offense, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the 6-foot-3, 209-pounder goes over 1,000 receiving yards and emerges as the Dolphins’ No. 1 wide receiver in 2016, leading to an incredible breakout season.