It is the hope of all NFL teams entering the season that the rookies they hand-selected can step up and immediately play some fabulous football.
In 2016, a handful of first-year players, such as Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott, did exactly that and more. But, that is not typically the norm for all rookies.
A little further down the NFL’s food chain were other rookies from 2016 that still showed a lot of promise yet didn’t quite deliver at that same level. Some were first-round picks and others fell to later rounds. One is already a Super Bowl champion.
Here, we will discuss some second-year players that could be poised for even better success or an expanded role. If provided more opportunities, the following players will explode with huge seasons in 2017.