Here are my top 5 "Young Gun" surprises for the upcoming season (in no particular order):
1.) Keenan Lewis - Kid puts it all together and will be starting or splitting time with B-Mac by mid-season.
2.) Ziggy Hood- Came on strong end of last season. Plenty of potential and great work ethic.
3.) Emmanual Sanders - Contributes at WR and punter/ kick returns. Great pick.
4.) Maurkice Pouncey - A great solid number 1 pick. Starter by week 2 or 3.
5.) Jonathon Dwyer - Runnig back curve lower than other positions for rookies, kid contributes right away. A steal of all time.
On the cusp:
Joe Burnett - I think he is going to push William Gay for the "nickel" back. Kid had a rough rookie year, but will be leaps and bounds better this season.
Crezdon Butler - Not much being said about this draft pick, but the kid has shown some talent and moxy during OTA. Keep an eye out.
Kraig Urbik - Stronger than last season and has impressed early on OTA. Solid OL for the next 8 years.
The good go to great:
Rashard Mendenhall - Becomes an NFL "feature back". I see pro-bowl
Mike Wallace - The sky's the limit here. Could be our best third round pick (or should we say steal) ever.
Lawerence Timmons and David Woodley - They become the best 1 and 2 round LB duos in NFL history. Could see 20 sacks between them.
Comeback player(s) of the year:
Troy Polumala and Aaron Smith
Casey Hampton - Out to prove he was worth his contract. Will be Pro-bowl caliber at NT.