Last week we recapped 15 players that I claimed would rise to stardom in 2021, and now I’d like to cap it off with 15 more players that will make the jump in 2021. For reference, here are the first 15 players:
- Rashan Gary
- Jacob Eason
- Foye Oluokun
- Denzel Mims
- L’Jarius Sneed
- D’Andre Swift
- Tua Tagovailoa
- Van Jefferson
- Tyler Conklin
- Jordan Dangerfield
- Andy Isabella
- Josh Rosen
- Chase Edmonds
- Jordan Whitehead
- Tyus Bowser
And without further ado, let’s finish off the list…
- John Brown, WR, Buffalo Bills
John Brown definitely had a down year, especially with the emergence of Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley, but Brown is massively talented and deserves respect. Brown should emerge again next year with better health, and especially if Josh Allen continues to grow and develop even further as a passer.
- Jeremy McNichols, RB, Tennessee Titans
Who? The third string Titans running back has gotten zero attention because he lives in the shadow of Derrick Henry, but I believe he has breakout potential. McNichols shows explosion and a bit of strength when he runs, and while I of course love Derrick Henry much more than Jeremy McNichols I cannot deny McNichols’s potential. Keep an eye on this guy going into 2021.
- Brian Hill, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Brian Hill has already shown sneaky emergence over his career, and he got even more opportunities while subbing in for the very mediocre Todd Gurley. Hill has starter potential for sure, and his career is still very young. I believe the Falcons should re-sign him and test him out as their starting running back, at least for a week.
- Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Rams
The emergence of Tyler Higbee sort of stunted Everett’s promising career, but I believe the young tight end has massive breakout potential in another situation. Maybe if he got signed by a team like the Panthers or the Texans that has a need at tight end, he could have a chance to prove his worth.
- Mykal Walker, LB, Atlanta Falcons
Mykal Walker is a 2020 fourth round pick of the Atlanta Falcons who saw limited playing time due to the existence of Deion Jones and Foye Oluokon. I believe that Mykal Walker can continue to emerge as Deion Jones starts to fade away in the Atlanta defense. Look for Walker to become crucial as this Falcons defense tries to grow and develop.
- Cole Holcomb, LB, Washington
Cole Holcomb showed some moments last year on what was a surprisingly not terrible Washington defense. Holcomb has been good since his start in the NFL in 2019, and I believe he can get even better in 2021, even rising to stardom.
- Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots
Jakobi Meyers had an extremely good season last year, but it got slept on because the quarterbacks that were throwing to him were a group of thumb sucking cupcakes. Once Bellickick decides to get someone talented throwing the football, I believe that Meyers can develop as a Pro Bowl or better WR that can be a household name in New England.
- Dante Pettis, WR, New York Giants
A big big season for the Giants is just around the corner, and I believe Pettis can come out as a starting wide receiver for Daniel Jones to trust. Pettis got lost in the shuffle in San Francisco, and admittedly was not as good as we all thought he was.
- Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants
Wayne Gallman had a very strong season in New York after Saquon Barkley’s injury, and this came after a week where I called him a healthy scratch, so it is time to give him some love. Gallman will likely not be on the Giants next year given that he is a free agent, but he could be a good addition for a team in need of a backup running back.
- Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants
Yes, yes I know, the third Giants player in a row, I am very high on the Giants though so that’s OK. I have been waiting for the Daniel Jones breakout season for his entire career, but I believe he finally has the pieces around him to succeed, and a defense good enough to save him from any problems he might have. Daniel Jones is going to be a star next year, I am counting on it.
- Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants
Last Giants player I promise, Darius Slayton had a great year in New York last year, and now that Golden Tate is gone he will be farming a lot more targets from Daniel Jones in 2021. Slayton will be a great complement to veteran WR Sterling Shepard.
- Joe Schoebert, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars
I was very happy for the Jags after the Schoebert pickup, he was probably my favorite defensive player in 2019, but he did not have a huge season given the fact that the Jaguars were the most awful team in football last year. Now that the Jags are doing a bit of team building, Schoebert is ready to blast off.
Dre Greenlaw is a young linebacker on the 49ers, and he is a player that is ready to make the leap. Greenlaw is fast, hard hitting, and will be a great complement to the great Fred Warner.
- Jacob Hollister, TE, Seattle Seahawks
One of the faster tight ends in the league, Jacob Hollister has been sneaky valuable for the Seattle Seahawks. Hollister is set to be a free agent, and I believe he has an understated value. Hollister will break out as a starting tight end in 2021.
- Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Indianapolis Colts
Despite his name, he is not a doorguard at a nightclub, he is an NFL cornerback. Rock Ya-Sin had a pretty decent rookie year, and a pretty awful second year. Luckily, the Colts squeezed a good year out of Xavier Rhodes so that worked out fine. Rock Ya-Sin is a player who I believe can return to form as a third year starter, and play a role in a very good Indianapolis Colts defense.
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