So What About Breakout Players for This Betting Season?We have picked several players who have already been in the league for at least a year but have not earned an All-Pro or Pro Bowl selection during their NFL career.
Ezekiel Ansah (DE, Detroit Lions)Ansah had never even played football until he walked on to play at Brigham Young University, and he didn’t start a game until he was halfway through his senior season. Even so, pro scouts could see that he had enough talent that the Lions chose him fifth overall in the 2013 draft. In the Lions’ 4-3 scheme, he showed the ability to play as an All-Pro, and he graded out as the league’s fifth best defensive end in a 4-3 system. He has built a strong reputation against the run, and his speed and athleticism will push him to produce as a pass rusher as well.
Eric Ebron (TE, Detroit Lions)In the NFL, rookie tight ends often struggle, and Eric Ebron was the same. The Lions chose him with the #10 pick in the 2014 draft, but he produced more like someone who came several picks lower. In 2015, though, this should change as the game slows down a great deal for him, and his offensive coordinator in Detroit (Joe Lombardi) worked on that coaching staff in New Orleans that made Jimmy Graham into an All-Pro. Ebron will have two Pro Bowl wideouts on the outside in Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
Sam Bradford (QB, Philadelphia Eagles)In 2010, Bradford won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, but each season since then, he has struggled mightily with injuries. The St. Louis Rams traded him to Philadelphia during the offseason, and if Bradford’s knee can hold up, the high-octane offense that Chip Kelly will run in the City of Brotherly Love may play right toward Bradford’s strengths. His accuracy and arm strength make him the right candidate for the scheme. Kelly also has a track record for getting the very best out of his quarterbacks. If he can stay healthy, Bradford should be in the running for a Pro Bowl slot from the NFC.