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Football Draft Kit: 2017 Breakout Players

Jerry Donabedian

Donabedian is an Assistant Football Editor at RotoWire. He writes and edits articles and covers breaking news. A Baltimore native, Donabedian roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.

Sustained breakthroughs are less common than one might expect, considering the inherently high rate of player turnover in the NFL. While the league's middling commodities are cycled in and out, there are usually only a few players each year who vault themselves into the league's upper tiers and stay there throughout a full season. Sure, there will always be a few no-name running backs who enjoy productive stretches as a result of injuries to teammates, but most of these players disappear just as quickly as they burst onto the scene.

What we're looking for when discussing potential "breakout players" is significant jumps in value that can be sustained throughout the 2017 season last year's WR3 becoming a WR1, or last year's bench/waiver fodder emerging as a solid RB2. The nature of the exercise ...

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