Prospects set for breakout seasons

Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas piled up 1,146 all-purpose yards and 16 TDs in 2012. Scott Olmos/US Presswire

One of the most exciting elements of the 2012 college football season was the emergence of several breakout stars. A number of standout playmakers -- including Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Baylor wideout Terrance Williams and Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins -- ascended from relatively unknown status at the beginning of the season to All-American-caliber status by the end of the campaign.

While Manziel returns to the Aggies for his sophomore season (he could get his NFL shot as early as next April), Hopkins and Williams parlayed their 2012 success into high draft selections, getting picked in the first and third rounds, respectively.

Which players currently on NFL scouts' radars could put up huge numbers this season? Here is a closer look at five prospects who the metrics indicate could be dominant performers in 2013.

De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon Ducks

Thomas has never had an issue with posting big numbers. His 18 touchdowns in 2011 were the most ever scored by an Oregon freshman, and his 7.62 yards per carry was the third-highest mark in the country among running backs with at least 80 carries, according to ESPN Stats & Information.