Palmer, Rogers poised to emerge

Updated: June 1, 2004, 3:33 PM ET
By Steve Muench | Scouts, Inc.
The transition from college football to the NFL is not always smooth. Players like Arizona WR Anquan Boldin are exceptions to the rule.

Although rookies need the most help on the field, in the weight room and in the classroom, their offseasons are significantly shorter. Rookies are finding agents, while veterans are taking part in workout programs. Rookies have to adjust to the 16-game schedule, and they often hit a wall late in the season or sustain injuries. In addition, a rookie may be ready to play but is buried on the depth chart and doesn't get an opportunity. Coaches almost always will go with a veteran over a rookie in a debate over playing time.

As a result, many players don't start enjoying success until their second season. Here are 10 players who didn't have great first years but appear poised for breakout seasons.

Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.