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10 NFL Rookies Who Are Going to Break Out in 2014

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10 NFL Rookies Who Are Going to Break Out in 2014

Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota Vikings
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Last weekend was the final weekend without football till February, and that means that the preseason is around the corner. For the most part, the score doesn’t matter, but that doesn’t mean players can’t break out. This is a time for rookies to make a great first impression on the NFL world. Here are 10 rookies who can make an impact during the preseason and beyond.

10. Bishop Sankey

Bishop Sankey, Tennesse Titans
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10. Bishop Sankey

Bishop Sankey, Tennesse Titans
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The Tennessee Titans chose Sankey to replace Chris Johnson in the offseason to help re-energize their running game. Sankey is going to have a great offensive line to work with along with some underrated receivers who may keep defenses honest. Sankey has to beat out Shonn Greene for the starting job, which shouldn’t be hard and that should give him the edge to breakout in 2014.

9. Justin Gilbert

Justin Gilbert, Cleveland Borwns
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9. Justin Gilbert

Justin Gilbert, Cleveland Borwns
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Johnny Manziel may get the most attention in training camp from the media, but Justin Gilbert is the rookie people should pay attention to. He has already flashed his talent in training camp and that should translate to the football field. Joe Haden and Gilbert should prove to be tough for teams to pass against and they should allow for the Browns to blitz and be aggressive on defense.

8. Stanley Jean-Baptiste

Stanley Jean-Baptiste,  New Orleans Saints
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8. Stanley Jean-Baptiste

Stanley Jean-Baptiste, New Orleans Saints
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Stanley Jean-Baptiste is a very big corner who came from Nebraska and is a perfect fit for Rob Ryan’s defense. Jean-Baptiste is a very big corner who can press very well and play very physical. His skills are going to allow for Rob Ryan to continue being aggressive on defense because of his ability to take away the backside slant route. He has great ball skills to breakout and is a perfect scheme fit for Ryan.

7. Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks, New Orleanes Saints
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7. Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks, New Orleanes Saints
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Another Saints rookie made the list and this time it's on the offensive side of the ball. Cooks is going to give Drew Brees another toy to play with on offense. The speed demon ran a 4.31 at the NFL combine, which should add a speed element to the offense. Any time you have talent like Cooks, Sean Payton will find a way to get him the ball. Expect a breakout year from Cooks because of Payton’s game planning ability and having Brees as his QB.

6. Cody Latimer

Cody Latimer, Denver Broncos
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6. Cody Latimer

Cody Latimer, Denver Broncos
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This is another case of a talented rookie playing with a Hall of Fame quarterback. Latimer has already impressed in training camp and that should translate to targets from Peyton Manning. Manning has shown throughout his career that he can turn raw talent into a breakout player. Latimer should be the next rookie who could benefit from playing with Manning.

5. Mike Evans

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Bucannears
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5. Mike Evans

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Bucannears
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Evans came into the NFL standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing 230 pounds and is almost a basketball player playing football. He is going to be a matchup nightmare in the red zone and that should translate to a breakout year for the rookie. Also, he has Vincent Jackson on the other side of the ball, which means defenses can’t focus their attention to one player.

4. Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
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4. Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
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Mack was drafted because the Oakland Raiders needed some young elite talent on the defensive side of the ball. So far in camp he has lived up to those expectations. Mack has already been compared to Clay Matthews and he should provide the Raiders with a pass rushing force this season. With Justin Tuck mentoring him, Mack should have a great rookie season.

3. Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney, Houston Texans
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3. Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney, Houston Texans
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Clowney is the best defensive players to come out of this draft and is going to be a big problem for offensive coordinators for the next 10 years. The first overall pick in the draft has shown in camp he is ready to take the NFL by storm. His physical gifts alone should allow him to dominate the NFL from his rookie season.

2. Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
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2. Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
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Watkins has been almost uncoverable in training camp this year and that is exactly what the Buffalo Bills hoped for when they traded a first round pick for him. Watkins plays a very physical game and attacks the ball in the air very well too. Defenses are going to key on him early on, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Watkins is a playmaker in every sense of the word.

1. Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
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1. Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
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Bridgewater fell in the draft because of a poor pro day and questions about his build. The Vikings are going to benefit the most from that fall. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner has already raved about Bridgewater and I expect him to win the starting quarterback job. Also, with the talent around him, I expect Bridgewater to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Christopher Pimentel is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google.