Because they are so young and there is so much depth, predicting the breakout players on the Packers is harder than most teams. But i'll still give it a go: (Does that sound British?)
1. OLB, Nick Perry
Perry is the common pick to be the Packers breakout player in 2013.
Most people would describe Perry as a freak of nature, and that fits him best. The 2012 first round pick is extremely athletic and has great speed for a guy his size.
For Perry, the transition from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker has not gone as smoothly as the Packers would've hoped, but he is slowly coming along.
The addition of Datone Jones and the return of Johnny Jolly should allow Perry to bull-rush his way to double-digit sacks in 2013. And if he can develope a counter pass-rush move, look out NFL.
Sacks aren't the only thing the Packers will use Perry for, as he has already established himself as one of the better run-defenders on the team. But even more importantly, the Packers will need Perry to stop read-option quarterbacks like Colin Kaepernick from running all over them.
2. ILB, Brad Jones
Of the Packers starting inside linebackers, Jones is the only one that would beat a turtle in a race.
The Packers showed their confidence in Jones when they waived D.J. Smith and released Desmond Bishop. The reason for that confidence is that Jones has the potential to be a stud for the Packers at inside linebacker.
If Jones stays healthy, look for him to lead the team in tackles.
3. TE, Jermichael Finley
No players in the NFL has been on these lists more than Finley. Every year people expect him to finally breakout and become one of the top tight ends because of his size, athletic ability, oh and the quarterback that's throing to him. But up until now Finley has disappointed both on the field and off the field.
That will change this year.
Finley has finally cleaned up his off-the field act and he is in perfect position to finally fulfill his potential. Greg Jennings and Donald Driver are gone and Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson are battling injuries, which leaves Finley as one of the primary receivers on one of the best passing teams in the league. But most importantly, Finley finally has the trust of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy. Look for him to finish top 5 at his position.
If Finley once again doesn't produce for the Packers, there is a good chance he will end up on the other Packers team (in Minnesota) next year.
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