One of the most enjoyable aspects of following the NFL is watching young talents develop, injecting a playmaking element that takes opposing teams and casual observers by surprise. A perfect example from the 2012 season was Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers, emerging from a special teams weapon and occasional slot receiver to Aaron Rodgers' go-to receiver as the season progressed.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 prospects for Week 3.
Consider this a three-man vote for "Big Snacks" Harrison, linebacker DeMario Davis and rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who combined have transformed the Jets' front seven into a shutdown force in the run game. A mountain of a man at 6-foot-4 and 350 pounds, Harrison is a throw-back to the days of Ted Washington, Sam Adams, Gilbert Brown and Grady Jackson anchoring the defensive line as immovable run-pluggers.
Tannehill has plenty of arm strength, but he doesn't always show it off. This 24-yard sideline out to Brian Hartline in a tight window was one of the most impressive throws by any quarterback last week. As Gregg Rosenthal opined, it's time to include Tannehill in the discussion of the NFL's great young quarterbacks.
Hopkins struggled to get open against the man coverage of the Titans' cornerbacks for three and half quarters before making a series of clutch catches in tight coverage late in the game. Even before the two highlight-reel catches to win the game in overtime, Hopkins came down with three huge receptions on consecutive plays leading to the game-winning touchdown.
Not since James Brooks was turning the corner and taking bigger defenders head-on have the Bengals faithful enjoyed a dangerous multi-dimension threat of Bernard's caliber in their backfield. In a no-brainer move, coordinator Jay Grudenpromised to increase Bernard's role going forward. If Bernard attacks the weight room, there's Ray Rice potential here.
Watch list:Julius Thomas, Chandler Jones, Cordy Glenn, Sheldon Richardson, DeMario Davis, Zach Brown, Bruce Carter, Junior Galette, Tavon Austin, EJ Manuel, T.Y. Hilton, Marlon Brown, Julian Edelman, George Selvie, Kyle Long, Tyler Eifert, Charles Clay, Barkevious Mingo, Rod Streater, Brandon Boykin