The Green Bay Packers–in my opinion–are the team to beat in the NFC. I realize the 49ers have the most talented roster in history and Trent Baalke/Jim Harbaugh are unstoppable as a duo in the front office, but I still think Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are the class of the NFC.
This is a team that gets better year after year with Rodgers at the helm, and when they won the Super Bowl three seasons ago, I felt like it was the beginning of a dynasty.
With Rodgers under center, the rest of the Packers’ roster sort of fell into place, and they have drafted really well over the years without making many impact free agent signings.
Here are three players I think could be big time breakout candidates for the Packers. We’ll take a look at one player from each of the last three draft classes on the Packers’ roster.
Third Year — Randall Cobb, WR
As good as I thought Randall Cobb was last year, I’m surprised that he wasn’t a thousand yard receiver. He finished the year with 80 receptions for 954 yards and eight touchdowns, and was also dynamic as a return man.
Cobb had the ball in his hands more than any other player on the Packers’ roster not playing center or named Rodgers, and man is this guy dynamic.
Cobb can burn you from the receiver position, out of the backfield, and as a kick/punt returner. He was drafted in the second round in 2011, and the Packers barely used him on offense as a rookie. That changed a lot last year when he had 80 catches, and with Greg Jennings now on the Vikings, I think Green Bay will make Cobb even more of a central focus to their offensive game plan, making him one of the best candidates for a big time breakout season in the NFL. I think he will be over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns this year.