Which three NFL players will enjoy massive sophomore seasons?

Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers, 2021 NFL Draft. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers, 2021 NFL Draft. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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NFL 2022: Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes during the game against the Houston Texans at Levi’s Stadium on January 2, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers defeated the Texans 23-7. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /

As we head towards the 2022 NFL Draft, let’s not forget about the incoming second year players. Which of these sophomores will have the biggest seasons?

Even though all eyes are focused on the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, we can’t forget about the loaded 2021 class that is preparing for their second season.  These sophomores are approaching a very pivotal season in their careers.

History would tell us that some positions begin to blossom in year two, and if they don’t, their success long-term in the NFL becomes much less likely.

Quite a few first-year players made a ton of noise in their rookie campaigns.  Ja’Marr Chase and Micah Parsons were perhaps the best of the bunch, as you could argue that both players could have won both NFL OPOY and DPOY.

As they enter their sophomore seasons, they’re both very likely to get even better.

You also have some promising players who struggled in their first year.  These upcoming sophomores are approaching a massive year for their development and future on their respective teams.

Both Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson struggled in year one, but their teams’ front offices have done some work in free agency to try and make their lives easier.

Looking around the NFL, which three players entering their sophomore seasons are going to burst onto the scene?

NFL Sophomores: Most likely to breakout

1. Trey Lance, QB, San Francisco 49ers

The end of the Jimmy Garoppolo era in San Fran was coming eventually.  The 49ers made a huge jump up to the third overall selection to pick Trey Lance back in 2021.

Lance saw limited action but was effective on the field.

In two games started and six games played overall, he threw for five touchdowns, two interceptions, earned a 97.3 passer rating, and rushed for 168 yards.

He’s set to enter his age-22 season and is poised to be the QB1 of the 49ers.

Lance fits exactly what Kyle Shanahan wants to do, especially running his outside zone scheme.  Trey Lance will get a ton of looks in the running game, on top of having an incredibly lively arm.

Unfortunately, it looks like Deebo Samuel might find his way out of the Bay Area, but I don’t think that’ll prevent Trey Lance from enjoying a very effective year two.

San Francisco’s offensive lines are usually very strong, along with their normally very effective running game.

They’ve been efficient on offense with Jimmy Garoppolo, and I think they’ll be even better with Trey Lance.

As a true dual threat quarterback, Kyle Shanahan is going to ensure his offense is tailored to Lance’s strengths as a passer and a runner.  I think Lance has a huge sophomore season.