Year in Preview: NFL's next wave of stars
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Posted: December 27, 2007
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LaMarr Woodley: Steely gaze
James Harrison, Joey Porter and others have come before him. Now Woodley is the breakout rush linebacker in the Steelers' 3-4 defense.
The rookie second-rounder has only three sacks this season, but with veteran starter Clark Haggans expected to leave in free agency, Woodley is a starter -- and a star--in the making. Woodley won the Lombardi Award as the nation's best lineman his senior year at Michigan. He was an intimidator then -- just look at those eyes -- and is a menacing sight to behold now. At 6-2 and 265 pounds, Woodley will be one of the biggest rush linebackers in the NFL. Will he be one of the best? We're banking on it.