Detroit Lions Predictions: Breakout Offensive Player

Aug 30, 2012; Detroit, MN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure (25) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills in a preseason game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

With the last three predictions categories involving MVPs for the Detroit Lions, the majority of the players in the discussion were guys who are established. Big names like Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh and Jason Hanson headlined the polls.

Now, we are moving on to players who might be a bit more unknown on the national scene, at least in terms of what they've done on the field so far. First up is a look at the predictions for the Lions' breakout offensive player in 2012.

TuffLynx: WR Titus Young

There are a lot of guys who could have a great year in the Lions offense. I think the sexy pick to have a breakout season is Titus Young. He has the potential to make defenses look stupid with Calvin Johnson pulling coverage off him. He has both the talent and the opportunity, so who am I to argue? Titus Young will be the Lions breakout offensive player this season.

simscity: RB Mikel Leshoure

Mikel Leshoure will be the short-yardage back Lions fans have been looking for for nearly a decade. His ability to pick up third-and-shorts and his value in the red zone will make this offense much more versatile.

Packey: RB Mikel Leshoure

I think the popular answer will be Titus Young, but I'm going to say Leshoure. After a two-game suspension, he should be the featured back and open things up for the rest of the offense.

Sean Yuille: WR Titus Young

Titus Young put together a strong rookie season and finished with 607 yards and six touchdowns. In 2012, I expect those numbers to be even bigger. He really developed a lot as a receiver over the offseason, and he should be even more involved in the Lions' offense this year.

Previously: Record, Offensive MVP, Defensive MVP, Special Teams MVP

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