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Flacco, Ravens should soar to new heights in 2009

These eight young players should be the NFL's breakout stars in 2009.

Updated: January 5, 2009, 12:19 AM ET
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

It happens every year. Players come out of nowhere to become NFL household names.

Did you know much about Tennessee's Cortland Finnegan a year ago? You surely do now, after his Pro Bowl season in 2008. The same goes for the Giants' Justin Tuck and the Panthers' Jon Beason, two players who ascended in 2008 to become key contributors for Super Bowl contenders.

As this season winds to a close, we're taking a look at young NFL players who showed enough in 2008 to make us believe ...

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