Second-half breakout players 

October, 17, 2012

We're pleased to say we had more hits than misses among our preseason selections for breakout candidates in 2012.

Jadeveon Clowney, who ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said this week would be the No. 1 pick if he were eligible in 2013, was a home run. We had Braxton Miller, a legitimate midseason Heisman candidate, second. Arkansas receiver Cobi Hamilton and Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson also have had solid first halves. So have Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey and Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks.