Commentary

Marshawn Lynch and other X factors

32 players whose names you might not know -- but who will make an impact

Originally Published: January 4, 2011
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
Getty ImagesChances are the Bears' DBs have watched the famed Lynch run a few times on tape already.

Last week, we offered 48 playoff X factors; obviously, 16 of those guys -- from the New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs -- are now gone.

This edition looks at teams involved in the divisional round.

AFC

1. New England Patriots

RB Danny Woodhead: He is surprisingly tough and elusive as a runner. His size allows him to "hide" behind the Patriots' offensive line. As a receiver, he can be dangerous everywhere (slot, outlet, etc.).

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.