Three to Watch: Sophomores

Just as Ken Whisenhunt enters his sophomore season with the Arizona Cardinals, the rookies he brought in to help him will begin their second-year in the big league. A few of the members of the 2007 draft class have made significant progress and are players not be reckoned with. Find out which three will have the most weight going into next season.

1.) Right Tackle Levi Brown

As the 2007 NFL Draft's fifth-overall pick, Brown had some hefty expectations to live up to. He fulfilled his draft status and then some. Brown helped the Cardinals to a pair of top-10 accolades. The line allowed just 24 sacks and allowed its quarterbacks to register 254.1 passing yards per game, the fifth-best total in the NFL.

Brown was sidelined in Weeks 4-6 due to an ankle sprain, but bounced right back and didn't let the injury slow his progression. Brown will be leading forces in the Cardinals crusade to have Matt Leinart manage the team to its first postseason appearance since 1998. He'll be responsible for protecting Leinart's blindside.

2.) Center Lyle Sendlein

This sophomore player out of Texas, should give the undrafted guys some hope. Sendlein was a reliable backup in his rookie year. He saw action in 14 games and started in two. When Sendlein stepped in, the ground game stepped up. He is without a doubt a Cardinals player to watch. The offensive line has made vast strides to be the unit to beat, but is lacking major depth. Sendlein is game-ready and will be a much valued member up front in 2008 and in the years to come.

3.) Wide Receiver Steve Breaston

Coming to Arizona as a fifth-round draft pick out of Michigan, Breaston made a name for himself on special teams in his rookie campaign. Moving forward, he'll be looking to take the leap from return duties to the slot receiver position that he'll battle rookie Early Doucet for. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has been very impressed with Breaston in off-season workouts. He's made plays every day, which had Whisenhunt associating him with some of the better players in the league.

And the rest of the class…

-Troy Bienemann
-Alan Branch
-Tim Castille
-Ben Patrick

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