The Atlanta Falcons will look different by the time they take the field for the regular season opener in September. There are players on this team right now who have a chance to make the team better simply by improving.

This list could look a lot different by the time the season rolls around. Predicting production from any player has a nasty habit of making me look foolish, as Lawrence Sidbury can attest. Past performance doesn't tell us everything, and when we're talking about players who haven't truly arrived yet, it's even more difficult to forecast.

But what the hell. It's the off-season. Here's my list of candidates for breakout years in 2013.

Vance Walker

The stout defensive tackle came into the league with some promise as a pass rusher, but he's blossomed impressively the last couple of years. I'm not sure he's a full-time player even so, but the defensive tackle situation on this team is always going to be a rotation. Walker has better burst and pass-rushing instincts than anyone but Jonathan Babineaux, and Babs is not a spring chicken.