There is no cookie-cutter career progression blueprint in the NFL. Acclimating to the pro game can be a vastly different process for any given player.

One thing is for certain in the data, though, and it's that Year 2 represents the biggest year-over-year difference in performance on average across the league. It shows not only in performance but also in opportunity. Coaches are much more willing to trust a player after a full season of experience in the league, and that shows in their playing time.

The 2020 draft class played a total of 59,509 snaps last season, while the 2021 rookie class saw 8,985 fewer snaps.

Last year we highlighted top breakout candidate Joe Burrow, who went on to lead the Bengals to the Super Bowl. This year, one of the players below could push their respective franchise even further.

Here are Pro Football Focus' 15 second-year players who have what it takes to break out in 2022. All stats are from PFF:

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick in 2021 draft: No. 1

File this one under "duh." The most-hyped quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck is a popular pick to take the kind of second-year leap we've seen from the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Joe Burrow in recent years at the position.

Lawrence showed in his rookie season why he was considered to be in such rarified air as a prospect. It just took until Week 18 for him to do so. In a meaningless game for the Jaguars, but one that meant everything to the Indianapolis Colts' playoff aspirations, Lawrence didn't flinch.

He delivered the second-highest passing grade any quarterback achieved against the Colts' defense all season, trailing only Lamar Jackson's absurd Week 5 outing when he went for 442 yards and four scores on 37-of-43 passing. Lawrence himself went 23-of-32 for 223 yards and two scores. That stat line would have even been better were it not for four drops from his receivers.

Those troubles were all too common a theme for Lawrence as a rookie. His pass-catchers dropped 37 passes in 2021 -- the second most of any quarterback in the NFL -- for a total of 226 air yards lost. With an improved receiving corps and a much-improved coaching staff this fall, the Jaguars won't have to wait until Week 18 to see that kind of play from Lawrence in Year 2.

2. Christian Barmore, DT, New England Patriots

Pick in 2021 draft: No. 38

Defensive tackle is right near the bottom of the list among positions where you can expect a rookie to hit the ground running. The physical learning curve going from manhandling teenagers to doing the same against grown men is massive. Even the greatest defensive tackle in modern football history, Aaron Donald, managed a meager 44 pressures as a rookie. He has averaged double that in his seven seasons since.

So, when a second-rounder like Barmore racks up 48 pressures for the Patriots as a rookie, the football world should take note. Even scarier, we already saw him look like a different player in the second half of last season. He went from a 63.5 pass-rushing grade in the first eight weeks of the season to an 82.6 pass-rushing grade across the final nine. The latter figure was good enough for fifth best among defensive tackles over that span.

If Barmore improves, he will be a problem that offenses have to game-plan around very shortly.

3. Elijah Moore, WR, New York Jets

Pick in 2021 draft: No. 34

This breakout might have already happened in 2021 were it not for New York's quarterback situation and the fact that Moore missed the last five games of his rookie campaign with a quad injury. Flip on the tape, and it's clear Moore can get open. Fellow rookie Zach Wilson simply couldn't find him in rhythm enough.

For the other Jets quarterbacks who filled in when Wilson went down for four weeks with a posterior cruciate ligament injury, finding Moore wasn't a problem. In those contests, Moore averaged 2.92 yards per route with four touchdowns. In the other seven games with Wilson at the helm, the rookie receiver averaged 1.05 yards per route with only one score.

While that obviously means Moore's breakout hinges heavily on Wilson showing considerably improved mastery of the offense in Year 2, it also means the breakout is imminent if Wilson does make that leap.

4. Jaycee Horn, CB, Carolina Panthers

Pick in 2021 draft: No. 8

Were it not for three broken bones in his right foot, Horn might not have even fit the premise of this article. That's because he wasn't playing like a rookie through three weeks. On 95 coverage snaps over that span, Horn allowed a grand total of one catch for 8 yards. That's not a typo.

For any cornerback who played at least 50 snaps in coverage last season, no one came close to Horn's .08 yards per coverage snap allowed. He added an interception, as well, even though it was of the "gimme" variety off a fluttering Jameis Winston overthrow.

Horn's start to 2021 was a far cry from the baptisms the 2020 rookie cornerback class endured. He very much belonged but just never got the chance to fully gain the attention of the football world. That will change in 2022.

5. Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Pick in 2021 draft: No. 27

Bateman's breakout is more a necessity than a prediction at this point. If not him, then who?

While tight end Mark Andrews will be the focal point of Baltimore's passing game, the Hollywood Brown-less receiving corps of Devin Duvernay, James Proche II, Tylan Wallace, Jaylon Moore and Binjimen Victor isn't instilling fear in anyone.

That means it's on Bateman to serve as the No. 2 option in a Ravens offense that was passing far more than it ever did in the past under quarterback Lamar Jackson. In fact, Jackson set a career high with 470 passing dropbacks last season despite missing nearly six full games.

Bateman was put behind the eight ball in 2021 by a groin injury that required surgery in the preseason and caused him to miss the first five weeks. He got up to speed quickly as Baltimore's No. 2 receiver and averaged a respectable 1.58 yards per route when Jackson was under center.


Things went south, though, when injuries kept Jackson off the field, as Bateman averaged only 1.03 yards per route with Tyler Huntley and Josh Johnson throwing him passes. With Brown's 139 targets up for grabs, expect the bulk of those to go Bateman's way.

6. Kwity Paye, Edge, Indianapolis Colts

Pick in 2021 draft: No. 21

To understand why Paye was included on this list, let's start with an excerpt from his profile in the 2021 PFF Draft Guide: "His pass-rushing toolbox is still fairly barren, but even so, we've seen it improve by leaps and bounds over the past two seasons. If that progression continues, look out."

Paye was by pretty much every draft analyst's estimate a project. The kind of player who is not supposed to make an early impact in the NFL until he gains pass-rushing experience at that level.

Well, that "project" just so happened to lead all rookie edge defenders with a 71.3 pass-rushing grade. And he did it all while playing three-quarters of his snaps lined up over left tackles -- the more difficult side to rush the passer from in the NFL, given the talent disparity between left and right tackles. With his size and skill, it seems like only a matter of time before Paye is in the Pro Bowl conversation.