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Friday, August 30
 
Question of the Day: Star in the making

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Who is the NFL's next superstar?


Mark Malone
LaVar Arrington
While superstar status would generally be reserved for quarterbacks, running backs and receivers, I think Arrington has everything you could conceivably want in a defensive player. He is as fast as any middle linebacker, except maybe Brian Urlacher. He is as strong and as motivated. He will be playing in a system and under a coach, Marvin Lewis, who has had success everywhere he has gone at putting together defenses. He will put Arrington in prime position to make plays much like he did with Ray Lewis in Baltimore. And Arrington has more athletic ability than Lewis.


Mike Golic
Chris Chambers
As a rookie, he averaged an NFL-best 18.4 yards per catch. He can catch the ball deep. He can jump and make the leaping catch much like Randy Moss. In his second year, he will be the Dolphins' main receiving threat. He will really help the Miami offense if he can duplicate the yards-per-catch numbers this season.


Mark Schlereth
Clinton Portis
He has yet to run the ball in a regular-season game, but he is going to be a sensational running back. Barring injury, he will have 1,200 yards with lots of touchdowns. I liken him a lot to Ahman Green and Priest Holmes. Portis has speed, he can turn the corner, and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. He has a chance to compile a lot of yards in both facets. He has deceptive power when he runs the ball. Between the tackles, he doesn't hesitate. He will run hard and will always fall forward once he is tackled. He may be the steal of the draft.


Andrea Kremer
LaVar Arrington
Give the "next superstar" title to Arrington. He will thrive in Marvin Lewis' system just as Ray Lewis did in Baltimore (although they play different positions and have different games). He will prove to be the playmaker around whom the Redskins' defense will run.


Merril Hoge
LaMont Jordan
He is in an ideal situation. He is playing behind one of the NFL's best backs, Curtis Martin, but he will get more opportunities. Jordan has a lot of explosive skills. He will be able to utilize them in a greater fashion because he won't be a guy who will have to tote the mail 30 times. He can come in and explode, get rested, and then return to the field. There is never a reason for him not be going 100 mph. He could explode onto the scene with his big-play ability.


Sean Salisbury
LaVar Arrington
He is primed to be the league's defensive player of the year. He has two linebackers around him who will free him up to make plays. His athleticism is frightening. After talking to him, Arrington is ready to show people he is nasty.