Today's question: Who is the rising star in the NFC North?
Rob Demovsky, Green Bay Packers reporter: Jeff Janis. How could it be that a player who has just four career regular-season catches for 95 yards and no touchdowns is ready to break out? The third-year receiver who had struggled to gain the trust of both his coaches and his quarterback finally showed how he can use his rare athleticism in the playoff loss at Arizona by catching seven passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. The fan favorite may have finally earned Aaron Rodgers' trust. "All you people out there love Jeff," Rodgers said this offseason. "I love Jeff, too. Jeff made some great plays there at the end of that [playoff] game."
Jeff Dickerson, Chicago Bears reporter: Stefon Diggs in Minnesota. Diggs is the No. 1 target in the Vikings' passing attack. After catching 52 passes for 720 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie, Diggs is poised for a breakout year in 2016. With so much focus on Adrian Peterson, Diggs should emerge as Minnesota's second-most productive offensive weapon and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's go-to guy in passing situations. Diggs was a 2015 fifth-round draft pick, so there is no way he becomes complacent. He wants to someday sign a lucrative extension in Minnesota, and to accomplish that goal he has to produce. I also gave strong consideration to Chicago tailback Jeremy Langford, but Bears coach John Fox favors a committee approach at running back. That could limit Langford's touches.
Ben Goessling, Minnesota Vikings reporter: I'm going to stay at home and offer a name from the team I cover: defensive end Danielle Hunter. The Vikings took him in the third round a year ago, convinced that they could clean up his pass-rushing technique. He had six sacks as a rookie, and he should play more in his second season. He's 6-foot-5, ran a 4.57-second 40 coming out of college and is spending part of his offseason working out with Peterson at his gym in Houston. Lining up across from Everson Griffen, Hunter could turn into a terror for opposing offenses.
Michael Rothstein, Detroit Lions reporter: I'm going to stick with the Lions and look at one of the better young defenders in the NFL. Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah could come close to being dominant. He was third in the league with 14.5 sacks last season and tied for second with four forced fumbles. With the retirement of Calvin Johnson, he's also the best player Detroit has and if he's able to follow up his Pro Bowl season in 2015 with similar or better numbers in 2016, he has a chance to become of the league's bright young stars. The biggest roadblocks between Ansah and stardom are team success -- although that has been overcome before (see: Johnson and Barry Sanders) -- and his reticence when talking with the media. If he opens up more -- his backstory of coming from Ghana is fascinating and he quietly does a lot in the community -- he has a chance to become a star in the league.