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ESPN's Year 2 breakout candidates. Kinda crazy to see a 7th round pick make the list.

6. Kamren Curl, S, Washington Football Team
Pick in 2020 draft: No. 216

It was a rough first few games for Curl as he tried to get acquainted with the speed of the NFL, but a poor stretch against the Ravens, Rams and Giants in Weeks 4-6 soon gave way to a lights-out performance the rest of the way.

He was the highest-graded rookie safety from Week 7 until the end of the year, posting a 71.4 PFF grade during that time. He fits perfectly in Washington's zone-based scheme, in which he can come down and patrol underneath areas. To go along with his name, he's a great "curl" defender -- the curl area is one of the designations for an underneath zone -- with his Cover 3 grade of 77.4 dwarfing his grades in any other coverage. He's better when playing closer to the line of scrimmage, and if his play in the second half of the season is any indication, he will have a great second year.
 

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