ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- It takes more than just stars to build a year-in, year-out contender in the NFL.
You also must have those later-round success stories, the overlooked talents who develop into productive role players.
Based on how Willie Young has performed during training camp and early preseason games, many are calling this a breakout year for the third-year defensive end out of North Carolina State.
If he lives up to that billing -- and it truly appears that he will -- Young will go down as an absolute draft-day steal. He was taken in the seventh round in 2010, the 213th pick overall.
At one point after the draft combine that year, some had Young ranked as high as a potential second-rounder.
But he slid rapidly, all the way down to the 43rd-to-last pick, much to the delight of Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and his scouting staff in the end.
Questions about Young had spread. NFL teams wondered about his lack of bulk and that he was an undersized defensive end becaus...