ESPN released their list of players that graduated to stardom this NFL season and sure enough, Carson Wentz headlines the 'Class of 2017.'

What does 'graduating to stardom' mean? It means that players that were said to be up-and-coming superstars turned the corner this season.

Before this season began, beyond the talent that Wentz showed in college at North Dakota State University, the young Eagles quarterback showed flashes of brilliance in a promising rookie season. And in just his second season, it didn't take long to show the world the quarterback that was emerging into a player that looked to be running away with the MVP, prior to his season-ending injury.

By now, we just about have the numbers memorized. Wentz threw for 33 touchdowns, only 7 interceptions, and accrued 3,296 passing yards in just 13 games. His impressive plays escaping sure sacks and turning long third downs into 'how'd he do that' first downs made believers out of his teammates and helped push the Philadelphia Eagles to an NFC East title, home-field advantage in the playoffs, and now onto the Super Bowl.

Despite entering the 2018 offseason rehabbing his injured left knee, once back to full strength, players, coaches, and analysts around the league expect Wentz to continue his level of stardom and resume his spot as one of the top quarterbacks in the league.

Minnesota Vikings fans will be happy to know that wide receiver Adam Thielen made ESPN's list of players that 'graduated to stardom.' Thielen led the Vikings in receiving yards with 1,276 on 91 catches, both of those statistics in the top ten in the NFL for 2017. He's coming off just his fourth-year in the league after being undrafted and he, along with Stefon Diggs, have helped to form one of the top wide receiver duos in the league.

Other players on that list that graduated to stardom in 2017 include:

  • Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
  • Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
  • Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
  • Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
  • Marshon Lattimore, CB, New Orleans Saints
  • Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
  • DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Dallas Cowboys