The AFC West is a division that is quietly one of the best in the NFL after some dismal seasons. The Broncos, Chiefs, and Chargers all made the playoffs in 2013 while the Raiders once again struggled. But after this offseason, it appears that all four teams are ready to compete — yes, even the Raiders — for at least a Wild Card spot in the weaker AFC.
We saw some exciting breakout seasons from players in the West last year with guys like Malik Jackson in Denver, Keenan Allen in San Diego, and Dontari Poe in Kansas City. Now it’s time for a new line of players to come out of the woodworks and make names for themselves. Here are four guys, one from each team, that can take the next step forward in 2014.