NFL 2014 Breakout Sophomores in the AFC South

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Sep 29, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Bjoern Werner (92) warms up before the start of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Looking at the AFC South, it would appear as though it’s the Colts’ division to lose. The 2013 NFL Draft produced some of the division’s bright young players, and some of them are ready to bust out in 2014.

Here are four players from this division that can have breakthrough seasons this year and help their teams compete for playoff spots.

1

Bjoern Werner

RLB, Florida State

The 6’3″ 260 pound Werner was one of the most interesting prospects coming out in the 2013 NFL Draft. He looked, at times, like a dominant young defensive end prospect while at Florida State, but bouts with inconsistency pushed him down draft boards and he was what many considered to be a steal for the Colts in the first round. Werner’s rookie season was underwhelming, racking up just 18 tackles and 2.5 sacks over 13 games, but he figures to have a much larger role in 2014. With Robert Mathis serving a four-game suspension, Werner should be penciled in as the starter, and if he can prove his pass rush skills are up to par, the Colts could push him over to the other starting rush linebacker (RLB) spot opposite the reigning sack champ.
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