NFL Breakout Sophomores in the NFC West

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Nov 23, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Cobi Hamilton (11) makes a catch ahead of Louisiana State Tigers cornerback Tharold Simon (24) during the second half at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

The NFC West is widely considered the best division in all of football. Featuring the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks as well as NFC runner-up San Francisco, the NFC West also featured a team that won 10 games in the Arizona Cardinals that missed the playoffs.

The St. Louis Rams didn’t contend in the NFC West last year, but they were a pesky out throughout the year and should have beaten the Seahawks in a critical Monday Night Football game. St. Louis is also said to have the best defensive line in the NFL, especially after their acquisition of Aaron Donald in this year’s draft.

Here are four players that were drafted in 2013 who have a chance to really break out in 2014 and become household names in this division.

1

Tharold Simon

CB, LSU

Tharold Simon was a size/athletic freak coming out last year who was stashed in Seattle because of injury. He also made some headlines last year before the draft by getting arrested, but this is a player who fits the size profile of what the Seahawks covet at the cornerback position. With Brandon Browner now in New England, the Seahawks have a chance to get some young players developing alongside Richard Sherman. With Byron Maxwell having something of a breakout season last year, the Seahawks figure to once again be very strong at the cornerback position, and Simon has a chance to establish himself.
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