Quinton Coples excited both the front office and the fanbase with a promising rookie season in 2012.
The former first-round pick recorded 30 tackles and 5.5 sacks in in limited playing time. His pass-rushing skills appeared polished, and he entered the 2013 season with high expectations.
However, Coples was forced to move from defensive end to outside linebacker following the selection of Sheldon Richardson in the first round of last year's draft.
Coples struggled to adjust to the positional change, and he managed to record just one sack over the season's first three months, despite starting for the majority of the year.
However, the North Carolina product picked up his play late, recording 3.5 sacks in the last five games.
Despite Coples' late-season surge, I expect his struggles to continue in 2014.
Coples simply doesn't have the tackling or coverage ability to play in the linebacker role, and his pass-rushing moves still need development.
In a loaded front seven, Coples could easily be lost in the shuffle.
The 23-year-old has a lot of potential, but I don't see him cashing in on it this upcoming season.