Second-Year NFL Stars Ready to Make the Biggest Leaps

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Second-Year NFL Stars Ready to Make the Biggest Leaps
Associated Press
Montee Ball will have to protect Peyton Manning if the Broncos will repeat as AFC champions.

An executive in the NFL once hailed the 2013 draft as the “worst in a decade," which may have been true because of the lack of unanimously regarded elite talent at the top of the class. That doesn’t mean there weren’t a number of players who made big contributions as a rookie or showed enough promise to warrant significant playing time during their second seasons.

On each slide, I’ll explore a second-year pro who may not have been a huge contributor last season, but will be in 2014. Some of these players were highly touted first-round picks, but others were Day 3 selections due to medical concerns, level of collegiate competition or an underappreciation of their talent. 

Either way, these sophomores can help their franchise reach new heights in 2014. 

I’ve covered a few of the standout second-year players before, so check out my previous work if your favorite young player isn’t listed in the following slides.


All statistics provided by Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

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