For as much emphasis as there might be on the incoming rookie classes of each NFL team, most franchises will be impacted more profoundly in 2014 by the development and progression of their second-year players.
Paring down the sophomore class to its 25 best players is no easy task. While there are already some players from the 2013 draft class who have emerged as standouts for their team, virtually all second-year players are expected—at least by their own team’s fans—to get significantly better in 2014.
Keeping that in mind, the following slides focus mostly on the former.
In order to rank players who have already spent time in the NFL, no matter how short that time has been, one must look at what those players have already done at the professional level. The following 25 sophomores weren’t necessarily the 25 best rookies from the 2013 season, but all of them have already shown potential in the league that make them their draft class’ most likely players to be great in 2014.
One could easily come up with a long list of honorable mentions for this slideshow; indubitably, a fan of just about every NFL team will feel as though at least one of their team’s second-year players is primed for a breakout season and therefore belongs within these rankings.
With that being said, each of those players still has to prove themselves worthy of being considered one of the league’s best to come out of their draft class, just like many of the following players have started to show—and must continue to prove—that they should have been drafted higher.