Dec 29, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Colby Fleener(80) catches a pass against Jacksonville safety Jonathon Cyprien (37) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

FanSided Debate: All-AFC South Safeties

As posted earlier, NFL team editors around the FanSided network are getting together and compiling All-Division teams for an epic 32 team tournament to decide the most talented division in the NFL. Regarded by some as one of the worst divisions in all of football, the AFC South has some work to do to put together a team that can go far in the bracket.

We’ve already locked in on a quarterbacktight end running backwide receiversoffensive linedefensive linelinebackers, and cornerbacks, so let’s finish off the team at safety.

Safety has historically been one of the weaker spots throughout the AFC South, but there is some hope thanks to young talent on some of the teams. Thankfully, the Jacksonville Jaguars are one of those teams.

I pushed very hard to make sure 2nd year player Johnathan Cyprien was on the all-division squad. Recovering from a very rough start, Cyprien finished his rookie campaign very strong and has gained momentum as a guy who will have a breakout season in 2014. He has all the physical tools to be an impact player, and he should thrive under head coach Gus Bradley’s tutelage. By the end of 2013, he was already better than most of the safeties in the division, so he was an easy choice in my eyes.

The other safety position was not as clear. We ended up settling on veteran safety Bernard Pollard of the Tennessee Titans. Pollard has taken an interesting path during his time in the NFL. Despite relatively solid play throughout his career, Pollard has already played for for 4 teams since coming into the league in 2006. As he approaches his 30th birthday, his physical style of play has not changed much, and he isn’t really considered a liability in the back end. He’s not the most exciting choice, but Pollard is the next best option at safety.

Agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments below.

 

– Daniel Lago

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