- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Today's question: Who is the most underrated player in the division?
Jeff Legwold, Denver Broncos: Perhaps it is his family name or the fact he went undrafted. Even last season, when he was by any statistical or visual evaluation at the top of his position in the league, he still was not mentioned very often among the elite. So, after his first Pro Bowl trip, Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. should be poised to leave "underrated" behind. He has according to NFL personnel evaluators, who cite his ability to play with equal impact on the outside or in the slot. Harris has even lined up at safety, and he plays all over the field with athleticism and fearlessness. No matter what measuring stick is used, it would be difficult to find any player in the division who played his position any better than Harris in 2014.
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Chiefs: Oakland tackle Donald Penn and Kansas City cornerback Sean Smith are players who had very good 2014 seasons and did so quietly, without much notice. Raiders quarterbacks were sacked just 28 times, and though that can’t all be attributed to Penn, he’s the one facing the best pass-rushers down in and down out. He had a rough game against the Chiefs' Justin Houston late in the season, but otherwise was consistent as a pass protector. It can’t be overstated how important it is to the development of Derek Carr for the Raiders to have a solid left tackle and Penn was just that. Smith stepped into the Chiefs’ No. 1 cornerback role after they released Brandon Flowers and Smith was excellent. He didn’t make many big plays, but was there for the Chiefs every down. After releasing Flowers, the Chiefs needed a big season from Smith, because none of their other cornerbacks established themselves during the season. Five different cornerbacks in addition to Smith started at least one game last season for Kansas City.
Eric Williams, San Diego Chargers: For me it’s San Diego defensive lineman Corey Liuget. He has led the team in sacks the past two seasons (4 1/2 in 2014 and 5 1/2 in 2013), and is one of the best interior pass-rushers in the division. Liuget doesn’t make a lot of "wow" plays, but he’s stout against the run and opposing offenses have to game plan for him. Liuget's biggest issue in consistency. He has yet to perform at an elite level on a game-in, game-out basis in order to get noticed nationally.
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