Top 15 NFL Players Under 25

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Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) reacts in the fourth quarter. The Panthers defeated the Saint 17-13 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is run by young guys. A 23-year-old linebacker just won Defensive Player of the Year. In this league that the young players have taken over, who is the best of the pack? Here, for the second straight year, I’ve ranked the top 15 guys who’ll be under 25 before the 2014 season kicks off.

Click here to see last year’s list. Obviously, some of those players now will be over 25 before the regular season starts, but others won’t – some of those made this list; others didn’t. For example, Robert Griffin III, ranked fourth last year, (spoiler) didn’t make this year’s list.

Without further ado…

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  • trinity

    Lol I hate that you wasted a spot on a kicker, but nice list :)

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      Haha. Tucker deserves that spot though, IMO.

      • trinity

        I don’t pay much attention to kickers unless they screw up lol, so I’ll take your word for it :). I bet tyrann Mathieu would have made the list if he hadn’t gotten hurt. He was my pick for DROY before he went down.

  • Folt

    I agree it’s a good list. I like the edition of a kicker. In my opnion they are second most important player on team after quarterback.

  • boldness

    No Giovanni benard ? Aj green hmm suspect list ijs

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      Bernard just didn’t get enough touches last season. If he takes over as Cincy’s #1 this year and does well, he should be here next year. A.J. Green turns 26 in a couple months.

  • Terry Moore

    No Tannehill???

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      He actually turns 26 in two months.

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  • kyle

    No zac stacy? He was way better then lacy and yet lacy gets all the credit. People forget lacy only had a few hundred more yards then stacy and stacy only played 11 games vs lacy played 16. Stacy could have easily had more yards then lacy if he would have started all 16 game

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      Lacy only had 34 more carries (not really a five-game difference — average of 6.8 carries per game if you want to look at it that way), but had 205 more yards. While he did start all 16 games, he only had 1 carry in one of those because of injury.

  • kyle

    And what about Alec Ogletree ?

  • john griffin

    How does dez bryant not make the list.

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      Because he’s 25 years old

  • veazy

    Nice list. Looking at these comments, you can see that most people don’t realize there are 31 other teams in the NFL, apart from their favorite team.

  • Bishop

    Dontari Poe

  • betoldtruth

    Keenan Allen is far better than Justin tucker