It's great to be young in the NFL, but if you're a general manager, possessing talented young players is even better. Young talent is relatively cheap. Great young talent is productive and has a future.
The list below ranks our top 25 NFL players under age 25, beginning with a familiar face. Andrew Luck tops the list for a second consecutive season, but the guys ranked second through fourth at this point last offseason are too old to qualify. That means there's fresh talent near the top, including a No. 2 prospect who failed to appear in the top 25 last offseason.
Here are the top 25 players under the age of 25 in the NFL:
Most teams need quite a bit of help from their defenses and/or running games to post double-digit victory totals consistently. That is especially true for teams starting young quarterbacks. Luck is the primary reason the Colts have been an exception: They've posted 11-5 records without a productive running back in each of Luck's first two seasons. They've done it with a defense that has ranked 28th in expected points added (EPA) during that span, ahead of only Minnesota, Oakland, Dallas and Jacksonville.