Top 25 players under age 25

Andrew Luck sticks at No. 1, but new players take over Nos. 2 through 4

Updated: July 24, 2014, 9:02 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. and Mike Sando | ESPN Insider

Andrew Luck, Robert Quinn, Lavonte David Getty ImagesAndrew Luck, Robert Quinn, Lavonte David are among the best young players in the NFL.

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:

Top 25 Under 25

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

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.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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