The star NFL players under 25 are some of the most sought after and appreciated players in the game. With such strong futures ahead of them, there is no limit to how great these players can become. With that being said, I decided to create a list of the best players under or at 25 years old.
After creating this list, all I can say is that the future of the NFL is very bright. This was incredibly hard to decide on due to the immense talent and skill all of these players possess. These are the NFL’s top players under 25 years old.
#1 – Lamar Jackson
Jackson was an easy choice for the number one spot on this list of superstars. After winning an MVP in only his second season in the league, he remains an incredibly dangerous player. He has game-breaking speed and agility and can make any defender miss in the open field. He has the highest potential out of any of these players. His arm talent is a bit of a concern, but he makes up for it with his dual-threat ability. Hopefully, Baltimore can develop some more receiving talent around him to advance his game.
#2 – Jaire Alexander
Alexander is without a doubt, one of the best cornerbacks in the game. This past season, he took that to another level. Locking down elite receivers week after week, he quickly rose the rankings of defensive backs. The Green Bay Packer allowed only a completion percentage of 50.7% on 69 targets, according to PFF. Alexander will be a formidable force in the north for years to come.
#3 – Fred Warner
Warner has shown to be one of, if not the best, linebackers in the NFL. As a Seattle Seahawks fan, I have seen firsthand how special he is at demolishing offenses. A tank in the middle of the field, Warner earned a 91.1 coverage grade in 2020, according to PFF. With a healthy 49ers defense returning in 2021, look for Warner to lead the charge of one of the NFL’s most talented defenses.
#4 – AJ Brown
Brown is one of the most underrated players in the NFL. He recorded 1,075 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 70 catches on 106 targets. This was done while competing for Corey Davis for targets (92) and with RB Derrick Henry leading the league in rushing attempts (378).
That’s not even the most impressive feat. After the season ended, the Titans receiver announced on Instagram that the trainers told him he would be done for the year in Week 2 due to knee injuries. Brown played 14 out of 16 games the rest of the season AND made the Pro Bowl. Unbelievable.
#5 – Nick Bosa
The younger brother of LA Chargers star Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa made a statement as a rookie in 2019. Bosa had nine sacks and 47 tackles in his first season en route to a Pro Bowl appearance. Unfortunately, the 49er only played two games this season due to an injury. Nonetheless, Bosa is one of the best up-and-coming edge rushers in the league and will look to continue on that this season.
#6 – Justin Jefferson
The LSU product took the league by fire this year. Either by showing off his dance moves in the endzone, or carrying many fans’ fantasy teams, people took notice. Similar to AJ Brown, Jefferson made the most of his opportunities even with another solid receiver and running back on the team in Thielen and Cook. Jefferson recorded an impressive 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns on the season.
#7 – Chase Young
Chase Young was one of the most hyped prospects we’ve ever season, and he definitely lived up to it in his debut season. With a Washington defensive line stacked with talent, Young still found a way to make his mark. Young won Defensive Rookie of the Year honors after producing 7.5 sacks and a whopping four forced fumbles. One of the most dominant edge rushers in 2021, the NFC East quarterbacks will fear the former Ohio State star for years to come.
#8 – Justin Herbert
While most people knew him at the beginning of the season for his long, flowing hair, Herbert put himself on the radar this past season. While playing behind a lackluster offensive line, he passed for 4,336 yards and 31 touchdowns. Both ranked top ten among other quarterbacks. After winning Offensive Rookie of the Year, Herbert will enter 2021 as a dark horse MVP candidate.
#9 – DK Metcalf
Metcalf is one of the scariest players in the league. At 6’4″ and 229 pounds, Metcalf has drawn comparisons to the great Calvin Johnson Jr. Oh, I forgot to mention he runs a 4.33 40-yard-dash. The Seattle receiver looks like someone created in a lab. Someone that big shouldn’t be able to run that fast. Metcalf recorded 1,303 yards and ten touchdowns this season. That was accomplished even with fellow receiver Tyler Lockett going over 1,000 yards and ten touchdowns as well.
#10 – Kyler Murray
While Murray didn’t produce eye-popping passing stats, he ran up the stat sheet in rushing. The 5’10”, 23-year old compiled 3,971 passing yards and 26 passing touchdowns as well as 819 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. The addition of superstar wide receiver Deandre Hopkins was awfully helpful to Murray’s development. The only thing holding me back from putting Murray higher on the list is that he has yet to make a playoff appearance.