The league is loaded with young stars on the offensive side of the ball, particularly at quarterback and wide receiver. As a result, the NFL is in good hands for years to come. These players in particular are going to be around for a long time, and will do so playing at a high level. This is what an all-star offense of sub-25-year-olds would look like, and it would be tough to stop.
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QB: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The NFL certainly isn’t short on talented young quarterbacks, but Jameis Winston is the best of the bunch. Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota and Teddy Bridgewater are also solid sub-25 guys at quarterback, but Winston is poised for a huge year after throwing for 4,042 yards as a rookie. Winston has cleaned up his act off the field and become a real leader on it, which makes him one of the best young signal callers in football.
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RB: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Had it not been for Le’Veon Bell’s injury concerns and looming suspension, he likely would have gotten the nod here. But Gurley showed too much talent as a rookie last season and is a leading candidate to top the league in rushing in 2016. He’s the second coming of Adrian Peterson and could unseat him as the best back in the NFL. Gurley should rush for more than 1,500 yards this season, so long as he remains healthy. The Rams’ offense will be centered around him.
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WR: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
It’s hard to believe Odell Beckham Jr. still isn't 25 years old despite being one of the three best receivers in the game. Beckham was the easiest pick to make on this under-25 team given the history he’s made in just two seasons. Having a steady quarterback like Eli Manning certainly helps, but there’s nothing Beckham can’t do as a receiver. He’s as complete as they come.
WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Like the quarterback position, the NFL is loaded with elite receivers who are younger than 25. DeAndre Hopkins is certainly one of the best after catching 111 passes for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns with mediocre quarterback play. Now with Brock Osweiler at the helm and a bevy of receivers to alleviate pressure on him to carry the offense, Hopkins has a good shot at surpassing his 2015 numbers.
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WR: Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
Jarvis Landry, Beckham’s teammate at LSU, hasn’t put up the gaudy numbers OBJ has, but he’s been outstanding in his own right. Landry holds the NFL record for the most receptions in a player’s first two seasons with 194. He’s become a staple in Miami’s offense, and although his touchdown (nine) and yardage (1,915) numbers aren’t anything to clamor over, Landry already has emerged as a top slot receiver.
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TE: Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
Tight ends typically stay at school for all four years, which makes the list of sub-25 players a bit thin at this position. Eric Ebron is undoubtedly the best tight end younger than 25 years old. He’s missed five games in two seasons, but Ebron should see an increased role if healthy this season, seeing as Calvin Johnson is no longer hogging targets in Detroit. Richard Rodgers is really the only player challenging Ebron as the best 24-and-under tight end.
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OT: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers
David Bakhtiari plays like a savvy veteran and certainly looks like one, but he’s just 24 years old. Bakhtiari had a solid 2015 campaign despite not being named a Pro Bowler, and he’s even better when you consider he was a fourth-round pick. He missed time for the first time in his career last season, but he’s durable and consistent at tackle.
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OG: La’el Collins, Dallas Cowboys
La’el Collins likely would have been a top-15 pick had it not been for an off-the-field issue leading up to the 2015 draft. Collins took over for Ronald Leary last season and proved to be a road-grading guard with elite athleticism. Heck, he was blocking guys 40 yards downfield for Darren McFadden as a rookie. He was a steal for Dallas as an undrafted free agent.
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C: Mitch Morse, Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs spent a second-rounder on Mitch Morse in last year’s draft, hoping to solidify the interior of their offensive line. He’s done exactly that, starting 15 games as a rookie. He committed just one penalty, a holding call. Morse looks like the real deal at center and has a bright future ahead of him.
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OG: Trai Turner, Carolina Panthers
Part of the reason the Panthers were so dominant on offense last season is because their offensive line did a great job protecting Cam Newton and opening up running lanes for Jonathan Stewart and company. Trai Turner had a big hand in that, starting all 16 games in his second NFL season. Turner was named to the Pro Bowl, an honor he’ll receive for many years to come.
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OT: Rob Havenstein, Los Angeles Rams
As a rookie, Rob Havenstein started 13 games at tackle for the Rams, and he’ll remain the starter on the right side for 2016. He’s poised for a breakout campaign with Gurley running behind him for 16 games. Havenstein surprised a lot of people with his play last season, but his continually consistent play will be no shocker this season.