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NFL young talent rankings: Which rosters have the best young players?
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NFL young talent rankings: Which rosters have the best young players?

Updated Sep. 5, 2023 9:34 a.m. ET

Most of the best players in the NFL are veterans — stars who have earned big contracts and have enjoyed relatively long careers. They are essential to their team's success and key components of every playoff run.

They're also pretty rare.

For the most part, in a league with so much attrition, it's youth that serves teams best. It's why the draft is so important; history has shown that the only way for teams to truly succeed in the NFL and become perennial playoff contenders is to have a strong and deep core of young players making up the backbone of the team.

That's unavoidable in a league in which the average length of a career is less than 3 ½ seasons and the majority of players are 27 or younger. Almost as soon as a player leaves college and signs his first contract, he's expected to contribute. By his second season, he's expected to be fairly well-developed. Teams don't have much time to allow them a learning curve anymore.


So which teams have the best young cores? FOX Sports took a deep look at every team's core of players drafted between 2019 and 2023 to ascertain which franchises have the most promising base of young talent. Our writers ranked all 32 individually, and the final result is an aggregate of all those lists. We'll count them down for you before the start of the 2023 NFL season, starting with the worst (No. 32) all the way up to No. 1.

No. 32: Los Angeles Rams

No. 31: Arizona Cardinals

No. 30: Cleveland Browns

No. 29: New Orleans Saints

No. 28: New England Patriots

No. 27: Tennessee Titans

No. 26: Chicago Bears

No. 25: Houston Texans

No. 24: Denver Broncos

No. 23: Baltimore Ravens

No. 22: Buffalo Bills

No. 21: Indianapolis Colts

No. 20: Las Vegas Raiders

No. 19: Atlanta Falcons

No. 18: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

No. 17: Green Bay Packers

No. 16: Carolina Panthers

No. 15: Pittsburgh Steelers

No. 14: Washington Commanders

No. 13: Detroit Lions

No. 12: New York Giants

No. 11: Miami Dolphins

No. 10: Los Angeles Chargers

No. 9: Seattle Seahawks

No. 8: Kansas City Chiefs

No. 7: Minnesota Vikings

No. 6: San Francisco 49ers

No. 5: New York Jets

No. 4: Jacksonville Jaguars

No. 3: Cincinnati Bengals

No. 2: Dallas Cowboys

No. 1: Philadelphia Eagles

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