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PFF releases rankings for top 25 NFL players under age 25

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Did you ever think about who could be the best young players? Who are the top 25 in the under-25 set? Our friends at Pro Football Focus gave us some cool info to entertain us. PFF, with all their analytics, spit out the top 25.

Who leads? Micah Parsons, take a bow. The Cowboys linebacker is entering year three in the NFL and has been one of the league’s best players since his rookie season. PFF listed two key analytics from his rookie season, then added that he maintained the grades while playing 281 more pash-rush snaps.

“He’s already one of the most impactful players in the league, young or old,” PFF stated.

Then there’s Justin Jefferson of the Vikings. PFF thinks he’s alone among all young receivers. “Three straight seasons of elite receiving grades for Jefferson … means he stands alone at the top of the young receiver list in terms of dominance and consistency. He’s unmatched, not just for his age, but among all NFL receivers.”

Tampa’s Tristan Wirfs is the top offensive lineman on the list. The Bengals Ja’Marr Chase ranks fourth. (Getty Images)

PFF’s top NFL players 25 and under

  1. Micah Parsons LB Dallas Cowboys
  2. Justin Jefferson WR Vikings
  3. Tristan Wirfs OT Bucs
  4. Ja’Marr Chase WR Bengals
  5. Sauce Gardner CB Jets
  6. Creed Humphrey C Chiefs
  7. Patrick Surtain CB Broncos
  8. Rashawn Slater OT Chargers
  9. CeeDee Lamb WR Cowboys
  10. Andrew Thomas OT Giants
  11. Jaylen Waddle WR Dolphins
  12. Jonathan Taylor RB Colts
  13. Penei Sewell OT Lions
  14. Tee Higgins WR Bengals
  15. Christian Darrisaw OT Vikings
  16. Devonta Smith WR Eagles
  17. Amon-Ra St Brown WR Lions
  18. Trevor Lawrence QB Jaguars
  19. Garrett Wilson WR Jets
  20. Drake London WR Falcons
  21. Kyle Pitts TE Falcons
  22. A.J. Terrell CB Falcons
  23. Chris Olave WR Saints
  24. Tariq Woolen CB Seahawks
  25. Trevon Diggs CB Cowboys
Trevor Lawrence, quarterback of the Jaguars, and Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, are the only two at their positions to make the PFF list of the top 25 NFL players 25 and under. (Getty Images)

Tampa Bay’s offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs, at No. 3, is the top offensive lineman in the top 25. “His consistently strong play bodes well for his transition from right tackle to left tackle this upcoming season,” says PFF.

Then we have the Jets charismatic cornerback Sauce Gardner. He’s the top DB among the young set. Why did PFF prefer him over the others? PFF, which rated him fifth, says “Some might call it an overreaction for Gardner to be so high on the list after just one year in the NFL.

You can read all the analysis and inside football stats by clicking here.