The future belongs to the young. This is certainly the case for a select few NFL players who are already dominating the league before their 25th birthday.
A trio of teams are lucky enough to featured two players on this list — two reside in the NFC East. Some choices are sure to prove controversial, while others were just no-brainers.
These are the best NFL players under the age of 25 at every position. We’re looking at one player per position, minus special teams.
Quarterback: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
There was a bit of internal debate about whether Prescott or Jameis Winston would be featured here. In the end, though Winston has an extra season on Prescott and has shown a tremendous ability to get the ball to his playmakers downfield, we went with the guy who doesn’t make as many mistakes.
On that note, what Prescott did in his rookie season compares favorably with a couple of the game’s legends.
Highest passer rating in first 16 career games since NFL/AFL merger (via @espn):
Kurt Warner: 110.2
Dak Prescott: 104.9
Dan Marino: 104.8
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) May 15, 2017
Starting in all 16 games, he finished the season with a 67.8-percent completion rate (absurd for a rookie), 3,949 total yards and 29 total touchdowns while throwing just four interceptions.
If not for the insane finish engineered by Aaron Rodgers in the playoff game against Dallas, the Cowboys would have gone on to face the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. Prescott surely played well enough in the contest.
Blessed with a fantastic supporting cast and one of the game’s best receivers in Dez Bryant, there is no limit to what Prescott can accomplish in the coming years. And the best part? Prescott is, in no way, satisfied with what he and the ‘Boys accomplished last season.