Being your team's best player and being your team's most important player are two vastly different things.
Conversely, being your team's best young player and being your team's most important young player under the age of 25 often bear a much closer resemblance to one another.
Nonetheless, even this line of thinking can sometimes produce different results, answers and variances in opinion.
Take for instance out in Denver, where rookie running back Montee Ball figures to be a huge part of the Broncos' offensive game plan this upcoming season.
While there is certainly an argument to be made for his level of overall impact, nearly no one in their right minds could look you in the eyes and honestly say that he's more talented than All-Pro linebacker Von Miller.
It's just not true, and quite frankly it would be a slap in the face to one of the (if not the) best young players we have in our game today.
So, with that said, where do you find the balance between talent and importance—aptitude and impact?
Certainly, all teams would prefer to have their best young player also be their team's most important; however, this cannot always be the case, as it is in places like Indianapolis with Andrew Luck and Seattle with Russell Wilson.
After all, those players are both young and play the most important position in football, whereas in other divisions like the NFC North there are currently no starting quarterbacks under the age of 25.
Which, if you ask me, is one of the things that make it perhaps the most interesting and ideal young divisions to further analyze and discuss for this very topic at hand.