A strong case could be made that the talent level currently in the National Football League is at an all-time high. Quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are re-writing the record books one season at a time, making their case as the greatest to ever play the position.
Defensive lineman J.J. Watt is as fearsome of a defensive player as this league has seen in years. And skill position superstars like Calvin Johnson and Jimmy Graham could hold their own against any defensive back ever.
The next tier of great players in this league is ready to take over, with recent draft picks like Andrew Luck, Von Miller and Robert Quinn making their mark on the competition. But this list will look only at players that have not yet celebrated their 25th birthday.
Current rookies are not eligible for this list, so you won’t see names like Jadeveon Clowney or Sammy Watkins. Young players like Russell Wilson (25 years old) or Cam Newton (25) aren’t eligible as a player must be under 25 years old. Watt just turned 25 as well, so he can’t be on here.
For the most part, these players are guys who debuted in the NFL since 2011 or 2012. It’s what you would call the next class of great players in this league.
Rankings are based on production so far in the NFL.