An annual offseason tradition across NFL media is for those to assemble their best NFL players under 25. Not sure why they do this or feel it is necessary, but it makes them feel important.
ESPN polled 43 of their NFL insiders in order to determine who their under 25 all-star team was. Most of the choices make sense and won’t cause much argument between fans. Remember to keep in mind that the players must be under 25 years old to qualify. The list is clearly to get a sense of who the future is. The silly part about the list, in my opinion, is that how much sense can it make when you are putting together a list of who is “the player to watch over the next three seasons”, yet you put out a new list every year. Don’t the players change? Kinda makes no sense.
The top quarterback chosen was Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans, the primary running back went to Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams, Tyreek Hill on the Kansas City Chiefs was the first receiver and Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers was the primary pass rusher, and those are all very obvious choices.
One pick that has some fans complaining and discussing amongst each other is who the backup running back on the list is. You have probably already guessed that it is none other than Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott, who turns 23 in the next week. Well, my fine-feathered sports fan, you would be wrong. The number two back hasn’t even taken a snap yet. The second back on the list is New York Giants number two draft pick, rookie, Saquon Barkley. Yep! Giants fans can rejoice knowing that the running back on the hated Cowboys just got slighted for your boy.
Personally, I agree with the pick. I think Barkley is going to be absolutely phenomenal. The Giants even passed on four possible franchise quarterbacks to make sure they got this guy at number two. We shall see folks. I know one thing is absolutely certain though. ESPN will make another list next year with a three-year projection. Completely laughable.