The 25 Best NFL Players Under 25

25. P Michael Dickson — Seattle Seahawks

Age: 23

Kicking off the list with a special teamer seems like a strange move, but Dickson is no ordinary punter. The Aussie import has already ascended the ranks of the best punters in the league, achieving both Pro Bowl and All-Pro status in his first season in the league.

The Seahawks take pride in field position, and Dickson was marvelous at keeping teams pinned down on their side of the field. Although eyebrows were raised when Seattle moved up in the draft to select a player who won’t be on the field for more than a few plays every game, it has proven to be a wise decision. Dickson will be around for a long, long time.

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24. CB Denzel Ward — Cleveland Browns

Age: 21

It came as a bit of a shock when the Browns opted for Ohio State’s Ward over the draft’s perceived top pass rusher in Bradley Chubb. Ward’s inclusion on the Pro Bowl team should help calm any of the initial doubts. The aggressive cornerback plays with an edge, is a willing tackler, and helped force five turnovers in his rookie year. After playing just 13 games last year, the Browns can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Ward.

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23. LB Myles Jack — Jacksonville Jaguars

Age: 23

Positional versatility is king on the defensive side of the ball, and there are few athletes more capable of filling different roles than Jack. Jacksonville’s Swiss Army Knife is an explosive sideline-to-sideline backer who can cover running backs, tight ends, and anything in between.

From a body type and speed standpoint, Jack appears to be more like a safety, but his thumping style allows him to play closer to the line without the fear of being outmuscled. The Jaguars got a steal when they picked Jack (recovering from an injury at the time) in the second round back in 2015.

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