NFL franchises are constantly looking for that young, athletic player to carry the franchise for the next decade. Every team wants one, but few teams actually find one.
ESPN recently created an optimal starting lineup using players under the age of 25. Three members of the Los Angeles Chargers made that list (two were “runners up”) but it still shows the team is building a solid young nucleus.
But that bodes the question, who are the top young players on the roster?
When a player reaches the magical age of 30, they’re generally considered to be on the downside of their career. Former running back DeMarco Murray recently retired at age 30. What a dinosaur.
But in the NFL, Murray was considered old, and that’s why he sat on the open market for so long before deciding to hang up the cleats. The NFL, and athletics in general, are becoming more and more about the young athlete.
The NBA still allows the so-called “one and done rule”, for instance.
The Chargers currently have 63 players on their roster who are 25 years of age or younger. That equates to 70 percent of the team. Looking around the league, you’d likely see a similar percentage on just about every roster.
But these guys can’t just be young, they have to have plenty of talent to survive in a league that has an average career span of three or four years, at best.
So who are the best of these young guns? Which players will be in Los Angeles for the next 10 years? The list answers those questions, narrowing down the top five Chargers who are currently 25 years old or less.