Youth in the NFL translates to speed, and that pretty much sums up my All-Under 25 team.
It is loaded with fast players across the board, and not just the skill players. Take a look at the defense, and the speed factor stands out.
I have arguably four of the best players at their positions on my team in New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn and Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. That's big-time talent.
I love my team.
It's too bad they are getting older. We know what happens when they do.
Old and slow is not a good thing.
Quarterback: Andrew Luck, Colts -- This was the easiest choice on the team. He is the best of the young quarterbacks to come into the league in the past three years and he doesn't turn 25 until this fall.
Wide receiver: Josh Gordon, Browns -- At 23, he is emerging as the next great receiver in the league. He led the NFL in yards last season. Imagine if he had a quarterback?
Wide receiver: T.Y. Hilton, Colts -- At 24, he would be my slot receiver. He is coming off an 82-catch season.
Wide receiver: Alshon Jeffrey, Bears -- He had a monster season in 2013, catching 89 passes and averaging 16.0 yards per catch. He is 24.
Tight end: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots -- Can you believe he's only 24? He is coming off an injury-plagued season, but he is still the best all-around tight end when he's healthy.
Reserves: Jordan Reed, Redskins (23)
Guard: David DeCastro, Steelers -- At 23, he is coming off his best season and is poised to be a Pro Bowl player. He is a tough, physical player.
Tackle: D.J. Fluker, Chargers -- He was a physical force at times as a rookie. He just turned 23 and could develop into one of the best right tackles in the league. The nastiness he plays with helps.
Returners: Cordarrelle Patterson: In his first season, the 22-year-old scored on two kick return touchdowns. Patrick Peterson can return punts for my squad.
Defensive tackle: Muhammad Wilkerson, Jets -- This 24-year-old plays end in the Jets' 3-4, but in this scheme he would move inside to tackle. He had 10 1/2 sacks last season, his second in the league.
Defensive ends: Robert Quinn, Rams -- At the age of 23, he might be the best defensive player in the NFL. He had 19 sacks and seven forced fumbles last season.
Middle linebacker: Luke Kuechly, Panthers -- He is a tackling machine in the middle of the Carolina defense. He also does a nice job in coverage. He doesn't turn 23 until April 20.
Outside linebacker: Lavonte David, Buccaneers -- He can play the run. He can tackle. He can cover. He can blitz. It's a shame this 24-year-old didn't get to the Pro Bowl last season.
Reserves: ILB-MLB: Vontaze Burfict, Bengals (23), Bobby Wagner, Seahawks (24) and Mychal Kendricks, Eagles (23). OLB-- Kiko Alonso, Bills (23), Danny Trevathan, Broncos (24), Jamie Collins, Patriots (23) and Sio Moore, Raiders (23).
Cornerback: Patrick Peterson, Cardinals -- He is big, strong, physical and can cover. What's not to like about this 23-year-old?
Safety: Eric Reid, 49ers -- At 22, he was a big part of the San Francisco defense as a rookie. He is a big hitter who can cover.
Safety: Earl Thomas, Seahawks -- Hard to believe this guy doesn't turn 25 until May. He is the key to the Seattle secondary with his range.
Special teams: Johnny Hekker, Rams -- This 24-year-old had a 44.2 net average, which led the NFL by almost two yards.