NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah recently put together a list of the top 10 players in the NFL under the age of 25. The list shows just how much young talent there is in the league and right here in Detroit. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who is 24 years old, made the list. Here's why:
Surprised? It's hard to believe that Stafford is still only 24 years old. After two injury-plagued years, he was able to stay healthy and post some incredible numbers in 2011. He passed for more than 5,000 yards and 41 TDs while leading the Lions back to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. He has a tremendous skillset for the position. He has good size, arm-strength, touch and poise. He should be one of the league's elite signal callers for the next decade.
Let that sink in for a second. The Lions have found a quarterback that "should be one of the league's elite signal callers for the next decade." After decades and decades of trying to find a franchise quarterback, it seems the Lions finally have their man. What's even better is they also have the best wide receiver in football for the better part of the next decade as well. This means we should be hearing "Stafford to Megatron" quite a bit in the coming years.
Other notable players on the list are Cam Newton, Von Miller, Rob Gronkowski, A.J. Green and Aldon Smith.