NFL.com released its “All-Under-25 Team” listing the best players under the quarter century mark in age at each position.
Washington has some of the best talent under the age of 25 as quarterback Robert Griffin III, running back Alfred Morris, offensive tackle Trent Williams, and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan are incredibly talented players in their early 20′s.
Believe it or not, however, the only Redskins player to crack the list was Williams.
Russell Wilson got the nod at quarterback, LeSean McCoy and Doug Martin at the running back slots, and Aldon Smith and Von Miller at the outside linebacker positions.
While we don’t want to take anything away from the players that have been selected to the list, we want to show you why Griffin III, Morris, and Kerrigan deserve to be included on the “All-Under-25-Team”.
Check out some of the statistical comparisons at each position here:
Russell Wilson proved many doubters wrong this year as the third round pick wasn’t even projected to be in the running for starting duties behind center in Seattle.
Despite his spectacular season, Wilson’s numbers still don’t compare to those of the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. The two players stat lines through the air reads as follows:
Wilson: 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, completed 64.1% of passes, and a 100.0 quarterback rating.
Griffin III: 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, completed 65.6% of passes, and a 102.4 quarterback rating.
As you can see, Griffin III leads Wilson in every category except for touchdowns.
The comparisons of the two don’t stop there, however, as both have shown a potent ability to make plays with their legs. Griffin III leads Wilson in rushing as well. While Wilson had 489 rushing yards and four touchdowns, Griffin III ran past those numbers as he had 815 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
Speaking of rushing yards, neither LeSean McCoy nor Doug Martin has ever had as many yards on the ground as Morris did this season.
Morris pounded the rock for an astonishing 1,613 yards en route to shattering the team record for most rushing yards in a season.
McCoy was hampered with injuries for part of the 2012 season and missed four games, however, even in his best season carrying the rock in 2o11, he only gained 1,309 yards. Martin also was not able to surpass Morris’ contribution, accumulating only 1,454 rushing yards. Morris’ 4.8 yards per carry ties McCoy’s 2011 season and is more than Martin’s average (4.6) in his only campaign.
Aldon Smith, Von Miller, and Ryan Kerrigan were the only three linebackers selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The trio has lived up to the hype given to them after successful college careers. Each is a large contributor to potent playoff defenses and has graced the field of Aloha Stadium at the Pro Bowl.
While Smith and Miller were placed on the “All-Under-25 Team”, Kerrigan was nowhere to be found.
Smith and Miller have created reputations as quarterback’s worst nightmares, sacking signal callers at a record-breaking pace. Smith has 33.5 sacks while Miller has accumulated 30.
While Kerrigan trails with 16 sacks, he has a knack for swatting the hopes of quarterbacks down as he has 12 passes defensed. Neither Smith (five) or Miller (six) can claim to have the same ability to knock passes down.
Kerrigan has also contributed to more points put up on the scoreboard than Miller and Smith combined as he has two touchdowns while Miller has one and Smith has yet to cross the goal line with the pigskin in hand.
Williams, as mentioned, was the lone Redskins representative on the list. His efforts haven’t gone unnoticed as the 2010 first round pick was selected to the Pro Bowl after a spectacular season blocking for Griffin III and Morris.
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