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Patriots Ranked #2 Team with Talent Under-25

New England is young and prepared for the future.

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ESPN has ranked the NFL teams based upon their talent under the age of 25. As Colts quarterback Andrew Luck qualified, Indianapolis was their easy top choice (along with wide receiver T.Y. Hilton). Both players have been continuously shut out by the Patriots, so maybe it's not that big of a deal.

But since this fits a narrative I want to push, I'll still post it: the New England Patriots came in second!

2. New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski, TE (25): It sounds hyperbolic, but Gronk has the chance to go down as the greatest tight end of all time if he can stay healthy. He's that much of an impact player. Everyone knows about his big-play ability as a pass-catcher, but he can dominate in the run game as well and open up so many options for this offense.

Jamie Collins, OLB (25): I thought he'd be purely an edge rusher in the NFL, but he's proved to be very versatile as the Pats have used him off the line of scrimmage. He has very good length and tremendous athleticism.

Chandler Jones, DE (24): Before his injury, Jones was on his way to becoming one of the best pass-rushers in the league. He needs to be more consistent, but he can line up in a multitude of positions across the Patriots' defensive front -- something the team loves in its personnel.

Dont'a Hightower, LB (24): He is a complete player with great versatility, able to play the run, rush the passer up the middle or off the edge, and excel in pass coverage.

That's only part of the report. New England finished ahead of the Rams, Vikings, and Texans (J.J. Watt is only 25!).

To put a twist on this, which Patriot under the age of 25 (other than Gronk) are you most excited about?