June 17, 2024

NFL 2023 All Offensive Team Under 25: Leaders’ Creed Humphrey, Trey Smith holding down trenches

One of the most important items of all NFL team Young talent can. A franchise quarterback, star left tackle or wide receiver still on his rookie contract – which isn’t breaking the bank – but which helps open up your “Super Bowl window.” Hitting the stars in the draft is how real contenders are built.

Below, we will examine our NFL Offensive All Team Under 25 First and Second Teams. The only rule is that these players must be under 25 years of age going into 2023 NFL season – the first full week of September. There are plenty of stars to discuss on this list. Let’s jump in.

The First Team

Back quarter

After a tough rookie season in which the Jaguars went 3-14, their No. 1 overall pick became 1 back under head coach Doug Pederson. Lawrence went 9-8 as the starter last season, throwing 25 touchdowns to eight interceptions after throwing 17 picks the year before. Lawrence’s passer rating going from 71.9 in 2021 to 95.2 in 2022 is the biggest increase in NFL history for any quarterback to throw at least 400 passes in each of his first two seasons. It’s also the biggest increase in passer rating with the No. 1 pick. 1 from Year 1 to Year 2 from Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Jaguars appear to have a franchise quarterback, and the table is set for him to succeed in 2023.

Running back

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Taylor is our First Team running back again, although 2022 was his worst NFL season. The Colts star missed six contests due to ankle injuries, but still averaged 91.27 scrimmage yards per game. Taylor was the best running back in the NFL in 2021, while leading the league in rushing yards and touchdowns, and recorded 10 100-yard rushing games. With former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen now the head coach, Taylor is ready to bounce back this season.

Wide receivers

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Easy choice. ​​​​Last season’s Offensive Player of the Year caught a league-leading 128 passes for 1,809 yards and eight touchdowns, as Jefferson had the best season of any wide receiver in Vikings franchise history. Speaking of receivers across the Vikings, Jefferson also passed Randy Moss in recording the most receiving yards in a player’s first three seasons in NFL history with 4,825. Without a doubt he is one of the best players in the NFL.

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Chase didn’t set the NFL world on fire as he did in 2021 due to a hip injury, but he still led all Bengals wideouts in every statistical category with 87 catches for 1,046 yards and nine touchdowns in 12 games played. His rookie campaign was legendary, as Chase caught 81 passes for 1,455 and 13 touchdowns and averaged 18 yards per catch. Chase ranks third all-time in NFL history in receiving yards per game (86.2). Only Justin Jefferson and Julio Jones have more. Just 23 years old, 2023 could be a career year for Chase and Joe Burrow.

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All three receivers on the First Team from last year remain the same. Lamb set career highs across the board in 2022 with 107 catches (T-No. 5 in NFL) for 1,359 yards (T-No. 6 in NFL) and nine touchdowns (T-No. 6 in NFL). Most notably, Lamb accounted for 30 percent of the Cowboys’ receptions, which was the second-highest rate in the NFL in 2022. With this mark, Lamb became the first Cowboy to record 30 percent of Dallas’ catches in a single season since Michael Irvin in 1995.

Tight end

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Freiermuth is one of the worst tight ends in the NFL. Although he only caught two touchdowns in his second NFL season, Freiermuth recorded 63 receptions for 732 yards. Both ranked No. 6 among tight ends in 2022. Of those 63 receptions, 37 were first downs. That’s more than George Kittle, Dalton Schultz and David Njoku. Freiermuth should get better and better as he continues to build chemistry with quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Left set

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Tomás was the most valuable offensive tackle from last season, against PFF WAR. Only two tackles who played at least 1,000 offensive snaps recorded a PFF grade above 90: Thomas and Trent Williams. Former No. 1 overall pick 4 starts in 16 games in 2022, and was recognized with a Second Team All-Pro bid. Our Under 25 First Team is on the left.

Left guard

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Here’s an interesting one. Dickerson came in as a rookie in 2021 and played both guard spots. In 2022, he moved to left guard, started in all 17 games and made the Pro Bowl. Now, while it’s true that playing alongside guys like Jordan Mailata and Jason Kelce and blocking for someone like Jalen Hurts makes life easier, Dickerson appears to be a legitimate starter on the inside. All he has to do is watch the penalties, as he was flagged 14 times in 2022. That shouldn’t happen again moving forward.

Centre

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Humphrey might be the best center in the game, period. He passed Jason Kelce for the highest PFF grade among centers (89.9), and also had the highest run-block rating at his position (91.0). Humphrey didn’t miss a start in his two NFL seasons, earning his first All-Pro second-team selection and a Pro Bowl bid last year as the Chiefs won Super Bowl LVII.

Right guard

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Call it the Chiefs dynamic duo on the offensive line. It didn’t take long for the NFL world to see that sixth round pick Trey Smith was a steal. That’s why you can’t put all your stock into medicals during the draft. Smith has started all 33 games he’s played, and registered a 72.3 PFF grade in 2022, which ranked No. 12 among all guards. Smith is not only a good offensive lineman, but also Patrick Mahomes’ “enforcer” against teammate Travis Kelce.

Right set

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Sewell was a top-10 tackle last year, according to PFF (80.6), and the fourth-best reliever among assignments (83). He was viewed as a franchise left tackle in 2021 NFL draft, but enters 2023 as a Pro Bowl right tackle. Just 22 years old, Sewell has a long, and likely, successful NFL career ahead of him.

Second team

QB: Justin Fields (Bears)
RB: Travis Etienne (Jaguars)
WR: Jaylen Waddle (Dolphins)
WR: DeVonta Smith (Eagles)
WR: Amon-Ra St. Brown (Lions)
Hot: Cole Kmet (Bears)
LT: Tristan Wirfs (Buccaneers)
LG: Tyler Smith (Cowboys)
C: Tyler Linderbaum (Ravens)
RG: Alijah Vera-Tucker (Jets)
RT: Abraham Lucas (Seahawks)

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