The youth within the NFL is admittedly retreating going into the 2022 season, and there are some notable Penn State players who’re helping to shape the long run of the league. It didn’t take long for former linebacker Micah Parsons to go away his mark, in fact. The rookie for the Dallas Cowboys easily walked away with the NFL’s defensive rookie of the yr award and had some even stumping for him to win the NFL’s defensive player of the yr honor.
So it should come as no surprise that Parsons locked down a spot on an inventory of the NFL’s top players under the age of 25 in a recent list organized by CBS Sports. Parsons was the one player under 25 to make the highest 25 cut for CBS Sports, but a handful of other former Nittany Lions were listed as an honorable mention or on the radar for an analogous list a yr from now. At the identical time, a couple of other notable Penn State greats just aged out of the range for this list.
Listed here are the previous Penn State players who appear within the CBS Sports list of the NFL’s top players under 25 for the 2022 season, and those that just missed the cut for one reason or one other. One thing to bear in mind is CBS Sports selected not to incorporate any rookies entering the NFL in 2022, thus eliminating players like wide receiver Jahan Dotson and safety Jaquan Brisker, for instance.
Parsons is the one former Nittany Lion to seem in the highest 25 players under 25 in keeping with CBS Sports, and he does so at only No. 16. Only 4 other defensive players are available ahead of him though with Nick Bosa (No. 4), Jaire Alexander (No. 9), Roquan Smith (No. 13), and Chase Young (No. 14) managing to are available ahead of the previous Penn State linebacker.
We’ll see if Parsons can work his way up this list in the subsequent yr. At just 22 years of age, Parsons is the youngest defensive player on this rating. If Parsons turns in as dominant a 2022 season as we saw in 2021, Parsons could make a giant move next yr.
Former Penn State running back Miles Sanders won’t make this list next yr, as he’s 25 years old now and about to age out of this particular exercise. Sanders is a player to control with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022 though because the Eagles appeared to gain momentum on the bottom last season mostly without Sanders.
Like his former Penn State running mate, Saquon Barkley is about to age out of this rating as well. Sanders is 25 years old and has battled some injuries which have helped to maintain him out of the highest 25 in keeping with CBS Sports. Like Sanders, the 2022 season appears to be a reasonably essential one for Sanders with where the Latest York Giants are as a franchise and with the historical trends of running backs after five years of NFL football.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are very pleased with their former second-round draft pick, tight end Pat Freiermuth, and the 2022 season could see Freiermuth proceed to be a reliable asset within the passing game with a brand recent quarterback situation playing out. At 23, Freiermuth has time to work his way into the highest 25 on this CBS Sports list.
Penn State’s other first-round draft pick in 2021 also had a promising season for the Baltimore Ravens. Odafe Oweh continues to grow and develop at the subsequent level and he must be a fixture on the Ravens defense for years to return. At 23 years of age, Oweh has a while to get some top 25 recognition before he ages out.
Considered one of Penn State’s top wide receivers of the James Franklin era continues to command respect within the NFL. But as he’s now 26 years of age, Chris Godwin is officially ineligible for consideration in keeping with CBS Sports for this exercise. Godwin is sticking with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a recent contract going into 2022, although he can be coming off a torn ACL suffered late last season.
One other former Nittany Lion now deemed too old for consideration by CBS Sports is former tight end Mike Gesicki. Like Godwin, Gesicki is 26 years old but he continues to prove himself on the NFL level with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins placed the franchise tag on Gesicki this offseason, making for an interesting yr to return for the previous Nittany Lion standout.