PFF has 2 Falcons ranked on top 25 players under 25
The Atlanta Falcons may not have the best roster overall but there is no denying that they have some young talent mixed throughout their roster.
Pro Football Focus has put together their list of top 25 players under the age of 25, and the Falcons have a couple of players who made the list, one on each side of the ball.
Falcons cornerback and tight end among best players under 25 years old
It is not hard to predict the two players who made the top 25 list for the Atlanta Falcons, but if for some reason you do not know they are cornerback A.J. Terrell and tight end Kyle Pitts.
These are the two players that Atlanta must build around as they go forward. You could argue that A.J. Terrell was the best player at his position last year, while Kyle Pitts has a clear path to becoming the top at his position.
Pro Football Focus ranked A.J. Terrell ninth on the list while they ranked Kyle Pitts 24th.
One could argue that both of them should be ranked higher, especially Kyle Pitts who dominated during his rookie season despite only being 21 years old.
Here is what they had to say about A.J. Terrell:
"Terrell earned the highest coverage grade of any cornerback in the NFL last season (90.1). He allowed just 29 catches for 200 yards all year and surrendered a league-low 47.5 passer rating into his coverage. His massive leap in production in just his second NFL season at such a difficult position moves him into the top 10 of this list."
There were only three defenders who ranked higher than Terrell, those being Nick Bosa, Micah Parsons, and Jeffrey Simmons. This also means he is the highest-ranked corner, even ahead of Trevon Diggs who was way down the list at 25.
Moving on to Kyle Pitts, here is what they had to say about him:
"It felt like Pitts’ rookie season wasn’t talked about nearly enough. He recorded 1,026 receiving yards on 68 catches from 110 targets, and it’s as if no one was impressed. His lack of touchdowns (just one on the year) probably played a part, but he was one of only two rookie tight ends in NFL history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards. No more Matt Ryan in Atlanta might get in the way of some inevitable monster stats from Pitts early on in his NFL career, but this is still one of the best young players at any position."
There is no doubt that the Falcons have two of the brightest stars in the league and if Chris Lindstrom was just a bit younger, he would have likely made this list as well.
Hopefully, in a year, we will see some more Falcons on this list like Drake London and Arnold Ebiketie