INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts in recent seasons have consistently featured one of the top young rosters in the entire National Football League.
Perhaps that’s no real surprise, as general manager Chris Ballard and his personnel staff have found the right mix of talent, scheme fit and football character coming out of the college ranks, and head coach Frank Reich and his staff are putting those players in position to succeed once they stack up against NFL competition.
Accordingly, the Colts have been well-represented this time each year on NFL.com’s “All-Under-25 Team,” a compilation of the top players in the league younger than 25 years old by the start of the regular season.
Last year at this time, it was right tackle Braden Smith, left guard Quenton Nelson and linebacker Bobby Okereke making the cut. In 2019, it was Smith, Nelson and linebacker Darius Leonard; in 2018 it was punter Rigoberto Sanchez; and in 2017 center Ryan Kelly was on the list. All six of those players remain key pieces to the Indy roster heading into 2021.
So who made the cut this year on the NFL.com 2021 All-Under-25 Team? According to NFL.com’s Nick Shook, running back Jonathan Taylor and kicker Rodrigo Blankenship have earned their place among the league’s top young players.
You can see Shook’s entire All-Under-25 Team roster by clicking here, but here’s what he had to say about Taylor and Blankenship, respectively: