Gronk recognized for under-25 team

February, 16, 2013
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Choosing a talented team of NFL players under the age of 25 is no easy task, but not due to a lack of talent.

The hard part is having to choose from so much under-25 talent, as the NFL is loaded with promising young players at every position.

In a recent article on NFL.com, Elliot Harrison drafted his own team of players who are all under the age of 25, and it included one Patriot -- tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Taking it one step further, Harrison suggests that even without the age restriction it would be tough to pick any NFL tight end over Gronkowski, who was dominant again during an injury-shortened 2012 season.

Gronkowski is part of a young Patriots group that includes several others under the age of 25, highlighted by fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez, running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, left tackle Nate Solder, defensive end Chandler Jones, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, among others.

A perpetual blend of young talent and veteran experience has been evident during the Patriots' run of success under head coach Bill Belichick.

To see Harrison's full team, CLICK HERE.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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