It didn't take Le'Veon Bell long to become one of the best, most complete running backs in the NFL, and it's even more impressive he accomplished this feat before his 23rd birthday. Bell is now a household name, and observers are taking notice, as Bell was recently named to Elliott Harrison's list of the best players in the league aged 25 and younger.
Ironically, the honor comes on the heels of a Twitter rant orchestrated by Bell several days ago in which he expressed displeasure and frustration with the scouting process prior to his selection in the second round of the 2013 draft, specifically taking aim at the likes of Mel Kiper Jr., Mike Mayock and Todd McShay.
Bell is arguably the most accomplished player on the list, joined by the likes of multi-time Pro Bowlers Tyron Smith and Luke Kuechly, who like Bell, are possibly the best players in the league at their position. Blue chip rookies such as Odell Beckham, Aaron Donald, Teddy Bridgewater, Jeremy Hill and Khalil Mack join the list as well.
Interestingly, Steelers P Brad Wing was named as the league's best punter under the age of 25. Although his net average of 38.8 and 20 punts downed inside the 20-yard line were pedestrian numbers at best, Wing performed well by posting good numbers in regards to opponent return average, kicked the third longest punt in the NFL last season and didn't have a punt blocked. He just signed an extension with the Steelers and is among the youngest special teams players in the league.
With other young stars like Martavis Bryant and Cameron Heyward to build around, the Steelers will look to increase the production of younger players moving forward; and more honors such as this are sure to follow.