The Cleveland Browns have built a roster heavy on young players, with all but three members of the current roster under the age of 30.
Two of those younger players - defensive end Myles Garrett and running back Nick Chubb - earned a special nod last week as they were selected by Pro Football Focus as two of the best 25 players under the age of 25.
Rather than try to pick a player at each position, the analytics site simply selected the league’s best players across all positions to create its rankings.
Garrett was on his way to a career year as a pass-rusher before his suspension last season. Through Week 11, his 91.6 pass-rushing grade ranked first among qualifying edge defenders, and his 25% pass-rush win rate trailed only Joey Bosa and J.J. Watt. Winning in the trenches at a young age is not easy to do. It’s hard to understate how impressive three consecutive seasons of 80.0 overall grades out of the gate is for a player like Garrett. His return to the field will give the Browns a boost as they look to realize the lofty expectations that they had heading into the 2019 season.
In 37 career games with the Browns, Garrett has posted 30.5 sacks and become one of the league’s best defensive ends. He had 10 sacks in 10 games last season, putting him on pace to break Reggie Camp’s franchise record of 14 sacks in a single season, a number that should once again be in jeopardy this fall.
The Browns recently picked up the fifth-year option on Garrett and are expected to attempt to work out a contract extension with him.
Since he was drafted in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, no running back has graded out higher than Chubb as a rusher. In fact, his 92.1 rushing grade over the last two years is the only mark above 90.0. That mainly comes down to the fact that getting Chubb to the ground has been much easier said than done. His 110 missed tackles forced are more than any other player, and his 1,980 rushing yards after contact are fewer than only Derrick Henry. If you’re looking for a pure runner, there are few players in the league right now that I would take over Chubb.
Once he became Cleveland’s featuring running back seven weeks into his rookie season, Chubb has quickly taken his place among the league’s best at his position. His 1,494 rushing yards in 2019 were the most in franchise history for a running back not named Jim Brown, and Chubb should easily move into the franchise’s all-time Top 10 list early in the 2020 season.