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Who was the youngest player ever drafted to the NFL?

Who was the youngest player ever drafted to the NFL?

In the history of the NFL draft, Amobi Okoye holds the distinction of being the youngest player ever selected, making history in 2007 at the age of 19.

Early Life and College Career

Amobi Okoye's journey to the NFL began when he emigrated from Nigeria to the United States at the age of 12. His exceptional academic and athletic abilities allowed him to start college at the University of Louisville at the age of 15. During his time at the university, he excelled in college football and earned first-team All-Big East honors in his senior season.

NFL Career

Okoye's NFL career started with great promise, being named Defensive Rookie of the Month in September 2007 and finishing his rookie campaign with 5.5 sacks. He spent four seasons with the Houston Texans before moving to the Chicago Bears in 2011 and then signing with the Dallas Cowboys in 2015.

Legacy and Impact

As the youngest player in the NFL, Okoye is widely known for his strength and dexterity, making him an incredible force on the field. His dedication to the sport has set a standard for many others who pursue a career in the NFL, and his legacy is one that will always be remembered.

Tremaine Edmunds: Another Young NFL Draft Pick

Tremaine Edmunds joined the ranks of young NFL draftees when he was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 16th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft at the age of 19.

College Career and NFL Success

Prior to his NFL career, Edmunds was a two-year starter at Virginia Tech, earning accolades such as first-team All-ACC in 2017. He became an immediate starter for the Buffalo Bills, eventually teaming with fellow draftee Matt Milano to give the Bills one of the best linebacker duos in the NFL. Edmunds also made the Pro Bowl in 2019 and 2020, showcasing his outstanding skills on the field.

Other Young NFL Players

In addition to Amobi Okoye and Tremaine Edmunds, there have been other young players who made their mark in the NFL at a tender age:

Chase Young

Chase Young, drafted at the age of 21, has already made a significant impact as a dominant force as a defensive end for the Washington Football Team. His quickness and strength have earned him multiple accolades, solidifying his status as a rising star in the NFL.

Cordale Flott

Cordale Flott was drafted at just 21 years old by the New York Giants in the 2022 NFL Draft. Despite being early in his professional football career, Flott has displayed athleticism and effective communication with his teammates, quickly becoming a fan favorite.

Juju Smith-Schuster

Another notable young player is Juju Smith-Schuster, who was drafted at the age of 20 by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2017 NFL Draft. Known for his speed and explosiveness, Smith-Schuster has become one of the faces of the Steelers at a young age, recording impressive statistics and earning Pro Bowl honors.

The NFL has seen several young talents make their mark in the league, with Amobi Okoye standing out as the youngest player ever drafted, leaving a lasting legacy in the world of American football.


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