The Washington Redskins have two of the NFL's best and brightest talents in cornerback Bashaud Breeland and linebacker Preston Smith. They haven't been in the league that long, but they've already been difference makers.
In taking a wide-angle view of the league, where exactly do Breeland and Smith stack up amongst their peers?
USA Today's Steven Ruiz took a look at the NFL's best young stars and came up with the "All-Under-25 Team," which as the title states, is comprised of players under the age of 25-years-old that Ruiz thinks are great now, and will get even better with age. There are plenty of solid players on the team, which just so happens to include Breeland and Smith, both of whom are reserves.
Breeland joins Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix on the reserve unit of a secondary that also includes Bills cornerback Ronald Darby, Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu and 49ers safety Eric Reid.
Smith and Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett are backups on a defensive line that features Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Jets defensive end Leonard Williams.
Breeland – who's heading into his third season with the Redskins – is coming off a 2015 season which saw him play in 15 games (14 starts) and gather 81 tackles, 16 passes defensed, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Smith was just as impactful in his first season with Washington. He played in all 16 games (two starts), had 35 tackles and led all rookies in sacks with eight.
Now that they're firmly entrenched at their respective positions, Breeland and Smith are poised to follow up a solid 2015 campaign with an even better one this season.