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NFL Lines - Top 10 Youngster Free Agents

Posted by Jackson Anthony on 3/13/2012 10:49:24 PM

NFL Lines – Top 10 Youngster Free Agents

10) Jared Gaither, 25 years old
Jared Gaither is an offensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 supplemental NFL lines draft. At a mammoth 6'9'', 340 pounds, Jared is always one of the biggest players on the field. Although Gaither is still a long ways away from being one of the elite tackles in the league, he as the size to eventually become a superstar. With only 33 career NFL games, Gaither still has much to learn, but when he does, watch out.

9) Manny Lawson, 27
Manny Lawson is a linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was drafted 22nd overall in the 2006 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Since his torn ACL injury in 2007 with the 49ers, Lawson has substantially improved his play. He has recorded 224 tackles since his 2008 season, along with 13.5 sacks. Lawson has six NFL lines seasons under his belt, so he should have the experience to be able to adapt to a new system rather seamlessly. Lawson should prove to be a safe, solid addition for any team lacking a linebacker.

8) David Hawthorne, 26
David Hawthorne is a linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks. He was signed as an un-drafted free agent by the Seahawks. In four seasons with the Seahawks, Hawthorne has recorded 350 tackles, five forced fumbles and seven interceptions. Hawthorne finished last season with a solid 115 tackles and three interceptions. The 6'0'', 246-lbs linebacker looks set for a breakout season next year.

7) Brandon Carr, 25
Brandon Carr is a cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was drafted in the fifth round, 140th overall in the 2008 NFL draft. Carr covers his man well, in addition to being a good tackler. In his brief NFL career thus far, Carr has recorded 237 tackles, 211 of which were solo tackles. Furthermore, Carr even recorded 4 interceptions last NFL lines year, indicating that the 6'0'', 207-lbs Chief may be slowly maturing into a solid, reliable starter.

6) Matt Flynn, 26
Matt Flynn is a quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 draft. Although the 6'2'', 225-lbs Packer has not performed on a consistent basis, he has shown glimpses of brilliance. He had an unforgettable first-ever NFL game, where he threw for three touchdowns. On his most recent start against the Detroit Lions, Flynn set a franchise record while throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a 45-41 victory. If Flynn is reunited with his former coach Joe Philbin in Miami, he could make some noise come next fall.

5) Alex Smith, 27
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback made quite a name for himself last year with his second-round playoff performance against the New Orleans saints. Throughout the season, Smith raised his quarterback rating from 82.1 to 90.7. In addition, he also threw five fewer interceptions and three more touchdown passes than in 2010. Although he has not yet achieved elite status, Smith does have the potential, if he develops at a consistent rate, to eventually become a franchise quarterback.

4) Lardarius Webb, 26
The diminutive, 5'10'', 179-lbs, cornerback nicknamed 'Lard', must have one of the most intriguing names in the league. Lardarius has proven to be quite the versatile, athletic player for the Baltimore Ravens. He seems to be quite the clutch player as well. During last season's NFL lines playoffs, Webb recorded three interceptions. He also sacked Tom Brady during the AFC championship game. Lardarius Webb is a big-game player who will grow into one of the best defensive players in the league.

3) Mike Wallace, 25
Mike Wallace is a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers with much promise. Wallace has passed the 1,000 mark in receiving yards the past two consecutive seasons. In just three NFL seasons, Wallace has recorded 3,206 yards and 24 touchdown receptions. The 6'0'', 199-lbs speedster is also has blistering speed, and is deadly one-on-one. Mike Wallace is a star on the rise.

2) Carl Nicks, 26
Carl Nicks is an offensive guard for the New Orleans Saints. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL draft. At only 26, Nicks has already been to the Pro Bowl twice in 2010 and 2011, and won the Super Bowl. Considering his young age, the simple fact is that Nicks is scary good. He is widely considered the best guard in the league. In 700 passing plays last year, Nicks only allowed a remarkable 12 pressures. With a number of years left in him, Nicks has much to offer.

1) Mario Williams, 27
Mario Williams is an outside linebacker for the Houston Texans. He was drafted first overall in the 2006 NFL draft. At 6'6'', 283 lbs, Williams is an imposing force on the field. After Manning, Williams is perhaps the best free-agent this summer. While only playing 5 games last NFL lines season, Williams recorded 5 sacks – he has 53 in his career. Mario Williams will instantly and dramatically improve the team he eventually signs with.

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