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Arizona Cardinals ranked 18th in young talent

But what does it mean?

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

It is the offseason, which means there will be list after list to read. There is nothing wrong with it -- people like reading lists.

The latest is an ESPN Insider piece that ranks all 32 NFL teams in terms of player talent on the teams 25 years of age or younger.

The Arizona Cardinals are not high on that list. They rank 18th. They are behind the San Francisco 49ers and just ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, they are ranked last in the NFC West. The St. Louis Rams rank third, the Seattle Seahawks 12th, the Niners 17th and the Cardinals 18th.

The article cites Patrick Peterson, Michael Floyd, Andre Ellington, Tyrann Mathieu and John Brown as the key players 25 or under. It also mentions  Jaron Brown, Bobby Massie, Jonathan Cooper, Justin Bethel, Kevin Minter, Kerwynn Williams, Logan Thomas, Tony Jefferson, Deone Bucannon and Troy Niklas.

Perhaps the key position missing is quarterback. That would be why they are not ranked higher. The young QB on their roster is a project in Thomas.

Notice the Cardinals have their top talent at the skill positions. Two offensive linemen are noted, but not a single defensive lineman. The Cardinals do have young players on the line, but none yet is considered a top talent.

Where would you rank the Cardinals in terms of young talent? Is this article ranking Arizona too high or too low, or is it just right?