Quick, off the top of your head, rattle off the top Chicago Bears' players that are 25 years old or younger.
The very best young prospects for the future of the franchise...
Perhaps some awesome recent draft picks...
Maybe someone who was sitting behind a veteran that is ready to really break out in 2015...
Ok, who do you have?
Here are my quick picks that I believe already are, or can be, solid NFL players, wide out Alshon Jeffery, Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long, corner Kyle Fuller, maybe linebacker Christian Jones... um... Noonan, Bueller?
Those are the few names I brainstormed, but then I realized that Long was an older rookie when he was picked, so he's actually 26 now.
I don't think the cupboard is very stocked for new head coach John Fox and new general manager Ryan Pace.
Phil Emery presided over three collegiate drafts before being pink slipped, and while his first draft looks bad, it's still technically too early to pass judgement on his last two. But where are the young impact players on the Bears?
ESPN Insider Matt Williamson recently ranked every team in the NFL by talent under 25 years of age. Since his list is behind a pay wall, we can't bring you the whole thing, but we will share his Bears' comments. Would you believe he only has one team ranked lower than the Bears?
31. Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffery, WR (24): Jeffery had a down year, but some of that could be attributed to the Bears' overall struggles on offense. He is a notch below the talent level of receivers such as Dez Bryant and A.J. Green, but is still very gifted as a downfield receiver and can do things that many receivers simply cannot.
Kyle Fuller, CB (22): Fuller struggled some as a rookie but also made some big plays, and the future looks bright for him overall. He's best as a zone corner, but he isn't limited to any one scheme and is also a very good tackler.
Marquess Wilson, WR (22): Wilson is yet another big target in Chicago's receiving corps, but we haven't really had the chance to see what he can do because he's buried behind Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. We'll see if new offensive coordinator Adam Gase uses Wilson more effectively.
Will Sutton, DT (23): Sutton is an undersized 3-technique defensive tackle who relies on leverage and quickness and can be mauled by bigger offensive linemen and double-teams. He was just OK as a rookie.
Ego Ferguson, DT (23): Ferguson played many fewer snaps than Sutton and is more of a nose-tackle type than a penetrator. Ferguson also has been underwhelming overall. It is a bad sign for the Bears that these two defensive tackles rank among the team's best young prospects.
Others of note: Khaseem Greene, Chris Conte*, Shea McClellin, Jordan Mills, Jon Bostic, Brock Vereen, Ka'Deem Carey
When looking over the other 31 teams, that's a sad list. The only team he feels is more devoid of young talent than the Bears, is the Washington Redskins.
Jeffery is a Pro Bowl talent, but the rest of the list is all based off potential. I think Fuller can be a very good corner, but his rookie year was full of inconsistency and injury.
Wilson? He followed up his 2 catch rookie season with 19 receptions for 153 yards in 2014. An injury shelved him for more than half of last season, but did anything in his game make you believe he'll be anything more than a #3?
Sutton may not be a scheme fit for new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and Ferguson looks more like a rotational player at this point.
Among his others of note, do any of those guys scream difference maker to you? Like I said earlier, it's still a bit premature to write off the 1st and 2nd year players, so time will tell how they mesh with the new coaching staff in Chicago and how they'll develop their game..
When looking around the league, there are a bunch of 25 and younger players to get excited about that are head and shoulders above Chicago's building blocks.
Just to name a few, Andrew Luck, Rob Gronkowski, Chandler Jones (ugh, what could have been), Robert Quinn, J.J. Watt, Von Miller, Luke Kuechly, Randall Cobb (who is a free agent), C.J. Mosley, Justin Houston (another free agent) and the three Dallas Pro Bowl offensive lineman are all under 25.
Bears GM Ryan Pace needs to hit a home run or two in his initial draft.