First of all, here’s the complete rosters:
QB Andrew Luck (IND)
RB Giovani Bernard (CIN), Eddie Lacy (GB)
WR Josh Gordon (CLE), Keenan Allen (SD)
TE Jordan Reed (WAS)
OT Tyron Smith (DAL), Cordy Glenn (BUF)
OG Larry Warford (DET), David DeCastro (PIT)
C Travis Frederick (DAL)
K Justin Tucker (BAL)
KR Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN)
DE Robert Quinn (STL), Chandler Jones (NE)
DT/NT Dontari Poe (KC), Jurrell Casey (TEN)
LB Luke Kuechley (CAR), Lavonte David (TB), Vontaze Burfict (CIN), Kiko Alonso (BUF)
CB Patrick Peterson (ARI), Desmond Trufant (ATL)
S Eric Reid (SF), Tyrann Mathieu (ARI)
P Johnny Hekker (STL)
Why isn’t Cameron Jordan on the list?
Because, as the author Elliot Harrison reported, “Any player who’ll still meet the requirement in Week 1 of the 2014 campaign is eligible (i.e., if a current 24-year-old has a birthday coming this offseason, he’s out of luck.)” That’s exactly the case for Cameron Jordan, who will turn 25 comes July 10th.
Why isn’t Kenny Vaccaro on the list?
I have no idea. He’s been one of the main reasons of Saints’ defensive turnaround in 2013 thanks to Rob Ryan’s creativity. Vaccaro was all over the formation and was asked to do a lot of different things: blitz the quarterback, cover the slot wide receiver man-to-man, cover the seam, play deep centerfield and he showed that he’s capable of doing it all.
Take a look at Vaccaro’s stats compared to the other safeties selected, Eric Reid and Tyrann Mathieu:
He also won the Saints a game in his first career start: I’m sure every Saints fan remember that it was Vaccaro who tipped the ball (then intercepted by Roman Harper) on the last-second 4th-down pass intended for Tony Gonzalez in the end zone, back in week 1 against the Falcons.
Kenny Vaccaro isn’t the only member of the Saints who will have a shot at making the All-Under-25 team next year: wide receiver Kenny Still will play a more important role in year two of his NFL career and consequently he’ll have more chances to make big plays, as he has done a few times last season.