NBC Sports Boston's 20 Under 25: Who didn't make the cut, and why?

Justin Leger
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NBC Sports Boston's 20 Under 25: Who didn't make the cut, and why? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

NBC Sports Boston's "20 Under 25" list for 2021 was finalized on Monday, as thousands of fans cast their votes on New England's top athletes under 25 years old.

You can find the official "20 Under 25" rankings here. You won't be surprised to see names like Jayson Tatum, Rafael Devers, and David Pastrnak atop the list, though some of the players in and out of the top 20 may come as a bit of a shock.

Others? Well, they'll simply have to step their games up if they hope to crack next year's top 20.

Let's take a look at who didn't make the cut this time around:

21

Nesmith, Aaron

Celtics

72.81

33

Groome, Jay

Red Sox

68.00

22

Studnicka, Jack

Bruins

71.81

34

Harry, N'Keal

Patriots

67.79

23

Bentley, Ja'Whaun

Patriots

70.95

35

Jennings, Anfernee

Patriots

67.76

24

Casas, Triston

Red Sox

70.72

36

Frederic, Trent

Bruins

66.04

25

Jones, DeJuan

Revs

70.41

37

Waters, Tremont

Celtics

65.83

26

Hernandez, Darwinzon

Red Sox

69.55

38

Firmino, Nicolas

Revs

65.79

27

Langford, Romeo

Celtics

68.83

39

Cowart, Byron

Patriots

65.74

28

Mata, Bryan

Red Sox

68.72

40

Edwards, Carsen

Celtics

65.19

29

Beecher, John

Bruins

68.60

41

Zboril, Jakub

Bruins

64.94

30

Vaakanainen, Urho

Bruins

68.48

42

Stidham, Jarrett

Patriots

64.39

31

Pritchard, Payton

Celtics

68.45

43

Asiasi, Devin

Patriots

63.78

32

Bjork, Anders

Bruins

68.03

44

Keene, Dalton

Patriots

63.10

The biggest fall from grace? That would be New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry, who fell from No. 7 last year all the way to No. 34 in this year's rankings.

It isn't difficult to see why. The 23-year-old hasn't yet lived up to his first-round draft selection while several receivers taken after him -- including A.J. Brown and DK Metcalf -- have already turned into stars. In 18 games so far with New England, Harry has caught only 41 passes for 382 yards and four touchdowns. Year 3 is shaping up to be a make-or-break year for the Arizona State product.

Also falling out of the top 20 are Celtics youngsters Romeo Langford (17 to 27) and Carsen Edwards (12 to 40). The two 2019 draft picks were a product of the hype machine last year but their lack of production during the season ultimately cost them in this year's "20 Under 25" rankings. If they can provide a much-needed spark for Boston's second unit this season, perhaps they'll work their way back into the top 20.

Then there are Celtics rookies Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard, who debut at 21st and 31st respectively. Like Langford and Edwards, they'll have a real shot at cracking next year's list if they can make some noise off the bench for the C's in 2020-21.

The biggest disappointments on the list not named Harry are the Patriots' rookie tight ends, Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene (43 and 44). Pats head coach Bill Belichick addressed the team's weakness at the TE position by selecting Asiasi and Keene in the third round of the 2020 draft, but both selections so far have been duds. Asiasi has yet to tally his first reception and Keene has just one catch for eight yards.

Better luck next year to those who were left out of this year's "20 Under 25." To check out who did make the cut, click the link below!

The Final List: "20 Under 25" Rankings