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20 Under 25 results: Who Boston fans chose in Jones vs. Tatum debate

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Who's the best Boston athlete under age 25? The fans have spoken.

Over the last two weeks, we asked you to identify the region's best young athletes in our annual "20 Under 25" voting contest by ranking each candidate using a video game-style system.

This year's candidate pool was deep, from Boston Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum to talented New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones to Boston Bruins franchise defenseman Charlie McAvoy.

Team-by-team breakdown of "20 Under 25" results: Celtics | Patriots | Bruins | Red Sox

After tallying hundreds of rankings for players on the Celtics, Patriots, Bruins, Boston Red Sox and New England Revolution, the results are in. Below is the full top 20 list, followed by our key takeaways from the results.

Top 20 Boston athletes under 25

Takeaways

1. Jones dethrones Tatum for the top spot

Tatum finished No. 1 in each of the last two years, but there's a new sheriff in town.

Jones is enjoying a stellar rookie season for the Patriots, completing 70.3% of his throws (third in the NFL) with 16 touchdown passes and eight interceptions to help New England vault to the AFC's No. 1 seed.

Jones still has room for improvement, and Tatum is the more established star with two All-Star appearances before his 23rd birthday. But these rankings reflect an optimism that New England has found its next franchise QB.

2. Patriots' recent draft successes on display

Bill Belichick doesn't have the best track record in the NFL Draft, but this year's results suggest he's found some major wins in the last few years.

 

The Patriots have by far the most "20 Under 25" representatives, with 12 players in the top 20. Three rookies -- Jones, defensive tackle Christian Barmore and running back Rhamondre Stevenson -- are in the top 10, while third-year running back Damien Harris checks in at No. 5.

New England getting major contributions from young players on offense, defense and special teams is a great sign for this team's future outlook.

3. Chaim Bloom's work is starting to pay off

The Red Sox farm system was the subject of punch lines under Dave Dombrowski, but new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom is infusing talent into the system. Four Boston prospects cracked this year's list, including three newcomers in No. 4 overall pick Marcelo Mayer and promising sluggers Triston Casas and Nick Yorke.

While Bloom has some important decisions to make regarding his veteran stars, the pipeline appears to be replenishing.