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ESPN Ranks "Under 25 Talent" of all 32 NFL teams

Maryland Giant : 8/10/2017 4:31 pm
They have Cowboys and Giants as tops in the NFL respectively. Unfortunately, this is an ESPN Insider article so I do not know if I am allowed to post it.
Cowboys/Giants Tops in NFL in Young Talent - ( New Window )
Blurb on Giants  
Maryland Giant : 8/10/2017 4:37 pm : link
2. New York Giants

2016 ranking: 12

Like the rival Cowboys, the Giants have two top-tier, under-25 talents in wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (three Pro Bowls) and safety Landon Collins (2016 first-team All-Pro). Positional value (i.e. quarterback) gives Dallas a slight edge there. The Giants also have a good slot receiver in Sterling Shepard, and a promising rookie tight end in Evan Engram, though Brandon Marshall will likely be the most targeted non-Beckham receiver this year. Paul Perkins is the lead running back, although Football Outsiders is projecting him to rush for 788 yards this season rather than enjoy a big sophomore surge.

The Giants likely would have ranked No. 1 if we had more confidence in two of their recent top-10 draft picks. Ereck Flowers has had a shaky start to his career as Eli Manning's blindside protector. In 2015, Flowers ranked 32nd among left tackles in snaps per blown block, and only moved up to 26th in 2016. Meanwhile, rookie corner Eli Apple was the weak link to an otherwise strong secondary last year. Apple finished 81st in adjusted success rate and 86th in adjusted yards per pass. Fortunately, cornerback is a position where talented players routinely take two or three years to develop in the NFL, but Apple is the No. 3 corner at best in New York right now.

New York could also have right tackle Bobby Hart, middle linebacker B.J. Goodson, and free safety Darian Thompson as three more under-25 starters this season, but that trio has very little starting experience in the NFL.
Apple  
Toth029 : 8/10/2017 4:40 pm : link
A weak link. My ass.
But JR blew it on Mykkele Thompson  
Deej : 8/10/2017 4:45 pm : link
I've scratched my head on that clear thru to the other side. So this must be fake news.
What counts as a top tier talent  
Deej : 8/10/2017 4:50 pm : link
Prescott is not an elite QB at this point. Odell, Elliot, and Collins are elite at their positions. I probably wouldnt rank him in the top 10 QBs (Sporting News just ranked him #12 -- first hit in my google search).

On the other hand, if he was as good at QB as Odell/Collins are at their positions, the positional edge wouldnt be slight.
RE: What counts as a top tier talent  
larryflower37 : 8/10/2017 6:29 pm : link
In comment 13555297 Deej said:
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Prescott is not an elite QB at this point. Odell, Elliot, and Collins are elite at their positions. I probably wouldnt rank him in the top 10 QBs (Sporting News just ranked him #12 -- first hit in my google search).

On the other hand, if he was as good at QB as Odell/Collins are at their positions, the positional edge wouldnt be slight.


Let's see what his 2nd year looks like. The line has some holes and the WR's are not world class.
I think he takes a step back in year 2.
Fair article and plenty to be excited about  
Jimmy Googs : 8/10/2017 6:37 pm : link
with this young roster, despite who they rank #1

Finally, ESPN comes thru with a fair assessment of NY Giants...
Apple was week link ...DRC and Jackrabbit....is best in business.  
George from PA : 8/10/2017 6:59 pm : link
I would say...witht that Apple might be best corner under 25.
RE: Apple was week link ...DRC and Jackrabbit....is best in business.  
Toth029 : 8/10/2017 9:11 pm : link
In comment 13555393 George from PA said:
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I would say...witht that Apple might be best corner under 25.

Compared to Jenkins and Cromartie yeah he was easier to pick on, just silly to see that. And "at best the #3 corner in New York", no shit, he has two other awesome corners on his team. I don't why they would try to negate his ability like that.
Apple will be a stud  
annexOPR : 8/10/2017 9:36 pm : link
He's got the complete package. People still listen to ESPN?
RE: Apple  
Boy Cord : 8/10/2017 10:50 pm : link
In comment 13555289 Toth029 said:
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A weak link. My ass.


News flash. Rookie CB did not outplay three pro-bowl DBs. More at 11.
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