The New York Giants have the sensational 22-year-old Odell Beckham. In terms of under-25 talent, however, they don't have a whole lot else. That is the conclusion a panel of ESPN analysts came to, placing the Giants 25th in their ranking of the under-25 talent on all 32 NFL rosters.
ESPN lists the top five under-25 Giants as Beckham (22), Johnathan Hankins (22, Prince Amukamara (25), Rueben Randle (23) and Weston Richburg (23).
Other players of note include Jerrel Jernigan (a free agent), Ryan Nassib, Justin Pugh, Devon Kennard, Corey Washington, Jay Bromley, Andre Williams, Damontre Moore
Players like Pugh, Kennard and possibly Williams should probably get more credit than ESPN's analysis gives them. Yet, the overall analysis seems to be on target. The Giants are still making up for a few seasons of bad decisions and bad luck.
This paucity of young talent is why the Giants were ultra-aggressive in free agency a year ago, signing more players and spending more money than they usually do. It is also why, even though the Giants appear to have a young core of players emerging after what look like solid drafts in 2013 and 2014, co-owner John Mara knows the work of re-stocking the roster isn't done.
"Certainly there were a couple drafts in there, 2011 and 2012, where we didn't quite get the production that we want out of it," Mara said during his season-ending press conference. "We needed to do well in 2013 and 2014. I think we did. We need to do it again, obviously, because when you are 6-10, you obviously have a lot of holes to fill."
For comparison, the lowest-ranking playoff team on ESPN's list was the Dallas Cowboys, who ranked 21st. In terms of NFC East teams, the Philadelphia Eagles were No. 16, the Cowboys No. 21 and the Washington Redskins checked in at No. 32, dead last.