ESPN came out with its 2017 NFL Future Power Rankings on Monday. They ranked the top teams over the next three season. The New York Giants came in on the list at No. 11, second in the division behind the Dallas Cowboys, who came in at No. 6. This is how they measured each team.
To project which NFL franchises are in the best shape for the next three seasons, we asked our panel of experts -- Louis Riddick, Mike Sando and Field Yates -- to rate each team's roster (excluding quarterback), quarterback, draft, front office and coaching using this scale:
100: A+ (Elite), 90: A (Great), 80: B (Very good), 70: C (Average), 60: D (Very bad), 50: F (Disastrous), 40: F- (The worst thing imaginable).
After averaging the results from the panelists, each of the five categories was weighted to create the overall score -- roster (30 percent), quarterback (20 percent), draft (15 percent), front office (15 percent) and coaching (20 percent). The result is a comprehensive ranking based on how well each team is positioned for the future.
Here is how the Giants scored in each category (with NFL rank):
Roster: 81/100 (T-9th)
Quarterback: 80/100 (16th)
Coaching: 77.3/100 (11th)
Draft: 78/100 (15th)
Front Office: 79.3/100 (14th)
Overall Score: 79.37/100 (11th)
The defense has a lot to do with why the Giants are in the top half of the rankings:
Why they're here: When you can rush the passer in the NFL, the rest of your defense looks better. When you can hold up in man-to-man coverage in the secondary, the rest of your defense looks better. When you can do both, you've got a case to be one of the best units in football. The Giants have speed, rushers, corners and plenty of playmakers on a frightening defense. -- Field Yates
The biggest issue? Running the ball:
Biggest worry: How are the Giants going to improve their running game? Averaging 3.55 yards per rush (30th in the NFL) is not going to cut it. And while the additions of rookie TE Evan Engram and veteran WR Brandon Marshall are nice, the Giants didn't do anything substantial to address their major issues at offensive tackle. If they want to be legit contenders, they must rectify that in future offseasons. -- Louis Riddick
In the past couple of seasons the Giants have made some great draft picks with Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins, so their 15th ranking in the Draft category could improve over the next three seasons.
What could change for the better: The Giants rank between 10th and 15th in every category, which seems about right. The home runs they have hit in recent drafts -- Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins come to mind -- suggest the future in draft outlook could be brighter than their No. 15 ranking. Beckham was the 12th player selected in his draft class (2014). Collins was the 33rd taken in his (2016). -- Mike Sando