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ESPN: Ranking the NFL's Most Likely Worst-to-First Teams
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ESPN: Ranking the NFL's Most Likely Worst-to-First Teams

The Philadelphia Eagles went from last place in the NFC East in 2016 to division champs (and, of course, Super Bowl winners) in 2017. Which last-place teams have the brightest outlook heading into 2018? The candidates aren't as strong as usual, but we like the odds for Deshaun Watson and the Texans.

2 comments, Last at 18 Aug 2018, 4:18am by Theo
ESPN: Ranking Under-25 Talent of All 32 NFL Teams
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ESPN: Ranking Under-25 Talent of All 32 NFL Teams

It's time for our annual ESPN Insider look at the under-25 talent on all 32 NFL teams, ranked from the most talent (Rams at No. 1) to the least (Patriots at No. 32). The under-25 talent is a focus on the building blocks teams are putting in place that should help define the next four to eight seasons, if not longer -- if the teams are fortunate.

ESPN: FO's Top 25 Prospects 2018
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ESPN: FO's Top 25 Prospects 2018

Time for the annual FO Top 25 Prospects list, as also seen in Football Outsiders Almanac 2018. This is our list of lower-drafted and undrafted prospects who are still developing in their second, third, and fourth seasons. The 2018 list is heavy on wide receivers, but the top spot belongs to an edge rusher: Carl Lawson of the Bengals.

ESPN: 2018 NFL Draft Guides

FO writers have put together draft guides for all 32 teams, looking at three things for each franchise: the biggest need, a quiet need, and a position that is definitely not a need.

BackCAST 2018 (ESPN version)

FO's BackCAST projections for running backs are here, led by Saquon Barkley. Barkley gets the second highest projection since 1998, behind only Ricky Williams. The Barkley debate is fascinating: we don't advise taking running backs high, but what do you do when there aren't great prospects at the positions we usually advise taking high? Backing the idea of taking Barkley higher than other running backs: he's also by far the best receiving back in this year's class, giving him plenty of value even if the passing game is by far more important than the running game.

20 comments, Last at 16 Apr 2018, 12:46pm by jtr

SackSEER 2018 (ESPN version)

Surprise! Bradley Chubb is not the No. 1 edge rusher in this year's SackSEER projections. Who beats him? Is it Harold Landry, Marcus Davenport, or Sam Hubbard? Find out here.

Playmaker Score 2018 (ESPN version)

Here's the ESPN version of our Playmaker Score forecast for this draft's wide receivers. It's a fairly lukewarm year, and our favorite prospect is D.J. Moore rather than Calvin Ridley. This will also run on FO next week with an expanded list of prospects.

1 comment, Last at 29 Mar 2018, 2:08pm by wabuffo

QBASE 2018 (ESPN version)

Here are our QBASE projections for the Class of 2018. Baker Mayfield ends up with one of the best QBASE projections of all-time, and Josh Allen has one of the worst projections ever for a first-round pick. Everyone else is grouped in the middle. This will also run here on FO late next week.

9 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2018, 2:11pm by mehllageman56

ESPN: The Two Teams That Must Sign Kirk Cousins

The Minnesota Vikings may be the favorites to sign Kirk Cousins, but Arizona and Denver could use him even more.

10 comments, Last at 13 Mar 2018, 9:07pm by BravoSix

ESPN: Five Best Second-Contract Sleepers

There's a reason why teams give up on players after the conclusion of their rookie deals. However, many have enough talent to become difference-makers if they land in the right situation on their second contract. Here are five for 2018.