While much of the "expert" world is busy compiling NFL power rankings, Pro Football Focus took a different approach recently, instead offering "NFL roster rankings" based on their own unique grades and projected starters. And, apparently, after a big offseason and a strong draft, they were unimpressed with the New York Giants, ranking them 19th overall.
The Giants are another team that recognized their biggest problems and tried hard to fix them this offseason. In their case, it was the offensive line, and free agency saw the arrival of J.D. Walton and Geoff Schwartz, while the draft brought second-round center Weston Richburg, giving them a plan B in case Walton doesn't pan out.
There aren't many glaring holes on the Giants' roster anymore, but their problem is more the absence of real difference-makers. Rashad Jennings showed he was a "capable" runner a year ago in Oakland, but he's little more than that, and the receiving corps now expects Victor Cruz to lead the way rather than complement a true No. 1 receiver.
As noted earlier, PFF took it a step further, ranking projected starters on a scale of "Elite" to "Not Enough Information" and "Rookie." And what was interesting about that was that PFF had no one listed in the elite category, while actually listing linebacker Jon Beason and center J.D. Walton in the "Below Average Starter" category.
They did give the Giants three "High Quality Starters" in guard Geoff Schwartz, fullback John Conner and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but listed cornerback Prince Amukamara as an "average starter" despite ranking him in the Top 15 rated cornerbacks a season ago.
And for those curious, they projected Adrien Robinson to start at tight end and listed him in the "Not Enough Information" category.
The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks were ranked No. 1 overall.
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