Originally published by Ultimate Texans.
Texans fans may be entering next season with some optimism thanks to the seven-win improvement the team posted in 2014.
However, ESPN doesn’t necessarily share that outlook.
ESPN’s Insider on Tuesday unveiled its NFL Future Power Rankings, which projects which NFL franchises are in the best shape for the next three seasons.
The Texans checked in at No. 24 of 32.
The rankings were determined by the panel of John Clayton, Louis Riddick and Mike Sando, with each analyst rating each franchise on a scale of 0-100 in five categories: roster (excluding quarterback), quarterback, draft, front office and coaching.
Here’s how the Texans scored in those categories:
- Roster: 64.3
- QB: 43.3
- Draft: 66.7
- Front office: 70
- Coaching: 78.3
The only teams with lower QB rankings are the Redskins (41.3), Bills (30) and Browns (30).
Here’s Sando’s overview on the franchise:
The Texans seem to have gotten the coaching hire right. A 13-spot gain to 10th in that category helped them move up three spots overall. They were flat in every other category, and they cannot know whether their long-term quarterback is on the roster, which is obviously a big concern for the future. Possibly whiffing on Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick in 2014 while failing to secure a quarterback has made it tougher for the Texans to gain traction overall.
ESPN’s top three teams were the Packers, Seahawks and Patriots. The latter two played in last year’s Super Bowl while the Packers blew a 12-point lead with less than three minutes left in the NFC title game.
The bottom three franchises were some of the usual suspects: Browns, Titans and Jaguars.
The full rankings can be viewed here (note:subscription required)
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