ESPN has released their annual NFL Future Power Rankings (Insider account needed) going into the 2015 season. The rankings have been put together based on the ratings of analysts John Clayton, Louis Riddick and Mike Sando. Each analyst rated every NFL team on a scale of 0-100 in five categories: roster (excluding quarterback), quarterback, coaching, front office, and the draft.
According to the rankings, the Detroit Lions are No. 12 in the NFL as far as where they are positioned for future success. In 2013 and 2014 the Lions were ranked No. 21 so at least they are trending in the right direction.
When looking at the rest of the NFC North, the Lions rank third with both the Green Bay Packers (No. 1 overall) and the Minnesota Vikings (No. 7 overall) ahead of them and the Chicago Bears (25th overall) bringing up the rear. Considering the Lions finished the 2014 regular season with an 11-5 record compared to Vikings 7-9 record, this ranking is a bit surprising.
Oddly enough, despite climbing nine spots in the rankings, the Lions actually finished lower in the areas of quarterback, roster, and the draft. Both the areas of coaching and front office improved this time around to boost the Lions to No. 12.
Apparently the talking heads at ESPN don’t have any love for Matthew Stafford and the rest of the Lions roster. What do you think Nation? Is the Lions roster better or worse than it was going into the 2014 season?