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Not sure if this was already posted or not, forgive me if it was. It is an insider article on ESPN about what the future power rankings will look like in the 2016 season. I have insider so I will copy and paste the formula of the rankings, along with the panel that put it together and the Falcons part.

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ESPN Insider's NFL Future Power Rankings are an attempt by our expert analysts to measure the confidence they have in each franchise as it projects three seasons ahead. It is not a predicted order of finish for the 2016 season, but rather a barometer tracking where each franchise is heading. And from our first installment of the project last summer to now, we've already seen some organizations make great strides towards becoming a Super Bowl contender, while others have slipped back towards square one.

In evaluating each team, our analysts broke down five facets deemed critical to the long-term health of a franchise:

• The roster (minus the QB) as it projects in 2016, emphasizing players 27 and younger

• The franchise quarterback as he projects in 2016

• The strength of a team's 2013 draft picks and their available picks in future drafts

• The reputation and performance of the front office

• The stability and acumen of a team's coaching staff

Our experts -- Herm Edwards, Mel Kiper, Mike Sando, Gary Horton, Matt Williamson and Field Yates -- ranked each franchise from 1-10 across the five categories, then provided a breakdown for each team. Former NFL GM Bill Polian abstained from the ranking, but offered his insights for the front office analysis below. Using a weighted formula (explained briefly in the sidebar to the right, and in more detail here) we generated our final rankings.

Top 5 are: 1. 49ers, 2: Packers, 3: Seahawks, 4: Ravens, 5: Patriots, I didn't want to post all the top 5 because each are too lengthy. Here is the Falcons part, at number 6, and since this is 2016, when Roddy will be at the end, Tony and SJax will be done, I believe this ranking is justifiable.

6. Atlanta Falcons

Roster: GM Thomas Dimitroff has shown himself to be one of the best talent evaluators in the NFL, and the defense has really rounded into form in recent offseasons. The secondary will be strong with William Moore and a pair of top draft choices in tow, and the list of receiving options on offense is one of the best in football. This is an explosive roster. -- Yates

Quarterback: Matt Ryan played like a top-five quarterback last season, carrying an offense that struggled to get much going on the ground (3.7 yards per carry, No. 27 ranking in expected points added by rushing). Ryan trailed only Peyton Manning, Brady and Kaepernick in Total QBR. He's in line for a contract extension and there's no way the Falcons will let him get away. They can win championships with him. -- Sando

Draft: Few GMs are as aggressive as Dimitroff when it comes to targeting the players he wants on draft day. He once again moved up in a draft this year to grab cornerback Desmond Trufant out of Washington, two years after a trade to net the Falcons Julio Jones turned into a major coup. Depth concerns, particularly in the defensive front seven, are present, but the Falcons haven't dealt away any future picks, so Dimitroff is in a good place to continue to be aggressive and maximize a window of elite quarterbacking that should keep his team a Super Bowl contender.

Front office: Dimitroff & Co. have built a Super Bowl contender. All of their focus is now (correctly in my opinion) on filling immediate needs, which will get them to the top as soon as possible. Ryan's contract will get done, which will limit their flexibility in the future. But Atlanta fans need not worry. The way to deal with those spending limitations is through the draft, at which Dimitroff and his team excel. -- Polian

Coaching: Going into his sixth season, Mike Smith has done a fantastic job in Atlanta. The team seems to get better each year, and finally took the next step by winning a playoff game last year. With Ryan at QB, along with Jones and Roddy White on offense, they have a potent unit. Smith trusts his players on game day, and while he keeps his composure on the sideline, he'll get after them behind closed doors. Atlanta has been one of the most consistent teams in the NFL the last couple seasons and there's no reason to think that won't continue. -- Edwards

The rest of the top 10 is 7: Giants, 8: Rams, 9: Colts, 10: (Puke) Aints

I can post the rest of the article if y'all want, it has all 32 teams though so bear that in mind.

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Where are the packers? Best QB on the planet and a solid FO should put them at #1. Disagree with the saints but then again I'm biased. But Brees fell off a cliff at the end of the season last year plus they have his contract to deal with.

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Where are the packers? Best QB on the planet and a solid FO should put them at #1. Disagree with the saints but then again I'm biased. But Brees fell off a cliff at the end of the season last year plus they have his contract to deal with.

Packers are second in the rankings, 49ers are #1.

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Not sure if this was already posted or not, forgive me if it was. It is an insider article on ESPN about what the future power rankings will look like in the 2016 season. I have insider so I will copy and paste the formula of the rankings, along with the panel that put it together and the Falcons part.

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ESPN Insider's NFL Future Power Rankings are an attempt by our expert analysts to measure the confidence they have in each franchise as it projects three seasons ahead. It is not a predicted order of finish for the 2016 season, but rather a barometer tracking where each franchise is heading. And from our first installment of the project last summer to now, we've already seen some organizations make great strides towards becoming a Super Bowl contender, while others have slipped back towards square one.

In evaluating each team, our analysts broke down five facets deemed critical to the long-term health of a franchise:

• The roster (minus the QB) as it projects in 2016, emphasizing players 27 and younger

• The franchise quarterback as he projects in 2016

• The strength of a team's 2013 draft picks and their available picks in future drafts

• The reputation and performance of the front office

• The stability and acumen of a team's coaching staff

Our experts -- Herm Edwards, Mel Kiper, Mike Sando, Gary Horton, Matt Williamson and Field Yates -- ranked each franchise from 1-10 across the five categories, then provided a breakdown for each team. Former NFL GM Bill Polian abstained from the ranking, but offered his insights for the front office analysis below. Using a weighted formula (explained briefly in the sidebar to the right, and in more detail here) we generated our final rankings.

Top 5 are: 1. 49ers, 2: Packers, 3: Seahawks, 4: Ravens, 5: Patriots, I didn't want to post all the top 5 because each are too lengthy. Here is the Falcons part, at number 6, and since this is 2016, when Roddy will be at the end, Tony and SJax will be done, I believe this ranking is justifiable.

6. Atlanta Falcons

Roster: GM Thomas Dimitroff has shown himself to be one of the best talent evaluators in the NFL, and the defense has really rounded into form in recent offseasons. The secondary will be strong with William Moore and a pair of top draft choices in tow, and the list of receiving options on offense is one of the best in football. This is an explosive roster. -- Yates

Quarterback: Matt Ryan played like a top-five quarterback last season, carrying an offense that struggled to get much going on the ground (3.7 yards per carry, No. 27 ranking in expected points added by rushing). Ryan trailed only Peyton Manning, Brady and Kaepernick in Total QBR. He's in line for a contract extension and there's no way the Falcons will let him get away. They can win championships with him. -- Sando

Draft: Few GMs are as aggressive as Dimitroff when it comes to targeting the players he wants on draft day. He once again moved up in a draft this year to grab cornerback Desmond Trufant out of Washington, two years after a trade to net the Falcons Julio Jones turned into a major coup. Depth concerns, particularly in the defensive front seven, are present, but the Falcons haven't dealt away any future picks, so Dimitroff is in a good place to continue to be aggressive and maximize a window of elite quarterbacking that should keep his team a Super Bowl contender.

Front office: Dimitroff & Co. have built a Super Bowl contender. All of their focus is now (correctly in my opinion) on filling immediate needs, which will get them to the top as soon as possible. Ryan's contract will get done, which will limit their flexibility in the future. But Atlanta fans need not worry. The way to deal with those spending limitations is through the draft, at which Dimitroff and his team excel. -- Polian

Coaching: Going into his sixth season, Mike Smith has done a fantastic job in Atlanta. The team seems to get better each year, and finally took the next step by winning a playoff game last year. With Ryan at QB, along with Jones and Roddy White on offense, they have a potent unit. Smith trusts his players on game day, and while he keeps his composure on the sideline, he'll get after them behind closed doors. Atlanta has been one of the most consistent teams in the NFL the last couple seasons and there's no reason to think that won't continue. -- Edwards

The rest of the top 10 is 7: Giants, 8: Rams, 9: Colts, 10: (Puke) Aints

I can post the rest of the article if y'all want, it has all 32 teams though so bear that in mind.

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Well since this is just a future look in, or a where they might be at post I won't really say a lot, but will say I don't like these kinds of topics no can predict the future. Even if it's ESPN(who aren't experts at anything but running their mouths).

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Where are the packers? Best QB on the planet and a solid FO should put them at #1.

Some people don't read.

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nice

Stop it. Stop it right now. No need to quote the original post, especially not for the response you gave it. Making threads longer for the **** of it is really annoying, especially on mobile.

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Stop it. Stop it right now. No need to quote the original post, especially not for the response you gave it. Making threads longer for the **** of it is really annoying, especially on mobile.

Oh my god! I was going to say the exact same thing. I mean pretty much word for word. It's annoying as **** on mobile. Especially for a one word reply.

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Oh my god! I was going to say the exact same thing. I mean pretty much word for word. It's annoying as **** on mobile. Especially for a one word reply.

Biggest pet peeve of mine, I think.

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Where are the packers? Best QB on the planet and a solid FO should put them at #1. Disagree with the saints but then again I'm biased. But Brees fell off a cliff at the end of the season last year plus they have his contract to deal with.

They are the second ranked team on this list. I think it's more than fair they are ranked below the 49ers.

pats at 5? brady will be 40 by 2016.....guess the recent tebow signing raises their ranking!

• The franchise quarterback as he projects in 2016

• The strength of a team's 2013 draft picks and their available picks in future drafts

• The reputation and performance of the front office

• The stability and acumen of a team's coaching staff

Reading, such a difficult skill to master. rolleyes.gif

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Surprised ESPN is giving the Falcons any credit!!! 6 is good but i believe Ryan will grow into a Great (not just good) QB over the next few years. I think he will surprise the league and if TD can keep drafting talented players they will be a top 3 team by 2016 and possibly into 2020!

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