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Five Giants named by ESPN among NFL's best players


ESPN experts predicted the NFL's Top 100 Players of the 2017 season:

Odell Beckham Jr. will be a Top 10 player in the NFL in 2017.

That's the consensus, not just among the thousands of Giants fans sporting No. 13 jerseys every Sunday, but also by a panel of ESPN experts who recently predicted who will be the NFL's 100 best players in the upcoming season. Beckham was ranked ninth on ESPN’s NFLRank Project with an average rating of 91.92. 

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"Beckham is the only receiver in NFL history to record at least 80 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 or more touchdowns in each of his first three professional seasons," wrote Jordan Raanan, who covers the Giants for ESPN NFL Nation. "Brandon Marshall set the bar high for his new teammate, saying, 'Odell is probably the best player in the NFL. ... He's not even a superstar, he's a rock star.'"

Four other Giants were featured on the list, including All-Pro safety Landon Collins at 29.

"Collins became the only player in NFL history to record at least 100 solo tackles, four sacks, five interceptions and 13 passes defended in a single season," wrote Raanan. "It didn't take long for Collins to become one of the league's best safeties."

Rounding out the Big Blue names were defensive end Olivier Vernon at 61, cornerback Janoris Jenkins at 65 and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul at 74.

This year's NFLRank Project's Top 100 list was put together by 53 experts from ESPN. They were asked to rate NFL players based on how good they will be in 2017, without emphases on past performance or positional value, only greatness. A rating of 100 implies the player will have an all-time great 2017 season, while 90 denotes an All-Pro-level performance and 80 translates to a very good (if not elite) campaign.

Other notables on the list include Patriots quarterback Tom Brady - whom the Giants bested in two Super Bowls - as the top selection and Cowboys guard Zack Martin at 15, the next-best NFC East ranking after Beckham.

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