14. Sam Darnold (Jets)

The third overall pick of the NFL draft and the Jets’ bet that he will be the long-lost franchise quarterback they’ve been desperately craving since Joe Namath. “Quarterback, pedigree, had done all the right things so far, shown a work ethic, isn’t gonna rock the boat,” Favorito says. Rosner: “I wouldn’t have him on my Top 15. He’s on the list because of a high-profile draft pick at a high-profile position, and it’s being seen by long-time suffering Jet fans as the potential savior.”

9. Saquon Barkley (Giants)

A handsome, charismatic face-of-the-franchise talent who is certain to climb the list once he begins his NFL career. Giants GM Dave Gettleman envisions a Hall of Fame career for his second overall pick, and first impressions have been glowing. Totally on board with becoming a marketing giant (see ESPN Body issue and Roc Nation representation). Rosner: “I don’t have him on my list. He hasn’t even put on a jersey in a preseason game.” Favorito: “Penn State pedigree … he’s handled himself really well with the media, then he’s playing a position where the Giants are gonna have to showcase him.”

4. Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks)

Out of sight but by no means out of mind. The Latvian Unicorn is The Franchise, and long-suffering Knicks fans long for his return to the court, hopefully as early as December. “I think New York fans are starving for a basketball guy to look up to,” Rosner says. “He’s this far up on the list on potential to hopefully bring success to a storied franchise that has had no success in the last decade and a half.” Favorito: “He’s been an All-Star and been successful already, and he has tremendous potential that people are looking for. He’s done very well with not a lot of great players around him. He’s selfless, and he doesn’t create controversy.”

2. Aaron Judge (Yankees)

A young gentle giant who crushes Ruthian home runs and seems to be getting better every day. Jeterian in the way he always says the right thing and trumpets team over self. See Section 104, home of the Judge’s Chambers. ALL RISE. “I think Aaron Judge has a possibility of being (number) one on the list for a long time,” Rosner says. “Not only being successful early in his career, but he carries himself like he’s a 15-year veteran. He comes from the school of Derek Jeter. He comes from a school of team-first, and stay out of the limelight as much as possible, my play will do all my actions.” Favorito: “You can’t go on a subway car, you can’t go anywhere in New York City without seeing Aaron Judge in a Pepsi display.”

1. Eli Manning (Giants)

It may be the twilight of a Hall of Fame career, but there are still plenty of 10 jerseys in the stands at MetLife Stadium. Peyton’s Little Brother has won New York over with his class, toughness and commitment to his dream job, and the uproar over being benched for Geno Smith last December spoke volumes. New York’s Everyman quarterback. “More sponsorships, titles, and he has a legacy here that will last well beyond his playing career,” Favorito says. Rosner: “Eli would have to be close if not on top of the list because of his longevity and his Super Bowl rings.”

From Nielsen’s N-score talent tracker: “The NFL player with the highest N-Score (76) is two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, Eli Manning. His streak of consecutive starts by a quarterback came to a halt when he was benched for one game in November. How Manning handled this controversial roster move generated a lot of social media conversation and support. His endorsement portfolio includes DirecTV, Gatorade, Nike and Toyota.”

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