ESPN.com has been producing NFL power rankings at different positions and with coaches. Today, it's ownership in the spotlight.
New England's Robert Kraft ranks second, behind the Rooney family (Steelers).
Kraft received votes on all eight ballots. He had one first-place vote, from AFC South reporter Paul Kuharsky. The lowest ranking was fourth, on two ballots.
In writing up the results, AFC East reporter Tim Graham noted some of Kraft's big decisions, such as hiring Bill Belichick as coach. The team has won three Super Bowls in his ownership tenure, while Forbes estimates the Patriots are the third most-valuable NFL franchise and the world's 10th-biggest sports brand.
Kuharsky explained why he voted Kraft first.
"Robert Kraft versus the Rooneys is a close call," Kuharsky said. "I went Kraft because I feel he and his team have done more lately. In many ways, the Patriots -- not the Steelers -- are the standard-setters for the league. And while I prefer the way Heinz Field is in the middle of Pittsburgh, that development around Gillette Stadium has to be the envy of a lot of owners."