NFL Pre-Draft Power Rankings

I know it’s probably a bit early to do power rankings, but I’d like to rank the teams based on how they did regarding off-season moves.  I will go into further detail on the first 10 this week then expand on the others in further detail, because lets be real most of you only care about the top 10, unless your team isn’t in there.

1. Philadelphia Eagles 

The Eagles top the list here for me because of a few reasons.  The first and foremost would be the fact that they just won the Super Bowl AND retained most of their players from last years roster.  Their losses are made up for by the additions of Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata.

 

2. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams are by far the most improved team this off season.  Adding big name big talent players like Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters, Aquib Talib, and Brandin Cooks.  The Rams were already scary last year, and now they have added all these studs.

 

3. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings were killing it last year with Case Keenum, and obviously they believe Kirk Cousins is significantly better for their organization.  I still kind of disagree with their decision to pay Cousins that much when they probably could have gotten Keenum for much cheaper.  However I can’t ignore the fact that they are a better team with Cousins.

 

4. New England Patriots

The Patriots lost a lot of talent this off season and should probably be lower on my list.  However they still have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, so they deserve to at least be top 5.  They lost players like Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis, and Malcom Butler.  All of these guys were key players for the Pats last season.  They added players like Adrian Clayborn, Jeremy Hill, and Danny Shelton so it’s not all negatives here.

 

5. New Orleans Saints

The Saints extended Drew Brees and added Demario Davis, Alex Okafor and Patrick Robinson to their already stacked defense.  I expect the Saints to be a serious contender next year.

 

6. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers haven’t made any big moves this off season.  Their biggest hurdle is going to be signing LeVeon Bell to a long term deal.  With the success they had last season I believe they deserve to be at 6 on my power rankings.

 

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags added Guard Andrew Norwell and Tight End Austin Seferian Jenkins bolstering their offense.  The Jags defense was already one of the best in the league so making their offense better would clearly put them higher on my list.

8. Green Bay Packers

The Packers lost Jordy Nelson but honestly I think adding Jimmy Graham is a massive upgrade.  They already had good receivers in Davante Adams and Randall Cobb.  Now Rodgers has a massive target to lob balls up to in the end zone.

 

9. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have had a pretty good off season so far.  Losing Carlos Hyde definitely hurt, but the addition of Richard Sherman, their defense gets a whole hell of a lot better.  With Garoppolo ( who won all of his starts for the 49ers last season) at the helm, the 49ers will see a serious turnaround with their success in this league.

 

10. Houston Texans

The main reason why the Texans break the top 10 is the return of their QB.  I think Deshaun Watson is a lot like Russell Wilson, in the sense that if he’s their QB they will have a chance to win any game.  Also the addition Tyrann Mathieu helps their much needed pass defense.

 

11. Los Angeles Chargers

12. Carolina Panthers

13. Atlanta Falcons

14. Tennessee Titans

15. Seattle Seahawks

16. Detroit Lions

17. Kansas City Chiefs

18. Dallas Cowboys

19. Washington Redskins

20. Oakland Raiders

21. Denver Broncos

22. Baltimore Ravens

23. Cleveland Browns

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

25. Buffalo Bills

26. Cincinnati Bengals

27. Arizona Cardinals

28. Chicago Bears

29. New York Giants

30. New York Jets

31. Indianapolis Colts

32. Miami Dolphins

Next week I will be talking about numbers 11-20 so make sure to check that post out too.

 

~Jon Tetreault ( @jtetreault13 )

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