Post-NFL Draft Power Rankings

Posted May 3, 2018

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Who tops the Power Rankings after the 2018 NFL Draft?

1.       Minnesota Vikings

The offseason addition of Kirk Cousins at quarterback was a huge one for a team that already reached the final four last year and boasts elite talent to burn on both sides of the ball.

2.       Los Angeles Rams

What an offseason for the Rams! They were exciting enough in 2017 but have added receiver Brandin Cooks, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters for 2018.

3.       Philadelphia Eagles

The Super Bowl champions have not been raided too badly in the offseason and remain strong. The only worry is how soon Carson Wentz returns. Mind you, that Nick Foles bloke is not too shabby!

4.       New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees is safely signed, the dynamic running back duo of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram is back and this Marcus Davenport kid could be special as a pass-rusher. The Saints are making a run.

5.       Jacksonville Jaguars

The best team in the AFC resides in Jacksonville and while there will be concerns over the long-term viability of Blake Bortles at quarterback, this is a powerhouse team with the league’s best defense.

6.       New England Patriots

The losses of receiver Danny Amendola, running back Dion Lewis, tackle Nate Solder and cornerback Malcolm Butler were damaging. More worrying are the rumblings of discontent behind the scenes.

7.       Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben is not going anywhere and neither are the Steelers. The offense is deadly with Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell leading the way. Recent defensive investment is also starting to pay dividends.

8.       Atlanta Falcons

Let’s not forget that the Falcons almost knocked off the Eagles in Philadelphia during the NFC playoffs. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones grab the headlines on offense, but the D is fast becoming a stellar group.

9.       Green Bay Packers

The Packers worked hard to upgrade their 22nd-ranked defense but their fortunes in 2018 will hinge on one man and one man alone – future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is fit again.

10.   Kansas City Chiefs

That home playoff loss to Tennessee still sticks in the memories (and throats) of Chiefs fans but there is reason for much optimism heading into 2018. The Patrick Mahomes era is about to begin!

11.   San Francisco 49ers

Sure, there are still holes on this roster that must be addressed, but the way the red-hot 49ers ended 2017 with Jimmy Garoppolo under center has many excited about their chances this season.

12.   Los Angeles Chargers

The Rams get all the headlines in LA but the Chargers are a sneaky good team ready for an AFC playoff run. There is plenty of talent on both sides of the ball and Philip Rivers still has ink left in his pen.

13.   Carolina Panthers

The Panthers are a team that gets overlooked far too often. They won 11 games a year ago and added a new weapon for Cam Newton in the form of first-round wide receiver D.J. Moore from Maryland.

14.   Houston Texans

Has there ever been a more upbeat feel to a 4-12 team? The Texans have a world of excitement waiting for them when Deshaun Watson returns at QB. And the defense can be special when healthy.

15.   New York Giants

The Giants have the ability to compete and seeing Odell Beckham Jr. teamed with rookie running back Saquon Barkley should be thrilling. I’ll push this team higher when OBJ signs a new long-term deal.

16.   Tennessee Titans

The Titans made the playoffs and made some noise when they got there last season. A healthy Marcus Mariota will be key to their fortunes, as will the power running of Derrick Henry, who starts in 2018.

17.   Detroit Lions

Matt Patricia’s Lions placed some pieces around the excellent Matthew Stafford this offseason in the form of rookie center Frank Ragnow and second-round running back Kerryon Johnson.

18.   Dallas Cowboys

We know Ezekiel Elliott should be better without his legal troubles hanging over him in 2018. But the biggest key in Dallas might be whether Dak Prescott can recapture his 2016 form after a down year.

19.   Seattle Seahawks

This offseason saw the Seahawks part ways with tight end Jimmy Graham, receiver Paul Richardson, defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Sheldon Richardson, plus cornerback Richard Sherman. Ouch!

20.   Baltimore Ravens

The clock may have started ticking on Joe Flacco’s remaining time in Baltimore but let’s remember that this is always a physical and competitive team that almost made the playoffs last season.

21.   Oakland Raiders

Any team with Derek Carr at quarterback is going to score points and be competitive. But I’m not sure how much the Raiders have done to upgrade a defense that ranked 23rd in the NFL a year ago.

22.   Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are going to need a big season to prove they were right to move on from the Pro Bowl trio of receiver Jarvis Landry, center Mike Pouncey and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

23.   Buffalo Bills

The Bills ended a 17-year playoff drought in 2017 but don’t expect an immediate return to the playoffs. Buffalo have lost three starting offensive linemen in the same offseason, which is tough.

24.   Arizona Cardinals

The return of David Johnson at running back gives the post-Bruce Arians Cards a massive boost but we don’t know who is starting at quarterback yet and this feels like a team embarking on a rebuild.

25.   Washington Redskins

Alex Smith brings security at quarterback and this injury-hit team did win seven games last year when the roster was devastated. But it doesn’t feel like the Redskins can make noise in a loaded NFC.

26.   Denver Broncos

If Case Keenum can straighten out the offense with some reliable play at QB, the Broncos can race up these rankings. The defense added a nice pass-rushing piece in first-rounder Bradley Chubb.

27.   Chicago Bears

The Bears certainly have the potential to make a climb in 2018, surrounding young passer Mitchell Trubisky with more offensive weaponry. Chicago have enjoyed a very solid offseason.

28.   New York Jets

Losing nine of their last 11 sees the Jets in spot number 28 here, even following the drafting of Sam Darnold at quarterback. Do they have enough difference-makers to mount a serious challenge?

29.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Like the Jets, Tampa Bay won just five games a year ago so they end up down here with the cellar dwellers. The growth of Jameis Winston is going to be priority number one during the 2018 campaign.

30.   Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals moved to upgrade an offensive line that has allowed Andy Dalton to be sacked 80 times over the past two years, trading for Cordy Glenn and drafting center Billy Price in the first round.

31.   Cleveland Browns

These are interesting times for a Browns team that added genuine talent in this offseason. Even if Baker Mayfield waits in the wings at QB, Tyrod Taylor can deliver safe play – and wins!

32.   Indianapolis Colts

Until I see Andrew Luck throw a full-size football on an NFL field, I cannot place the Colts any higher. Their entire season hangs in the balance as Luck continues to fight back from a serious shoulder injur

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