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2017 Pre-Draft Power Rankings

2017 Pre-Draft Power Rankings

by Trey Pingel

  1. New England Patriots
    New England looks like the favorite to win the title again next year. Their roster is loaded with more talent than it had last year. It will be interesting to see how the season unfolds, but with that defense and Tom Brady I can’t think of a better team.

  2. Atlanta Falcons
    Atlanta is in good shape, they didn’t lose any major contributors to free agency. They also boosted their defense with Dontari Poe… scary! Their defense is young, talented, and will most likely be better next season. The only issue with a continued success is the departure of Kyle Shanahan. If that doesn’t throw off their offense, they are the favorites to win it all in the NFC.

  3. Green Bay Packers
    C’mon man! Green Bay was so close to another Super Bowl appearance and had a tremendous level of play from Aaron Rodgers the last half of the regular season and the playoffs until… the Atlanta game. It should also be mentioned that he performed at a very mediocre if not unacceptable level during their four game losing streak. All in all, this team is still one of the best in the league and always has a shot to win the big one with number 12.

  4. Oakland Raiders
    What a renaissance for the Oakland Raiders, having their most successful season in last 14 years. Led by Derek Carr’s borderline elite and MVP caliber season Oakland, much like Atlanta, had one of the more productive offenses in the league. There is no doubt that he will be even better next year, especially given that he has improved each season since entering the league. Whether or not they make it to the Super Bowl will come down to fixing that awful defense and generating a pass rush that doesn’t end dead last in sacks.

  5. Dallas Cowboys
    Dallas was surprisingly successful last season, without Tony Romo. The emergence of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are a comforting feeling for Dallas fans. This team is young, talented, and has tremendous potential going forward. What’s not to like about that? Well…if you’re a fan of this I e Washington football team, Philadelphia Eagles, or New York Giants I understand your disagreement. However, they most certainly will be a good football team for some time, but they will have to fight to win more games next year.

  6. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Pittsburgh is in an odd position, they have the best set of play-makers at QB, WR, and RB in the league, but seem to under-perform at times. Some have said this is due to the coaching style of Mike Tomlin, but the team seems to be snake bitten every year. Big Ben has missed time each of the last two years and it seems that trend is here to stay. Le’Veon Bell is either suspended or hurt, he missed the playoffs last year and left the AFC Championship game, with a leg injury, in the first quarter. Their issue seems to be keeping players healthy.

  7. Kansas City Chiefs
    Kansas City had a strong season and a nice run in the playoffs, but their division rivals are getting stronger and younger. This team has some serious play-makers, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Eric Berry to mention a few. Overall, Kansas City is a good/very good football team, but they are not great because, their QB play is maxed out. Alex Smith is a very good football player, but an above average quarterback. While he was able to pick up 5 rushing touchdowns, he only threw 15 passing touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Perhaps it’s time to starting thinking about a replacement for Smith.

  8. Seattle Seahawks
    Seattle’s season was up and down, they had dominant games and got dominated multiple times. They just didn’t look right at times throughout the year. A large portion of this was due to the multiple injuries to key players that either removed them from the field or left them playing hurt and ineffective. The biggest example of this was the ankle injury Russell Wilson sustained early in the season. It plagued him all year rendering him almost useless at times. If the injuries on defense are factored in, it is safe to say they had a down year. Luckily the rest of the division had down year as well, so it isn’t properly reflected in the win column.

  9. Washington Redskins
    As mentioned in most of the previous tellings, the success of a team is directly connected to the quarterback position. Therefore, I think it’s worth mentioning that I was not sold on Kirk Cousins at the beginning of the season, but after the performance he had last year. I would feel comfortable with him running my offense. Washington needs to get him locked up so they can build on the success of this past season.

  10. Tennessee Titans
    After struggling somewhat early on in the year, Tennessee came on strong and was primed for a playoff push before Marcus Mariota’s untimely injury. The general manager Jon Robinson has done a nice job adding talent to the roster and has created a youthful and talented team. They will be competitive again next year with a strong defense and a strong offense. Winning their division is a realistic possibility, as well as, making a run in the playoffs.

  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  12. New York Giants
  13. Miami Dolphins
  14. Detroit Lions
  15. Denver Broncos
  16. Carolina Panthers
  17. Baltimore Ravens
  18. Houston Texans
  19. Indianapolis Colts
  20. Los Angeles Chargers
  21. Buffalo Bills
  22. Minnesota Vikings
  23. Arizona Cardinals
  24. Philadelphia Eagles
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars
  26. Cincinnati Bengals
  27. New Orleans Saints
  28. Chicago Bears
  29. New York Jets
  30. Cleveland Browns
  31. Los Angeles Rams
  32. San Francisco 49ers

Published in All Things NFL Power Rankings

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