May
06
2021

NFL Power Rankings: Post Draft

The NFL draft always gets people, including me, fired up for the NFL season. This is the time we start to see the shape that our teams will take when the season starts. However, it is only the beginning. There is still so much offseason to get through. Teams will not look like they do now in June, July, August, or the even first game. However, we do have at least a roundabout idea of who has the potential to be good or bad.

Here are your way too early NFL Power Rankings:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  3. Green Bay Packers
  4. Buffalo Bills
  5. San Francisco 49ers
  6. Cleveland Browns
  7. Baltimore Ravens
  8. Los Angeles Rams
  9. Arizona Cardinals
  10. Indianapolis Colts
  11. Los Angeles Chargers
  12. Miami Dolphins
  13. Seattle Seahawks
  14. New Orleans Saints
  15. Washington Football Team
  16. New England Patriots
  17. Tennessee Titans
  18. Dallas Cowboys
  19. Pittsburgh Steelers
  20. Minnesota Vikings
  21. New York Giants
  22. Chicago Bears
  23. Carolina Panthers
  24. Atlanta Falcons
  25. Denver Broncos
  26. Cincinnati Bengals
  27. Philadelphia Eagles
  28. Las Vegas Raiders
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. New York Jets
  31. Detroit Lions
  32. Houston Texans

There are a few teams that I think have had exceptional off-seasons and drafts and really have been building up their franchise for a couple of years now. Those teams are the Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, and Miami Dolphins.

All of these teams have seemed to find their franchise quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield, Justin Herbert, and Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa is by far the biggest question mark of the bunch. However, if these quarterbacks continue to improve and play up to their expectations, all three teams could make some serious noise.

All three teams all have good skill players surrounding their young quarterbacks and solid offensive lines in front of them. The Dolphins started three rookies last year that will have one full year under their belt and the Chargers had Rahsawn Slater fall into their lap in this year’s draft. Slater could be the corner piece on that offensive line for the next 10 years.

The last thing all of these teams have is really solid defenses. Myles Garrett for the Browns is one of the best young pass rushers in the game and they just added Greg Newsome II and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in the draft. The Chargers are getting Derwin James back. And the Dolphins have a pair of young studs at the cornerback position in Byron Howe and Xavian Howard.

Of course, these rankings never end how you think they will, especially when they come out in May. Injuries, trades, and underperformance all will eventually play a factor in the upcoming season. There are always some sleepers that emerge each year, however, these three AFC teams are all set up to make some noise in 2021-2022.