TOJ Pre-Training Camp NFL Power Rankings

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We are sure you have had a steady diet of power rankings as we barrel towards training camp. Here is another one to throw in the mix. Please feel free to leave your comments below. Let’s get to it!

1. Seattle Seahawks

3 Pros: Return almost their entire elite defense from a year ago, drafted Paul Richardson, and another year of maturation for Russell Wilson.
3 Cons: Lost Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond III in the secondary, lose their most consistent WR Golden Tate on offense, and Marshawn Lynch has threatened to hold out due to a contract dispute.

2. Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos

3 Pros: Replaced Elvis Dumervil with DeMarcus Ware, upgraded at CB with Aqib Talib, and added stud TJ Ward all in free agency.
3 Cons: Lost Eric Decker in free agency, lost Knowshon Moreno in free agency, and lost Zane Beadles on the offensive line.

3. New Orleans Saints

3 Pros: Drafted Brandin Cooks (my pick for offensive rookie of the year), drafted Stanley-Jean Baptiste to improve a better than expected secondary from a year ago, and signed Jairus Byrd.
3 Cons: Traded Darren Sproles to Philadelphia, lost center Brian De La Puente, and have questions about their running game.

4. New England Patriots 

3 Pros: Improved their secondary by replacing Aqib Talib with Darrelle Revis, re-signed Julian Edelman (Brady’s best WR last year and one of the better WRs in the league), and drafted a potential monster in Dominique Easley.
3 Cons: Lost Brandon Spikes (the team’s best run stopper at Linebacker), have yet to address the WR position outside of Edelman, and did not improve the offensive line that was a top ten team in sacks allowed.

5. San Francisco 49ers 

3 Pros: Traded for WR Stevie Johnson to complete arguably the best WR trio in the NFL, re-signed Anquan Boldin, and signed FS Antoine Bethea to pair with last year’s first round pick Eric Reid.
3 Cons: Lost Donte Whitner who signed with the Browns, did not sign an adequate backup for Navarro Bowman in case his rehab doesn’t go according to plan, and did not improve the cornerback position substantially.

6. Green Bay Packers

3 Pros: Re-signed interceptions leader Sam Shields, signed Julius Peppers to start opposite Clay Matthews, and drafted Ha-Ha Clinton Dix to boost the secondary.
3 Cons: Did not upgrade the ILB position, did not find a replacement for Jermichael Finley, and did not fire Dom Capers.

7. Cincinnati Bengals

3 Pros: Added the draft’s best corner in Darqueze Dennard, moved Hue Jackson to OC, and drafted Jeremy Hill in round 2 to replace the ineffective Benjarvus Green Ellis.
3 Cons: Didn’t re-sign Anthony Collins on the offensive line, let Michael Johnson walk in free agency, and lost defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

8. Philadelphia Eagles

3 Pros: Signed former Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, traded for Darren Sproles, and drafted Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews.
3 Cons: Released WR Desean Jackson and watched him sign with division rival Washington, reached for Marcus Smith in the first round, and downgraded at backup QB by replacing Michael Vick with Mark Sanchez.

9. Chicago Bears

3 Pros: Re-signed Matt Slauson to keep continuity on the offensive line, re-signed Pro Bowler Tim Jennings, and signed Lamarr Houston in free agency to replace Julius Peppers.
3 Cons: Chose to not re-sign Josh McCown to be Jay Cutler’s backup, paid Cutler $54M in guaranteed money, and did not find an adequate backup for Matt Forte after Forte had 300+ touches last season.

10. Indianapolis Colts

3 Pros: Signed Hakeem Nicks on a relatively cheap deal to team with TY Hilton and Reggie Wayne, re-signed Ahmad Bradshaw to a cost-effective deal, and now have Bradshaw as insurance for Trent Richardson in case he still hasn’t learned how to be a running back.
3 Cons: Didn’t address the safety position after losing Antoine Bethea, lost Donald Brown to a potential playoff opponent in San Diego, and did not have a first round pick due to the Trent Richardson deal to improve the linebackers.

11. San Diego Chargers

3 Pros: signed underrated running back Donald Brown away from division winner Indianapolis, drafted Jeremiah Attaochu to improve a good defense from last year, and signed cornerback Brandon Flowers from division rival Kansas City.
3 Cons: Lost fullback Laron McClain, reached for cornerback Jason Verrett from TCU in the first round, and are lacking a passing threat opposite offensive rookie of the year Keenan Allen.

12. Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs

3 Pros: drafted Auburn defensive end Dee Ford to bolster the pass rush, drafted Oregon running back DeAnthony Thomas as insurance for Jamaal Charles, and drafted Aaron Murray as insurance for Alex Smith.
3 Cons: Haven’t re-signed Alex Smith to a new contract yet, lost 3/5ths of their offensive line, and didn’t re-sign Dexter McCluster.

13. Detroit Lions

3 Pros: Signed Golden Tate to compliment Calvin Johnson, drafted Eric Ebron to give Matt Stafford another weapon in the passing game, and drafted Kyle Van Noy to improve one of the worst linebacking groups in the NFL.
3 Cons: Declined Nick Fairley’s team option that will make him a free agent next year, didn’t address the cornerback position after releasing cornerback Chris Houston, and have a huge hole at safety after they didn’t re-sign Louis Delmas.

14. Carolina Panthers

3 Pros: Signed underrated WR Jerricho Cotchery, signed TE Ed Dickson to team him with TE Greg Olsen, and drafted Defensive End Kony Ealy to provide another weapon for an elite front seven.
3 Cons: Failed to replace departed WR Steve Smith, lost the heart and soul of the offense in OT Jordan Gross, and did not address the cornerback position after watching Captain Munnerlyn leave in free agency.

15. Arizona Cardinals

3 Pros: Drafted safety Deone Buchanan to improve the back end of a very talented secondary, drafted TE Troy Niklas to give QB Carson Palmer another big target in the middle of the field, and named Andre Ellington their starting running back entering the 2014 season.
3 Cons: Didn’t replace ILB Karlos Dansby, signed an ineffective Antonio Cromartie to start opposite all-pro CB Patrick Peterson, and didn’t address the backup QB of the future question as Palmer ages less than gracefully.

16. New York Jets

3 Pros: Improved the WR group by adding former Broncos WR Eric Decker, drafted safety Calvin Pryor in the first round, and retained Rex Ryan and his entire coaching staff after ending the 2013-2014 season on a high note by winning three of their last four.
3 Cons: Were unable to upgrade the cornerback position substantially, signed a lightning rod in QB Michael Vick to be their backup QB/insurance policy, and seem hellbent on giving Stephen Hill a chance to start opposite Eric Decker.

17. St. Louis Rams

3 Pros: Signed offensive lineman Davin Joseph to beef up the interior o-line play, drafted DL Aaron Donald to join what is now arguably the best front four in football, and re-signed Roger Saffold to bring continuity to the offensive line.
3 Cons: Brian Schottenheimer is still their offensive coordinator, Sam Bradford is still their starting QB, and they addressed the cornerback void left when they released Cortland Finnegan by signing troubled UDFA Marcus Roberson.

18. Baltimore Ravens

3 Pros: Drafted the draft’s best LB in CJ Mosley, signed WR Steve Smith to give Joe Flacco a veteran presence in the passing game, and replaced Ed Dickson with Owen Daniels to give the Ravens arguably the best TE duo in the league.
3 Cons: An offseason with 5 arrests is never good, still have Ray Rice penciled in as the featured back, and did not replace Michael Oher in free agency or the draft.

19. Tampa Bay Bucs

3 Pros: Drafted Texas A&M stud Mike Evans to pair with underrated WR Vincent Jackson, signed a top 5 cornerback in free agency in Alterraun Verner, and signed Anthony Collins to upgrade the offensive line.
3 Cons: Traded Jeremy Zuttah and weakened the same offensive line they upgraded by signing Collins, released the best cornerback in football in Darrelle Revis due to “scheme issues”, and released former Pro-Bowler Davin Joseph.

20. New York Giants

3 Pros: Upgraded their offensive line by signing an underrated guard Geoff Schwartz, re-signed ILB Jon Beason, and drafted Odell Beckham Jr. in the first round to give Eli Manning another weapon
3 Cons: Gave a five year deal to an inconsistent player that contemplated retirement just a few months back, failed to add a game changer at TE for Manning, and didn’t resolve question marks at the running back position.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers

3 Pros: Drafted OLB Ryan Shazier, released ineffective LaMarr Woodley, and hired Mike Munchak as their offensive line coach in a move that should pay dividends with a very young offensive line.
3 Cons: Maurkice Pouncey was arrested for assault, losing Emmanuel Sanders to the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos, and did not get a long-term deal done with OLB Jason Worilds.

22. Dallas Cowboys

3 Pros: Signed Henry Melton to a cap-friendly deal, drafted versatile offensive lineman Zack Martin with the 18th pick in the draft, and let Miles Austin walk so they can start Terrence Williams opposite top 5 WR Dez Bryant.
3 Cons: Lost ILB Sean Lee for what appears to be the entire regular season again, released the face of the defense in DeMarcus Ware, and replaced Kyle Orton with Brandon Weeden after Tony Romo had his second back surgery in what can only be described as an incredible amount of faith that Romo will be OK.

23. Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins

3 Pros: Signed Safety Louis Delmas to a low-risk/high reward deal, signed Branden Albert to replace franchise left tackle Jake Long albeit a year later, and added running back Knowshon Moreno via free agency.
3 Cons: Hip surgery and a potential assault case will sideline Mike Pouncey, reached for offensive tackle JaWuan James in the first round, and were rumored to be shopping last year’s 3rd overall draft pick Dion Jordan.

24. Cleveland Browns

3 Pros: Drafted QB Johnny Manziel in the first round, signed RB Ben Tate away from the Houston Texans, and added underrated WR Andrew Hawkins in free agency.
3 Cons Lost Pro Bowl safety TJ Ward in free agency, reached for CB Justin Gilbert in the top 10 in the first round, and there is a likely one year suspension looming for WR Josh Gordon.

25. Houston Texans

3 Pros: Drafted JaDeveon Clowney first overall to give the team potentially the best pass rushing duo in the NFL, stole a monster for a potentially beast of a defensive line in DT Louis Nix, and drafted TE C.J. Fiedorowicz to give whoever their QB is a fundamentally sound TE that can operate in the middle of the field.
3 Cons: Failed to address the QB position until all the better QB prospects were gone, lost Ben Tate to Cleveland, and are dealing with franchise player Andre Johnson wanting out of Houston.

26. Atlanta Falcons

3 Pros: Drafted the draft’s best offensive linemen in Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews, upgraded the offensive line by signing the duo of G Jon Asamoah and G Gabe Carimi, and will get a healthy Julio Jones back this season.
3 Cons: did not replace the retiring Tony Gonzalez, did not shore up the linebacking core, and did not improve the cornerback spot opposite Desmond Trufant.

27. Oakland Raiders

3 Pros: Upgraded their QB situation by signing Matt Schaub, signed former Packers WR James Jones, and drafted OLB Khalil Mack to become the leader of an improving Raiders defense.
3 Cons: Signed Justin Tuck without realizing that the Raiders don’t play Washington twice a year, signed Austin Howard and then decided he was going to play guard, and chose to not re-sign OT Jared Veldheer in one of the biggest head scratchers this offseason.

28. Washington Redskins

3 Pros: Signed game breaking WR DeSean Jackson, added former Steeler Ryan Clark to a porous secondary, and were able to retain OLB Brian Orakpo.
3 Cons: The first round pick they gave up in the RG3 trade turned into the second pick overall, ILB London Fletcher retired, and signed Tracy Porter to start opposite average cornerback Deangelo Hall.

29. Buffalo Bills

3 Pros Drafted the best offensive player available in Sammy Watkins, traded for Bucs WR Mike Williams, and signed LB Brandon Spikes to improve their run defense from a year ago.
3 Cons Traded their best WR in Stevie Johnson, traded a 2015 first round pick to move up to draft Watkins, and did not sign a backup QB in case EJ Manuel doesn’t bounce back accordingly.

30. Tennessee Titans

3 Pros: Signed Dexter McCluster to improve their special teams and their anemic offense outside of Kendall Wright, hired Ken Whisenhunt as their head coach to help QB Jake Locker like he helped Phillip Rivers and Kurt Warner, and saw last year’s first round pick Chance Warmack end his rookie season on a high note.
3 Cons: The Titans passed on the top QB prospects in the draft with hopes that Locker can put it together and enter this season with no insurance policy for Locker, cut former All-Pro Chris Johnson, and did not replace All-Pro cornerback Alterraun Verner.

31. Minnesota Vikings

3 Pros: Drafted arguably the best quarterback in college football in Teddy Bridgewater, hired former Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to be their new head coach, and re-signed Matt Cassel in case Bridgewater isn’t ready to start from Week 1.
3 Cons Lost their best defensive player in Jared Allen, didn’t replace the departing Kevin Williams, and didn’t address the backup running back position after losing Toby Gerhart.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars

3 Pros: Signed Pro Bowl guard Zane Beadles away from the AFC Champion Broncos, drafted potentially the steal of the draft in USC WR Marqise Lee, and signed RB Toby Gerhart to improve their running game.
3 Cons: Let Maurice Jones Drew leave via free agency, lost team sack leader Jason Babin, and reached for QB Blake Bortles at number 3 overall in the NFL draft.

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