NFL 2018: Pre-Draft Power Rankings

Jake Benaquisto with NFL power rankings before the 2018 draft…

With just under a week until the draft, here are my power rankings for all 32 teams in the NFL…

32. Indianapolis Colts 

Andrew Luck’s shoulder is still a huge question mark, and without him, the Colts roster is arguably the worst in the NFL. If Luck remains out for the entire 2018 season, don’t be surprised if Indianapolis has a top three draft pick again.

31. Cleveland Browns 

With the additions of Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, and Carlos Hyde in the offseason, the Cleveland offense should be much improved going forward. However, even with their abundance of draft picks, Hue Jackson still needs to prove that he can win games.

30. Miami Dolphins

Miami has made a number of questionable moves this offseason. Adding veterans Danny Amendola and Frank Gore makes me think they want to win now, but they’ve also been linked to the top QBs in the draft. Barring a miracle, the Dolphins seem like a good bet to completely clean house after the season.

29. Buffalo Bills 

The Bills depth chart at QB is a mess, so I’m dubious about their odds to get back to the postseason in 2o18. They could swing a trade to move up for a top prospect in the draft, but that would also mean giving up a ton of picks.

28. Cincinnati Bengals  

Another year of running with Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton feels like a recipe for disaster. I like the trade for LT Cordy Glenn, but the Bengals did not do much else to improve a 7-9 roster.

27. Arizona Cardinals  

Losing Bruce Arians, Carson Palmer, and Tyrann Mathieu in one offseason is significant. Like Buffalo, Arizona’s future is bleak if they can’t land a franchise QB in the upcoming draft.

26. Denver Broncos 

Case Keenum gives the Broncos clarity at QB, but can head coach Vance Joseph get the most out of this roster?

25. New York Jets

The Jets made significant upgrades at corner, center, and running back in free agency. Their biggest deficiency on the roster is at QB, but Mike Maccagnan’s aggressive move to trade up with the Colts allows the Jets to get their franchise guy. With the right pick at #3, the Jets could be legitimate playoff contenders in the near future.

24. Baltimore Ravens  

There’s a lot to like on the Ravens’ defense, but their offense does not inspire much hope. Joe Flacco has been atrocious over the last few seasons, and losing C Ryan Jensen could only make matters worse.

23. Oakland Raiders 

Newly hired head coach Jon Gruden is already starting to make his mark on this team, which may not be a good thing.

22. Washington Redskins 

After losing Kirk Cousins, I understand why Washington would turn to Alex Smith. They’re still the 4th best team in the NFC East, though.

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers  

Will 2018 be the year that Jameis Winston takes his team to the playoffs? It’s going to be difficult, especially in the loaded NFC South.

20. Seattle Seahawks 

Seattle’s defense is far from the dominant unit that won them the Super Bowl. Russell Wilson will win them games on his own, but the Seahawks might be in for another tough season.

19. Chicago Bears  

I absolutely loved what the Bears did this offseason. Hiring an offensive-minded HC in Matt Nagy and signing Allen Robinson gives their young QB the support he needs.

18. New York Giants  

2017 was the season from hell for the Giants, who were better than their 3-13 record. I think they’d be crazy to pass on a QB at #2 in the draft, but Eli Manning probably has another year or two of good football left in him.

17. Detroit Lions 

After watching the Super Bowl, I’m not overly optimistic about Matt Patricia turning the Lions’ defense into a juggernaut.

16. Dallas Cowboys

A full year of Ezekiel Elliot and a healthy offensive line could be enough to take this team back to the playoffs.

15. Tennessee Titans 

Revamping the coaching staff was a wise move for the Titans. Marcus Mariota could thrive in Matt LaFleur’s offense, especially with the addition of Dion Lewis.

14. Carolina Panthers 

Carolina desperately needs help at wide receiver, and I could see them addressing it in the first round of the draft.

13. Kansas City Chiefs 

They overpaid for Sammy Watkins, but throwing him in that offense with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt is exciting. Pat Mahomes will have a lot of help in his first full season as the starter.

12. San Francisco 49ers 

Jimmy G went on an incredible run to end the 2017 season, and I expect the magic to continue in 2018. Even if the Rams win the NFC West, San Francisco should be in contention for one of the wild card spots.

11. Los Angeles Chargers 

The Chargers made a strong under-the-radar move by signing Mike Pouncey to boost their offensive line. They also got a reliable kicker in Caleb Sturgis, which addresses one of their biggest weaknesses from 2017.

10. Houston Texans 

I put the Texans this high with the assumption that Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt come back fully healthy next season. If these guys are back at 100%, Houston could easily win the AFC South in 2018.

9. Atlanta Falcons  

Atlanta could use some help at defensive tackle, which will likely be a focal point of their draft. Other than that, the Falcons roster is pretty strong from top to bottom.

8. Green Bay Packers 

Jimmy Graham gives Aaron Rodgers and the Packers a much needed upgrade at TE. As long as #12 stays healthy, Green Bay will be a contender.

7. New England Patriots  

Having Tom Brady and Bill Belichick can overcome a lot of problems, but there’s no doubt that the Patriots’ roster has declined. The loss of LT Nate Solder is particularly concerning, especially given Brady’s age.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers  

Ryan Shazier’s absence is a concern on defense, but Pittsburgh’s offense won’t have much trouble outscoring other teams.

5. New Orleans Saints 

The Saints might get lost in the shuffle with how deep the NFC is, but they shouldn’t. Adding CB Patrick Robinson gives New Orleans another solid piece to their secondary.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars  

The team that is quarterbacked by Blake Bortles will be one of the heavy favorites to come out of the AFC. That’s how good their defense is.

3. Minnesota Vikings  

Minnesota made the biggest splash of free agency with the Kirk Cousins signing. The pressure is on now for the Vikings, as anything less than a trip to the Super Bowl will likely be considered a failure.

2. Los Angeles Rams 

A monster offseason has put the Rams in prime position to compete for a championship. It’s reasonable to argue that they’re the best roster in the league, but for now I have them at #2.

1. Philadelphia Eagles 

The reigning Super Bowl champs still deserve the top spot in the NFL.

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