As expected, some teams appeared to have improved their situations through last weekend’s NFL Draft. That’s what its there for and how the league is set up. Let’s take a look at the post-NFL Draft Power Rankings and see where your team may have landed in the eyes of the Know It All Football writers.
1. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — No surprise here. This is the third installment of the rankings this offseason and they have yet to budge through free agency and the draft. They are loaded everywhere and only got deeper via the draft.
2. DENVER BRONCOS — The Broncos were pretty complete to begin with. The added a feature back in Montee Ball similar to what Manning had in Indy with Edgerrin James and Joseph Addai. Adding Ball and Welker to an already potent offense makes Denver look nearly unstoppable on paper.
3. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — They made major strides last season once Russell Wilson settled in. Now he’ll have another weapon in Percy Harvin to help him score points. That’ll make life a bit easier for an already stout defense.
4. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — They didn’t have any real glaring holes heading into the draft, but they did land what looks to be a legit deep threat in receiver Aaron Dobson of Marshall. He’ll likely start opposite Danny Amendola, giving Tom Brady a surprisingly formidable receiving duo that he didn’t have a few weeks ago.
5. ATLANTA FALCONS — Atlanta’s weak spot last season was their secondary. The Falcons drafted two corners in an effort to fix that. The addition of Steven Jackson at running back will make the offense more dynamic and harder to stop.
6. GREEN BAY PACKERS — Green Bay landed two impact players who can help immediately in defensive end Datone Jones and running back Eddie Lacy. This offense was a nightmare to defend without a premier three-down back. How good will it be now?
7. HOUSTON TEXANS — Adding Ed Reed as a leader on defense is a big deal. Drafting DeAndre Hopkins out of Clemson to compliment Andre Johnson should yield immediate dividends and help them better compete with the big boys of the league.
8. BALTIMORE RAVENS — The two biggest losses were Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. They drafter Arthur Brown and Matt Elam to plug those holes and added an elite pass rusher in Elvis Dumervil. Baltimore will be right back in the mix.
9. CINCINNATI BENGALS — They addied an explosive runner by drafting Giovanni Bernard and a potentially elite pass rusher in Margus Hunt. Not that they needed another red-zone threat, tight end Tyler Eifert should also contribute immediately.
10. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Bjoern Werner should be able to step in and replace Dwight Freeney’s production right away. I’d expect Andrew Luck to make even more strides this season as he climbs toward the top of the quarterback ranks. The addition of Darrius Heyward-Bey will help with that task.
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams
BY THE KNOW IT ALL FOOTBALL STAFF ON MAY 3, 2013