NFL Power Rankings 2020: Where 49ers, Raiders stand after draft
32. Jacksonville Jaguars
Ownership’s getting in Twitter spats with the employees. Not a great look unless you’re already a dumpster fire. Even if they “Tank for Trevor,” that Lawrence kid from Clemson should pull a Jon Elway/Eli Manning and say he won’t play for Team Teal.
31. Detroit Lions
Jeffrey Okudah will help a terrible pass defense, but the Lions were bad with Darius Slay. The Lions didn’t combine those two, they swapped one for the other. D’Andre Swift is a good back, but the Lions have a lot of holes and a so-so quarterback.
Matt Patricia might snap a pencil or two this season.
The NFL football club that represents our nation’s capital will make quarterback’s tremble. Chase Young is going to be a superstar and hard to account for with Montez Sweat and Ryan Kerrigan up front outside some tough tackles.
I’m not sure Dwayne Haskins is the real deal. I don’t think Ron Rivera is, either.
29. New York Giants
Big Blue didn’t add to the skill positions, choosing to build around them. In Daniel Jones they trust. Not so sure they should.
28. Carolina Panthers
Matt Rhule is an offensive mind. He took all defensive players in his first NFL draft as Panthers head coach. That’s called discipline. He can throw it all over the yard, but any good coach knows the fastest way to improvement is an excellent running back (Christian McCaffrey: check) and an improved defense (Check).
Good draft for a bad team trying to get better.
27. Cincinnati Bengals
Most quarterbacks taken No. 1 overall are normally on an island, stranded with bad players and team at its low point. Joe Burrow’s not in that space. He has A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd and now Tee Higgins. He has Joe Mixon behind him in the backfield.
The Bengals aren’t good, but Burrow’s progress will be fast tracked with those weapons around him.
26. New York Jets
Joe Douglas gives the Jets hope, a point proven with smart and prudent picks. If he can find a way to keep Jamal Adams happy through this rebuild, Denzel Mims proves a second-round steal and Mehki Bechton’s in fact a great wall, the Jets could be on to something.
25. Chicago Bears
Matt Nagy’s in-house draft room looked less like “A Beautiful Mind” and more like a conspiracy theorist trying to find the second gunman in grainy photos. There was no info on those walls that suggest he draft a good quarterback?
24. Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins didn’t truly Tank for Tua and still got their man. It actually worked out because Brian Flores gained some respect and started building a proper culture. They used their draft capital well but are still a long way from contention.
Another good offseason like this one and they might be.
23. Atlanta Falcons
Falcons had a ho-hum draft to back up another ho-hum free agency and another ho-hum season. That’s an organization that keeps doing the same things with the same people while expecting different results.
22. Los Angeles Rams
Really didn’t like what the Rams did in the draft, though wow factor’s hard to produce when you never, ever, ever have a first-round pick. They went for it a few years back and lost the Super Bowl. Now they’re mired in a brutally tough division.
A bad season could take some shine off Sean McVay.
21. Cleveland Browns
The Browns went smart, not sexy, with an offensive tackle in the first round. That doesn’t sound like them. Maybe they know there’s enough talent at the skill spots that they can seriously compete if the locker room (and coaching staff) doesn’t implode.
20. New England Patriots
Maybe Bill Belichick really let his dog make all the picks. Maybe that’s why they didn’t draft a quarterback. If the Pats were led by any other coach, the choice to let Jarrett Stidham sit atop the quarterback depth chart would be widely panned. Bill gets the benefit of the doubt. One note: If the Pats can pry Andy Dalton out of Cincinnati, their ranking skyrockets in a flash.
19. Denver Broncos
The Broncos continued their overhaul at the skill positions with Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler brought in to help the at-times impressive but still unproven Drew Lock. If that crew can generate late leads, Von Miller and Bradley Chubb can put games away.
18. Arizona Cardinals
Check every sports writer’s 2020 season predictions in a few months (hopefully). Cards are gonna be everyone’s sleeper team. Arizona’s looking better than Kliff Kingsbury’s castle.
17. Los Angeles Chargers
We’ve seen the Bolts sink in the polls because they’re start either Tyrod Taylor or a rookie in Justin Herbert. This is a quarterback league, but the Chargers are so good defensively they should create some margin for error.
Especially with Derwin James back for a full season and Kenneth Murray in the fold.
16. Philadelphia Eagles
I get that Carson Wentz gets hurt a lot but burning a second-round pick on a quarterback seems like a bit much for a team fighting to be taken seriously in the NFC. Philly fans' social media ablaze after a forgettable draft where the rival Cowboys seemed to surge.
15. Houston Texans
Texans are an example why coach and GM are separate jobs.
The Silver and Black set out to get faster. Check. And more dynamic. Check. And younger through free agency and the NFL draft. Check.
The Raiders might not be a complete team yet, but they’re better. And they should be fun to watch.
13. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have lost a ton this offseason but brought tons of prospects in the draft. Justin Jefferson should be a plug-and-play receiver and they went with two cornerbacks early trying to fill that void.
There’s too much talent and good coaching for the Vikings to fall too far.
12. Tennessee Titans
Ryan Tannehill caught lightning in a bottle last year. Can he do it twice? Probably in a lackluster division.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
Love the Chase Claypool pick. And Big Ben’s on the road to recovery. They could be legit AFC contenders, but probably still behind the Ravens, in no time.
10. Green Bay Packers
This NFL draft featured a generational receiver class. The Packers didn’t take a single one. They dropped as punishment for that, not for having the audacity to pick a quarterback when you already have one.
Unless, of course, you’re looking to ditch the elite talent you already have.
9. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks pulled an edge rusher out of the second round, but it’s still fair to say Jadeveon Clowney’s leverage improved a bit. They’re in a Super Bowl window. Gotta go big. Gotta get Clowney.
That’s what the Seahawks front office might panic and think if they weren’t so disciplined and smart.
8. Buffalo Bills
That Zack Moss pick in the third round should help the Bills right away. They’re a tough team with Stefon Diggs as the offensive alpha. If they win early, that’s a good thing. If not ...
7. Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys had an awesome draft. This might be an overreaction after such an impressive haul, but what the heck. Put them in the seventh slot.
There’s plenty of time for a course correction if they choke as usual, but I don’t think that’ll be the case this year.
6. Indianapolis Colts
Michael Pittman is a perfect receiver for Philip Rivers, who likes to chuck it up there and let ‘em go get it. The Colts have tons of talent. If Rivers can rebound after a bummer 2019, the Colts are going to be very tough to beat.
5. New Orleans Saints
Saints just signed Jameis Winston to be a backup. They should still hope he doesn’t play Drew Brees has still got it. They got some solid players in the draft, but the season won’t be decided unless they reverse their recent playoff curse.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs got Tom Brady some more protection. Now if they can get him a functional GPS that doesn’t send him to Byron Leftwich’s neighbor’s house or parks that are closed, Tampa Bay’s on the way to a great season.
Oh, and they got Gronk for a fourth-round pick. Steal.
Joe Staley retired, and they got Trent Williams to step right in. That’s a win. So is the addition of Javon Kinlaw, who should thrive playing along such an accomplished defensive line.
Like the Brandon Aiyuk pick, who could round out a talent and young receiver corps. They seem ready for another Super Bowl run.
2. Baltimore Ravens
Putting the Ravens atop these power rankings is the fun thing to do, especially after such an excellent draft. They loaded up at linebacker and added crucial depth at several spots.
Despite being on such an amazing run last year, they aren’t the team to beat.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs added some smart picks in the draft, but they didn’t need much. They already have the world’s best quarterback and track team at his disposal. They’re the world champs, probably not for the last time in the Patrick Mahomes era.