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Redskins, Ravens fans might not be too happy with these 2019 preseason NFL power rankings

Redskins, Ravens fans might not be too happy with these 2019 preseason NFL power rankings

The 2019 NFL Draft is barely a few weeks old, so naturally, that means it's time to look ahead to the 2019 season, playoffs and power rankings. 

Evaluating teams after the 2019 NFL Draft and what moves they've made in the offseason, NBC Sports' Peter King recently released his 1-to-32 2019 NFL power rankings. But he wasn't interested in defending his predictions, which he acknowledged could be "wildly incorrect."

Instead, King broke down what factors he thinks will make or break the teams. And depending on how fans view the future, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens fans might not be thrilled.

King ranks Washington at No. 22, which is only better than teams like the Buffalo Bills (No. 23), the Detroit Lions (No. 27) and the New York Giants (No. 28). He praises the Redskins for picking former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, but he clearly isn't behind some over-inflated expectations for the rookie passer. 

For ProFootballTalk, King wrote about the Redskins:

Love the Dwayne Haskins pick, even though it might take some getting used to for him to mesh with Jay Gruden’s offense. “Could be an adjustment period,” someone close to Gruden told me the other day. But Gruden, after watching Haskins at a mini-camp over the weekend, gushed over him: “He’s made some throws that turn your head, without a doubt.” Love the Montez Sweat pick too, especially late in the first round. Now maybe Ryan Kerrigan has a frisky young guy (and a speedy one) to take some of the pass-rush pressure off him. Just a projection, but if Case Keenum starts for the first month (at Eagles, Dallas, Chicago, at Giants) and the offense is going nowhere, how great would it be for Gruden to name Haskins the starter in Week 5 at FedEx Field … with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick coming to town for the first time since 2011?

While Ravens fans might be OK with King's No. 12 ranking for their team, they might not be too happy when they see the teams ranked higher. 

The Chiefs and the Patriots? Sure. The Saints, Colts and everyone from Los Angeles? Not terribly surprising. 

But they might not like how high King has the Cleveland Browns. But the NFL analyst is buying into the hype surrounding second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield and one of the team's newest weapons in Odell Beckham Jr. King has the team that finished 7-8-1 in 2018 at No. 11 in his power rankings, which is one spot ahead of the Ravens.

At No. 12, King says this of Baltimore:

This is how close Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh were in the fourth quarter of the final Sunday of the 2018 season. In Cincinnati, the Steelers and the Bengals were tied at 13 with six minutes to play, and the Steelers had the ball, minus Antonio Brown, at their 25-yard line. In Baltimore, the Browns, trailing 27-26, had the ball first-and-10 at the Ravens’ 39-yard-line with 1:18 left. A first down and a field goal would win the game for Cleveland. Imagine, for a moment, if Cincinnati and Cleveland walked off with wins that Sunday. Records of the top three teams in the division: Baltimore 9-7, Cleveland 8-7-1, Pittsburgh 8-7-1. I only mention that because the division is pretty close, and the Ravens, who got Lamar Jackson two new receiving toys (Marquise Brown (they’re hoping he can be in the Tyreek Hill-factor league and Miles Boykin), are a fascinating team to watch. They could win 11. They could win six. The offense had better score, because the defense has holes.

Here's a look at his complete preseason power rankings.

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

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Complete list of 8 Ravens picks from the seven-round 2019 NFL Draft

Complete list of 8 Ravens picks from the seven-round 2019 NFL Draft

Over the course of three days, the Ravens selected eight new players to come to Baltimore as part of the 2019 NFL Draft. 

John Harbaugh's team had a couple of picks that came through trades from the Eagles, a pick that came from the Saints and a pick that came from the Broncos courtesy of the Joe Flacco trade. The team did not have a second or seventh round pick. 

Below is a complete list of picks in order of selection.

  1. First round, 25th overall - Marquise Brown - WR - Oklahoma 
  2. Third round, 85th overall - Jaylon Ferguson - OLB - Louisiana Tech 
  3. Third round, 93rd overall - Miles Boykin - WR - Notre Dame
  4. Fourth round, 113rd overall - Justice Hill - RB - Oklahoma State
  5. Fourth round, 123rd overall - Ben Powers - G - Oklahoma
  6. Fourth round, 127th overall - Iman Marshall - CB - USC
  7. Fifth round, 160th overall - Daylon Mack - DT - UAB
  8. Sixth round, 197th overall - Trace McSorley - QB - Penn State 

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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Joe Flacco says farewell to Ravens

Joe Flacco says farewell to Ravens

After the league new year began at 4 p.m., the Denver Broncos officially acquired veteran quarterback Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens.

Flacco penned a goodbye tweet to the team he was drafted by and, until now, has played his entire career for.

The Ravens also released a farewell video in Flacco's honor.

Over 11 seasons in black and purple, Flacco threw for 38,245 yards, 212 touchdowns and 136 interceptions. He maintained a 61.7 completion percentage and 84.1 quarterback rating.

Flacco brought Baltimore one of its two franchise Super Bowl victories.

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