Our NFL Power Rankings has seen a big shift after a busy off-season that has seen some big names changing teams and some potentially risky moves by GM’s during the NFL 2021 Draft.

After seeing the likes of Matthew Stafford, Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, and Orlando Brown Jr. get traded to new teams.

If that wasn’t enough our NFL Power Rankings could get a massive realignment after June 1st as more blockbuster deals involving Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Deshaun Watson are rumored.

But for now, with the NFL free agency limited to adding spare parts and the NFL draft is in the rearview mirror.

Which teams made the biggest gains? Which teams took the biggest hits?

Here are our Post 2021 Draft NFL Power Rankings.

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1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

They will be the first team in the salary cap era (1994) to bring back all 22 starters. Add in first-rounder Joe Tryon as a pass-rush specialist. While we believe the Chiefs have passed them since they were blown out in Super Bowl LV until the Bucs lose they’ll remain #1 on our NFL Power Rankings.

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2. Kansas City Chiefs

After their offensive line cost them the Super Bowl. The Kansas City Chiefs completely revamped their O-line by first signing top free-agent guard Joe Thuney, then trading for one of the top offensive tackles in the league in Orlando Brown Jr., then following that up with drafting center Creed Humphrey. And if that wasn’t enough the Chiefs landed our ‘steal of the 2021 NFL draft’ after drafting Guard Trey Smith in the 6th round.

Buffalo Bills 100x100 NFL Power Rankings 3. Buffalo Bills
The Bills learned during last year’s playoff loss, that you can’t beat the Chiefs without sacking Patrick Mahomes. The Bills’ first two selections in the draft were edge rushers Greg Rousseau and Carlos Basham. Unfortunately for the Bills, see above.

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4. Cleveland Browns

Who wudda thunk it, in 2017 the 0-16 Browns were considered historically bad, but here they are just 4 -years later ranked #4 in our NFL Power Rankings.  Top two free agents (pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney and safety John Johnson) and top two draft picks (cornerback Greg Newsome and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah) all play defense.

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5. Green Bay Packers

If Aaron Rodgers gets traded, the Packers will plummet into the 20s. The same goes for if Rodgers holds out and/or retires. If he plays, the Packers again are the second-best team in the NFC.

Baltimore Ravens

6. Baltimore Ravens

The top free-agent wide receivers wanted no part of the Ravens run-first offenses, so Baltimore was only able to nab oft-injured Sammy Watkins. The Ravens then drafted Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace. Highly doubt that’s enough for Lemar Jackson and the Ravens to overcome their personal kryptonite the Kansas City Chiefs.

Los Angeles Rams

7. Los Angeles Rams

No first-rounder for the fifth straight year, after trading it away hoping Matthew Stafford will be a huge upgrade from Jerrod Goff and become the missing piece to complement a dominant defense that will get them over the ‘close but no cigar’ hump.

San Francisco 49ers

8. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are much better than last year’s 6-10 record suggests because their 2020 season was marred by a historic rash of early injuries. But knowing they’ll only go as far as Jimmy Garoppolo’s health takes them. The 49ers played the long game by drafting QB of the future Trey Lance instead of capitalizing on a win-now window.

Indianapolis Colts

9. Indianapolis Colts

Indy has gone all-in on Carson Wentz hoping that as the fourth different starting QB in as many years, he’ll finally be the answer. But is this Wentz the pre-injury 2017 NFL MVP? Or the 2020 demoted starter by the Eagles? The Colts just answered their question mark heading into the 2021-22 season by signing former Chiefs left tackle, Eric Fisher, to a 1-year deal, but will Fish be sufficiently healed from his torn Achilles to start the season?

Dallas Cowboys

10. Dallas Cowboys

With Dallas finally giving in to their returning QB Dak Prescott’s contract demands in hopes it’ll remedy last year’s offensive woes. The Cowboys used their first six draft picks, led by LB Micah Parsons, to address the worst scoring defense in franchise history.

Miami Dolphins

11. Miami Dolphins

After having done everything right over the past three years, including drafting four first-round players, and hiring an excellent head coach in Brian Flores. The Miami Dolphins look like they’re ready to finally break their 20-year playoff victory drought.

Seattle Seahawks

12. Seattle Seahawks

Similar to the Green Bay Packers, If the Seahawks trade Russel Wilson they’ll plummet into the 20s. Even if Seattle manages to hold onto Wilson, head coach Pete Carroll will be facing the same problem he had last year. An aging Defense, and a leaky offensive line that couldn’t keep Wilson from getting harrassed game after game.

New Orleans Saints

13. New Orleans Saints

One thought of as the NFL’s most explosive offense, the Saints doesn’t look so intimidating without Drew Brees manning the ship. The weak Saints’ secondary suggests shootouts are coming.

New England Patriots

14. New England Patriots

In short order, Patriots fans will get the answer to the question ‘What does $300 million buy you?’ Not a division title with the Bills in the way, but with their free-agent buying spree, and multiple players returning after opting out in 2021 due to COVID, maybe a wild card?

Arizona Cardinals

15. Arizona Cardinals

Hoping Defensive end J.J. Watt can stay healthy and return to being a defensive force, the Cardinals hope he’ll be the difference in the NFC West, arguably, the NFL’s toughest division. The Cardinals are also hoping that their two 1st round draft picks LBs Zaven Collins and Isaiah Simmons play like first-rounders.

Tennessee Titans

16. Tennessee Titans

How long can running back Derrick Henry act like a bulldozer? After falling short the past 2-years, the Titans needed to improve the atrocious defense, but outside linebacker Bud Dupree and first-round CB Caleb Farley both have a boom-or-bust feel to them.

Pittsburgh Steelers

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

Remember how the Steelers started 11-0 last season? It’s easy to forget how they finished the season, and especially, after their ugly playoff loss to the Browns. Well our NFL Power Rankings haven’t forgotten that QB Ben Roethlisberger’s time is up.

New York Giants

18. New York Giants

After the G-Men made huge investments on WR Kenny Golladay and CB Adoree’ Jackson and acing the first two rounds of the draft with WR Kadarius Toney and OLB Azeez Ojulari, Its playoffs or bust for QB Daniel Jones!

Washington Football Team

19. Washington Football Team

The WFT can count on having a nasty defense but will they get Fitzmagic or roller-coaster results from newly signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick?

Los Angeles Chargers

20. Los Angeles Chargers

While I believe the Chargers should be ranked higher in our NFL Power Rankings.  NFL Defensive coaches will make major adjustments in how they’ll defend against the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year QB Justin Herbert. How the Chargers fare in the 2021 season all depends on how their 2nd year QB reacts.

Minnesota Vikings

21. Minnesota Vikings

Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson and CB Patrick Peterson are the veteran anchors embattled coach Mike Zimmer sought for his young defense. First-round draft choice OT Christian Darrisaw will help shore the Vikes offensive line.

Atlanta Falcons

22. Atlanta Falcons

With QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, WR Calvin Ridley, and first-round TE Kyle Pitts Atlanta will once again have a dominant offense, but the Falcons’ defense will once again be their Achilles heel.

Chicago Bears

23. Chicago Bears

The Mitch Trubisky Era mercifully is over. Will the QB combination of Andy Dalton and rookie Justin Fields be enough to save head coach Matt Nagy’s job? The Bears really need Khalil Mack to be a game-wrecking pass-rusher again.

Las Vegas Raiders

24. Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders keep drafting as if they want to prove they are smarter than everyone else. Unfortunately, their win-loss record and our NFL Power Ranking says they’re still mentally challenged.

Philadelphia Eagles

25. Philadelphia Eagles

Wentz unfairly shouldered all the blame but it wasn’t all his fault. There are lots of holes. GM Howie Roseman stole first-round WR DeVonta Smith but then got too cute with trading down.

Denver Broncos

26. Denver Broncos

Bolstered by a strong draft class led by CB Patrick Surtain, but after passing on Justin Fields, and having Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater competing for their starting QB. It seems the Broncos went all-in on landing Aaron Rodgers. We’ll see June 1st if their bet pays off.

Carolina Panthers

27. Carolina Panthers

QB Sam Darnold finally has weapons, including a healthy RB Christian McCaffrey, After taking top CB Jaycee Horn, the Panthers drafted offense with four straight picks. OLB Haason Reddick and CB A.J. Bouye upgraded the defense in free agency.

New York Jets

28. New York Jets

The NFL’s lowest-scoring offense looks completely different after signing WR Corey Davis and drafting QB Zach Wilson, WR Elijah Moore, and RB Michael Carter. The left side of the line — Mekhi Becton and Alijah Vera-Tucker — could dominate for a decade. But they’ll have to prove they’re not the same old jets before they start moving up our NFL Power Rankings list.

Jacksonville Jaguars

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

Coach Urban Meyer didn’t take this job for a slow rebuild. Trevor Lawrence is considered the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck, who took the Colts from two wins to 11 wins as a rookie. So, there’s hope. Much more work to do.

Cincinnati Bengals

30. Cincinnati Bengals

Could’ve drafted the first offensive tackle off the board. Or the fifth. Instead it’s No. 8 (Jackson Carman) and a gamble as QB Joe Burrow recovers from a torn ACL. They made a bunch of lateral moves in free agency.

Detroit Lions

31. Detroit Lions

Rookies Peneii Sewell, Levi Onwurike and Alim McNeil bring toughness to both sides of the trenches, just the way coach Dan Campbell wants it. But they don’t have a single WR worthy of your fantasy team. Somehow Goff will be blamed.

Houston Texans

32. Houston Texans

One way or another, Watson appears finished in Houston. What do the Texans have to show for former stars Watt, DeAndre Hopkins, Jadeveon Clowney, and Will Fuller? The Texans have become the laughingstock of the NFL.


Our next NFL Power Rankings update will take place during the first week of June

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1 Comment

  1. Don’t care, haven’t watched a minute since Colon Crappydick took a knee and the mindless lemmings followed. When the majority of them would be playing a five gallon bucket on the street corner for quarters without children’s games to play.

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