Todd McShay 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Pick-by-Pick Breakdown

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Todd McShay 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Pick-by-Pick Breakdown

Power polls, rankings and any other form of trying to determine the best, and for that matter, the worst in any sport, is a debate that has raged on since the beginning of sports time.

Most notably, college football is often front and center in every rankings controversy simply because they do not have a playoff system to determine its champion. If you watched the BCS National Championship game, than you awoke the next day, and once again felt unfulfilled, and even more grateful for the NFL and their playoff system. 

While most concede that LSU and Alabama were the best two teams in the land prior to the BCS title game, one wonders that if the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) had a plus 1 system, would the Tigers,  Crimson Tide, or neither even been in the big easy to compete for the most prestigious trophy in all of college sports.

That is a debate that will rage until there is a playoff of any kind in division one college football, but this slide show is about ranking the remaining eight NFL playoff teams using a BCS style point system. Even with a playoff system, fans still clamor to see where their favorite NFL teams are ranked every Tuesday afternoon when ESPN, the NFL, and the Bleacher Report release their power polls during the regular season.

Like the BCS system, none are perfect, and are flawed in some way. This one is no different, but I feel this system evens the playing field by highlighting a team's flaws as much as their strength’s. This ranking system is simply similar in strategy to how the BCS uses numbers to rank teams, and is not an exact science.

With their high powered offenses, and superstar quarterbacks, it is easy to say that the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints are the best teams in the NFL. However, wasn't the 2007 New England Patriots also in that class with both?

Where does strength of schedule fit in, and what does it mean to beat the Panthers, Buccaneers, and Falcons as opposed to the Steelers, Browns, and Bengals twice in one season.

How will a team with a great defense and rushing attack like the Baltimore Ravens, and Houston Texans compare to the top flight passing attacks and mediocre defenses of the above mentioned teams, and what does it all mean.

Well, over the next 11 slides, I will try to put into perspective what all of these numbers mean, and rank each team accordingly.

Accompanying each slide will be some strength's, weaknesses, and intangibles that may or may not have each team on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium on the first Sunday in February.

This is a very comprehensive look at the NFL's Elite 8, and their matchup this weekend. As always, feel free to leave your comments, but please stay within the boundaries of good taste.

*Game Day press releases from each team assisted with stats for this slide show

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