NFL Power Rankings 2013: Post-Draft Analysis of Every Team
With the draft and the bulk of free agency behind us, it is time to start dialing in next season's power rankings.
It has already been an eventful season, and a wild 2013 draft helped add to that.
There are a few teams who made upgrades in this draft that will immediately bolster their chances at success. So, with that in mind, here is how I set the current balance of power in the NFL.
Langford's 2013 Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings
No. 1: San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were a late goal-line touchdown away from being Super Bowl champions last season, and they've had a nice offseason.
They made a questionable move jumping up in the first to grab LSU safety Eric Reid, but they also got a needed piece with Tank Carradine in the second. And the fact of the matter is, this team didn't have to do anything in this draft to be No. 1.
No. 2: Denver Broncos
Much like the 49ers, the Broncos entered this draft as a veteran team with few holes. They addressed their biggest need in the first round by adding North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams.
This team is loaded on offense and defense, and they are primed to make a run to the Super Bowl.
No. 3: Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks have turned into a team that leaves everyone scratching their head with their selections, and they did so again by making Texas A&M running back Christine Michaels their first selection (it came in the second round).
I'd bash this pick, but this group has built up some leeway as its questionable picks have been working out just fine. This remains a young, up-and-coming team that will be even more dangerous with the trade for Percy Harvin.
No. 4: New England Patriots
The Patriots made quite a few questionable selections in this draft. However, Jamie Collins, selected by the Patriots in the second round, is an outside linebacker who can rush the passer.
This was a key addition to a Patriots team that was already stacked.
No. 5: Green Bay Packers
The Packers picked up two nice pieces with their first- and second-round picks in defensive lineman Datone Jones and running back Eddie Lacy. Both should play big roles.
However, they also waited until the third round to draft an offensive lineman, and their lack of blocking was a huge detriment to the team last season.
No. 6: Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons entered this draft desperate for help at corner, and they got it. Atlanta drafted Desmond Trufant at No. 22, and followed that up by taking fellow corner Robert Alford.
In all, six of their eight selections in this draft went to the defensive side of the ball, and that was a wise move. Falcons fans can now rest a little easier.
No. 7: Baltimore Ravens
After undergoing massive losses to the roster following their Super Bowl victory, the Ravens have some reshaping to do.
They made a nice pick at No. 32 with Florida safety Matt Elam, and they went defense on their first four picks. This will definitely help the Ravens stay on track on defense, but I'm still left wondering who will replace the production they lost with Anquan Boldin.
No. 8: Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings got markedly better in the draft. They made three first-round selections with defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, corner Xavier Rhodes and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, and they grabbed these guys at spots lower than which they were commonly projected to go.
No. 9: Houston Texans
Starting with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans addressed all the right areas in the 2013 draft.
This team reinforced a strong defense, and the addition of Hopkins will give them a more diverse offensive attack. Were it not for my lack of confidence in Matt Schaub in the postseason, the Texans would be higher.
No. 10: Chicago Bears
The Bears finally look to have a solid offensive line and the selection of Oregon guard Kyle Long in the first round helped cap off that process.
The Bears then addressed another big need as they took an inside (Jonathan Bostic) and outside linebacker (Khaseem Greene) with their next two selections. The Bears should be better next year than they were last.
No. 11: New York Giants
The Giants entered this draft desperately needing help in the secondary, and other than using a fifth-round selection on safety Cooper Taylor, the Giants ignored the secondary.
With defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and defensive end Damontre Moore, the Giants restocked their defensive line, but this team will once again be doomed by their lack of cover guys.
No. 12: Pittsburgh Steelers
Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was the perfect first selection for the Pittsburgh Steelers to help them get back to being an intimidating defense.
The same can be said with their offense and the selection of running back Le'Veon Bell. Still, this is a team in transition more than a finished product.
No. 13: Dallas Cowboys
Being locked up against the cap all offseason, the Cowboys have struggled to improve their squad. They needed a dynamic draft, and they produced a terrible one as they announced head-scratching selections throughout.
No. 14: Washington Redskins
With no first-round pick, after an offseason where they were in a bad cap situation, the Redskins have had little opportunity to improve themselves for next season.
They addressed a big need by taking corner David Amerson in the second, but this is still a team with holes and a quarterback recovering from knee surgery.
No. 15: Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals could have used secondary help in the first round, and they drafted a tight end in Tyler Eifert.
This wasn't a terrible selection, though. Couple that with second-round pick running back Gio Bernard, and Andy Dalton is getting all the weapons he needs to succeed. This could be a fun and dangerous team next season.
No. 16: New Orleans Saints
The Saints entered this draft with a hole to fill. It was their defense. They made a nice step in this direction by taking safety Kenny Vaccaro at No. 15, but this team only had four selections after that, and only two of them went to defense.
The Saints will once again be limited by their defense.
No. 17: Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are tough to rank this offseason. Who knows what Chip Kelly will have this team looking like.
I do know that they are going to look a little better now that they drafted tackle Lane Johnson with the fourth overall selection.
No. 18: Indianapolis Colts
The Colts spent their first four selections getting stronger in the offensive and defensive trenches, and I loved it.
This team had to get more physical at the point of attack, and the addition of guard Hugh Thornton and center Khaled Holmes will help give Andrew Luck the time he needs to truly flourish.
No. 18: Detroit Lions
Starting with their first pick, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, the Lions brought in two much-needed defensive ends.
This, along with the selection in the second round of corner Darius Slay, will improve the Lions' defense. However, they still need help at offensive tackle.
No. 19: Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins have not been shy this offseason, and they continued that trend by trading up to No. 3 to draft pass-rusher Dion Jordan.
In all, it was a solid draft for the Dolphins and an interesting offseason. However, I wonder if they will regret not landing a talented offensive tackle.
No. 20: St. Louis Rams
The Rams moving up to take wide receiver Tavon Austin at No. 8 may be my favorite move of this draft. The Rams offense desperately needed an explosive playmaker.
While he isn't enough to suddenly turn them into an offensive juggernaut, with this budding defense, they won't have to score a lot of points to succeed.
No. 21: San Diego Chargers
Offensive tackle D.J. Fluker was a bit of a reach at No. 11, but the Chargers had to get a tackle to help keep Philip Rivers upright.
They received much more value with their next two picks: middle linebacker Manti Te'o and Keenan Allen. We'll see all if this helps get Rivers on track.
No. 22: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Without a pick in the first round, the Buccaneers didn't have much chance to improve themselves. However, corner Johnthan Banks could make a nice impact next season.
Also, quarterback Josh Freeman got a little extra motivation to be at his best with the team's third-round selection of quarterback Mike Glennon.
No. 23: Carolina Panthers
The Panthers had a huge hole up the middle of their defense, and they addressed it in a big way, with defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short being their first two picks.
The Panthers should be much stronger on defense. However, this team will regret not adding a playmaker at wide receiver to help open things up for the offense.
No. 24: Kansas City Chiefs
With No. 1 selection Eric Fisher arriving to town to help give the Chiefs a pair of solid tackles, new quarterback Alex Smith should have time to throw the ball.
The Chiefs should be wildly improved next year under new coach Andy Reid.
No. 26: Cleveland Browns
The Browns went defense with four of their five selections in this draft, and this defense is going to be legit.
I'm certainly not sold on the Browns offense yet, but that defense will keep them in almost every game.
No. 27: New York Jets
The made some nice selections. And while corner Dee Milliner and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will play key roles for this team next season, this offense still looks terrible.
If quarterback Geno Smith had the ability to instantly improve an offense, he wouldn't have been around for the Jets to draft at No. 39.
No. 28: Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals made a solid pick with guard Jonathan Cooper at No. 7, but the offensive line was also desperate for help at tackle, and the Cardinals did not land a tackle in this draft.
This is a team that couldn't keep a quarterback healthy last year due to the constant pressure the offensive line allowed, and it's hard to see that being much different next year.
No. 29: Buffalo Bills
The Bills are confusing. Maybe they end up being right about quarterback E.J. Manuel, but it was odd that a team with this many holes would make such a reach to take a quarterback in the first round when they very well could have landed him in the second.
No. 30: Tennessee Titans
Guard Chance Warmack was a nice selection at No. 10, and he should help the Titans spring their running game back to life.
However, I really wanted to see this team land an impact defensive end, and they didn't draft one until the fifth round.
No. 31: Oakland Raiders
The Raiders had a nice draft. They moved back to pick up a much-needed pick, and they addressed holes with their selections.
However, it was not hard for them to address holes, as they had them at almost every position.
No. 32: Jacksonville Jaguars
With offensive tackle Luke Joeckel and safety Johnathan Cyprien, the Jaguars added some nice pieces to this team.
However, this team is still many nice pieces away from being any good.
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