NFL Power Rankings: Where Do Teams Stack Up After the Draft?

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NFL Power Rankings: Where Do Teams Stack Up After the Draft?
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All 256 picks of the NFL draft are in the books, and every key free agent has long since signed. All 32 NFL teams have largely finished building their rosters for the 2014 season. Now it's time to see how they stack up against each other—at least, as much as is possible without playing football.

A quick reminder: These are power rankings, a snapshot of where these teams stand in relation to one another. They aren't reflective of last year's records (SPOILER ALERT: The Seahawks are not No. 1), nor are they offseason grades.

They're an attempt to rank the overall state of the league's rosters—considering their talent, depth, experience, youth and balance.

Whenever power rankings are done, fans upset with their team's too-low ranking will say things like, "But we added [however many] new starters in the draft!" Yes, and so did every other team.

In order to gain ground in the NFL, you have to get better faster than the other teams around you. Teams that stand pat or get worse (sorry, Carolina Panthers fans) will drop a long way in these rankings from their 2013 finish.

The other thing to remember in these rankings: Rookies rarely make a huge impact on the bottom line. If your favorite team really struggled at cornerback in 2013, a fifth-round rookie is not going to step in and fix the problem for 2014.

My colleague Matt Miller usually handles the power rankings; he last did them at the end of the 2013 regular season. Let's find out how the teams stack up now.

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