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2008 NFL Power Rankings: Post Draft


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I've compiled my Post-Draft 2008 NFL Power Rankings. I'll be using these rankings as my order for the next update of my 2009 NFL Mock Draft.

I've gone from WORST to FIRST, so if you don't see reverse numbering (via Javascript), don't worry; the Chiefs, Rams and Falcons aren't my top teams.

  1. Atlanta Falcons (4-12) - Previously #30
    5/4/08: Looking at the schedule, I don't see more than three or four wins for the Falcons. About a month ago on this page, I listed all of their holes (you can see this below). So, let's see how well they did with all of the draft picks they obtained for Matt Schaub and DeAngelo Hall: Matt Ryan - ugh. Even if he becomes a good pro, he won't do much as a rookie. Offensive tackle - yeesh. Tight end - nothing. Nose tackle - try again. Cornerback - whoops. Receiving depth - yeah, right. What in the world did Atlanta do with all of its selections?

    4/16/08: The Falcons did a good job removing most of the malcontents from their roster. Alge Crumpler, DeAngelo Hall, Michael Vick and Bobby Petrino - odd that a coach is in that group - all have nothing to do with the team anymore. While Atlanta's effort will improve in 2008, the cupboard is still pretty bare; there isn't much at quarterback, offensive tackle, tight end, nose tackle or middle linebacker. Cornerback and receiving depth are also issues. With tons of needs, it'll be interesting to see what the Falcons do in the draft.

  2. Miami Dolphins (1-15) - Previously #29
    5/4/08: At least the Dolphins can't get worse this season. Or can they? John Beck sucks, Josh McCown's mediocre, while Chad Henne was inconsistent at Michigan. Ronnie Brown will get injured. Ricky Williams will get high. Ernest Wilford will drop balls. The offensive line won't block well. The defense will continue to be old. Miami resembles a college team that has just lost all of its seniors. If Jason Taylor gets traded, they'll have nine new starters.

    4/16/08: The Dolphins have become that annoying guy in your fantasy league. Starting in Round 10, he starts drafting players no one has ever heard of. You want to make fun of him, but you're secretly scared when he announces his picks, all of which have you laughing nervously and flipping through all your fantasy mags just to find whom he just added to his squad. He found rare gems like Ladell Betts in 2006 and Wes Welker last year. You hate this guy with a passion, and you're always hoping his top players tear their ACL in preseason.

    The Dolphins are this guy. No one has a clue as to whom they've signed, but because Bill Parcells is on board, everyone, except for the Patriots perhaps, is secretly cowering. Tab Perry? Nathan Jones? Boomer Grigsby? Justin Smiley? Sean Ryan? Charlie Anderson? Who are these guys? Parcells definitely has a trick up his sleeve. Too bad he still doesn't have a quarterback. Or maybe I should say "too good" for all of these other teams.

  3. San Francisco 49ers (5-11) - Previously #25
    5/4/08: See those dire needs listed two paragraphs below? Receiver, offensive tackle, guard and outside linebacker? Only one was addressed in the draft. Kentwan Balmer and Chilo Rachal will help this team, but the 49ers still have major holes, including the quarterback position. If Alex Smith keeps fumbling the ball away, it could be Matt Stafford, Sam Bradford or Tim Tebow in the 2009 Draft.

    4/16/08: Other than the Justin Smith signing, I can't say that I'm a fan of any of San Francisco's acquisitions. Granted, Bryant Johnson was stuck behind Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald on Arizona's depth chart, but he really failed to produce when Boldin and/or Fitzgerald were out of the lineup. Isaac Bruce could work in Mike Martz's system, but he turns 36 in November. How much does he have left in the tank?

    The 49ers have a lot of work to do in the draft. Dire needs include receiver, offensive tackle, guard and outside linebacker. The quarterback position will once again be an issue, but unlike last season, San Francisco won't be wasting its time with the talentless Trent Dilfer; in brief action, Shaun Hill looked like the best quarterback the 49ers have had on their roster since Jeff Garcia. This includes Alex Smith, who according to Emmitt Smith, is learning three different offenses every year. Tough learning curve.

  4. Kansas City Chiefs (4-12) - Previously #32
    5/4/08: I was a huge fan of the Chiefs' draft, and apparently so was Herm Edwards. Edwards has hinted that he plans on playing all of his young guys. Asking rookies to step in and win right away is a bit too much. Besides, I'm pretty confident that Herm will find a way to blow a couple of close games.

    4/16/08: I can't say I like anything the Chiefs have done this offseason. Or to be more precise, I can't say I like what the Chiefs haven't done. Someone needs to send general manager Carl Peterson a memo that his offensive line stinks because he didn't do a single thing to upgrade it. The only thing he managed to do was overpay for defensive liability Demorrio Williams. Devard Darling, meanwhile, is far from the answer at wide out. Kansas City needs help everywhere, including quarterback. Brodie Croyle is winless as a starter and has yet to show much promise. And who knows if Larry Johnson can ever make it back to full strength after Herm Edwards ruined his career with all of those carries in 2006?

  5. St. Louis Rams (3-13) - Previously #31
    5/4/08: If you haven't heard the story behind the No. 2 pick yet, check this out: The front office had no idea whom to take between Glenn Dorsey and Chris Long, so they decided to vote. So, they went mini-golfing, and to the behest of vice president Bill Devaney, the majority of the votes came in on Dorsey. Rumor also has it that Devaney broke his putter when he shot the golf ball straight into the windmill, so things really weren't working out for him. Anyway, come Draft Day, Devaney decided to give everyone in the front office the finger by taking Chris Long, simply because he's friends with Howie Long. Now that's how you run a football team!

    That said, I think Long was the right pick. The Rams should actually be able to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks now. As for protecting Marc Bulger from breaking 20 ribs this season? Well, that's another story.

    4/16/08: St. Louis would actually be a good team if Marc Bulger and Orlando Pace could stay healthy. The problem is, Bulger's always playing with broken ribs, partly because Pace, like Tony Boselli circa 2000-2002, just can't get in the lineup. Bulger will have Jacob Bell at left guard, which should help protection a bit, but the Rams lack a pass rush, dominant linebackers (Brandon Chillar signed with Green Bay) and a second receiver. If Pace can't make it back into the lineup and Bulger once again misses significant time, this could be the worst team in the NFL.

  6. Detroit Lions (7-9) - Previously #26
    5/4/08: I love how the 225-pound Jordan Dizon is already penciled into Detroit's starting lineup. Hint: Play every single running back you have on your fantasy roster against the Lions! Also, why is Paris Lenon still starting? I thought we got rid of this problem.

    It seems like the Lions are banking on a lot of rookies, which is never a good thing. Can Gosder Cherilus protect Jon Kitna? Will Kevin Smith take over for Tatum Bell? Can Cliff Avril pump some juice into a morbid pass rush? How well will Andre Fluellen fill Shaun Rogers' shoes?

    4/16/08: The only thing the Lions have done this offseason that I'm in favor of is acquiring depth in their secondary with the additions of Leigh Bodden, Brian Kelly, Dwight Smith and Kalvin Pearson. Unfortunately, they traded away Shaun Rogers and haven't really found a replacement. They've also failed to secure a pass rusher, upgrades at linebacker and a stout running back. Those things can all be addressed via the draft, but you never know what you're going to get with rookies.



  7. Oakland Raiders (4-12) - Previously #24
    5/4/08: As of Sunday morning, May 4, the Oakland Raiders depth chart at Ourlads Scouting Services doesn't have the quarterback position. Apparently, Al Davis dismissed all the quarterbacks from the team because 1) They were good-looking and were drawing Al Davis' sacrificial young maidens away from him. 2) Their 40s weren't fast enough. 3) None of them were coming off ACL injuries. 4) Darren McFadden can play quarterback. 5) He gave them the year off - better than suffering 8,000 concussions behind Oakland's pitiful offensive line.

    4/16/08: Oakland made a few upgrades in its secondary (DeAngelo Hall and Gibril Wilson) and JaMarcus Russell can't be any worse than Andrew Walter and Josh McCown, but one can only wonder what went on in Oakland's front office when Al Davis decided to sign every single free agent coming off an ACL tear. Perhaps the conversation went something like this:

    Al Davis: Yawn... it's morning already? How long was I out for?

    Assistant: Two years, sir. Do you want to look at the free agent list?

    Al Davis: Sure! Whoa! Javon Walker's available!? Let's sign him!

    Assistant: Umm... sir, I don't think that's a good idea... See, he's coming off an...

    Al Davis: I'm calling up his agent right now! Let's make him such a huge deal that he won't even leave this city without signing! How's a $55 million contract sound?

    Assistant: Not too good sir...

    Al Davis: You're right! Let's make it $66 million!

    Assistant: No sir! Don't do it!!! Noooo!!!!

  8. Baltimore Ravens (5-11) - Previously #23
    5/4/08: I found it hilarious that Steve McNair announced his retirement just two weeks after the Ravens stated that they were confident with McNair and Kyle Boller going into the 2008 season. Good to know the Ravens are on top of the situation. On the other side of a rapidly aging defense we'll have Troy Smith, Brian Billick's secret lover and a rookie quarterback with Drew Bledsoe-like mobility and no experience going against top-level talent. Sounds like good times.

    4/16/08: What's going on at the quarterback position? Is Jonathan Ogden coming back? Can Derrick Mason, at the age of 34, hold up for another year? Will Todd Heap be healthy for a change? Will Baltimore's aging defense be slightly less effective than it was during a mediocre 2007 season? Will Ray Lewis and Ed Reed respect a young coach like John Harbaugh? There are way too many questions here.

  9. Chicago Bears (7-9) - Previously #28
    5/4/08: I was talking to my friend Fred, a Bears fan, on the phone the other day, and he asked me who Chicago's No. 1 receiver will be this year. We both came up with blanks. I said Earl Bennett. He came up with Devin Hester. Yeah, the Bears' offense is going to suck - especially if Rex Grossman keeps fumbling the ball away five times every week.

    4/16/08: When teams finish below .500, they usually try to improve themselves via free agency. Not the Bears. All they did was sign two old/horrendous receivers (Marty Booker and Brandon Lloyd) to replace two better ones (Bernard Berrian and Muhsin Muhammad). Chicago spent the rest of its offseason re-signing Lance Briggs, Rex Grossman... and that's about it. The team's offense has tons of holes, so the defense will once again have to carry a beleaguered scoring attack. On the bright side, with Brian Griese gone, there will be no quarterback controversy. Then again, you can't have a quarterback controversy if you have no quarterbacks.

  10. Denver Broncos (7-9) - Previously #27
    5/4/08: The Broncos are counting on Boss Bailey, Niko Koutouvides, 83-year-old John Lynch and Jarvis Moss on defense? Uh oh. At least their quarterback and top receiver are completely healthy, and they're not starting some Kansas City Chiefs reject at center. Oh, wait...

    4/16/08: Some might be shocked to see the Broncos ranked so low. Well, they haven't done anything to improve on their 7-9 record. In fact, they've gotten a lot worse. How? Where do I begin?

    Brandon Marshall's hurt. Javon Walker's gone. Matt Lepsis has retired. The offensive tackles are inexperienced. The center was horrendous with the Chiefs last year. There is still no pass rush. There is still no one who can stop the run. Boss Bailey sucks. Keary Colbert sucks even more. Jamie Winborn sucks more than both combined. D.J. Williams is still playing out of position. John Lynch is still starting at 36. Jason Elam is a Falcon. Chris Myers is a Texan. And Mike Shanahan's face will get more ruddy by the minute.

    Phew... is that enough?

  11. New York Jets (4-12) - Previously #22
    5/4/08: I still think the Jets are set up to fail, but at least their fans didn't hate their first-round pick. Dustin Keller should also help out on offense, though I expect the team to continue having problems scoring as long as Brian Schottenheimer is calling the shots.

    4/16/08: While the Jets should be better than they were in 2007 - remember, they're one year removed from battling the Patriots close in the postseason - it seems like they've set themselves up to fail. For example, if they think Damien Woody is the answer at right tackle, they're mistaken. And if they think Calvin Pace can be a great player at the pass-rushing linebacker position, I think they could be wrong. The team's other main acquisitions - Alan Faneca, Tony Richardson, Bubba Franks and Kris Jenkins - are either on the wrong side of 30 or are very injury-prone.

    All in all, I have a feeling the Jets will be close to .500. It all depends on how Kellen Clemens plays. Clemens didn't impress many, but he caught my eye in some of his games. His poor performances, especially the Cowboys blowout, was a product of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's horrendous play-calling. Frankly, I'm shocked he's still employed.

  12. Cincinnati Bengals (7-9) - Previously #21
    5/4/08: I love how the Bengals are saying that Chad Johnson won't be going anywhere despite the fact that they drafted 600 receivers last weekend. Yeah, you're really fooling us. If Johnson isn't traded after the June 1 deadline and shows up to camp, it'll be interesting to see what Cincinnati does on offense. With Rudi Johnson royally sucking (how did they not find an upgrade at running back?) I'd love to see Marvin Lewis turn into Mike Holmgren and completely abandon the run.

    4/16/08: I can't say the Bengals should fire Marvin Lewis because they were a mess before he got there, but they continue to underachieve. Cincinnati had the talent to make a playoff push, but lost some shady games to the Chiefs, Bills, Cardinals and 49ers. This team is often unfocused, and they haven't made any major personnel moves to offset this problem.



  13. Arizona Cardinals (8-8) - Previously #20
    5/4/08: Good to see Matt Leinart is working hard this offseason. In all seriousness though, who cares that Leinart had a party? It's his house, and he didn't do anything illegal. It's not like it was a Chris Henry party and there were 10-year-olds everywhere. And this will all blow (blowed... blown... uhh... blowed?) away if the Cardinals make the Doggone Playoff. If not, no one in Arizona will really care.

    4/16/08: I mention this every year when I do my season previews. I refuse to pick the Cardinals to go to the playoffs because, well, they're the Cardinals. I like what Ken Whisenhunt is doing in terms of bringing over players who know how to win, like Clark Haggans and Jerame Tuman. But other than that and adding marginal pass-rusher Travis LaBoy, Arizona hasn't really done anything to improve itself. Looks like another year of mediocrity.

  14. Carolina Panthers (7-9) - Previously #19
    5/4/08: I understand giving up picks to move up, but a 2009 first-rounder? That's going to be a top-10 selection if Jake Delhomme gets hurt again. And Delhomme always spends time on the IR. I still don't understand why the Panthers didn't go Chris Williams/Branden Albert/Jeff Otah at No. 13 and then Ray Rice/Tashard Choice/Jamaal Charles in the second round, especially after using a No. 1 choice on a running back two years ago.

    Carolina's success obviously depends on Delhomme's health. Remember, the Panthers started 4-2 with him last year. If he stays healthy, they have a shot at the postseason, but that's a huge if.

    4/16/08: The Panthers finally have some potent targets at receiver to go along with Steve Smith (Muhsin Muhammad and D.J. Hackett) and their offensive line has more depth with the additions of Keydrick Vincent and Milf Brown. I wouldn't be blown away if they made the Doggone Playoff, but there are just too many questions. Can Jake Delhomme hold up for an entire year? How effective will DeAngelo Williams be as a featured back? How much of a liability will the overrated Landon Johnson be in Carolina's linebacking corps? And how well will their first-round rookie offensive tackle play? As I said, a postseason berth wouldn't surprise me; I just wouldn't bet on it.

  15. Washington Redskins (9-7) - Previously #14
    5/4/08: The Redskins did a great job of acquiring talented weapons for Jason Campbell (maybe Daniel Snyder should give advice to Tennessee's front office), but at what cost? The team's horrific defensive line wasn't addressed and the lack of depth at corner wasn't fixed until the fourth round. I guess the front office forgot that they managed only one sack against the Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs.

    4/16/08: Daniel Snyder has been conspicuously quiet this offseason. His only free-agent acquisition was third-string defensive tackle Matthias Askew. The Redskins haven't lost anyone either, so they basically return the same team that nearly knocked off the Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs. The difference, however, is that they'll find it hard pressed to play with the same type of emotion that got them into the postseason.

  16. Tennessee Titans (10-6) - Previously #17
    5/4/08: This might be hard for Titans fans to hear, but their front office just isn't dedicated to winning. It looks like just being somewhat competitive and drawing fans into the seats is their top priority; otherwise, they would have found some weapons for Vince Young. As a Young defender, I'm not looking forward to another year of blaming his receivers for his horrible stats and inexplicable close games (or losses). Well, at least Young will have the pleasure of watching Williams Hayes while on the sideline after a three-and-out. Groan.

    4/16/08: Vince Young might as well hold up a sign that says, "Will work for a competent front office." The Titans haven't done anything this offseason to improve themselves. Alge Crumpler may help if he's motivated, but he spent the final years in Atlanta dropping balls and gaining weight. Jevon Kearse is done. Justin McCareins can't catch a cold. Jake Scott, like many other Colts offensive linemen, may not work in another scheme.

    I feel really sorry for Young. I've always stated that if Young were surrounded with solid receivers, he would prove all of his doubters wrong. Unfortunately, Tennessee's front office has absolutely no clue how to produce a winner. Or maybe they just aren't dedicated to winning. Nothing would surprise me at this point.



  17. Houston Texans (8-8) - Previously #18
    5/4/08: Houston followed my advice and traded down out of its No. 18 pick, but still managed to reach in some eyes. I don't think they did. I had Duane Brown 27th in my mock, and the Texans happened to choose him at 26. He's perfect for the team's zone-blocking scheme. Unfortunately, Houston had to wait until the third round to address the cornerback position. They're really going to be hurting against the pass this year, which definitely isn't a good thing with Peyton Manning and David Garrard on the schedule twice each.

    4/16/08: The Texans are already behind the eight ball, given that their top corner, Dunta Robinson, may not be available until after Thanksgiving. That's really disappointing for a franchise that suffered a plethora of key injuries last year, particularly to their starting quarterback, Matt Schaub, and best receiver, Andre Johnson. If both stay healthy, Houston has an outside shot at the postseason, provided it drafts well. I'd recommend trading down to recoup the second-round choice it traded to Atlanta for Schaub.

  18. Minnesota Vikings (8-8) - Previously #15
    5/4/08: Minnesota's defense is going to be scary with Jared Allen on the defensive line. Unfortunately, the offense is going to be a joke. Some will point out that Tarvaris Jackson's quarterback rating (70.8) wasn't bad for a first-year starter, but I'll point to the final three games of the 2007 campaign, when the team's playoff hopes were on the line. Jackson tossed five picks and fumbled thrice. He was also sacked six times, and the right side of the offensive line wasn't addressed.

    4/16/08: The Vikings remind me of a fancy car without an engine. They have very few holes on their roster - they're obviously great at running back; the receiver position is fine now with Bernard Berrian; the left side of the line is exceptional; the two Williams tackles stuff the run like no one else; and the linebackers aren't a problem.

    A major issue, and one that looks like it won't be fixed this offseason, is at quarterback. Some Viking fans may disagree with me, but I think Tarvaris Jackson is one of the five worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL (in no particular order - Jackson, Alex Smith, Kyle Boller, John Beck and Brodie Croyle). It's a shame because if Minnesota had a reliable signal caller, it could conceivably make it as far as the Super Bowl.

  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7) - Previously #13
    5/4/08: The Buccaneers had a great draft and should once again contend for the NFC South crown, but their potential is pretty limited by their offense. Jeff Garcia has never advanced past the second round of the playoffs, and I think his limited arm strength will prevent him from ever doing so. Also, Tampa Bay's really going to be hurting at the receiver position, especially if the soon-to-be 37-year-old Joey Galloway takes a step backward this season.

    4/16/08: Looking at roster changes, there's no reason the Buccaneers should be any worse than they were in 2007. They added upgrades (center Jeff Faine and defensive lineman Marques Douglas) and depth (Eugene Wilson, Teddy Lehman and Ben Troupe). Tampa Bay didn't lose anyone to the free-agent market either. So, why are they behind the Eagles and Saints? I just question how much longer Jeff Garcia (38), Joey Galloway (37 in November), Ronde Barber (33) and Derrick Brooks (35) can hold up. If two of the four have a major dropoff, the Bucs can say goodbye to the NFC South crown.

  20. Buffalo Bills (7-9) - Previously #16
    5/4/08: The Bills continued their excellent offseason with a superb draft, somehow acquiring the top cornerback at No. 11, what could be the most talented receiver in the second round and a solid pass rusher in the third. Buffalo backers can thank all the inept general managers out there who screwed up the 2008 NFL Draft. I'm pretty confident in predicting that the Bills will qualify for the postseason this year.

    4/16/08: I like what the Bills have done defensively this offseason, adding some much-needed muscle to the stop unit in terms of Marcus Stroud, Spencer Johnson and Kawika Mitchell. Buffalo struggled to stop the run and get to the quarterback last year, but remember, they suffered more injuries than any other team in the NFL. That said, Buffalo failed to make a single upgrade to its offense, which is troubling, considering it was ranked 30th in scoring in 2007. Improvements will need to come via the draft, and I'm not one who likes counting on rookies.

  21. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8) - Previously #12
    5/4/08: I gave the Eagles a B+ in my 2008 NFL Draft Grades because acquiring a 2009 first-round pick is huge, but I can't really say I understand what they're doing. There are two schools of thought. If they want to go all in this season, why trade for a 2009 first-round pick and fail to give Donovan McNabb a huge, No. 1 target that he desperately needs? If they want to rebuild, why even keep McNabb? Why not trade him while he still has value and allow Kevin Kolb to get some snaps? Of course, the offseason isn't over, and it's possible the Eagles could trade one of their first-rounders and Lito Sheppard for Chad Johnson or Anquan Boldin. But the clock is ticking...

    4/16/08: Philadelphia seems to be going all in this season, which indicates that this is Donovan McNabb's final year in the City of Brotherly Love. The Eagles signed Asante Samuel and Chris Clemons, and even went after Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald. I don't think they're done; a deal for Anquan Boldin or Roy Williams could still be in the works. Even if the Eagles fail to acquire a proven wide out, look for them to make a playoff push; they finished hot in 2007, beating quality opponents (Dallas, New Orleans and Buffalo) the final three weeks of the season.



  22. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) - Previously #10
    5/4/08: Who is Matt Hasselbeck going to throw to? Deion Branch may not even see action this season; Nate Burleson is very mediocre; Bobby Engram just turned 35; D.J. Hackett is gone; John Carlson's just a rookie; while the likes of Courtney Taylor and Ben Obomanu have yet to prove themselves. I'm baffled as to why the Seahawks pulled a Titans maneuver and selected a defensive end over a receiver in the first round. Seattle didn't even add a wideout. Even Tennessee did that.

    4/16/08: The Seahawks spent most of their offseason re-signing key free agents. One guy they failed to retain, however, is kicker Josh Brown, who signed with rival St. Louis. His replacement is the horrendous Olindo Mare, who has struggled kicking indoors the past two seasons. Mare could be the team's potential downfall.

    That said, Seattle is primed for another NFC West title. If the team hits on its draft picks and addresses some of its needs (wide receiver, tight end, defensive tackle, guard), a Super Bowl appearance is not out of the question. The Seahawks' chances will greatly improve if Deion Branch can make it back from his torn ACL.

  23. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) - Previously #9
    5/4/08: The Steelers found a great complement for Willie Parker and a huge target for Ben Roethlisberger, but it still troubles me that they didn't fix their offensive line. Pittsburgh might as well issue the following press release: "Steelers fans, we're taking the 2008 season off. We weren't able to acquire any offensive linemen to block for Big Ben, so in his best interest, we're not going to play any games this year. We look forward to entertaining you in 2009 when we actually have blockers to keep our quarterback concussion-free. For now, please enjoy the Pittsburgh Pirates as a reminder of how much we'll suck if Big Ben gets hurt and misses a lot of action. Thank you, Pittsburgh Steelers management."

    4/16/08: It really troubles me that the Steelers didn't bother upgrading their offensive line this offseason. Sure, they added Justin Hartwig, but Alan Faneca's gone, meaning a front that surrendered 47 sacks has actually gotten worse. Branden Albert at selection No. 23 may help, but I'm not one who likes trusting rookies, no matter how promising they look. Meanwhile, key players at other positions are starting to reach the age of regression, including Hines Ward (32), Aaron Smith (32), Casey Hampton (31) and Deshea Townsend (33).

    I like the Steelers to contend for a playoff spot, but the fact remains that a divisional rival that finished with the same record as them has gotten much stronger this spring, while they've pretty much remained static.

  24. Cleveland Browns (10-6) - Previously #8
    5/4/08: One of the major reasons I thought the Browns would acquire a pass-rushing linebacker with their first pick in the 2008 Draft was to take full advantage of Pittsburgh's porous offensive line. They failed to obtain one, though Beau Bell isn't exactly a mediocre prospect. It's going to be hard to run on the Browns, however, with Corey Williams, Shaun Rogers, Shaun Smith, D'Qwell Jackson and Bell clogging the middle of the defense.

    4/16/08: So much for building through the draft. The Browns no longer have any picks in the first three rounds after acquiring Brady Quinn, Corey Williams and Shaun Rogers. While some people scoff at Cleveland's strategy, I approve. The organization had needs, and it went out and filled them. Williams and Rogers shore up a defensive line that was 27th against the run last year. The Browns also signed Donte' Stallworth as a deep threat for Derek Anderson and Rex Hadnot for depth on the offensive front.

    Speaking of Anderson, people are quick to criticize his pedestrian completion percentage (56.5). Well, I think the fact that he was a 24-year-old starting his initial season in the NFL should give him the benefit of the doubt. I expect Anderson to continue to improve.

    The Browns have a few needs left, like cornerback and outside linebacker. Luckily, this draft is deep and they'll be able to land a quality prospect in Round 4.

  25. New Orleans Saints (7-9) - Previously #11
    5/4/08: I gave out two A+'s in my 2008 NFL Draft Grades, and the Saints earned one of them. They've completely rebuilt their defense, save for the free safety and outside linebacker positions, and promising offensive rookies like Carl Nicks and Adrian Arrington might be able to contribute right away. Looking at New Orleans' schedule, 11 or 12 wins is very possible.

    4/16/08: Of all the teams that didn't make the playoffs, the Saints might have the best chance at winning their division. With Carolina declining and Atlanta rebuilding, the only obstacle in New Orleans' way is Tampa Bay. The Saints, who finished the year on a 7-5 run, bolstered their defense with the additions of end Bobby McCray, middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma and cornerback Randall Gay. If they can find a quality cornerback, nose tackle and outside linebacker in the draft, they'll be set to give the Buccaneers a run for their money.



  26. Dallas Cowboys (13-3) - Previously #7
    5/4/08: Felix Jones was a bit of a reach; Mike Jenkins was incredible value; Martellus Bennett wasn't really a need; while both Orlando Scandrick and Tashard Choice were steals. But where was the Busty Blonde Repellant for Tony Romo? The Cowboys have tons of talent, but they need to keep Romo focused on football throughout the entire season. Getting rid of the choking Wade Phillips wouldn't hurt either. If Dallas doesn't win a playoff game this year, he's as good as gone.

    4/16/08: It's the same old song for the Cowboys. Start hot. Hear Super Bowl expectations. See quarterback date famous hot blonde. Begin fading. Lose instantly in the playoffs. Maybe Tony Romo won't get distracted this season.

    In all seriousness, the Cowboys are a solid team. It wouldn't surprise me to see them win the ever-improving NFC East again. However, I can't pick them to win the Super Bowl as long as Wade Phillips is pacing up and down the sidelines. Phillips has yet to win a playoff game in his lengthy career, and I'm not sure that changes this time next year.

  27. Green Bay Packers (13-3) - Previously #5
    5/4/08: I understand that Brian Brohm was the best player available, but seriously... even if Aaron Rodgers stinks up the joint, Green Bay could have obtained a quarterback in a 2009 class that may feature Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Cullen Harper, Curtis Painter, Hunter Cantwell and Matt Stafford. More depth at corner would have been better, even though they selected Patrick Lee with one of their other second-round picks.

    4/16/08: It really amazes me that some people have the Packers drafting a quarterback relatively early. I have faith in Aaron Rodgers, based on his second-half performance against the Cowboys, and the fact that Green Bay's management thought enough of him to draft him with their No. 1 pick a few years ago. Others may not have the Packers up so high, but if Rodgers meets my expectations, Green Bay has the talent to go the distance. Also remember that the Packers have tons of draft picks relatively early. They can add even more depth to their loaded roster.

  28. Indianapolis Colts (13-3) - Previously #4
    5/4/08: It's tough not to pick the Colts to win the AFC South, but if there's ever a year they slip up in the Peyton Manning-Tony Dungy era, this is it. The Jaguars are going to be difficult to contain with their dominant defensive line, and I'm not sure what's going on with Marvin Harrison and his gun situation.

    4/16/08: The Colts didn't add a single player to their roster this offseason. While some would argue that they didn't need to, the fact remains that their competition has inched closer to them. I also don't know how much longer Marvin Harrison (36) and Jeff Saturday (33) can hold up. Only two players, but both have a huge say in how deep the Colts will advance in the Doggone Playoff this year.

    As long as Peyton Manning is the quarterback of the Colts, they'll have a shot at winning the Super Bowl. It's just that their chances have been reduced with an unproductive offseason. Besides, their meltdown against San Diego has left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

  29. New England Patriots (16-0) - Previously #3
    5/4/08: I wasn't a huge fan of New England's draft. Bill Belichick seemed to compensate for not drafting cornerbacks and linebackers all these years, and consequently reached early and often. The hole at right guard - Steve Neal is coming off two major injuries - wasn't fixed either. The Patriots had major problems in their back seven last year, and I'm not sure they've done enough to preventanother inexplicable postseason collapse. I'm also not sure how they're going to keep Derrick Harvey, Quentin Groves, Paul Spicer and Reggie Hayward out of the backfield.

    4/16/08: I didn't have the Patriots ranked first at times last season, so why would I put them at the top now? The reason I didn't like their chances in 2007 was because I believed their old defense would wear down. That was extremely apparent when Eli Manning converted third down after third down against them. Now, Asante Samuel, Randall Gay, Eugene Wilson and Rosevelt Colvin are all gone, while Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison are all creeping toward the age of regression.

    You can't count the Patriots out because of Tom Brady, Randy Moss and Bill Belichick. However, it wouldn't shock me to see the Super Bowl Loser Curse hex New England into an early playoff exit.





  30. San Diego Chargers (11-5) - Previously #1
    5/4/08: I'd love to know what the Chargers are planning to do at right tackle. They cut Shane Olivea. Jeromey Clary stinks. L.J. Shelton was cut by the 1-15 Dolphins. It's tough to question A.J. Smith; I'm just really puzzled. Still, San Diego nearly beat New England despite seeing Philip Rivers limping around and LaDainian Tomlinson sitting on the bench.

    4/16/08: The Chargers have one glaring weakness they need to fix, which happens to be the right tackle position. If they take care of that via the draft, it wouldn't surprise me at all to seem in the Super Bowl. Remember, they kept the Patriots to a single-digit deficit for the majority of the AFC Championship with Philip Rivers limping around on one leg, and without the services of LaDainian Tomlinson. Norv Turner and A.J. Smith have to be thrilled at the emergence of Vincent Jackson and Antonio Cromartie late in the season.

    I expect big things from the Chargers in 2008, and I'm not afraid to put them atop this chart. Norv Turner? Winning a Super Bowl? Remember, we would have said the same thing about Eli Manning this time last year.

  31. Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5) - Previously #6
    5/4/08: It's good to know at least one team was paying attention to the Giants' playoff run. With the additions of Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves, the Jaguars are going to put a scary amount of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. You've been warned, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

    4/16/08: David Garrard was probably excited after hearing that his team acquired two new receivers. In the wake of finding out who they were, however, I'm sure Garrard spent endless nights crying in bed. Jerry Porter? Troy Williamson? All the Jaguars could do for Garrard is sign an underachiever and a draft bust? Are they taking lessons from Titans management?

    Still, the Jaguars figure to be one of the top five or six teams in the NFL. Garrard should continue to improve and the running game will still be devastating. The defensive line, however, will be an issue if the Jaguars can't land any talented rookies. Bobby McCray and Marcus Stroud could be missed.

  32. New York Giants (10-6) - Previously #2
    5/4/08: When I tell people I have the Giants as one of the top teams in my power rankings, they look surprised. Why? They stormed through the playoffs, Eli Manning grew before our very eyes, and the defensive pressure they were able to put on Tom Brady and the other quarterbacks they beat was unlike anything we've ever seen. The only key player they lost this offseason was Gibril Wilson, and they replaced him with Kenny Phillips, who has much more potential. New York was one of two teams that earned an A+ in my 2008 NFL Draft Grades, so despite winning the Super Bowl last year, I expect them to get even better.

    4/16/08: It seems like a lot of people are underrating what the Giants did in the playoffs, calling it shear luck and a burst of momentum. Well, New York had always started each season off hot but faded down the stretch. That changed in 2007, as Eli Manning didn't commit a turnover in the postseason until the Super Bowl. I couldn't have imagined myself saying this a year ago, but I trust Eli now.

    New York lost Gibril Wilson, Kawika Mitchell and Reggie Torbor this offseason. The only one that really matters, however, is the former. The Giants could have a chance at landing Kenny Phillips with the final pick of the first round, so he could be a nice replacement, assuming he pans out. New York has a few other depth issues (cornerback, linebacker, defensive end if Michael Strahan retires), but they should be set for another Super Bowl run.



2009 NFL Mock Draft

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2008 NFL Free Agents

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