NFL Power Rankings 2024: Post-NFL Draft

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My current NFL Power Rankings of the 2024 NFL season for post-NFL Draft. Eagles and Colts rise after great drafts.

I’m going to use these rankings as the order for my 2025 NFL Mock Draft during the early stages of the 2024 season. Follow @walterfootball.

NFL Power Rankings updated May 12, 2024

  1. Kansas City Chiefs NFL Power Rankings Kansas City Chiefs (11-6) – Previously: 1.
    Will there be a three-peat for the first time ever? As long as Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes are involved, anything is possible. The Chiefs re-signed Chris Jones and obtained Marquise Brown, both of which should help their Super Bowl chances in 2024. It hurts that Rashee Rice could be suspended at some point, but the additions of Marquise Brown and Xavier Worthy should help mitigate that.

  2. Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles (11-6) – Previously: 3.
    The Eagles were an obvious fraud when they were 10-1 last year, but they’re a good bet to bounce back. They made a great hire in Vic Fangio, who is going to improve their defense. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Devin White were tremendous additions in free agency as well, and then Philadelphia obtained Quinyon Mitchell and Cooper DeJean via the 2024 NFL Draft, with both prospects being steals. It’s safe to say that the Eagles will be much better defensively in 2024. I bet them to win the Super Bowl at 17/1 odds.

  3. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers (12-5) – Previously: 2.
    The 49ers looked to be in rough shape entering the offseason, but they’ve somehow barely lost anyone, all while acquiring Leonard Floyd and De’Vondre Campbell. They’ll once again be a tough out in 2024, though a trade involving one of their top two receivers will hurt.

  4. Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals (9-8) – Previously: 4.
    The Bengals have to be considered one of the top teams in the NFL. They would have challenged for the Super Bowl last year had Joe Burrow not gotten hurt. Burrow will be back, though it remains to be seen if Tee Higgins will be as well after demanding a trade.

  5. Detroit Lions NFL Power Rankings Detroit Lions (12-5) – Previously: 6.
    Of the four teams in the championship games, it seems as though the Lions have lost the least talent. In fact, they added D.J. Reader, Kevin Zeitler and some cornerbacks to the roster in free agency, then somehow landed Terrion Arnold via the draft, so they figure to be better than they were in 2023.

  6. Houston Texans Houston Texans (10-7) – Previously: 8.
    The Texans addressed their offensive line in the draft with a second-round pick in Blake Fisher, but the most relevant addition was Stefon Diggs. While Diggs saw a decline in production in the second half of the year, there’s a chance he was dealing with an undisclosed injury or was just being misused in the new offense.

  7. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills (11-6) – Previously: 5.
    The Bills were so much of a mess defensively last year with all their injuries, yet they were so close to beating the Chiefs. And given what happened in the next two rounds, Buffalo could have won the Super Bowl had things gone differently for them in the divisional round. The defense will be strengthened by Matt Milano’s return. The offense took a hit with Stefon Diggs leaving, but Diggs struggled in the second half of the 2023 season. Keon Coleman emerging as a rookie would help immensely.

  8. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers (9-8) – Previously: 7.
    “No Cookie” Jordan Love was an enigma last year. He looked unbeatable at times, but in some games, he played horrendously. I guess this sort of inconsistency should have been expected from a young quarterback throwing to receivers with barely any experience. Love should be better in 2024, especially with Josh Jacobs serving as a safer running back.

  9. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens (13-4) – Previously: 9.
    The Ravens’ offensive line has been ravaged by offseason departures, with three starters leaving via free agency or being traded. There are some young blockers who could fill in well, but if they don’t, Baltimore will take a major step backward in 2024.

  10. New York Jets New York Jets (7-10) – Previously: 10.
    The Jets have made some big moves this offseason, acquiring Tyron Smith, Mike Williams, Haason Reddick. If Smith and Williams can remain healthy, and Reddick doesn’t regress, the Jets will have given themselves a great chance to win the Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers.

  11. Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins (11-6) – Previously: 11.
    Miami’s offensive line isn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, with Terron Armstead retained and Aaron Brewer signed. The challenge will be keeping everyone healthy in 2024, as the Dolphins have been derailed by injuries the past two seasons.

  12. Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars (9-8) – Previously: 14.
    The Jaguars were 8-3 at one point last year. They fell apart because Trevor Lawrence got injured, so I would expect them to rebound in 2024. What helps is that the Jaguars have added some very talented players this offseason, including Arik Armstead and Darnell Savage. The offensive line was also improved with Mitch Morse joining the team.

  13. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts (9-8) – Previously: 18.
    Anthony Richardson and a healthy Jonathan Taylor will be back next year. That gives the Colts some hope even though they didn’t do much in free agency. Landing Laiatu Latu and Adonai Mitchell as great values in the draft should help though.

  14. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears (7-10) – Previously: 15.
    The Bears were one of the hottest teams down the stretch. I was excited about their prospects of winning Super Bowl LIX because they had so much cap space entering free agency, but they didn’t really do all that much on the open market. However, they were able to trade for Keenan Allen and Ryan Bates, both of whom will aid Caleb Williams as he navigates his rookie year with his pink phone and lip gloss.

  15. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams (10-7) – Previously: 16.
    The Rams nearly beat the Lions in the opening round of the playoffs. This didn’t impress many people at the time, but considering that Detroit was up by 17 over the 49ers in the NFC Championship, the Rams may have made some noise had they gotten past the Lions. The Rams had a lot going for them heading into 2024 with a great offense and lots of talented young players on defense. Unfortunately for their Super Bowl chances, Aaron Donald announced his retirement.

  16. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns (11-6) – Previously: 12.
    Cleveland’s big move this offseason was trading for Jerry Jeudy, so I have to be skeptical about the team improving in 2024. There’s a chance Jeudy could finally reach his potential, but he’s been mostly a disappointment thus far in his career.

  17. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys (12-5) – Previously: 17.
    According to Charlie Campbell, Jerry Jones was very close to firing Mike McCarthy, but had to be talked out of it. The Cowboys will once again be coached poorly, and now they won’t have Tyron Smith or Tyler Biadasz, with both leaving via free agency. Everyone on TV made a big deal about Dallas not having a proven running back, but the offensive line is the greater concern.

  18. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders (8-9) – Previously: 19.
    The Raiders added Christian Wilkins to further improve their already-stellar defense, but the problems remain at quarterback and the offensive line. It’s odd that the Raiders didn’t even try to make a play for Justin Fields, given how cheaply the Steelers were able to obtain him.

  19. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers (10-7) – Previously: 20.
    I’d say I’m excited to see how Justin Fields operate in Pittsburgh’s offense, but then I remember that Arthur Smith is the coordinator in Pittsburgh. I like some of the other moves Pittsburgh has made, including the signing of Patrick Queen and DeShon Elliott, but it feels like Smith will sabotage the team in some sort of way.

  20. Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons (7-10) – Previously: 13.
    The Falcons were so close to making the playoffs last year, and yet they had the worst season-long quarterbacking in the NFL between Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke. It’s safe to say that this will be a huge area of improvement with Kirk Cousins joining the team. Unfortunately, the Falcons capped their own upside by drafting for the future despite going all in to win the Super Bowl this year. Yeah, it makes no sense.

  21. Los Angeles Chargers San Angeles Chargers (5-12) – Previously: 21.
    I love the Jim Harbaugh hire. He’ll be the first real coach the Chargers will have since Marty Schottenheimer in 2006. Perhaps Harbaugh will hire a new training staff to keep the Charger players from getting injured all the time for a change. I’d say the Chargers could compete for a Super Bowl, but they jettisoned their top two receivers, and they drafted someone to play right tackle at No. 5 in the draft despite him never playing right tackle in his football career.

  22. Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks (9-8) – Previously: 25.
    Pete Carroll is gone, so it’s reasonable to expect the Seahawks to take a step backward this upcoming season. They’re weak in the interior of the offensive line, while their run defense is still a question mark.

  23. Washington Redskins Washington Redskins (4-13) – Previously: 22.
    I’ve seen some project the Redskins as having the worst record in the NFL next year, but I think they’ve made enough solid moves to potentially win eight or so games if Jayden Daniels/Drake Maye pans out. They tremendously bolstered their linebacking corps with Bobby Wagner and Frankie Luvu, and they made some upgrades to the offensive line. They also signed Austin Ekeler, who will provide some juice out of the backfield.

  24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-8) – Previously: 23.
    The Buccaneers should have lost to the Panthers in Week 18 and lucked into many wins earlier in the year. They managed to keep Baker Mayfield and Mike Evans, but this has given the Buccaneers false hope, especially with Atlanta signing Kirk Cousins.

  25. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints (9-8) – Previously: 24.
    The Saints’ one big move this offseason was signing Chase Young, an overrated player. This can’t give them much hope for 2024, especially with the divisional crown presumably out of reach with the Falcons signing Kirk Cousins.

  26. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings (7-10) – Previously: 26.
    It’s a shame we didn’t get to see where the Vikings were going last year with Kirk Cousins having his best season and the defense improving each week. We’ll never know now, with Cousins gone. The Vikings drafted J.J. McCarthy, but he has Mac Jones-type upside.

  27. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals (4-13) – Previously: 27.
    The Cardinals did well to add some talent to their offensive line, acquiring Jonah Williams and Evan Brown. I don’t think it was enough to propel the Cardinals to the upper half of the division. Arizona will be mostly competitive as long as Kyler Murray is healthy, but he has never lasted an entire season.

  28. Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans (6-11) – Previously: 28.
    It’s difficult to project the Titans. Will Levis struggled after a hot start in his rookie year, so if that continues, Tennessee will have a very poor record. However, if Levis performs like he did versus Atlanta, Tennessee can be competitive because it added some real talent this offseason like L’Jarius Sneed, Chidboe Awuzie, Calvin Ridley, and Tony Pollard.

  29. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers (2-15) – Previously: 29.
    I’d be surprised if the Panthers had the worst record in the NFL again. I love what they did with the offensive line, signing Damien Lewis and Robert Hunt to plug their two holes at guard. Getting Diontae Johnson in a trade will help Bryce Young as well. Brian Burns is gone, but the Panthers added some capable pass rushers to replace him. I could see Carolina winning five or six games this year with their easy schedule.

  30. New England Patriots New England Patriots (4-13) – Previously: 31.
    The Patriots had a horrible record last year, and yet that was with Bill Belichick getting the most out of the defense. Jerod Mayo could end up being a great coach, but he won’t be Belichick in his first year. Unless Drake Maye has a C.J. Stroud-type impact in his rookie year, the Patriots will be in the running to have the worst record in the NFL.

  31. New York Giants New York Giants (6-11) – Previously: 30.
    The Giants improved their pass rush with Brian Burns this offseason, but they haven’t done much else outside of drafting Malik Nabers at No. 5 overall. Their offensive line and receiving corps outside of Nabers are a disaster, and they lost Saquon Barkley and Xavier McKinney to free agency. Daniel Jones may not be ready for the opener either. The Giants are in the running to be the worst team in the NFL.

  32. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos (8-9) – Previously: 32.
    Denver’s quarterbacks ahead of the draft were Zach Wilson, Jarrett Stidham, and Ben DiNucci. Yikes! This prompted the Broncos to reach for Bo Nix at No. 12, which is a disaster for the long haul. The Broncos, at the moment, appear to be the worst team in the NFL. Check out whom I have them taking in my 2025 NFL Mock Draft.

  33. 2024 NFL MVP Projection:

    1. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs
    2. Jalen Hurts, QB, Eagles
    3. Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals
    4. C.J. Stroud, QB, Texans
    5. Josh Allen, QB, Bills

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