With the top-tier free agents signed and the 2019 NFL Draft in the books, it’s time for everyone to get upset about their favorite team being too low in the power rankings.
We’ve finally hit the month of May, which means we’re just five more months of over-analysis away from the start of the ’19 NFL season, so let’s kick it off with some post-NFL Draft power rankings.
Today’s rankings will cover teams ranked No. 25-32, with the remaining teams to follow in groups of eight over the next three days.
Be sure to let us know which teams you believe are ranked too high/too low,
and we’ll be sure to take your thoughts into the consideration the next time we do our power rankings.
2019 Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings
25. Denver Broncos
Denver opted to address the future core of the offense in the 2019 NFL Draft by adding Noah Fant, Drew Lock and Dalton Risner. While these picks should help the team at some point in the future, they likely won’t make enough immediate impact to help push the Broncos past the Chiefs or Chargers (or potentially even the Raiders) in 2019. The core of offensive skill players is growing in Denver, but the Broncos are still a few years away
26. Buffalo Bills
Year two of the Josh Allen experiment. He showed flashes with his legs during his rookie season, but now the team will want to see Allen make strides with his powerful right arm in year two. The selection of Ed Oliver should help ease the loss of recently retired Kyle Williams, but the team still needs to improve on defense to help make the game easier for Allen. Despite allowing the second-fewest total yards per game last season, the Bills ranked just 18th in points allowed, allowing nearly 24 per game
27. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals must be looking ahead to the 2020 NFL Draft to address the quarterback position as they bypassed selecting their future QB with the No. 11 overall selection in this year’s draft despite Daniel Jones being the only quarterback off the board. There’s obvious talent on the offensive side of the ball in A.J. Green, Joe Mixon and last year’s breakout, Tyler Boyd, but the Bengals will remain a fairly average team until they address the quarterback position and improve a defense that finished 29th in rushing yards allowed per game, dead last in passing yards allowed, and 30th in points allowed per game in 2018
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay went digging for fossils while looking for a new head coach this offseason and ended up finding 66-year-old, Bruce Arians. Many people believe Arians is the perfect coach to help salvage the career of Jameis Winston, but that may be dependent on Arians’ memory and remembering how to coach quarterbacks given his current age. Alright, enough of me making fun of hiring a super old head coach, but for as much as I’d like to see Winston build on his strengths and become the true leader of this team for the foreseeable future, I just don’t think it’s going to work out for Winston in Tampa Bay. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard form a nice trio to run a potentially explosive offense, but I feel like we would have seen it already out of Winston if he had it in him
29. Washington Redskins
The Redskins won the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft – in my opinion – but I don’t see the selections of Dwayne Haskins and Montez Sweat making a significant difference in year one as Haskins likely won’t see the field while rookie edge rushers seldomly reach meaningful sack totals. The addition of Case Keenum gives the team a viable option at QB, as the team struggled to replace Alex Smith after his season-ending injury last season, but there’s a shortage of talent at the offensive skill positions on this current Redskins’ roster, and I think it will show this season
30. Miami Dolphins
Adding Josh Rosen for a late second-round pick was a smart move by the Dolphins’ front office since it gives them a few more options when it comes to determining how to address the QB position moving forward, but the team still lacks talent at several key positions, which will likely keep them in the basement of the AFC East in 2019. “Tank for Tua” may not have to be the only strategy for Miami this season, but it’s a pretty safe bet that the Dolphins will be picking in the top 10 of next year’s NFL Draft
31. New York Giants
The only thing keeping the New York Giants out of the No. 32 spot in my power rankings is Saquon Barkley. Selecting Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall in the draft is unexplainable given the fact that every single quarterback was still available, and it’s hard to improve when you trade away one of the best receivers in the game in Odell Beckham Jr. I truly feel for Giants’ fans. It’s got to the point where it feels like Dave Gettleman is just doing crazy shit in hopes that one move actually works out so he can eventually say, “I told you so.”
32. Arizona Cardinals
New head coach Kliff Kingsbury opted to get his guy at quarterback with the first overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. But there’s no denying the fact that selecting Josh Rosen at No. 11 last year, and following it up with the selection of Kyler Murray at No. 1 this year, has prevented the team from adding impact players at other meaningful positions, which will undoubtedly hinder the speed at which he’s able to get things turned around in Arizona. David Johnson, Christian Kirk and Hakeem Butler may provide a nice offensive core in the future, but the Cardinals will be asking a lot of Murray, who will likely be asked to start from day one at a height/weight we’re not used to seeing at the quarterback position in the NFL
Be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys recap the 2019 NFL Draft!