Welcome to my first NFL Power Rankings of the new season. I’ve waited until the draft to review my current standings as they were at the end of last season when the Rams clinched the Super Bowl over the Bengals.
This will be my only Ranking ahead of the start of the NFL season, once all pre-season games have been completed and it will serve as the starting points for my first official rankings of the new season, once the first weekend of games have been played out.
The 2022 NFL Draft really shook a few things up and I think this has had a significant impact in certain areas of the list, while in others, the rankings haven’t really changed a great deal.
So without any further ado, here’s my first NFL Power Rankings of the season.
BBUSA NFL Power Rankings – Post 2022 NFL Draft
- Buffalo Bills (3)
The Bills were super strong ahead of the draft and they added quality both there and in free
agency to turn themselves into potentially the strongest team in the NFL at present.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9)
Tom Brady’s return immediately moves the Bucs back into the top of the rankings talk once again, but without Gronkowski, the Bucs won’t be as strong, despite a solid draft.
- Los Angeles Rams (1)
The Rams didn’t have much to do on the first couple of days, they didn’t need to. But what they added was solid enough. They’ll be very much in the mix again next year.
- Kansas City Chiefs (2)
The Chiefs have lost some key playmakers, but made some decent free agent and draft picks, so Patrick Mahomes will still get plenty of opportunities to shine.
- Cincinnati Bengals (5)
Not the greatest draft, but the Bengals made some solid moves in free agency to shore up the porous offensive line and they should be a real threat once again next year.
- Baltimore Ravens (18)
For me, the best performing team in the draft this year. Injuries wrecked last year for the Ravens, the players they signed and tweaks to their program should make them hugely relevant again.
- Green Bay Packers (6)
Good news, Aaron Rodgers is back. Bad news, the best receiver in the NFL has now joined the Raiders. Rodgers will ensure the Pack are still relevant in the NFC, but it wasn’t their best off-season.
- Cleveland Browns (20)
I wasn’t too enamoured with the Browns draft and they paid a high price for Deshaun Watson. However, if he plays and to his best, he will elevate this team to an elite AFC North outfit.
- Denver Broncos (26)
Snagging Russell Wilson from the Seahawks transforms the Broncos from the whipping boys of the ultra-tough AFC West, into divisional contenders in that very daunting group.
- Los Angeles Chargers (14)
The Chargers have wisely moved to offer Justin Herbert more protection in free agency in the draft and they’ll reap the benefits of that, as they will with their defensive picks in the secondary.
- Philadelphia Eagles (13)
Jason Kelce came back and combined with some useful FA pick-ups and an outstanding performance at the draft, including nabbing AJ. Brown from the Titans the Eagles are starting to soar once again.
- Tennessee Titans (7)
The Titans had a solid draft and Malik Willis could be a steal but trading a top NFL wide receiver away to bring in a rookie is a big step backwards in a stacked AFC.
- San Francisco 49ers (4)
For me, the 49ers are the team that has disappointed most since the season ended. Deebo Samuel wants away and their moves in the draft and free agency don’t fill me with much optimism.
- Dallas Cowboys (8)
An average free agency was followed by some ‘meh’ picks in the draft. For all the hype about the Cowboys being a Super Bowl team, I just don’t see it at the moment.
- Minnesota Vikings (19)
I thought the Vikings made some shrewd moves in the draft, moving down to pick up some key picks and solid players. They could be a real threat to the Packers this year.
- Miami Dolphins (17)
It’s now or never for Tua. With Tyreek Hill and Terron Armstead signed up, the Dolphins spent a lot of draft capital before the draft but there’s no doubt they’ve improved on last year.
- Las Vegas Raiders (12)
Signing Davante Adams improves their receiving corps massively but this team has a lot of holes and they didn’t really address too many of them in FA or the draft.
- Indianapolis Colts (15)
Matt Ryan was a good pick up for the Colts, but he is not the player he once was. Ryan will make them better but not by as much as some experts seem to think in my view.
- Arizona Cardinals (11)
The Cardinals trading away their first rounder for Marquise Brown now makes sense with DeAndre Hopkins suspended. Even so, Hopkins absence is a huge blow for this team.
- New England Patriots (10)
I’ve been very surprised by the Patriots moves so far. I didn’t like their draft picks and their free agency moves are puzzling. Is this part of a Belichick masterplan? I’m not sold on it just yet.
- New York Giants (29)
I felt the Giants made massive strides in this draft, Thibodeaux and Neal will be immediate impact players and they picked up a lot of other very talented players deeper in the draft. They’ll be much improved this year.
- New York Jets (28)
I was so impressed with how the Jets navigated this draft. They signed up some outstanding talent, picking up four of the top prospects in their positions in the draft. The Jets should be much more relevant in the AFC East.
- New Orleans Saints (25)
Resigning Jameis Winston is fine, as is taking Chris Olave but the Saints didn’t add the extra offensive depth I felt they need to make massive improvements this year.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (16)
Kenny Pickett is a nice pick up at QB, but the Steelers had a lot of holes they needed to fill in other areas and have not done that. Trubisky is no Big Ben and they may struggle in a tough division.
- Detroit Lions (31)
Do Lions fans have some hope? I think they do. This was another solid free agency for the Lions and Dan Campbell with them picking up the best player in the draft at number 2, as well as some other great day one starters.
- Houston Texans (26)
Trading Deshaun Watson for a kings ransom was a good move and hasn’t’ weakened the team as he hasn’t played but I wasn’t overly enamoured with the draft as I think the Texans over-reached on a couple of key picks.
- Washington Commanders (24)
Sam Howell is an interesting pick up, but I think the Commanders over-reached in the first two rounds but added better value late in the draft, but I think they’ll struggle again in the NFC East.
- Chicago Bears (23)
The Bears didn’t have the most spectacular draft and the picks they made are not big impact players. After losing Khalil Mack, the Bears have a lot of work to do to stay relevant in the North.
- Atlanta Falcons (22)
The Falcons got some good value in this draft, but they are going to have to rely on a lot of very young players next season to get them out of a hole and I just don’t see them being that effective from day one of the season.
- Seattle Seahawks (21)
Still no replacement for Russell Wilson and for me, that is why the Seahawks have plummeted down these rankings. Drew Lock or Geno Atkins are not the answer and the Seahawks need better options at QB and linebacker.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (32)
The Jaguars had a solid draft and they’ve made some decent moves in free agency too, but whether Doug Petersen can mould these pieces into a team come the start of the season, I am not so sure.
- Carolina Panthers (30)
Corral or Darnold to start the season at QB won’t fill Panthers fans with a huge amount of hope. They struggled after a 3-0 start last season. I don’t see them having improved a great deal with their business since.