Power Ranking Every NFL Team, Post-Draft Edition

Power Ranking Every 2014 NFL Team, Pre-Draft Edition

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The major events of the 2014 offseason -- free agency and the draft -- have reshaped franchises across the NFL. Which teams have drastically improved and which teams have taken a step in the wrong direction? See in these post-draft power rankings.

32. Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel
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32. Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel
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The Cleveland Browns might have acquired their future starting quarterback in Johnny Manziel during the first round of the draft, but their passing game could be doomed for regression with the NFL's leading receiver from this past season, Josh Gordon, facing a potential 8-16 game ban.

31. Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater
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31. Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater
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Teddy Bridgewater may or may not be the answer at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Anthony Barr and Scott Crichton could be the more vital additions to the 2014 Vikings, though. Drastic improvement on the defensive side of the ball is needed.

30. Jacksonville Jagurs

Blake Bortles
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30. Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles
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With one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars steadily improved throughout the course of the 2013 season. After a productive draft that landed two promising receiver prospects to go along with a potential franchise quarterback in Blake Bortles, more improvement could be on the horizon. This is a team that is probably one or two seasons away, however.

29. Houston Texans

Jadeveon Clowney
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29. Houston Texans

Jadeveon Clowney
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Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt give the Houston Texans a potentially lethal pass-rushing duo. Backup quarterbacks around the league could be due for a promotion if the Texans are on the schedule in 2014. Unfortunately, Houston's offense is still a mess at the quarterback position.

28. Oakland Raiders

Khalil Mack
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28. Oakland Raiders

Khalil Mack
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The Oakland Raiders spent big money in free agency and landed one of the best prospects of this year's draft in Khalil Mack to improve upon a 4-12 season. Unless quarterback Matt Schaub returns to form in new surroundings, though, don't expect a drastically better football team.

27. Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III
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27. Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III
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The Washington Redskins ended the 2013 season on an eight-game losing streak. If Robert Griffin III can rebound from a shaky sophomore slump with a speedster like DeSean Jackson to target, the Redskins will no longer be pushovers. But they have many more issues to correct than their passing game.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneeers

Gerald McCoy
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26. Tampa Bay Bucaneers

Gerald McCoy
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers loaded up on weapons in the draft, bolstering their passing game with Mike Evans, a mammoth target to pair with Vincent Jackson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a big, athletic tight end, and Charles Sims, who was considered one of the best receivers out of the backfield in the class. But can Josh McCown carry his success in Chicago last season to Tampa Bay?

25. Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker
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25. Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker
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Jake Locker is set to enter a make-or-break season for the Tennessee Titans. The tools to emerge as a legitimate franchise passer are there, but Locker needs good health and consistency to solidify the position. The Titans will at least be competitive if he does.

24. New York Jets

Rex Ryan
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24. New York Jets

Rex Ryan
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The New York Jets signed household names in Michael Vick and Chris Johnson this offseason. Don't expect either to turn Rex Ryan's club into a playoff team, though. Improvement will be hard to come by after the team overachieved in 2013.

23. Buffalo Bills

Sammy Watkins
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23. Buffalo Bills

Sammy Watkins
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The Buffalo Bills have enough talent on defense to compete with most teams and now an explosive weapon on offense in Sammy Watkins to put more points on the board. EJ Manuel didn't look the part at quarterback as a rookie, though. Good thing he was just a rookie.

22. Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant
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22. Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant
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The Dallas Cowboys were gutted a bit this offseason, but their defense can't get much worse than last year's unit that ranked near the bottom of the league versus the run and the pass. Led by the Tony Romo to Dez Bryant connection, the Cowboys still have more than enough firepower on offense to compete in the NFC East.

21. New York Giants

Victor Cruz
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21. New York Giants

Victor Cruz
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It's hard to believe the New York Giants won a Super Bowl only 27 months ago. They weren't very good in 2014, and Eli Manning's erratic play at quarterback was a major reason why. The hope is first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. will give Manning the weapon he needs to bounce back.

20. St. Louis Rams

Aaron Donald
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20. St. Louis Rams

Aaron Donald
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The St. Louis Rams got a lot better with the additions of Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald during the draft's first round. But even if Sam Bradford finally lives up to his billing at quarterback, the NFC West will likely prove too daunting for Jeff Fisher's club to become contenders.

19. Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones
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19. Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones
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The Atlanta Falcons went from Super Bowl contender to bottom dweller last season. Julio Jones' return should help, but the Falcons' anemic rushing attack and porous defense were their biggest issues a year ago.

18. Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson
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18. Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson
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With Golden Tate and Eric Ebron now in the fold, the Detroit Lions have playmakers that should help detract some of the incessant attention Calvin Johnson is forced to overcome every week. The Lions still have issues on defense, though, specifically in the secondary.

17. Kansas City Chiefs

Tamba Hali
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17. Kansas City Chiefs

Tamba Hali
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The Kansas City Chiefs took advantage of one of the league's easiest schedules in 2013. With the entire NFC West on the slate, their path back to the playoffs will be much more difficult in 2014.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown
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16. Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown
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With a better run defense and running game, the Pittsburgh Steelers should possesses the ability to return to their winning ways after consecutive 8-8 finishes. As always, a tough division offers no guarantees.

15. Miami Dolphins

Brent Grimes
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15. Miami Dolphins

Brent Grimes
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The Miami Dolphins were one win away from the postseason in 2013 despite possessing the worst offensive line in franchise history. A revamped front should allow Ryan Tannehill to take the next step as a quarterback.

14. Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton
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14. Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton
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One of the most dominant front sevens in the league is still in place for the Carolina Panthers, but Ron Rivera's club had its offensive line and receiver corps depleted over the offseason. Cam Newton has a difficult road ahead to say the least.

13. Chicago Bears

Brandon Marshall
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13. Chicago Bears

Brandon Marshall
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Cleaning up a shoddy run defense will be key for the Chicago Bears in 2014. If they can, there is ample talent offensively to finally get over the hump and into the playoffs.

12. Baltimore Ravens

John Harbaugh
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12. Baltimore Ravens

John Harbaugh
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The Baltimore Ravens looked to reclaim their identity as one of the game's most dominant defensive teams during the draft, selecting C.J. Mosley, Timmy Jernigan and Terrence Brooks with their first three picks. With more consistent quarterback play and a more productive rushing attack, Baltimore is more than capable of getting back to the playoffs.

11. San Diego Chargers

Jason Verrett
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11. San Diego Chargers

Jason Verrett
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The San Diego Chargers won their first playoff game since 2008 this past season. To build off of that success, first-round pick Jason Verrett and company will have to yield a much improved pass defense.

10. Arizona Cardinals

Michael Floyd
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10. Arizona Cardinals

Michael Floyd
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Led by one of the best defenses in football, the Arizona Cardinals were quietly one of the league's better teams during last year's regular season. Playing the NFC West heavyweights twice will make reaching the playoffs a tall task, but the Cardinals will be a tough out for every team they play.

9. Cincinnati Bengals

Giovani Bernard
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9. Cincinnati Bengals

Giovani Bernard
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Andy Dalton's struggles during the Cincinnati Bengals' first-round playoff loss in January have been scrutinized, but don't forget that Marvin Lewis' team ranked in the top 10 in passing yards, rushing yards allowed and passing yards allowed in 2013. And the addition of LSU running back Jeremy Hill in the second round could propel the rushing attack to top 10 status as well.

8. Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly
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8. Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly
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It will be interesting to see if Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles can maintain his ability to produce while avoiding turnovers. if he can, the sky is the limit for Chip Kelly's offense. DeSean jackson's void could be felt, but Darren Sproles will give Kelly a dynamic playmaker to work with.

7. Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck
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7. Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck
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The Indianapolis Colts haven't given quarterback Andrew Luck a great supporting cast, but Luck and the players around him are talented enough to be the hands down favorites in the weak AFC South. Emerging as a legitimate title contender is undoubtedly the ambition in 2014.

6. New England Patriots

Tom Brady
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6. New England Patriots

Tom Brady
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The New England Patriots haven't won a Super Bowl in almost a decade. Time is running out to claim another title with Tom Brady, as the future Hall of Fame quarterback will turn 37 in August. But with better health in 2014, there's no reason why New England can't capture its fourth championship under Bill Belichick.

5. New Orleans Saints

Brandin Cooks
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5. New Orleans Saints

Brandin Cooks
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Darren Sproles' loss will undoubtedly be felt, but the New Orleans Saints nabbed one of the most explosive playmakers of the draft in Brandin Cooks. Attaining home-field advantage in the playoffs will be pivotal to the Saints' Super Bowl chances given their finesse offensive attack.

4. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers
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4. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers
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As long as Aaron Rodgers can stay healthy, the Green Bay Packers will always be a Super Bowl contender. Unfortunately, they're more flawed than the NFC's other front runners. Drastic improvement on defense will be in order to represent the conference come February.

3. Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning
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3. Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning
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With an all-in approach to maximize Peyton Manning's fleeting Super Bowl window, the Denver Broncos aggressively reeled in DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward to pair a stingy defense with an already prolific offense. Recent history hasn't been kind to the Super Bowl loser, though.

2. San Francisco 49ers

Anquan Boldin
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2. San Francisco 49ers

Anquan Boldin
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The San Francisco 49ers have had a tumultuous offseason off the field. On the field, however, they're still one of the most dominant, complete teams in the NFL. After another impressive draft, the 49ers may have the most talent from top to bottom in football.

1. Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks
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1. Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks
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Was there ever any doubt who would be No. 1? The Seattle Seahawks are simply too dominant on defense, too unbeatable at home not to be considered the best team in the NFL. Repeating will be no easy task, but the Seahawks legitimately could have a dynasty in the works.


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