2015 Power Rankings: Offseason

 
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Last Week: 1

Are three straight Super Bowls possible while not making a first-round pick in each of those years? We’ll find out with the Seahawks this season.
2

Last Week: 2

The Patriots used the draft to bulk up the offensive and defensive lines, drafting six linemen in the first five rounds. The average weight of the Patriots’ first seven picks was 276 pounds.
3
Packers
12-4

Last Week: 3

The Packers have used eight of their 10 first-round picks on defense since drafting Aaron Rodgers. The Packers haven’t ranked higher than 13th in opponent PPG since winning the Super Bowl after the 2010 season.
4
Broncos
12-4

Last Week: 4

The Broncos grabbed DE Shane Ray to rush the passer along with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. The Broncos’ pass rush ranked fourth in generating pressure last season.
5
Colts
11-5
 

3
Last Week: 8

Miami Colts? Andrew Luck will be surrounded with Hurricanes in 2015. The Colts drafted Miami WR Phillip Dorsett after adding Frank Gore and Andre Johnson this offseason.
6
Cowboys
12-4
 

1
Last Week: 5

The Cowboys rushed more than any other team last season, but didn’t draft a RB to replace DeMarco Murray. That leaves Darren McFadden, who has one 16-game season in his career, as the lead back.
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Ravens
10-6
 

4
Last Week: 11

The priority in the draft? Find Joe Flacco someone to throw to. The Ravens drafted four pass-catchers after losing Torrey Smith and Owen Daniels this offseason.
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2
Last Week: 10

The Cardinals drafted OT D.J. Humphries 24th overall, the first OT drafted by the Cardinals since 2007. No surprise after losing two quarterbacks to injury last season.
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3
Last Week: 6

The Steelers selected three defensive backs in a draft for the first time since 1995 after losing Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and Brice McCain this offseason.
10
Bengals
10-5-1
 

1
Last Week: 9

The Bengals drafted offensive tackles with their first two picks; both of their starters at the position are free agents after this season. Smart for the future, but might not help this year.
11
Eagles
10-6
 

1
Last Week: 12

The offensive additions made headlines for Chip Kelly, but the Eagles signed or drafted a combined six cornerbacks this offseason. Only three teams allowed more passing touchdowns than Philly in 2014.
12
Lions
11-5
 

5
Last Week: 7

Detroit went offensive line and running back with its first two picks. Matthew Stafford’s streak of four years with 600-plus pass attempts may finally come to an end.
13
 

3
Last Week: 16

San Diego made only five picks in the 2015 draft, but they kept Philip Rivers and gave him a new weapon in RB Melvin Gordon. Will that be enough to keep Rivers around?
14
Chiefs
9-7
 

1
Last Week: 13

Forcing turnovers was a problem for the 9-7 Chiefs last season. First-round pick Marcus Peters (CB) should help improve on Kansas City’s league-low six interceptions in 2014.
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4
Last Week: 19

A lot of new faces will be surrounding Ryan Tannehill in 2015, including Greg Jennings and first-round pick DeVante Parker. Will they be enough to get Miami to improve on its 8-8 finish in 2014?
16
Panthers
7-8-1
 

1
Last Week: 15

Carolina’s linebackers were already among the best with Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis each notching 100-plus tackles last season. Now they’re joined by Shaq Thompson (25th overall pick).
17
Texans
9-7
 

3
Last Week: 14

Who wants to play the Texans this year? Houston added two more defensive players with its first two picks to join J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Vince Wilfork and Co. this season.
18
Bills
9-7
 

1
Last Week: 17

The Bills’ first pick in the draft was 50th overall, and they took a cornerback. The Bills have the most interceptions the past two seasons. Safe to say they had more pressing needs.
19
Saints
7-9
 

2
Last Week: 21

Preparing for the future? The Saints grabbed QB Garrett Grayson in the third round, the highest they’ve selected a quarterback since Archie Manning in 1971 (second overall).
20
49ers
8-8
 

2
Last Week: 18

It was just a fifth-round pick, but did the 49ers really need to draft a punter with so many other holes to plug? Especially considering nobody else took a punter or kicker?
21
Rams
6-10
 

1
Last Week: 22

Only one Week 1 starter from the Rams’ offensive line in 2014 is still with the team. The fix to that problem? Drafting a league-high four offensive linemen.
22
Falcons
6-10
 

3
Last Week: 25

Can first-round pick Vic Beasley finally provide the Falcons with some pass-rushing help? No team has had fewer sacks over the past three seasons (83).
23
Giants
6-10
 

1
Last Week: 24

Drafting an offensive tackle ninth overall may not seem sexy, but the Giants ranked 30th in yards per rush last season, despite their running backs ranking 10th in yards after contact.
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4
Last Week: 20

Minnesota quietly went 7-9 last season and has now made 49 picks in the past five drafts. Can Teddy Bridgewater lead this young team back to the playoffs?
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Jets
4-12
 

2
Last Week: 27

Rex Ryan is gone but defense is still the priority. The Jets drafted DE Leonard Williams sixth overall after adding Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Buster Skrine, Marcus Gilchrist and Stephen Bowen this offseason.
26
Bears
5-11

Last Week: 26

The Bears went offense with three of their first four picks, including WR Kevin White (seventh overall). How will that help a defense that allowed the second-most points last season?
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1
Last Week: 28

Robert Griffin III probably appreciates the Redskins’ selection of an offensive lineman with the fifth overall pick. Only the Jaguars allowed more sacks than the Redskins last season.
28
Browns
7-9
 

5
Last Week: 23

The Browns drafted a league-high 12 players, including three front-seven defenders in the first three rounds. The Browns allowed a league-worst 2,265 rushing yards last season.
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Raiders
3-13

Last Week: 29

Derek Carr averaged the third-fewest yards per attempt in NFL history in 2014 (minimum 500 attempts). Amari Cooper’s big-play ability should help raise that average.
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Jaguars
3-13

Last Week: 30

Jacksonville signed Julius Thomas this offseason. It has also drafted four wide receivers the past two years, as well as RB T.J. Yeldon. This season will tell us a lot about Blake Bortles.
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Last Week: 31

Jameis Winston was the big prize on draft day, as offense is clearly the priority in Tampa. Lovie Smith has used 12 of his 13 picks with the Bucs on offensive players.
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Titans
2-14

Last Week: 32

Quarterbacks drafted second overall since 1967: Robert Griffin III, Donovan McNabb, Ryan Leaf, Rick Mirer, Bert Jones, Archie Manning. Where will Marcus Mariota rate among this group when all is said and done?
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15 Responses to “2015 Power Rankings: Offseason”

  1. Lance says:

    This is what The League is up to:

    With Memphis selected as the 6th Southern Club…along with Miami, Orlando, Mobile, Charleston & Tidewater area…’The League’ is taking shape.

    Our decisions on cities for Major and Minor League Clubs & Teams is generally much different from most. We look at several things. First, that we’re building for 100 years, not 100 days. Second, how do the Communities fit into our Economic Development Plans & Strategies.

    Another decision that was made has been to not get overly driven by Stadium situations. That’s been our position all along. We’re not letting short-term issues make long-term decisions. We’ve looked at Playing the Games for this first Season in a limited number of locations. Perhaps even as confined as one state.

    Doing this actually allows us to move forward faster in our Major League build-up, as all 12 Head Coaches could conceivably be ready to Play this Fall giving all 12 Major League Teams a leg up in preparation. In essence, the decisions to step back in these ways aids somewhat in having as many as all 12 Major League Teams ready for next Fall.

    In any event, we will be out in force across the entire 17 State and District of Columbia Territory working in the Communities with our Community Programs, Sports Programs, Youth Sports, etc. If the decision is made to use limited facilities this Fall, we will be extremely aggressive in helping Fans travel to watch their Teams Play. With our Sports & Recreation Tourism businesses we’ll be in great position to help Fans get mini-Family trips for the price of a couple game Tickets. Or Tickets thrown in with very cheap and easy travel packages.

    Or just lots of free stuff. 🙂

    As I said awhile back, we budgeted for Major & Minor League Teams for the Fall and cutting down the initial scope freed up ALOT of resources we can apply in other ways. One way you can count on is poor and disadvantage families having the opportunity to get some nice trips to take the family to watch a Game IN STYLE and all 100% free.

    We will be doing alot of this. And not just with League Games. We will be very active in helping families go to Baseball and other Games they normally can’t even think about as everything goes to just trying to get through the day.

    This league isn’t going to be like any other. When Fans began saying it’s time to take back the Game of Football and parents said they’re worried about their kids having interest in any Sports because of the bad example they see every day from Football Players, Coaches, etc. one thing became very clear.

    It can’t be.

    Buzzy Says I am reluctant approve this Lance. We are here to Support Tim Tebow as of Now He is In the NFL.

    • Lance says:

      I understand that Buzzy, and I hope and expect that Tim has much success with Philadelphia.

      I just know that there are many fans of The League on this forum, so I wanted to give them an update.

  2. Sage says:

    It’s not anything I follow closely, but I expect the Steelers to decline without DC LeBeau. He seems to be the common denominator over the last 15 years in which the Steelers have had a lot of success.

    Too old? I guess he doesn’t think so, or he wouldn’t have gone to the Titans.

  3. ck says:

    Eagles are almost in the “TOP TEN” and will be w/TEBOW IMO!!!

  4. David Oliver says:

    Buzzy, et ALL – Just saw this Eagle: “QB Review” for what its worth…

    # Eagles Camp Preview: Quarterback
    Posted 8 hours ago
    By Chris McPherson

    http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/article-1/EaglesCamp-Preview-Quarterback/0b4c2d24-e445-44e4-b418-47064da52b69

  5. ck says:

    David O.: Eleven more days (Aug. 2nd) and it is training camp…GO TEBOW!

  6. David Oliver says:

    Ck..

    Yes definitely a fluid situation with viable potential for TIM.

    Go Tim Tebow!!

    • brandi says:

      Probably in about a month or so we’ll start seeing the polls pop up on who Fans think should be Eagles Starting QB. Chances are pretty good Tim will rank very well.

      I went back and re-tracked the polls when he was traded to the Jets. The first polls of Jets Fans showed a majority saying Jets should trade for Tebow. Earliest polls after the trade were slightly split with a small majority saying Tim should be Jets QB over Mark Sanchez. By October 1st those polls where overwhelmingly favoring Tim with nearly all over 85% and some in the low-90s. In November they were almost all at least 95% calling for Tim to take over.

      That included national polls and local NY Sports…Daily Newspapers and SportsTalk Radio.

      Every part of NY Media was calling for Tim.

      After he was released, they almost all somehow forgot that. 🙂

      Philly is shaping up similarly. The Fans already appear slightly Pro-Tebow over Bradford and Sanchez. We’ll see for sure pretty soon.

      • ck says:

        Too bad the fans were denied a WINNING SEASON W/TEBOW BY A MORE THAN RIDICULOUS EXCUSE FOR A COACH (ELROTTEN) & YE OLD “BUTT-FUMBLE SANS” IN NY!!! NOW THAT WAS A BONAFIDE “TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE”!!!:(

        • brandi says:

          This is an NFL where the Networks, after signing those massive deals, said they were through doing that until they saw something. Remember now, there’s something called the Tebow Bump. That is the additional money the NFL received from the Networks specifically because Tim was in the NFL. He was an individual discussion point in the negotiations. The first, last and only time in history one individual Player has ever been that. The estimates were the NFL is getting $2-4 Billion more with some going as high as $6Billion.

          That is how much EXTRA money the NFL is receiving from the Networks because of the anticipated ratings growth because of Tebow. Anyone think those Networks feel they got their money’s worth in that 2011 Season? Only to then have it all shut down in New York?

          This is the NFL. Call now…But wait! There’s more…

          Having already been told by the Network Execs they were through playing Venture Capitalists, Roger Goodell stood up there and said the NFL was expecting $100M to $120Million a Game for Thursday Night Games. They didn’t get anywhere close to that and if Y’all remember at the time I said they wouldn’t. That wasn’t any big “inside knowledge”. The TV Execs had already said they’d never pay that kind of money again.

          This is the NFL folks. Their biggest customers give them extra money. The NFL abuses them. They say they’re not doling out that kind of money again. The NFL says…yeah well, we’re NFL. People do what we tell them to do. Anyone wanna guess what kind of shock to the collective ego system at NFL Headquarters? Probably not much.

          This is the first, last and only Major Sports League in the US that has ever run off its Most Popular Player and the only one not in a Dictatorial Regime that did so specifically because his popularity with the masses makes them feel threatened.

          This is a league that made a huge deal about what a huge deal it’s making over Player Off-Field actions which then drafted #1 Overall a guy who just failed in his attempt at a change in venue (To Tallahassee from Orlando) for his Civil Trial for Rape.

          This is a League that defies every common sense, sense of decency and just plain good practice known to anyone because they just can’t stop being arrogant about how great they are and how everyone will simply always put up with it. And they love that about themselves.

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