2017 NFL pre-draft power rankings: Where do the Eagles and Steelers check in?
New England Patriots’ Tom Brady hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
The NFL draft is mere weeks away, and many NFL teams have finished their major moves in free agency. With April 27 and the beginning of the NFL draft creeping closer, here’s a look at where we think the league stands. We’ll update these rankings after the draft, too, once we see where the new crop of professional talent lands.
Note: 2016 records in parentheses.
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady #12 celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Houston, TX. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
The Patriots have been the NFL’s model of consistency for more than 15 years. They’re the reigning Super Bowl champs, and as long as Tom Brady’s under center, it’s hard to argue with any other team checking in ahead of them.
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan #2 motions to the sideline after a TD against the New England Patriots at Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Houston, TX. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
The season ended in gut-wrenching fashion for the Falcons, but they return a number of important pieces. Coach Dan Quinn can prove himself to be among the league’s best with a repeat performance.
Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Quarterback injuries made for a bitter end to the season for the Raiders, but the team is in prime position to compete before it moves to Las Vegas. Derek Carr emerged as a playmaking starting quarterback with a home run threat at wide receiver in Amari Cooper. Plus, the fearsome Khalil Mack headlines the defense.
Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers reacts during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
It was another disappointing end to the postseason for the Packers under coach Mike McCarthy, but like the Patriots, it hard to completely count out Green Bay as long as Aaron Rodgers is under center.