NFL power rankings: Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles hold steady in post-draft edition
Utah’s Garett Bolles, left, holds his son, Kingston, after being selected by the Denver Broncos during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
It remains to be seen how the players selected in the NFL draft last weekend will affect their new teams, but the draft did offer some clarity on the trajectories for some teams. The San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns — the bottom two teams in the pre-draft power rankings — no longer appear to be rudderless. But teams like the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills made some questionable decisions that can cast some doubt on which way they’re headed.
With the dust settled from the NFL draft, here’s a look at how it all shakes out in the power rankings.
Note: 2016 records in parentheses.
The Chicago Bears’ first round draft pick quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, from North Carolina, poses with a Bears’ jersey during an NFL football news conference Friday, April 28, 2017, in Lake Forest, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
It’s very unclear what direction the Bears are trying to go in. They gave big money to Mike Glennon to be their quarterback. Then they spent a fortune in trading up one spot to take Mitchell Trubisky. Chicago added only five players through the draft, and a tough season might be ahead in the Windy City.
New York Jets NFL football owner Woody Johnson answers a question as he addresses the media at the team’s training facility, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. AP Photo/Mel Evans)
The Jets’ first two picks of the draft were a pair of safeties. It’s an interesting place to build from, though they did add a pair of long cornerbacks in the sixth round. There are quarterback questions, but the middle rounds yielded a pair of wide receivers and a playmaking tight end. Plenty of questions remain with this team.
Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay gestures while making a point after the first official day of his new team’s offseason football program, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham)
The Rams didn’t have a first-round pick, but they build up depth at a couple positions. The Rams’ future depends on how coach Sean McVay develops quarterback Jared Goff.
Buffalo Bills’ first-round NFL football draft pick Tre’Davious White poses for a drone video camera following a media conference at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y., Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
The Bills added a couple pieces to some positions of need, but the future under new coach Sean McDermott is unclear after Buffalo fired general manager Doug Whaley earlier Monday.