The first edition of the 2018 NFL Power Rankings is here! Okay, while some fans may believe that this might be the “way too early” version, I don’t think it is. This edition is sizing up each team's rankings just before the draft officially takes place next weekend.

With so many transactions already taking place, a lot of teams have become a lot stronger, or weaker depending on how you look at things. On paper, it seems that the New England Patriots lost the most so far this offseason, but don’t let that fool you. They are still loaded with talent, and somehow Bill Belichick finds a way to get things done.

Until the Patriots stop winning the AFC East division and fail to at least make it to the AFC Championship round, I ain’t buying all the “Tom Brady is too old” talk.

According to, New England may have lost several key pieces this offseason, including stars Malcolm Butler and Danny Amendola, but the return of Julian Edelman and the countless tricks this team always has up its sleeve, makes me believe that they will once again be hosting at least one postseason game in early 2019.

Below is my version of the 2018 Pre-Draft NFL Power Rankings.

The Top 10

1. Minnesota Vikings -- I love what the Vikings did this offseason. This team has only gotten stronger, and they should be considered the new NFC favorites this fall.

It is not often that you clean house at QB on a team that was seconds away from going to the Super Bowl, but they did, and they should be even better in 2018

  • Additions: QB Kirk Cousins, WR Kendall Wright, DT Sheldon Richardson, QB Trevor Siemian, G Tom Compton
  • Subtractions: QB Teddy Bridgewater, QB Case Keenum, QB Sam Bradford, RB Jerick McKinnon, DT Tom Johnson, WR Jarius Wright


New England Patriots -- Brady had his best Super Bowl performance last season - in a losing effort. They just have earned too much respect over the last decade not to be ranked in the top five.

  • Additions: DT Danny Shelton, DE Adrian Clayborn, CB Jason McCourty, OT Matt Tobin, WR Cordarrelle Patterson
  • Subtractions: CB Malcolm Butler, WR Danny Amendola, WR Brandin Cooks, RB Dion Lewis, LT Nate Solder, RT, Cameron Fleming,


Los Angeles Rams -- Just like the Vikings, you have to love these moves if you are a fan of the LA Rams. Sean McVay and the Rams are getting a lot of hype for a coach in just his second season, but unlike last year the Rams better be ready. They are no longer the hunters, but now they are the hunted.

  • Additions: CB Marcus Peters, CB Aqib Talib, DT Ndamukong Suh, WR Brandin Cooks
  • Subtractions: WR Sammy Watkins

4. Philadelphia Eagles -- The Super Bowl champs added some nice pieces to the puzzle for 2018, however, so did the Lions, Saints, Rams, and Vikings. It will be a tough road back to the big game for the defending champions this year.

  • Additions: DE Michael Bennett, DT Haloti Ngata, CB Daryl Worley, WR Mike Wallace
  • Subtractions: RB LeGarrette Blount, TE Brent Celek, WR Torrey Smith, CB Patrick Robinson, DE Vinny Curry, DT Beau Allen, TE Trey Burton


New Orleans Saints -- By adding Benjamin Watson and Patrick Robinson, the Saints believe that they have what it takes to make another run at a title during the Drew Brees era.

  • Additions: TE Benjamin Watson, QB Tom Savage, ILB Demario Davis, CB Patrick Robinson, S Kurt Coleman, G Jermon Bushrod
  • Subtractions: RT Zach Strief, S Kenny Vaccaro

6. Jacksonville Jaguars -- They upgraded the sometimes non-existent offense this offseason. The question is can the defense be that good two years in a row?

  • Additions: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE Niles Paul, LG Andrew Norwell, WR Donte Moncrief, CB D.J. Hayden
  • Subtractions: G Patrick Omameh, TE Marcedes Lewis, WR Allen Robinson, WR Allen Hurns, CB Aaron Colvin, LB Paul Posluszny, RB Chris Ivory


Green Bay Packers -- Releasing Jordy Nelson was an odd move, but one would think that the Packers organization knows more than the average fan like myself. If Graham comes up big, Green Bay will be a force in the NFC North.

  • Additions: TE Jimmy Graham, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, CB Tramon Williams
  • Subtractions: WR Jordy Nelson, S Morgan Burnett, LB Joe Thomas, CB Damarious Randall

8. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Le'Veon Bell makes this team run. Big Ben may be heading into his final season in the league, but if he is healthy, the Steelers will once again be a force in the AFC.

  • Additions: S Morgan Burnett, ILB Jon Bostic
  • Subtractions: RT Chris Hubbard, S Mike Mitchell

9. Detroit Lions -- The additions look great but can the new look Lions survive one of the toughest schedules in the league?

It is time for Stafford to show he is not just a little above average, but he is elite.

  • Additions: RB LeGarrette Blount, TE Luke Willson, LB Devon Kennard, TE Levine Toilolo, DT Sylvester Williams, LB Christian Jones
  • Subtractions: TE Eric Ebron, LB Tahir Whitehead, C Travis Swanson

10. San Francisco 49ers -- The biggest jumpers in the rankings. The trade for Jimmy G. had turned the Niners around, and big offseason additions before the draft have the Niners fans dreaming of the postseason in 2018.

  • Additions: CB Richard Sherman, RB Jerick McKinnon, C Weston Richburg, G Jonathan Cooper
  • Subtractions: RB Carlos Hyde, C/G Daniel Kilgore

Best of the rest

11. Atlanta Falcons -- No major moves to speak of, but they will once again be tough.

12. Carolina Panthers -- Wideouts Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright will help Cam on offense, but seeing Jonathan Stewart in a Giants uniform will be odd.

13. Dallas Cowboys -- Lots of turnovers so far, but will it help? Dez vows revenge.

14.Tennessee Titans -- Adding Malcolm Butler and Dion Lewis are huge for the Titans.

15. Kansas City Chiefs -- A new era begins. Sammy Watkins in, Alex Smith is out.

16. Houston Texans -- Tyrann Mathieu leads a lot of new faces on defense.

17. Baltimore Ravens -- Michael Crabtree and John Brown will try to make up for the losses of Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin.

18. Los Angeles Chargers -- After a horrible start, they finished 2017 strong.

19. New York Giants -- Adding Nate Solder, Jonathan Stewart, and Cody Latimer shows that the G-Men are ready to rebound.

20. Seattle Seahawks -- They do not look like the Super Bowl team they once were. The LOD is gone, so are many familiar faces.

21. Oakland Raiders -- Is Gruden the remedy? Jordy Nelson and Doug Martin are nice pickups.

22. Chicago Bears -- No huge free agency splashes, but this team will go as far as Mitchell Trubisky can take them.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- They added Jason Pierre-Paul, but that had better be just the beginning.

24. Arizona Cardinals -- Why did they back up the Brinks truck for Sam Bradford? They overpaid.

25. Denver Broncos -- They lost Aqib Talib and Trevor Siemian. Elway needs a strong draft.

26. Washington Redskins -- Kirk Cousins, Terrelle Pryor, Sr. and Ryan Grant are gone.

Alex Smith is in. Is that an upgrade?

27. Miami Dolphins -- Frank Gore and Danny Amendola are nice additions.

28. Buffalo Bills -- Will they ever get it together?

29. Cincinnati Bengals -- AJ McCarron got out.

30. Cleveland Browns -- They need to score big at the draft. How can you not with the No. 1 and No. 4 picks?