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2013 Power Rankings: Pre-Draft
The Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII. That's the good news.
The bad news for Baltimore is this: Many of the players who made the team's thrilling playoff run possible are no longer on the roster.
Emotional leader Ray Lewis retired, WR Anquan Boldin was traded, free-agent LBs Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger took money elsewhere, and safety Bernard Pollard was released for cap purposes.
Sure, QB Joe Flacco signed a long-term contract, but that wasn't enough to keep our voters (ESPN.com's John Clayton, ESPN.com's Ashley Fox, NFC East blogger Dan Graziano, AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley and NFC West blogger Mike Sando) from holding the champs down (No. 8) in our offseason hierarchy.
The Seattle Seahawks, fueled by their late 2012 surge and splashy free-agent signings, have claimed the top spot. The Denver Broncos, No. 1 in our previous installment and big free-agent winners (see Welker, Wes), are now No. 3. The busy Kansas City Chiefs (up eight spots) and New Orleans Saints (plus-seven) were the biggest movers overall.
• How they voted | Analysis | Rank 'em | Bloggers | FAs who can shift NFL power
11-5 High-risk, high-reward move for
got voters' attention. (Sando) 2
11-4-1 Two-time defending NFC West champs can restock with 14 draft choices. (Sando) 3
debacle aside, the Broncos are winning free agency and giving
all he needs to succeed. (Fox) 4
in quest to cap great career with a championship. (Sando) 5
is an upgrade as long as the former Rams slot receiver can stay healthy. (Hensley) 6
11-5 They were prepared to lose
and can replace him as long as
is still in his prime. (Graziano) 7
12-4 Even though the Texans lost pass-rushers
in the past two years, they still have enough rush thanks to
. (Clayton) 8
10-6 The dismantling of the Super Bowl champs has been quick and swift. Six starters are already gone. (Hensley) 9
11-5 The Colts picked up five starters on defense in free agency and are looking for a few small parts for their offense. (Clayton) 10
10-6 The Bengals haven't been aggressive in using that salary-cap room, but they've made it a priority to keep their own free agents. (Hensley) 11
10-6 They finally addressed the offensive line. Opinions abound with regard to how well they actually fixed it. (Graziano) 12
7-9 Saints will presumably pick up where they left off in 2011, as a good team. (Sando) 13
10-6 No cap room to rebuild the defense, and no guarantee RG III and his knee will be ready for Week 1. (Graziano) 14
9-7 No eye-popping pickups, but no crushing losses either. No reason to think they can't go 9-7 again. (Graziano) 15
7-8-1 Rams have flexibility with two first-round picks after adding
. (Sando) 16
8-8 Backups need to step up after the Steelers parted ways with
. (Hensley) 17
10-6 Doubt they could have found a better way to replace Percy Harvin than by swiping Greg Jennings from a division rival. (Graziano) 18
8-8 The switch to a 4-3 scheme could help
thrive. But it needs safety support. (Graziano) 19
7-9 Miami spent $44 million in guaranteed money on Mike Wallace and
. Let's see how much this investment pays off. (Hensley) 20
finished strong last season, an encouraging sign for the Panthers. (Sando) 21
7-9 Buccaneers seem just fine playing along with
trade speculation. (Sando) 22
4-12 Busy, busy.
could give them what
's concussions never allowed him to. (Graziano) 23
7-9 The Chargers have a new regime. Can new coach Mike McCoy get the most out of
? (Fox) 24
2-14 New coach. New general manager. New quarterback. New hope. That all should be worth six more wins. (Fox) 25
5-11 The Browns have spent a lot on defense by adding
. Not sure how that improves the 24th-ranked scoring offense. (Hensley) 26
4-12 Chip Kelly is working on rebuilding the defense, starting with the back end. Still a question mark at QB. (Graziano) 27
6-10 The Titans needed to be aggressive in free agency.
has to win or else. (Clayton) 28
6-10 New coach and now a new quarterback. The
era is over after a disappointing 20 victories over four seasons. (Hensley) 29
made sense, but won't generate buzz around the Cards. (Sando) 30
4-12 The Raiders still need to answer the most important question in football: What are they doing at quarterback? (Fox) 31
6-10 Welcome to the Rex-odus. Seven of the 22 starters from last year's 6-10 team are gone. (Hensley) 32
2-14 The Jags are moving slowly in free agency, but it still comes down to quarterback play to make them better. (Clayton)
Amendola an upgrade to Welker? What are you smoking and how do have this job? Say Amendola is healthy...maybe..his best year is 85 receptions 690 yards. On the Patriots...ok..Ill give him 95 1000. As long as hes healthy. 95-1000 is a bad wes welker year. But..carry on Hensley...whoever you are. Wow.
Hes basing it off of having better intangibles, being younger, and hopefully being healthy. Remember he didnt have Brady throwing to him in St. Louis. Neither did Welker before he came to the Pats so dont think its too far-fetched yet. Amendola might just end up being better going into his prime than Wes is going on the wrong side of 30.
I suppose so. But to say its an upgrade as long as he is healthy is a stretch. In my opinion..not many are better than Welker. Nevermind possibly Danny Amendola. I like Amendola. The one season he was healthy..he almost cracked 700 yards. Bradford is ok. They had Steven Jax...i dont know. I dont think we will ever see another Welker here..since nobody has done what he has ever in a pats uniform. 5 years with 100+. I just dont see Amendola doing this. I dont see him staying healthy either. We'll see. Its a biiiig maybe.