The 2012 NFL draft has ended and as fans and coaches alike start thinking about training camp, the experts over at ESPN are reevaluating their popular power rankings.
With the influx of new players on each roster, despite the fact that the rookies have ever played an NFL game, it is fun to try an decide a new set of rankings. The Chiefs have added a ton of pieces including Kevin Boss, Peyton Hillis and Eric Winston. They’ll also be getting back Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki. Add in the new draft class and you have a much deeper, more improved roster.
But did it translate in the rankings?
The Chiefs came in at #17 this time around. They are listed just behind the Bengals, who made the playoffs last season, and just ahead of the Titans.
The Chiefs are the 3rd worst team in the AFC West according to the ranks. Denver and Peyton Manning lead the pack and are ranked #10. The Chargers, who won one more game than the Chiefs last year, came in at #15.
Lastly, the Oakland Raiders, a team that also won more games than the Chiefs last season, dropped down to #26. Most folks seem to think the Raiders, who have been cleaning house for months now, are in for quite a drop this season. I don’t think it will be as bad as some are predicting but I can see why people are going there. Oakland’s new GM Reggie McKenzie is trying to make up for over a decade of piss poor drafting and salary cap management. He’s trying to position the team for long-term success and while we certainly hope he fails miserably, you can’t blame him for the way he’s going about things.
What do you think Addicts? Is #17 a fair ranking for the Chiefs? Are the Broncos already ludicrously overrated?