NFL power rankings: 2021 draft, drama around Packers QB Aaron Rodgers causes shakeup

NFL power rankings, 2021 post-draft edition (previous rank in parentheses):

1. Buccaneers (1): The first team since the 1977 Oakland Raiders to return a Super Bowl starting lineup intact, Tampa Bay also corralled WR Antonio Brown just prior to the draft before bolstering the pass rush in Round 1 with Joe Tryon and getting a nice developmental prospect behind QB Tom Brady in Round 2 with the selection of Kyle Trask. The pathway is there for the first repeat in 17 years.

2. Chiefs (2): An offensive line that was Kansas City's downfall in Super Bowl 55 now projects as the strongest unit on the team after the procurement of LT Orlando Brown Jr. and quality depth from the draft.

3. Browns (7): They'd already knocked free agency out of the park, but over the past three weeks they've signed Jadeveon Clowney and probably got two more defensive starters – CB Greg Newsome II (Round 1), LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – atop the draft. They've got a legitimate shot to reach their first Super Bowl.

4. Bills (5): Worth wondering if they'll regret drafting offensive line depth in the middle rounds instead of another running back, but going pass rush with the their first two selections seems like a good formula for getting past Kansas City next time.

5. Ravens (6): Hollywood Brown, Sammy Watkins, first-rounder Rashod Bateman and Mark Andrews form a nice quartet of passing targets … now it's up to QB Lamar Jackson and the coaching staff to "expand our profile quite a bit," as OC Greg Roman recently put it.

6. Rams (4): The secondary of last season's top-ranked defense has suffered key personnel losses, but that could be a moot point if new QB Matthew Stafford can threaten opposing secondaries in a way that restores the offense to an elite level.

7. 49ers (9): Even if QB Trey Lance, the draft's No. 3 overall pick, takes a redshirt season, this team will be formidable if its main players merely stay healthy in 2021.


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