With the training camp fully in action and the first NFL preseason already underway, the sports calendar is officially flipped for the upcoming football season. All 32 NFL teams have worked hard to improve rosters in the 2023 Draft, making it a great time to assess the potential of every franchise heading into the upcoming season. Here are the 2023 NFL preseason power rankings based on their draft moves, while evaluating the players they gained and lost in their free agency.
- Kansas City Chiefs (Pre-draft ranking: 1)
NFL super Bowl defending champions, the Kansas City Chiefs lost starting offensive tackles Andrew Wylie and Orlando Brown Jr in free agency. The Chiefs also released Frank Clark, but signing edge defender Charles Omenihu and tackle Jawaan Taylor is expected to mitigate departures. The team had a great draft, adding a star edge defender and other replacements for quarterback Patric Mahomes.
- Philadelphia Eagles (pre-draft ranking: 3)
The Philadelphia Eagles are widely popular for their solid draft. They picked three defensive players from Georgia, adding them to the two bulldogs they picked up last year. Jalen Carter will be joining the Eagles’ defensive line, strengthening their defense with one of the best defenders in collegiate football history. The team also filled a hole in the team’s safety with Sydney Brown.
- San Francisco 49ers (pre-draft ranking: 2)
The San Francisco 49ers are among the top-ranking NFL teams that are worth a wager at any offshore sports betting site and for good reasons. The 49ers had a strong squad pre-drafting, but they needed cornerbacks and linebackers after losing Samson Ebukam, Emmanuel Moseley, and Azeez Al-Shaair during the offseason. However, drafting Jalen Graham, Dee Winters, and Darrell Luter Jr might feel these gaps. That’s especially true for Luter, who registered a 27% completion rate in 2021.
- Cincinnati Bengals (pre-draft ranking: 5)
After losing two safeties in Von Bell and Jessie Bates III during the offseason, the Cincinnati Bengals had to draft at least one player. The team chose Jordan Battle from Alabama, after earning 80+ PFF grades in the last three seasons. Cincinnati also added DJ Turner, a solid quarterback that allowed a catch on only 46.5% of the passes in his coverage areas in 2022, forcing 14 incompletions.
- Buffalo Bills (Pre-draft ranking: 4)
Losing Tremaine Edmunds was quite significant for the Buffalo Bills’ defense, but the team wasn’t ready to retain their linebacker Matt Milano and safety Jordan Poyer to maintain some stability. The Bills also boosted their offense by signing Conor McGovern, but the other free-agency moves are fairly lackluster for them. His departure in free agency was offset by the Buffalo Bills drafting Dorian Williams.
- New York Jets (pre-draft ranking: 17)
The New York Jets have made huge moves to strengthen their squad this offseason, including signing quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Jets also constructed a new-look receiving corps with Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and Mecole Hardman. They also drafted Joe Tippmann and Carter Warren for their offensive line hoping to protect their newly signed quarterback, Will McDonald IV.
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