2017 NFL Pre-Season Power Rankings: 32-29

Doing this year’s power rankings isn’t going to be easy. They’re never easy. But this year is going to be especially tough. There are so many teams who could easily be the best in their division or could just as easily be the worst. So without further ado here we go.

32. New York Jets

Sorry Jets fans, I know this is going to be hard to swallow as proud of your team as you are. But not even you can deny they have made some boneheaded moves this offseason.

Going into this years draft the Jets knew that they needed a QB, and they passed on prospects like Patrick Mahomes II, drafted at ten overall by the Kansas City Chiefs, and Deshaun Watson drafted at 12 overall by the Houston Texans. They instead picked Safety Jamal Adams to help sure up there already sound defense, a move that made sense at the time. Adams is an unbelievable talent, but the defense can’t win you games if your offense can’t score.

A good quarterback is a necessity in today’s NFL, and the Jets just don’t have one. Going into the season, they have second-year quarterback Christian Hackenberg, third-year man Bryce Petty, and fifteen-year veteran Josh McCown.

It seems the Jets plan on going into the season with Hackenberg as their starter. However, things aren’t looking too great for him. One report even states that he hit a reporter with an errant throw.

Now not all the blame can be placed squarely on Hackenberg’s shoulders. A receiver could have run the route wrong, and Hackenberg could have overthrown and hit the reporter because of that.

Journalists are notorious for standing too close to the sideline in practice situations, one misstep by a receiver, and the QB throwing to the spot where the receiver should be, leads to an errant throw, and someone could get hit. It happens, don’t look too far into it.

Hackenberg could work out, and things could fall into place. But with the Jets also letting the majority of their receiving corps go as well, could very easily lead to the Jets getting the first overall pick next year. But hey that’s a good thing. Next years QB class looks to be very promising.

31. Chicago Bears

The Bears are a few more players away from returning to their former glory. But it will be a while before they can get those players. Trading up a whole spot to take a player who would have been there when they drafted at third overall in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The 49ers, who obviously had no designs on the QB, if they had they wouldn’t have traded with the Bears, got the steal of the draft when they made the trade. Not only getting the Bears third overall pick, but they also received a 2017 3rd and 4th round pick, along with a 2018 third rounder.

Not to mention they paid quarterback Mike Glennon $18.5 Million, over three years, just to turn around and draft Trubisky. Meaning the Bears had no other plans for Glennon than for him to be a bridge QB between where they are now, and where they want to be when they feel Trubisky is ready to take over. And $18.5 Million seems like a lot to pay for a bridge QB.

Aside from all of that, the only thing the Bears have going for them is great running game. Their receiving corps is below average; receiver Kevin White hasn’t lived up to his potential coming out of college. They did, however, add veteran receiver Victor Cruz this offseason, who should help out, and Kendall Wright will help, make a difference as well.

Their defense isn’t the best the league has to offer, but they are going in the right direction. So, Bears fans stay patient. A few years from now, once Trubisky come around, and they have time to give him more weapons, they’ll be good again. In a few years.

30. Cleveland Browns

The Browns had a great draft; I’m not going to deny them that, and it very easily could lead to them turning things around. However, it’s hard to have faith in the Browns. Something just always seems to go wrong for them, now matter how good of a team they put together and put on the field.

Now with first overall pick, Myles Garrett injured, it looks like the Browns luck can’t change, and it will be more of the same for Cleveland fans. Third round draft pick QB DeShone Kizer impressed in OTAs at least. Also, the Cavaliers are good, and the Indians seem to be on the uphill climb.Now with first overall pick, Myles Garrett injured, it looks like the Browns luck can’t change, and it will be more of the same for Cleveland fans. Third round draft pick QB DeShone Kizer impressed in OTAs at least. Also, the Cavaliers are good, and the Indians seem to be on the uphill climb.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars placement here on this list is simple, quarterback Blake Bortles. Everything hinges on him. They have some of the best wide receivers in the game in Allen Hurns, Allen Robinson, and rookie receiver Dede Westbrook. They also drafted former LSU star running back Leonard Fournette fourth overall, which will be sure to re-invigorate their formerly abysmal running game. Also adding tackle Brandon Albert, who helped the Chiefs, and Dolphins have great running games during his tenure there.

Their defense is also solid, adding star defensive end Calais Campbell, and cornerback A.J. Bouye helped matters, and they are in a relatively easy division.

So, that leaves everything squarely on Bortles. With great wide receivers, and a potentially great running game to rely on, and a defense that can bail him out, Bortles has no excuse to be anything less than above average. Winning their division won’t be easy, being in the same division as Andrew Luck’s Colts, and Marcus Mariota’s Titans winning won’t be easy, but it is possible.

28-1 Coming Soon:

I will be doing the rest of the power rankings in coming weeks, every Friday, leading up to the weekend when football returns on August 6th. So be sure to come back every Friday to see where your team ranks.