Updated: May 13, 2014, 1:44 PM ET

2014 NFL Power Rankings: Post-draft


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The Seahawks finished the 2013 regular season with the No. 1 ranking, then validated their status with an impressive postseason run that culminated in a dominant Super Bowl victory.

Did free agency and/or the 2014 draft compel our voters (John Clayton, Ashley Fox, Dan Graziano, Jamison Hensley, Mike Sando and Kevin Seifert) to make a change at the top? That's a resounding no.

The Seahawks, who have seen their share of change this offseason, were the unanimous choice for the No. 1 spot. The Broncos came in at No. 2, followed by the 49ers, Patriots and Saints.

The Falcons made the biggest gain since last season, jumping 12 spots to No. 14. The Panthers were the biggest fallers, slipping from No. 3 to No. 11.

How bad is it for the Browns? Despite the much-ballyhooed draft addition of Johnny Manziel, Cleveland now resides in our basement (replacing Houston).

Note: "Last Week" refers to the Week 18 rankings from 2013. The comments below are provided by ESPN Stats & Information.

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Rk(LW)TeamRec
1(1)
New England
The core of Seattle's secondary -- Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor -- is under contract through 2017. Drafting Paul Richardson and a full season of Percy Harvin should improve the offense.
2(2)
New England
Denver has allowed eight passing touchdowns with no picks in the past two playoffs. The Broncos spent a first-round pick on cornerback Bradley Roby, who they'll hope can help.
3(4)
New England
Jonathan Goodwin, who's still a free agent, played 98 percent of the 49ers' snaps at center in the past three seasons. They found a capable replacement in third-round center Marcus Martin from USC.
4(5)
New England
Why did the Patriots take three linemen? Tom Brady had the highest sack percentage since his rookie year despite having the eighth-lowest average time in the pocket of 37 qualified quarterbacks.
5(6)
New England
Drew Brees has a new toy. New wide receiver Brandin Cooks led FBS with 32 receptions of at least 20 yards last year.
6(13)
New England
The Packers were the only team in the league without an interception by a safety last year. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will fix that this year.
7(8)
New England
Second-round tackle Jack Mewhort and seventh-round tackle Ulrick John are the only additions to an offensive line that lost three 300-snap linemen and ranked 21st in pass protection last year.
8(9)
New England
Will Logan Thomas be ready by next year? Carson Palmer is a free agent after 2014. Current options are Thomas, Ryan Lindley, Drew Stanton or next offseason to replace him.
9(11)
New England
The offense is looking pretty good, but is drafting fourth-rounder Jaylen Watkins enough to improve the pass defense? Philly allowed a league-worst 289.8 pass yards per game last year.
10(7)
New England
Picking A.J. McCarron wasn't about Andy Dalton, according to the Bengals. But if Dalton becomes the first post-merger QB to lose his first four playoff starts, McCarron will be there.
11(3)
New England
The Panthers' receiving corps is close to established, but is it enough? Kelvin Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant will be Cam Newton's primary wideouts.
12(15)
New England
The 2013 Bears defense allowed more yards before contact per rush than any team in the past five years. Drafting two defensive tackles and signing five defensive ends changes that.
13(16)
New England
The Ravens allowed 3.4 yards per rush with now-Colt Arthur Jones on the field and 4.6 without him. C.J. Mosely replacing Ray Lewis is important, but Timmy Jernigan is important, too.
14(26)
New England
Matt Ryan was pressured on an NFL-high 204 dropbacks last season, the most of his career. Signing Jon Asamoah from Kansas City and drafting Jake Matthews will give him more time.
15(10)
New England
Never mind the wide receivers -- the offensive line could be a problem. The Chiefs replaced three starting linemen on their roster with Jeffrey Linkenbach and two sixth-round picks.
16(12)
New England
The Chargers defense allowed an NFL-high 9.1 yards per attempt to wide receivers last season. That, plus a franchise-low 17 takeaways, made drafting cornerback Jason Verrett an easy call.
17(14)
New England
Why Ryan Shazier in the first round? Pittsburgh was the fifth team in the past five seasons to allow at least 5.0 yards before contact per rush outside the tackles.
18(20)
New England
Michael Sam is getting headlines, but snaps will be harder to come by. After drafting Aaron Donald, the Rams could start four top-20 picks on the defensive line this season.
19(23)
New England
Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham give Eli Manning some quality route runners for this year. He just has to hit them (NFL-worst 4.9 interception percentage in 2013).
20(21)
New England
Adding Golden Tate and top tight end Eric Ebron will only help Matthew Stafford. It's no longer all up to Calvin Johnson (though it's good he's locked up until 2019).
21(19)
New England
Geno Smith has weapons now -- the Jets signed Eric Decker and drafted three wide receivers for the first time since 1990. Also, the drafting of TE Jace Amaro leaves Smith out of excuses.
22(17)
New England
Notre Dame allowed a sack on 1.8 percent of passing plays (attempts plus sacks) last year, third best in FBS. Zack Martin should plug in and play well right away.
23(27)
New England
Signing Anthony Collins and Evan Dietrich-Smith in free agency is big for Tampa Bay's offensive line. Doug Martin's return and an influx of draft weapons has Tampa's offense looking exciting.
24(18)
New England
Miami completely overhauled the offensive line. The Dolphins lost five 400-snap linemen and rebuilt behind bookend tackles Branden Albert and first-round pick Ja'Wuan James.
25(22)
New England
Chris Johnson gained 69 percent of his team's rush yards during his career, most of any player. Bishop Sankey will get every opportunity to fill that void in the Titans offense.
26(32)
New England
There are few things scarier than the idea of a defense with both Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt. Just try not to think about the quarterback situation.
27(25)
New England
The Bills gave up a 2015 first- and fourth-round pick for Sammy Watkins, who better be the missing piece. Extending a 14-year playoff drought could be disastrous for GM Doug Whaley.
28(31)
New England
The trade to get RG III ultimately gave St. Louis Greg Robinson, Michael Brockers, Janoris Jenkins, Alec Ogletree and Zac Stacy (among others). Robinson's Rams hat hurt less after Morgan Moses fell, though.
29(24)
New England
Teddy Bridgewater has a lot of things going for him -- Adrian Peterson, a solid offensive line, receiving options and Norv Turner calling plays. Now he must figure out that cold weather.
30(29)
New England
Blake Bortles is Jacksonville's man (kind of). Bortles should improve Jacksonville's league-worst 21.4 Total QBR against standard pressure, but first he has to beat out Chad Henne for the job.
31(30)
New England
Justin Tuck, Antonio Smith, LaMarr Woodley, now Khalil Mack. ... The pieces are in place to improve Oakland's anemic pass rush. The defense could quietly be solid next year.
32(28)
New England
Busy weekend for the Browns, picking up Justin Gilbert, Johnny Manziel and Buffalo's first-round pick next year.

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