One of the best ways to determine how the league views a particular team’s draft class is to see how the influx of rookie talent impacted power rankings. ESPN published their updated post-draft 2020 NFL Power Rankings on Monday and the results were consistent with the post-draft grades, for the most part.
The biggest mover was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who jumped three spots from No. 10 to No. 7. The offseason additions of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski already generated confidence in the Buccaneers’ chances for a playoff run and the addition of offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs in the first round combined with skill players Ke”Shawn Vaughn and Tyler Johnson completed what was a complete makeover on the offensive side of the ball.
The Dallas Cowboys jumped into the top-10 (they ranked No. 11 after free agency) after selecting Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb with their first pick. An already potent offense became potentially unstoppable with the addition of Lamb, who will combine with Amari Cooper to be one of the best young tandems at wide receiver in the league.
Other teams that made a jump include the Pittsburgh Steelers, who added Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool in the second round, and the Indianapolis Colts, who selected USC wideout Michael Pittman, Jr. and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor to complement veteran quarterback Philip Rivers next season.
Overall, the Kansas City Chiefs remain at the top of the Power Rankings while the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints remain second, third and fourth respectively.
Check out ESPN’s complete updated Power Rankings here.