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New Orleans Saints One of the NFC’s Best in Post-Draft Power Rankings

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But the NFC is loaded.

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We’re just in the beginning of May, but that’s not stopping the first wave of Power Rankings to hit the mainstream. In Bleacher Report’s first set of post-draft Power Rankings, the New Orleans Saints come in near the top at 6th overall.

The Saints were one of the best teams in the sport last season, and they made some big moves this offseason to get better.

Of course, New Orleans re-signed Drew Brees. The Saints also inked linebacker Demario Davis, who adds veteran leadership and talent to the defense. Acquiring Patrick Robinson makes the secondary deeper, and signing Cameron Meredith gives Brees another target.

The Super Bowl is within sight, and the Saints are ready to win now. That’s why they made a win-now move by trading up for pass-rusher Marcus Davenport. This was the one spot that was missing. Give Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis credit for going up and getting a DeMarcus Ware-like talent in Davenport.

Had the Saints gotten past the Vikings last postseason, they would have given the Eagles a legitimate fight in the title game. Expect them to be challenging the Eagles in the NFC all season long.

The NFC is very top-heavy, though, with 3 of the 5 teams ahead of them coming from the same conference (the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings are 1, 2 and 4 respectively).

Across the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers are 8th and the Atlanta Falcons are 13th. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are firmly taking up the rear, at 27th overall.

Even including the Falcons, none of the Saints pre-Bye opponents of the 2018 regular season are all in the top 10 of the post-draft Power Rankings. There are the Bucs (27th), then the Cleveland Browns (32nd), then the New York Giants (14th), and Washington Redskins (18th).