The 2019 NFL Draft is in the books. The majority of NFL free agency is over. For the most part, NFL rosters are what they are at this point. That being said, it’s time for roster evaluation across the NFL. NFL.com was one of the first to do so, with their first post-draft Power Rankings. The team atop the rankings? Your New Orleans Saints.
Previous rank: No. 2
The Saints ... are ... the ... top ... team ... in ... the ... league. Let that sink in, because it ain’t changin’. Well, for now. I’m aware that New Orleans didn’t own a first-round pick, but that didn’t matter. Since the last time out for these Power Rankings, New Orleans added tight end Jared Cook,whom the Patriots reportedly wanted to “replace” Gronk. All of the newly minted rookies in the NFL represent a collective unknown; meanwhile, this New Orleans roster is top-shelf. By the way, the Saints still produced a quality draft haul despite the lack of picks, starting with the real McCoy at center.
While the Saints have a fairly complete roster, but there is still room for improvement. Maybe the Saints add another defensive lineman like Ziggy Ansah. Or maybe the Saints add another wide receiver like Dez Bryant. In any event, with depth the only thing to address, it’s hard to ignore the Saints being one of the NFL’s best.
In NFL.com’s list, the Saints are the cream of the division, and it’s not necessarily close. The Atlanta Falcons are 17th, the Carolina Panthers are 26th, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 29th.
In case you’re curious, the Saints’ Week 1 opponent, the Houston Texans, come in at 15th, and the Los Angeles Rams are right behind the Saints and New England Patriots at 3rd.