Preseason Power Rankings 32-28
By: Lucas Kochevar
32. Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns are flat out bad. The Browns have holes all over their roster. They have some young talent with recent No. 1 overall draft pick, Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, David Njoku, Deshone Kizer, Corey Coleman, Danny Shelton, and etc. The roster is fairly bad because they are all young and the best player is LT Joe Thomas. After him, the talent drops off at the skill positions. They lost their most explosive player on offense with Terrelle Pryor Jr. leaving to the Redskins. They also acquired Brock Osweiler, who I expect to get cut or something other than start. Hue Jackson will have another mess on his hands. This will be a growth year for the Browns as I expect them to be very bad again with a fairly tough schedule.
31. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears had a very rough time in the draft and the team is a flat-out mess. I am sorry Chicago fans, but this team screwed up their draft, big time. The Bears didn't do that much better in Free Agency. It did not make sense at all why they would sign Mike Glennon to a 3-year, $45 million deal and then trade several picks to move up 1 (!!) spot to pick up a quarterback that seems like an extreme reach. The Bears also have a very bad defense outside of a few solid players. The Bears have no play-makers on offenses outside of Jordan Howard, who is very good. The Bears have one of the toughest schedules and could very well start off 0-4. This will be a very rough year as the Bears will try and figure out an identity.
30. New York Jets
The New York Jets are really bad. They are a mess. They have no quality QB's, they don't have a good RB, they have average WR's and their O-Line is very meh. The defense is looking better than it did last season as they picked up my favorite player in the draft with S Jamal Adams. The Jets got a steal with him at 6. The Jets will still be bad as this is an offensive driven league and their offense is ugly. I also don't believe that Todd Bowles is very good Head Coach as he is slowly losing his locker room and a team just cannot be run like that. I expect the Jets to lose many games and they are going to fire Todd Bowles.
29. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are in a similar position except they have more flexibility and they had a draft that was very smart with their trade with the Bears. The 49ers have Kyle Shanahan coming in after having the best offense in the league. The 49ers have a long road ahead of them when it comes to this rebuild but I do like where they are starting and how they drafted. They never reached for a player, unlike the Bears and they accomplished some needs that they had. The 49ers will still be bad as the offense does not have many good skill positions and they don't have their long term QB, but they do have players that succeeded in Shanahan's system. Don't expect much noise from the Niners this year, but they should be pretty good in a couple of years.
28. Los Angeles Rams.
The LA Rams were atrocious last year as they were blown out almost every game and the Jeff Fisher was fired in the middle of the season after being signed to a contract extension. The Rams have a good defense with the best interior D-Lineman in the league with Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn off the edge. They do have holes in the secondary but other than that the defense is okay. On the other side, the offense is more of a struggle. Jared Goff is going to have to grow a lot more than he showed last year of he will be a certified bust. A part of the problem was bad coaching. Hopefully with Sean McVay, an offensive oriented coach, Jared Goff can excel similar to the way Kirk Cousins did. A problem they also have is that the O-Line play was very bad and Goff had no time in the pocket. The O-Line could also be one of the factors that Todd Gurley struggled. If Gurley bounces back and Goff plays well then Rams fans can consider this season a success. I don't expect much the Rams this season.
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