NFL Power Rankings: AFC North reaction

The AFC North must have had a strong draft based on the ESPN post-draft Power Rankings. No division team dropped from he pre-draft one, and three teams moved up.

I don't have a vote in the power rankings, but I can certainly give my take on them:


Power Ranking: No. 4

2011 record: 12-4

Comment: John Harbaugh is smiling because his Ravens moved ahead of his brother's 49ers team. The Ravens had a solid draft and addressed some holes in the starting lineup, which boosted them one spot. Only the two Super Bowl teams (Giants and Patriots) and the Packers are ahead of the Ravens. It's hard to argue this ranking.


Power Ranking: No. 8

2011 record: 12-4

Comment: In the pre-draft rankings, I argued that the Steelers should rank above the Lions and Broncos. The Steelers did go ahead of both teams in the latest power rankings, but they only moved up one spot because the Eagles leapfrogged them. While some people are touting that the Eagles had their best draft ever under Andy Reid, the Steelers improved themselves significantly as well. Pittsburgh is still being undervalued at No. 8.


Power Ranking: No. 16

2011 record: 9-7

Comment: The good news is the Bengals jumped up three spots from the pre-draft power rankings. The bad news is they're still eight spots below where they finished last season. The problem is a lack of respect for the AFC and the Bengals. Cincinnati is the seventh-ranked team in the conference, but it's pushed down because nine NFC teams are ranking in the top 14.


Power Ranking: No. 30

2011 record: 4-12

Comment: The Browns focused on improving their struggling offense in the draft, using their first three picks on running back Trent Richardson, quarterback Brandon Weeden and offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz. The voters apparently weren't impressed. Cleveland remains at No. 30, the same ranking from the pre-draft one. Only the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts are ranked below the Browns.