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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Jaguars No. 31 in NFL Power Rankings

By Michael DiRocco

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Since the NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars found out they still have trouble running the ball and that people apparently aren't too impressed with the upgrades they've made along the defensive line. Not even the fact that rookie quarterback Blake Bortles appears to have a bright future in the NFL was enough to keep them from dropping in ESPN's NFL Power Rankings.

The Jaguars came in at No. 31 on Tuesday afternoon in the first edition of the 2014 rankings, one spot below where they were ranked in the days after the draft.

The Oakland Raiders were last. Seattle, Denver, New England, San Francisco and New Orleans were ranked Nos. 1-5, respectively.

The voting process for the rankings has been expanded and given a catchy name: the ESPN Power Panel. It is comprised of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities.

Here is my ballot:

1. Seattle
2. Denver
3. Green Bay
4. San Francisco
5. New England
6. New Orleans
7. Philadelphia
8. Indianapolis
9. Chicago
10. San Diego
11. Cincinnati
12. Detroit
13. Atlanta
14. Baltimore
15. Carolina
16. Kansas City
17. Arizona
18. Pittsburgh
19. Miami
20. Dallas
21. Washington
22. Tennessee
23. N.Y. Giants
24. St. Louis
25. Minnesota
26. N.Y. Jets
27. Tampa Bay
28. Jacksonville
29. Cleveland
30. Buffalo
31. Houston
32. Oakland