AFC South: 2014 Post-Draft Power Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS -- There is no better time for an offseason power ranking than right after the draft, because that is the unofficial ending of the major moves made by teams.

Teams will continue to tinker with their roster, but the draft is compete and the majority of the headline-making moves are complete.

ESPN.com's post-draft Power Rankings, based teams' offseason moves, were released Tuesday. The Indianapolis Colts are seventh in the rankings up one spot from the season-ending rankings.

To no surprise, the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks are at the top of the rankings. From an AFC standpoint, the Colts are third behind Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (2nd), who lost to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (4th).

I think the Broncos are still the class of the AFC after they added DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward on defense to go with Manning and that high-powered offense.

I only give the Patriots the edge over the Colts because they beat Indianapolis in the playoffs last season, and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has struggled in two games -- seven interceptions -- against New England.

The Colts didn’t make a major splash in the offseason, but they continued to add offensive weapons to go with Luck’s arm, feet and ability to pull off the unthinkable. Questions at center and safety will remain until Khaled Holmes (center) and Delano Howell prove they are the right players to start at those positions.

The Colts will be able to see how they match up with those teams next season. They play the Broncos in Week 1 and the Patriots in Week 11.
Though the Houston Texans finished last in the NFL, earning the first overall draft pick, their selections last week have people encouraged.

After a draft to which Mel Kiper gave an A- for value and need, the Texans have risen to 26th in ESPN.com's post-draft Power Rankings.

The Texans selected outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (1st), guard Xavier Su'a-Filo (33rd), tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (65th), nose tackle Louis Nix III (83rd), quarterback Tom Savage (135th), defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan (177th), running back Alfred Blue (181st), fullback Jay Prosch (211th), cornerback Andre Hal (216th) and finally safety Lonnie Ballentine (256th).

The Texans' lowest rank in this post-draft power ranking was 30th, given by Mike Sando who only ranked the Raiders and Browns below them. Their best ranking came from Dan Graziano, who ranked the Texans 20th, ahead of St. Louis, both New York teams, Washington, Miami, Minnesota, Tennessee, Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Jacksonville and Oakland.

Of course, the top of these rankings remained the same. The Seahawks hold the No. 1 spot with the Broncos immediately after them.

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