Sports Illustrated NFL writer Jenny Vrentas released her preliminary draft rankings on Wednesday. Even if there is no way of knowing when football will return – or in what form – the league has continued its interseason calendar, so these rankings work on the assumption that there will be an NFL season this fall. wrote Vrentas.
Will there be football in 2020? Should we make power rankings without knowing the answer? These are very real questions. Of course, with the NFL plowing through the free agency, and rushing towards the NFL draft, the teams acquire players and shape formations as if there would be a season this year. Today, we therefore share our ranking of post-free power, pre-draft and average quarantine power. At the very least, it’s a topic of discussion as you browse Amazon wondering when, if ever, Clorox wipes will be back in stock.
The Vikings, after an offseason characterized by more notable departures than additions, N ° 14 in ranking. It’s a solid drop in the past two months, as most post-Super Bowl power rankings had Minnesota firmly in the top ten.
As things go along in the repechage, the 14th seems pretty much right for a Vikings team that has lost Stefon Diggs, Everson Griffen, Mackensie Alexander and other important players. They still have enough talent to warrant a place in the top half of the league, but there are too many holes on the list right now to keep the Vikings in the top ten. If these holes can be filled with young emerging players, instant impact rookies or veteran free agents, the Vikings could easily surpass this current ranking. However, this is not something to be relied on at the moment.
Here’s what Vrentas wrote about the Vikings to explain their position in the standings:
They extended Kirk Cousins, but the identity of the Vikings under Mike Zimmer was their defense, and there were heavy losses on this side of the ball during the off season. The Vikings’ first three corners are now gone, as are Everson Griffen and Stephen Weatherly on the defensive line.
The classification of the Vikings always places them in second place among the NFC North teams behind only the Packers (n ° 5) and firmly in front of the Bears (n ° 23) and the Lions (n ° 28).
Related: full breakdown of the free agency NFC North
The Vikings are ranked seventh among all NFC teams, behind last year’s best contenders, as well as the Eagles, Cowboys and Tom Brady’s Buccaneers.
For the full ranking of Vrentas and the explanation for each team, click here.
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