NFL Power Rankings 2013: A Pre-Draft Edition?

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

What? It's only March and there are NFL power rankings?

ESPN put out its annual NFL Pre-Draft Power Rankings. I know, it's way too early for this but I thought I'd check in anyway. I was curious to see how well they did with last year's rankings. Below I took the rankings they posted in March of 2012 (pre-draft) and compared them to how the teams did in the final regular-season record rankings (I arbitrarily stopped before the playoffs).

Before we get to that, how did Dallas do in this early version of the 2013 power rankings?

18 Cowboys 8-8 The switch to a 4-3 scheme could help Sean Lee and Jay Ratliff thrive. But it needs safety support. (Graziano)

About what you might expect. Ok, now to the table of 2012 pre-draft rankings vs. 2012 end of regular season rankings by actual record. The Giants were top-ranked, but by the end of the season were actually in 14th-place according to their record (a -13 differential). Other big flops were the Lions (-22), Eagles (-18) and Chiefs (-15). On the plus side, team's that surprised, were the Colts (+25), Vikings (+18), Redskins (+16)and Seahawks (+14).

The Cowboys ended up at a -2, ranked 14th to start, ended up 16th by record.

2012
Pre-Draft
Rank
Team 2012
End Regular
Season Rank
Diff.
1 Giants 14 -13
2 Patriots 3 -1
3 Packers 6 -3
4 49ers 5 -1
5 Ravens 10 -5
6 Texans 4 +2
7 Lions 29 -22
8 Broncos 1 +7
9 Steelers 15 -6
10 Bears 12 -2
11 Saints 20 -9
12 Eagles 30 -18
13 Falcons 2 +11
14 Cowboys 16 -2
15 Chargers 18 -3
16 Titans 23 -7
17 Chiefs 32 -15
18 Panthers 21 -3
19 Bengals 11 +8
20 Jets 25 -5
21 Cardinals 27 -6
22 Seahawks 8 +14
23 Bills 24 -1
24 Buccaneers 22 +2
25 Redskins 9 +16
26 Raiders 28 -2
27 Jaguars 31 -4
28 Dolphins 19 +9
29 Rams 17 +12
30 Browns 26 +4
31 Vikings 13 +18
32 Colts 7 +25
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