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.