Monday, May 31, 2021

Green Bay Packers Post-Draft 2021 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Green Bay Packers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 5.0 (4th)
  • Best ranking: 4th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 8th (USA Today)

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Player who benefited most from draft: QB Aaron Rodgers

Should Rodgers choose to embrace it, he would see that the draft improved his chances of getting over the hump after consecutive NFC title game losses the past two years. The two biggest holes on the roster last season were at cornerback (where Kevin King and Chandon Sullivan were exposed) and on the offensive line (without injured left tackle David Bakhtiari). The Packers picked speedy corner Eric Stokes in the first round and also took three offensive linemen to give them more options up front. Oh yeah, and they finally drafted a receiver before Day 3, taking Clemson's Amari Rodgers in the third round. -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 4

It's 2008 all over again, as the Packers find themselves ensnared in a nasty little soap opera centered on the playing future of their iconic quarterback. Aaron Rodgers is apparently still mad that Green Bay picked a QB in the first round last year, so mad that he doesn't want to play another down for the only NFL team he's ever known. Publicly, the Packers are saying all the right things in an attempt to keep this brush fire from turning into an inferno, but Rodgers seems like the type of guy who might not settle for a compromise that keeps him in the building. It's funny -- you would have thought winning MVP would be enough to stick it to the Packers for their Jordan Love decision. Rodgers is a different dude.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 4

This is based on Aaron Rodgers playing in Green Bay, which I think happens. They won't trade him, nor should they. Without Rodgers, the Packers are near the bottom of this list.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

It's hard to know what to think here. (Insert shrug emoji.) Will they have league MVP Aaron Rodgers back in 2021? If he does return, will his attitude short-circuit a team that's fallen one win shy of the Super Bowl the past two years? Even if Rodgers reconciles with management, did they do enough to get this team over the top? And you thought Brett Favre was dramatic ...

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

Usually May, June and July comprise the only relatively quiet period in the NFL calendar. Not this year. The Aaron Rodgers drama will hang over the rest of the offseason until one of two things happen:
  1. Rodgers says either publicly or through intermediaries that he's willing to return to Green Bay, presumably with a reworked contract.
  2. The Packers trade him.
Of course, it's possible that neither of those things happen, and this whole thing drags into September without a resolution. #PrayersUp to our wonderful Packers beat writer Matt Schneidman if that happens.

With Rodgers, the Packers are right there with the Bucs as legitimate Super Bowl contenders in the NFC. No team has won more regular-season games (26) over the past two seasons. Replace Rodgers with Jordan Love or someone else who offers mediocre but unspectacular quarterback play, and this is not a playoff team.

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