The Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl and won the respect of NFL analysts everywhere. In the rankings, Green Bay's Super Bowl victory and solid draft put them on top.
The Vikings didn't earn much respect after posting their 6-10 record in 2010 and planning to move on without Brett Favre, with a new coaching staff and new schemes. Minnesota sits on the fringe of the bottom third of the league, sitting at No. 22 overall, according to the rankings. The highest the Vikings were ranked by any publisher was 11th, but they were also ranked 31st by at least one publisher.
Despite the "Winning is everything" theme in the NFL, coming close still earns you the respect of the team publishers at Scout. Despite not being named Super Bowl champs, the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to squeak out a close second-place finish in the power rankings, slightly ahead of the Vegas-favorite New England Patriots.
With the Bill Belichick- and Tom Brady-led Patriots securing third place, the New Orleans Saints (fourth overall) and the Baltimore Ravens (fifth overall) round out the top five.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, even the addition of Cam Newton couldn't pick the team up out of the basement. Three different teams each received first-place votes while five different organizations earned last-place votes.
Here are the full post-draft rankings:
|1||Green Bay Packers||10-6||.625||5||1|
|3||New England Patriots||14-2||.875||10||1|
|4||New Orleans Saints||11-5||.688||9||1|
|8||New York Jets||11-5||.688||10||2|
|9||San Diego Chargers||9-7||.563||16||5|
|11||Kansas City Chiefs||10-6||.625||16||9|
|13||New York Giants||10-6||.625||16||6|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10-6||.625||20||9|
|18||St. Louis Rams||7-9||.438||30||13|
|23||San Francisco 49ers||6-10||.375||31||15|
Low = lowest (worst) ranking vote received
High = highest (best) ranking vote received