Scout.com post-draft rankings

NFL team publishers from Scout.com weighed in with their team rankings over the weekend. Here are the results, with the Vikings not getting much love.

The Scout.com NFL team publisher rankings are out. In the first installment of the 2011 NFL season, the publishers from across the Scout network weighed in on where they believe teams should be ranked from 1 to 32. To no surprise, the Super Bowl Champions are at the top.

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:

Rank
Team
2010 Record
Win %
Low
High
1  Green Bay Packers 10-6 .625 5 1
2  Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4 .750 7 2
3  New England Patriots 14-2 .875 10 1
4  New Orleans Saints 11-5 .688 9 1
5  Baltimore Ravens 12-4 .750 11 3
6  Atlanta Falcons 13-3 .813 10 2
7  Indianapolis Colts 10-6 .625 11 2
8  New York Jets 11-5 .688 10 2
9  San Diego Chargers 9-7 .563 16 5
10  Philadelphia Eagles 10-6 .625 16 5
11  Kansas City Chiefs 10-6 .625 16 9
12  Chicago Bears 11-5 .688 17 5
13  New York Giants 10-6 .625 16 6
14  Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-6 .625 20 9
15  Houston Texans 6-10 .375 28 9
16  Dallas Cowboys 6-10 .375 23 12
17  Detroit Lions 6-10 .375 25 14
18  St. Louis Rams 7-9 .438 30 13
19  Miami Dolphins 7-9 .438 25 17
20  Oakland Raiders 8-8 .500 27 16
21  Seattle Seahawks 7-9 .438 30 15
22  Minnesota Vikings 6-10 .375 31 11
23  San Francisco 49ers 6-10 .375 31 15
24  Jacksonville Jaguars 8-8 .50 32 18
25  Cleveland Browns 5-11 .313 31 18
26  Cincinnati Bengals 4-12 .250 30 13
27  Tennessee Titans 6-10 .375 31 17
28  Buffalo Bills 4-12 .250 31 21
29  Washington Redskins 6-10 .375 32 22
30  Denver Broncos 4-12 .250 32 21
31  Arizona Cardinals 5-11 .313 32 18
32  Carolina Panthers 2-14 .125 32 27

Legend:
Low = lowest (worst) ranking vote received
High = highest (best) ranking vote received


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