The dominos fell Thursday, Friday and Saturday ... and the league pecking order jumbled up on Wednesday.
Drama played out in slow motion as we all awaited the announcement of the first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Yet, after Baker Mayfield and his Daisy Dukes (SEE: Favre replica draft pic) went there, Day 1 seemed to fly by. With that and the corresponding mayhem on the second day, teams' fortunes this year were seemingly altered. Of course, we will all learn together. Although "winning the draft" doesn't necessarily equate to winning on the filed ... today.
Take, for example, the Cardinalsmoving up to select Josh Rosen. As I wrote on Saturday, I thought that was a smart move. Yet, chances are Rosen won't play much early this season. Not with Sam Bradford being a former top overall pick himself, healthy and owning an eight-year head start on the rookie. So as you digest my latest Power Rankings below, remember that while a team might have enjoyed a prolific draft haul and grabbed the best players available for the future, those that filled needs for Week 1 profited here.
Best draft-related tweet this weekend:
Best draft of all time:
As for the league some 35 years later, you'll see how all its member clubs stack up below. As per usual, your thoughts are welcome. A few might end up in the "Power Rankings Show" on Wednesday. Send along ... @HarrisonNFL is the welcoming committee.
Let the dissension commence!
PROGRAMMING NOTE: For more in-depth analysis on the updated league pecking order, tune in to NFL Network on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET for a post-draft edition of the "NFL Power Rankings" show. Want to add YOUR voice? Provide your thoughts at the bottom of this page or tweet @HarrisonNFL, and your comments could be featured on air.
**History:** Twenty years ago, the Vikings had Cris Carter and Jake Reed at wide receiver. Carter was on his way to a Hall of Fame career. Reed was coming off *four straight 1,000-yard seasons*. So what did they do? They took a dynamic wideout who fell to them at 21. Enjoy. </content:power-ranking>
**Side note:** I went to a ton of Texas Rangers games in 1991. Saw Nolan Ryan pitch. Watched Ruben Sierra jack a few from both sides of the plate. And I witnessed Pettis' dad, Gary, run down fly balls you thought no human being -- much less any center fielder -- could get to. Pretty cool. </content:power-ranking>
**Trivia:** Why was the Redskins' championship win in 1942 so important to the members of that team? (@HarrisonNFL. Hard to cheat on this one!) </content:power-ranking>
**Trivia:** The Broncos and Chargers have only made the playoffs during the same season three times, which is remarkable, given that they both fired up their respective franchises in 1960. The last two occasions were 2013 and 2004. Which year did the Broncos and Chargers first reach the postseason together, and who was Denver's quarterback that year? (@HarrisonNFL) </content:power-ranking>