The passage of Hall of Fame weekend means the onset of the preseason -- and our first real Power Rankings of the 2017 season.
The Cardinals and Cowboyskicked off preseason action last Thursday. This week, the rest of the league starts playing. That's why I put out an updated edition of the Power Rankings at this time every year. Call it a final snapshot before everyone involved in this industry starts basing opinions off ONfield news.
Before we get to the NFL preseason pyramid of success, I want to acknowledge the top three things I noticed during the week in Canton:
Matthias checks in from Austria.
Matt checks in from Daytona.
Both of Johnson's former teams take a dip in the pecking order below, thanks to looming uncertainty on each front. As for the rest, take a gander. Your take is more than welcome at the usual place: @HarrisonNFL.
Now, let the dissension commence!
[Cowboys](/teams/dallascowboys/profile?team=DAL) fans anxiously await an [Ezekiel Elliott](/player/ezekielelliott/2555224/profile) [ruling to come down](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000821163/article/nfl-wrapping-up-its-investigation-into-ezekiel-elliott-incidents), one way or another. And the secondary is still a concern, with [Blaine Gabbert](/player/blainegabbert/2495441/profile) burning a couple of starters and [Anthony Brown](/player/anthonybrown/2555531/profile) burning a hamstring -- all of which plays second fiddle to Jerry Jones' [deserved enshrinement](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000823562/article/jerry-jones-hall-of-fame-entry-about-more-than-cowboys-feats). Although I was in Canton this weekend, I didn't go to his [now-famous celebration bash,](https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2017/08/05/inside-jerry-jones-star-studded-bash-justin-timberlake-chris-christie-hall-famers) complete with Jerryism napkins and Justin Timberlake. (I heard J.T. opened with "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.") Jones was entertaining [in his speech](http://www.nfl.com/videos/dallas-cowboys/0ap3000000826394/Jerry-Jones-Hall-of-Fame-speech) and received much respect from all the Hall of Famers who made the trip. Most important to Dallas fans, by a mile: J.J. gave credit where credit was due -- to the other J.J. Hats off, Jimmy Johnson. </content:power-ranking>
Moving along ... After spending the week in Canton and talking to a number of senior voters, I can tell you that more former Chiefs came up than alums of any other franchise. The list of serious candidates we discussed included Johnny Robinson, Otis Taylor and Deron Cherry. Robinson is the only player to lead both the AFL and NFL in interceptions. It's bull#%$* more former K.C. stars are not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Among modern era candidates, Albert Lewis receives no love -- but he was a top-shelf player for a looooong time.
On a lighter note -- well, make that a heavier and brighter note -- former D-line extraordinaire Joe Klecko might hear his name emerge from the Seniors Committee for the Hall of Fame at some point. From what I gathered via senior voters, Klecko -- who played at a Pro Bowl level at NT, DT and DE -- could be one of the nominees on the agenda at the next meeting of the minds. What about Al Toon?