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Tabeek's NFL Power Rankings: Falcons crack top 10 after draft

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The 2019 rosters for all 32 teams are finally starting to take shape.

The NFL Draft is in the books and most rookie minicamps have come and gone. There are still some intriguing free agents out there, almost all of the big names have been signed to deals by now, too.

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While most teams are likely feeling pretty good about their draft hauls and free-agent signings right now – and plenty of the so-called experts have also issued their grades – we won’t truly know how each will team look until the Packers and Bears kick the NFL season off on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

And that won't stop me from ranking all 32 teams, now that we know where the rookies and big-name free agents have landed.

So without further ado, it’s time for a post-draft edition of my Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings. Enjoy.

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1. Patriots TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
I liked their draft class overall (N'Keal Harry and Chase Winovich), but there are still some holes (see Gronk void). As long as Belichick and Brady are there, the defending champs will be a threat. vs. Steelers, Sept. 8
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2. Rams TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
They drafted a speedy back in Darrell Henderson, which makes you wonder more about the long-term prognosis of Todd Gurley's knee. at Panthers, Sept. 8
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3. Chargers TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
They're always in the mix with Philip Rivers. With the overall talent improving (love the Jerry Tillery and Nasir Adderley picks), they'll be a force once again in the AFC. vs. Colts, Sept. 8
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4. Saints TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
Drafting Erik McCoy to replace Max Unger was a critical move. Did they get better on defense? That's the bigger question moving forward. vs. Texans, Sept. 9
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5. Colts TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
I love a lot of the moves the Colts have made during the last two drafts (Quenton Nelson in '18, Rock Ya-Sin in '19), but everything still centers around Andrew Luck's health. at Chargers, Sept. 8
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6. Chiefs TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
For as exciting as 2018 was to watch unfold, the offseason has been a forgettable one (see Tyreek Hill). Regardless, this team still has some weapons, led by Patrick Mahomes. at Jaguars, Sept. 8
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7. Bears TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
I hated that they traded away Jordan Howard but I absolutely loved the pick of David Montgomery. This team needs Mitchell Trubisky to take his game to the next level. vs. Packers, Sept. 5
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8. Texans TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
In every single one of my mocks I had them going offensive line because they need to protect Deshaun Watson better. Taking Tytus Howard at 23 surprised me. Feels like a boom-or-bust move. at Saints, Sept. 9
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9. Cowboys TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
Like the Trysten Hill pick, but can he stay focused on football? Will Taco Charlton offset the loss of Randy Gregory? Lots of questions for a talented Cowboys team as Jason Garrett enters season in the final year of his contract. vs. Giants, Sept. 8
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10. Falcons TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
The No. 1 priority heading into the offseason was to fix the offensive and defensive lines — and for the team to get bigger, nastier and faster in the process. Mission accomplished, but there’s still more to do. at Vikings, Sept. 8
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11. Steelers TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
The distractions appear to be gone, for now, and I loved several of the Steelers’ draft picks — especially Devin Bush, who I think will be a star. at Patriots, Sept. 8
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12. Seahawks TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
They needed to replace Doug Baldwin, Frank Clark and Earl Thomas. They drafted two receivers, a power end and a safety. How will they all fare now? Those are some big shoes to fill. vs. Bengals, Sept. 8
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13. Eagles TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
It’s the Carson Wentz Show (or bust) now that they’ve let the only quarterback in franchise history to win a Super Bowl walk. Adding Jordan Howard to the backfield should pay big dividends. vs. Redskins, Sept. 8
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14. Browns TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
It’s fun to watch this team come together. They went heavy on defense in the draft and added maybe the best cover corner in the class. The Browns have a lot of parts, but can they make it call come together and work? vs. Titans, Sept. 8
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15. Packers TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
I’m not as high on their offseason as some. There are a lot of question marks with this team, beginning with their top pick Rashan Gary. Can he live up to his potential? Feels like a boom-or-bust pick. at Bears, Sept. 5
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16. Vikings TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
They needed to bolster the offensive line and add some parts to the offense as a whole. They did that — love the Garrett Bradbury pick for them. Will it translate once the season starts? vs. Falcons, Sept. 8
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17. Panthers TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
They picked up a pair of edge rushers in Brian Burns and Christian Miller, which they needed. They also picked up an offensive lineman. Still, one has to wonder about Cam Newton’s arm. They drafted Will Grier just in case. vs. Rams, Sept. 8
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18. Ravens TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
Really liked their first four draft picks, especially Marquise Brown, who should give the Ravens a dangerous deep threat. Can Lamar Jackson get him the ball though? No one questions his athleticism and ability to run, but he needs to work on the deep(er) ball. at Dolphins, Sept. 8
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19. 49ers TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
I love what the 49ers are putting together talent-wise, but it needs to translate in the win column now. With a healthy Jimmy G and a defense that just added Nick Bosa, they could be a sleeper pick out West. at Buccaneers, Sept. 8
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20. Jets TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
The Jets landed the best player in this draft class when they got Quinnen Williams third overall. Adding Jachai Polite in the third was nice value, too. Don’t be surprised if they make a push in the East. vs. Bills, Sept. 8
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21. Titans TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
Can’t blame them for taking Jeffery Simmons 19th overall, even if they have to wait a full season — a top-10 talent before his injury. A.J. Brown gives Marcus Mariota a much-needed weapon. at Browns, Sept. 8
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22. Jaguars TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
Not only did they get one of the best edge rushers (Josh Allen), but they picked up the offensive tackle (Jawaan Taylor) many draft analysts thought was the best in class. Time will tell. vs. Chiefs, Sept. 8
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23. Bills TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
The Bills might’ve had my favorite draft haul, headlined by Ed Oliver and Cody Ford — two guys I thought would go in the top half of the first round. They still have a lot of work to do on offense, but like the direction. at Jets, Sept. 8
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24. Bengals TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
New head coach Zac Taylor adds some much-needed size up front (Jonah Williams). Also thought the Ryan Finley pick was interesting as Andy Dalton heads into the final two years of his deal. at Seahawks, Sept. 8
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25. Raiders TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
Say what you want about Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock and their whole outfit, but I liked what they did in the draft. They went heavy on defense and got two good ones in Clelin Ferrell and Jonathan Abram. The Josh Jacobs pick was smart, too. vs. Broncos, Sept. 9
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26. Buccaneers TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
No surprise seeing Devin White land in Tampa — he’s a nice fit for their defense and a three-down player. Also not surprising: the Bucs addressing the secondary in a big way with two corners and a safety. vs. 49ers, Sept. 8
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27. Broncos TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
John Elway came out of this draft with some interesting parts, two of which should help Joe Flacco right away — Noah Fant and Dalton Risner. They also might’ve landed their QB of the future in Drew Lock. Stay tuned. at Raiders, Sept. 9
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28. Redskins TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
Watching the quarterback situation in D.C. unfold should be very interesting, but at least they have another option with Dwayne Haskins. My favorite pick was Montez Sweat, a player I thought would end up in Atlanta. He’s a beast. at Eagles, Sept. 8
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29. Dolphins TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
They got their QB in Josh Rosen and added one of the best defensive tackles in this class in Christian Wilkins. This division is improving and I think the Fins will be a challenger in the coming years. vs. Ravens, Sept. 8
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30. Lions TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
I thought for sure they’d go defense with the eighth-overall pick, but I do think T.J. Hockenson will give Matthew Stafford a much-needed weapon in the passing game (and help as a blocker, too). at Cardinals, Sept. 8
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31. Giants TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
Speaking of going defense first … taking Daniel Jones at No. 6 surprised me (and Giants fans everywhere). I’ll go on record and say that I like Jones, just not at 6. Really liked their next two picks — Dexter Lawrence and Deandre Baker. at Cowboys, Sept. 8
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32. Cardinals TABEEK'S TAKE NEXT
All eyes will be on Kyler Murray (and Josh Rosen), and rightfully so. The rookie steps right in as the starter now. Murray aside, I really liked the Cardinals draft haul — Byron Murphy, Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler. vs. Lions, Sept. 8
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