Analysis Around the League Opinion

Ranking every skill group in the NFL

Quarterback is the most important position in any sport. Most teams go as their QB goes. Luckily for Kansas City they have the best one on the planet in Patrick Mahomes.

The Chiefs are also very fortunate in having an incredible group of skill guys surrounding Mahomes. They are a very complete team and that was evident this February when then hoisted the Lombardi trophy as Super Bowl champs.

But, where do their skills guys rank in the NFL?

Lets take a look at every team’s skill group, without the QB, and see where they all stack up.

We will go in reverse order, from worst to first.

32. Washington Redskins
31. New England Patriots
30. Indianapolis Colts
29. New York Jets
28. Chicago Bears
27. Las Vegas Raiders
26. Baltimore Ravens
25. Philadelphia Eagles

The thing that stands out from this bottom eight is New England having the second worst group of every NFL team. After Julian Edelman, the next best weapon for the Patriots is probably James White. This combined with the loss of Tom Brady, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaves the AFC East wide open. However, I would never count Bill Belichick out.

Onward we go…

24. Minnesota Vikings
23. Jacksonville Jaguars
22. Denver Broncos
21. Houston Texans
20. Miami Dolphins
19. Los Angeles Rams
18. Green Bay Packers
17. Tennessee Titans

Two teams in this group that could be sneaky in 2020 are the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins. Courtland Sutton has shown he can be a dominate force on the outside and TE Noah Fant showed he could be a serious receiving threat at the position. The Dolphins may be surprising to see, but they have three very big athletic receiving targets in Devante Parker, Preston Williams, and Mike Gesicki. There is a lot of upside for the 2020 Dolphins.

The top half starts now…

16. San Francisco 49ers
15. New York Giants
14. Seattle Seahawks
13. Detroit Lions
12. Pittsburgh Steelers
11. Cinncinati Bengals
10. Los Angeles Chargers
9. Buffalo Bills

The Los Angeles Chargers start the top 10 and honestly could have been even higher. Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler provide four outstanding targets for whoever will end up being the quarterback in LA.

At number nine are the Buffalo Bills. General Manager Brandon Beane and Head Coach Sean McDermott have done an outstanding job of building a roster around young QB Josh Allen. Their latest move included trading for WR Stefon Diggs. Diggs will be added to the duo of Jon Brown and Cole Beasley, giving the Bills one of the best WR trios in the NFL. Where they get knocked is in the inexperience of RB Devin Singletary and TE Dawson Knox. If Josh Allen can improve enough this coming season, Bills Mafia may be able to see what they haven’t in a very long time, and that is a playoff victory.

8. Dallas Cowboys
7. Carolina Panthers
6. Arizona Cardinals
5. Atlanta Falcons

This is getting down to the nitty gritty and one little detail can separate a team from the next. If Todd Gurley can get back to anywhere near his previous form, the Falcons offense could be considered as talented a group in the NFL. They also look to replace tight end Austin Hooper, who moved on to the Cleveland Browns via free agency, with Hayden Hurst. Hurst is a former first round pick of the Baltimore Ravens and was lost in Baltimore’s offense behind Mark Andrews. He certainly has the potential to have a nice comeback year in the Falcons wide open offense.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3. Kansas City Chiefs
2. New Orleans Saints
1. Cleveland Browns

The AFC South ended up with all four teams inside the top eight. They are loaded at the skill positions. The Saints finished the highest of the AFC South teams and it is easy to see why with Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Jared Cook, Alvin Kamara, and Latavius Murray on the roster.

On paper there may not be a more talented group of skill players than the Cleveland Browns. Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Austin Hooper, David Njoku, Kareem Hunt, and Nick Chubb are a blend of different skill sets that could give NFL defenses fits. However, looking great on paper is different than performing on the field.

The Chiefs cracked the top three and were barely edged out by the Saints and Browns. They have an elite WR in Tyreek Hill and elite TE in Travis Kelce. They are also complimented nicely with WRs Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman, and RB Damien Williams. There is no question what this group can do. They have a Super Bowl trophy to prove it. They will be looking to run it back in 2020.

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