NFL power rankings: Arizona Cardinals fall after 2021 NFL draft selections

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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After the main wave of NFL free agency last month, the Arizona Cardinals were ranked as high as No. 10 in the league and a lot of optimism surrounded the future of the team.

Several NFL power rankings after the 2021 NFL draft aren't as high on the Cardinals and their chances in the 2021 NFL season.

They have the Cardinals either staying at their previous position or falling in their latest NFL power rankings.

One site had them down six spots to No. 20. Another had them down two to No. 21.

Check out what they are saying about the Arizona Cardinals in NFL power rankings after the 2021 NFL draft.

Do you think the team should have fallen in the rankings after its draft performance?

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NBC Sports: Cardinals stay at No. 15

Darren Hartwell writes: "Signing a pair of 32-year-olds doesn’t guarantee you success, even if their names are J.J. Watt and A.J. Green. Collins and 2020 first-round pick Isaiah Simmons could form a dangerous linebacker duo, though, and if Kyle Murray can stay on the field, we could see Arizona making things interesting in the NFL’s toughest division." Cardinals stay at No. 16

Dan Hanzus writes: "The Cards were splashy in free agency, landing name-brand players like J.J. Watt, A.J. Green and James Conner. The draft, by comparison, was more of meat-and-potatoes exercise for the team. First-round pick Zaven Collins will line up alongside Isaiah Simmons (last year's first-round pick at linebacker) as Arizona attempts to build a dangerous and versatile core in the middle of their defense. The second-round selection of Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore seems to further cement the reality that Larry Fitzgerald has played his final down in the NFL. The Cardinals still feel a step behind their counterparts in the NFC West."

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FanDuel: Cardinals now at No. 17

The site put the team at +4000 to win the Super Bowl, which is 19th in the league.

Sporting News: Cardinals fall six spots to No. 20

Vinnie Iyer writes: "The Cardinals were buzzy with Kyler Murray breaking out last season, but the next gear of the offense might be limited and they have developed a few more defensive issues."

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Pro Football Network: Cardinals now ranked No. 20

Matt Williamson writes: "After the past two drafts, the Cardinals could have a crazy pair of linebackers in Zaven Collins and Isaiah Simmons. Kyler Murray also looks ready to improve his play. But there are also plenty of questions here as well."

NBC Sports: Cardinals down two to No. 21

Adam Hoge writes: "I love the idea of watching Rondale Moore catch passes from Kyler Murray. Moore is a great fit in Kliff Kingsbury's offense."

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The Arizona Cardinals curiously lost some ground in NFL power rankings after the 2021 NFL draft.

Not everyone down on Cardinals

Not everyone was down on the Cardinals after their draft picks, however.

Sportnaut ranked the team No. 7 in the league, up from No. 10 before the draft.

Matt Johnson wrote: "The Green Bay Packers are dealing with quarterback drama and the Seattle Seahawks don’t have enough draft picks to fill various needs on either side of the ball. That clears the way for the Arizona Cardinals, who just drafted Zaven Collins, to climb even higher in our NFL power rankings. Arizona’s offense is almost set and the defense is improving. With the NFC softening, outside of the Bucs, there’s a window for the Cards."

Fansided's Russell S. Baxter had the team at No. 11.

He wrote: "Kliff Kingsbury’s squad finished 8-8 after a 6-3 start and general manager Steve Keim got busy during free agency, adding proven veterans such as defensive end J.J. Watt, wide receiver A.J. Green and cornerback Malcolm Butler. The Cardinals also wound up trading for quality center Rodney Hudson. The team opted for a linebacker in the first round for the second straight April, taking talented Zaven Collins (Tulsa) a year after grabbing Isaiah Simmons."

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