16. Dallas Cowboys
The NFC playoff picture will be crowded in 2018. The Cowboys should be involved, but are they good enough to land a spot in the postseason? Ezekiel Elliott will key to the team’s success as ever, but they are now relying on a wide receiver group sans Dez Bryant. Dallas will need production from free agent acquisition Allen Hurns and third-round pick Michael Gallup.
15. Detroit Lions
Fixing the run game is priority number one for the Lions. GM Bob Quinn focused on the offensive line again, and when healthy, he may have built one of the league’s strongest lines. Over to second-round running back Kerryon Johnson to win the starting job from LeGarrette Blount.
14. Kansas City Chiefs
I’m excited to see Sammy Watkins, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce on the field together. Second-year running back Kareem Hunt will draw the most attention from defensive coordinators, though. The success of this offense will depend on Patrick Mahomes, who takes over from Alex Smith as the starting quarterback.
13. San Francisco 49ers
Everyone is talking about the Rams, but don’t forget about the 49ers. They could be strong contenders in the NFC West. Jimmy Garoppolo played well at the end of last season, and with a full offseason behind him, San Francisco should be in contention for a playoff berth.