The Green Bay Packers will have to get used to being overlooked.
Aaron Rodgers is gone, and now they have suddenly become a bad football team, many believe. And that includes Pro Football Focus, it would seem.
PFF has ranked every roster in the NFL, and they couldn't be more wrong about the Packers. They have Green Bay's roster ranked 27th. In other words, the Packers are the sixth-worst team in the league.
The Packers have made significant changes to their roster this offseason, but Aaron Rodgers is the only player to leave who is irreplaceable. Is a team that went 8-9 last year now one of the worst in the league because they lost Randall Cobb, Allen Lazard, or Dean Lowry?
And it's not like Rodgers is coming off an MVP season, either. His 26 touchdown passes tied for the fourth-lowest of his career, and his 12 interceptions were the second-most he's thrown. Rodgers' 91.1 passer rating was his worst as a starter.
Even then, the Packers still went 8-9.
Packers have star players at premium positions
Seven -- that's the number of projected Packers starters who have been an All-Pro or Pro Bowler at least once in their career. Many of them play at premium positions, like David Bakhtiari and Jaire Alexander.
That doesn't include Christian Watson, who could be set for a breakout second season in the NFL. Or Rashan Gary, who was on track for a massive year before suffering a torn ACL in 2022. It doesn't include Quay Walker, who made the PFWA All-Rookie Team last season.
Eight -- that's the number of first-rounders the Packers have on defense. Green Bay has at least one first-rounder at every position on defense.
There are big questions, no doubt. How will Jordan Love play? Can the young receiving corps get up to speed in year one? Can the defense finally live up to expectations?
But if we're talking about talent, there's no way the Packers have a worse roster than the Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, and Carolina Panthers, just to name a few of the teams PFF had ranked ahead of them.
The Packers are about to prove a lot of people wrong.