12: Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are a deeply flawed roster, but when you have Sean McVay, Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, and Aaron Donald… you can only fall so far down the NFC Power Rankings. At No. 12, Los Angeles can easily outplay this ranking. It will require health and some immediate contributions from their rookie class. I don’t blame anyone who ranks them higher, but it’s still a long shot to a playoff berth as things currently stand.
11: New Orleans Saints
The Saints finally found a potential successor for Drew Brees behind center. Derek Carr is far from perfect, but he proved he can win football games during his time with the Raiders. Carr carried a porous roster to the postseason in 2021, and New Orleans hopes he can replicate this success on a better roster and in a weaker conference. As for me, I’m not sure Carr is enough to push the team to the top of the wide-open NFC South.
10: Carolina Panthers
Speaking of, the run on NFC South teams has begun. Any of the three could win the division, so take these rankings with a grain of salt. Checking in at No. 9 overall, the new-look Panthers look to qualify for the playoffs in Year 1 of the Bryce Young era. The roster is better than many think, including an underrated offensive line and defense, but Carolina might need a full season to properly implement Frank Reich’s scheme.
9: Atlanta Falcons
My pick to win the NFC South in 2023 is the Atlanta Falcons. General manager Terry Fontenot has been busy this offseason by adding multiple high-end starters to the roster. Safety Jessie Bates, defensive lineman Calais Campbell, and running back Bijan Robinson headline the new additions and should all make life easier on Desmond Ridder as he embarks on his first full season as a starter in the NFL.