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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Atlanta Falcons

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Atlanta Falcons rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Falcons in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Player who benefited most from draft: QB Matt Ryan

The Falcons didn't take a quarterback in the first round (or any round), once again giving credence to the thought Ryan is still in Atlanta's future plans (although as we've seen with Matthew Stafford and Sam Darnold, things can change considerably in a year). The Falcons also gave him a tantalizing new offensive option in No. 4 overall pick Kyle Pitts, who head coach Arthur Smith could line up anywhere. Barring injuries, Atlanta's offense should be one of the most productive in the league, and Ryan -- with potential security in his job -- would be the catalyst for that. -- Michael Rothstein

NFL.com -- Rank: 23

Matt Ryan won. The Falcons could have tried to trade him. They could have drafted his replacement. They could have stripped the organization down to studs around him and went into a rebuild. Instead, Ryan will enter the 2021 season with no in-house competition at quarterback, a new offensive-minded head coach with pelts on the wall in Arthur Smith, and a dynamic new weapon in fourth overall pick Kyle Pitts, a tight end who profiles as a superstar-in-waiting. Adding Pitts to an offense that already includes Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley is legitimately scary. Yes ... Matt Ryan won.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

They opted to keep Matt Ryan and try to win now, rather than building for the future. Adding tight end Kyle Pitts will make Ryan a happy man. The offense should be dynamic.

USA Today -- Rank: 22

QB Matt Ryan might pass for 400 yards a week ... but Atlanta might also run for 50 yards and surrender 550 and a ton of points every Sunday.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

It would be nice to get at least one season of Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts together in Arthur Smith's offense. But Atlanta has made it pretty clear that it could trade Jones in the months ahead.

The roster has questions on the offensive line and in the secondary, but there's reason to believe that the Falcons can be one of the NFL's most improved teams. Smith directing the offense and Dean Pees directing the defense should offer big upgrades. The Falcons were 1-8 in one-score games last year and faced the league's toughest schedule. It would be no surprise to see Atlanta go from 4-12 to a playoff berth.

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