This article is from Ted Carlson from Fanball.com
His 2004 opinions are noted before the rankings if you want to read it.
As stated in my quarterback article, a lot is going to change over the next eight months. Free agent signings, trades, and the draft will alter many situations and rankings, but here's the way I see things right now.
1. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers: Brees? Rivers? It doesn't matter, L.T. is tops.
2. Priest Holmes, Chiefs: This is how much the Larry Johnson committee news scares me right now.
3. Shaun Alexander, FA: He could drop as low as six or seven if I don't like where he signs.
4. Edgerrin James, Colts/FA: The Colts will likely franchise Edge, and he'll score more when Peyton throws only 35-40 touchdowns next season.
5. Willis McGahee, Bills: You gotta love the late season numbers. Gotta, I say!
6. Corey Dillon, Patriots: I see no reason not to expect at least another 1,300 and 10.
7. Domanick Davis, Texans: His nine-game scoring streak is still fresh in my mind.
8. Jamal Lewis, Ravens: I want to be onboard when Jamal thinks he's got something to prove.
9. Tiki Barber, Giants: Tiki is a good bust candidate, but the offensive line should be better.
10. Clinton Portis, Redskins: Gibbs' schemes and Portis' style will mesh better in year two.
11. Ahman Green, Packers: It looks like 2003 was a fluke, but Ahman still belongs right around here.
12. Deuce McAllister, Saints: His bad ankles concern me, but I don't see anyone below here I'd rather have.
13. Rudi Johnson, FA: I believe he'll be back in Cincy, and Rudi proved himself this past season.
14. Curtis Martin, Jets: Can he do it again at 32 and after a career-high 371 carries? I don't want to be holding C-Mart when the end suddenly hits.
15. Kevin Jones, Lions: I like the Lions' offensive line and the way this entire offense is heading.
16. Julius Jones, Cowboys: Conversely, the Cowboys' offense and offensive line do not impress me.
17. Chris Brown, Titans: (Expletive) (expletive) Brown and his (expletive) inability to stay (expletive) healthy.
18. Tatum Bell, Broncos: Tatum isn't exactly the poster boy for health, either. I might move him up once (if?) he officially wins the job.
19. Fred Taylor, Jaguars: We can only hope the Jags' next offensive coordinator trusts Taylor near the goal line.
20. Thomas Jones, Bears: Lovie Smith plans to feature the running game, and hopefully their offensive line and quarterback can stay healthy.
21. Brian Westbrook, Eagles/FA: I'm a noted Rabbit fan, but I have a feeling that the Eagles will add a big back during free agency or the draft. This ranking might look high when that happens.
22. Kevan Barlow, 49ers: Yes, I'm an apologist. The young offensive linemen will (in theory) be better and stud center Jeremy Newberry will play more than one game.
23. Lee Suggs, Browns: I'm hoping GM Phil Savage and the new coach eliminate the committee approach. Of course, Suggs also carries injury concerns.
24. Steven Jackson, Rams: Remember when Kurt Warner started over Marc Bulger at the beginning of 2003? Mike Martz doesn't pass the torch easily.
25. Duce Staley/Jerome Bettis, Steelers: Assuming Bettis doesn't retire, the Steelers will enter the season with the same yardage/touchdown committee.
Caveat Back: Larry Johnson, Chiefs: The team that selects Holmes will have to grab Johnson before 25 running backs are gone, as I guarantee you that some other owner in your league will get cute and swipe your handcuff. Were I to run a mock draft, Johnson would be selected before some of the guys above, but I figured keeping him out of that list would be more helpful.
Bust: Michael Pittman, Buccaneers: He had 1,317 total yards and 10 total touchdowns in 13 games, but I have absolutely no faith in this guy.
Sleeper (1): Travis Henry, Bills: I was tempted to put Henry in my top 25, and he'll be there if (or when) he's traded and gets a starting job. He's not done.
Sleeper (2): Raiders Rookie RB: "With the number seven pick in the draft, the Oakland Raiders select [insert stud rookie here]." Or so I hope. Norv Turner knows running games, and I believe there's enough talent along that offensive line.
Sleeper (3): Michael Vick, Falcons: Any chance the Falcons let Matt Schaub do the passing and turn Vick into just a runner? Again, I'm just hoping.
That concludes another fun-filled recap/preview article, and I'll be back again next week to discuss the wide receivers. And as an appetizer, I can tell you that I already have two huge busts picked out, and the choices won't please Titan and Panther owners.