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Power Rankings: Packers open as top 3 team on ESPN

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Green Bay trails only last season's Super Bowl teams in ESPN's first set of power rankings.

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The 2015 NFL Draft has concluded and little meaningful football activity will occur between now and the end of July. Naturally, that means it is time for ESPN to release a new set of NFL power rankings.

For what it's worth, the Green Bay Packers start the year off at No. 3, behind only the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, last season's NFC and AFC Super Bowl representatives. The Packers defeated New England in an exciting Week 13 tilt at Lambeau Field and lost a heartbreaker in Seattle during the NFC title game.

Unsurprisingly, the top 12 is composed almost entirely of last year's playoff field. The Philadelphia Eagles are the lone exception, coming in at No. 11. The only team to reach the postseason and not finish among the top 12 is the Carolina Panthers, who come in at 16th overall. No other member of the NFC South appears in the top half of the power rankings.

Power rankings aren't the only offseason measuring stick available, however. The Packers are currently 7/1 to win Super Bowl 50, behind only the Seahawks at 11/2.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation newsdesk contributor and NFL writer for Sports on Earth.