NFL.com’s draft preview series features the best of the best from around the league, with each team highlighted on its own page.
Each week, we’ll provide an overview of each team, as well as an inside look at its best player and its most talented player.
The Saints have been a perennial contender in the NFC for a decade, and have been one of the league’s top offenses since the 2006 season.
They’ve scored at least 10 touchdowns in each of their first four seasons, and were the league leader in total offense during that span.
The Saints also rank third in total defense, according to Football Outsiders, and their scoring defense ranks fifth in the league.
They have one of NFL’s most balanced lines in terms of size, and will rely on the power of Brees’ arm and running game to create mismatches.
New Orleans also has a solid defense, and is a great fit for quarterback Drew Brees.
He has shown his ability to run the ball well in the past, and could benefit from playing with more help at linebacker and at the safety positions.
The Dolphins have had success playing a pass-heavy offense since joining the league in 2013.
They rank third-to-last in the NFL in yards per game, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill has developed into a franchise quarterback, completing 67.7 percent of his passes this season.
The Dolphins also rank second in total touchdowns, and fourth in total interceptions.
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The Dolphins are also the only team in the entire NFL to allow an average of just 3.7 points per game.
In 2018, the Dolphins finished 7-9-1, but were ranked ninth in the AFC in total yards.
They finished seventh in total points, tied for eighth in scoring, and tied for 13th in total passing yards.
The defense finished sixth in scoring defense, which ranks ninth in overall pass defense, 11th in scoring allowed, and 12th in rushing defense.
The Falcons have made a big improvement in recent seasons, winning nine of their last 10 games, and finishing with a 9-7 record.
They are ranked second in the division in scoring and defense, third in passing offense, and first in rushing offense.
The Falcons are also fifth in points allowed, but have allowed the fewest points in the last six seasons.
Atlanta has a great young defense, led by safety Desmond Trufant, and linebacker Deion Jones, who was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
The secondary has had a lot of success this season, ranking third in pass defense.
Atlanta has a lot to be proud of.
Injuries have hurt the defense badly in recent weeks, but they have a lot more talent to work with than they did in 2017.
The new defensive coordinator, Matt Ryan, has made some major improvements this season to a unit that has not won more than seven games in a season since 2007.
Atlanta is also better on offense, which has scored at an elite level.
The Panthers are currently No. 2 in the standings in points per play.
The Rams were ranked sixth in the Super Bowl standings before their Week 17 bye.
After being knocked out of the playoffs by the Patriots in Week 8, they have been able to win six straight games to finish the regular season.
Quarterback Sam Bradford has thrown for 3,383 yards, 24 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 59.1 quarterback rating, and ranks first in the National Football League in passing yards per attempt.
He is the only quarterback in the modern era to throw for 3-5, 3,000 yards, 3-4,000, 4,000 or more yards and has completed 62 percent of the passes.
Bradford is also second in passing touchdowns and fifth in passing efficiency.
The Cardinals were one of many teams that made a run at the NFC title in 2018.
They won eight of their final 10 games and finished with a 6-9 record.
QB Carson Palmer had a great rookie season, completing 69.1 percent of throws and ranking second in touchdowns with 32.
Palmer is one of just two quarterbacks in NFL history to throw at least 1,000 passes and have two or more TD passes.
Palmer has also completed 62.3 percent of attempts this season and ranks second in touchdown passes with 32 and fourth with 24.
Palmer will be without his best receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, for the remainder of the season.
The Bears have been an elite defense for years.
The Bears ranked second-to, third-most in yards allowed per game this season behind only the Seahawks, and finished second in scoring.
They also finished sixth, with a 2-11 record, and are ranked fourth in points