Every Teams’ Biggest Draft Position Need
It is week nine of the NFL season, and I think it’s never too early to look at the next seasons NFL Draft. I was looking up team’s biggest need going into the offseason and here is what I have noticed.
Note: this isn’t a mock draft, just sheer looking at team positional need. I tried to do my best to be unbiased with this, so if you think I am, let me know and we can discuss that in greater detail. My order for this article is simply alphabetical, so I wasn’t playing any favorites there either, or at least tried not to. My first mock draft will come after the regular season ends.
The pictures are of players that currently play that position for the respective team that will be upgraded and/or replaced and if they pick smartly, the team will improve. If a team avoids this need, the team will either remain the same or more likely get worse due to teams knowing an established weakness, or exposing a glaring hole for yet another year.
This is just my take, but what do you all think?
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1 Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals’ offensive line has been beyond abysmal to be kind. And that is why I gave them an Offensive Tackle to protect whomever their starting quarterback is next season.
2 Atlanta Falcons
Tight End is the Atlanta Falcons’ biggest need simply because Tony Gonzalez isn’t going to play forever and isn’t getting much younger and I couldn’t think of a better person to learn from as a rookie coming into the NFL.
3 Baltimore Ravens
Ray Lewis is currently hurt with a torn triceps and is 37 years old and is the vocal leader to say the least. And a replacement for this legend will be hard, but it is doable.
4 Buffalo Bills
As much as I like Nick Barnett, he just looks out of place playing outside linebacker as he hasn’t played it since playing it at Oregon State. And an upgrade would make this on paper defense ever scarier and take more pressure off the offense.
5 Carolina Panthers
Steve Smith, is looking old after a career year with then rookie Cam Newton, and it looks like Cam needs all the targets he can get to help him out and foster his continued development.
6 Chicago Bears
J'Marcus Webb has been terrible and subject to ridicule from quarterback Jay Cutler to be kind. While the bears are being successful currently, but teams will expose that by bolstering their defenses and further infuriating Jay Cutler.
7 Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals caught lightning in a bottle by turning undrafted free agent linebacker Vontaze Burfict into a starter and maybe a star in the next few years he might become a star, adding another linebacker will make that defense even better.
8 Cleveland Browns
Scott Fujita currently has a neck injury, and his future is in doubt, it might be all over for him so an outside linebacker would be an urgent need if he can’t come back at all.
9 Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have improved their outer parts of their offensive line, however a glaring weakness is their interior line to give Tony Romo more time to pass the ball and help DeMarco Murray run through holes.
10 Denver Broncos
Champ Bailey is no spring chicken like Ray Lewis, and Tony Gonzalez and a replacement for this sure fire hall of famer will have to be done much sooner than later.
11 Detroit Lions
There’s no debating the front four of the Lions, however Detroit’s cornerbacks have much to be desired. And I see this making their defense complete not to mention even scarier.
12 Green Bay Packers
There isn’t much not to like about Green Bay, but someone like Jeff Saturday isn’t a young guy and it will also be need to be replaced and help out Aaron Rodgers as much as possible.
13 Houston Texans
After the surprise cutting of right tackle Eric Winston this year, the Houston Texans will be looking to make their offensive line strong and to help blow open holes for Arian Foster.
14 Indianapolis Colts
This year, the Indianapolis Colts have switched from the tampa-2 defense to the 3-4, they will need a defensive end that fits that scheme to improve the often criticized defense.
15 Jacksonville Jaguars
This team has has been making questionable picks in the draft in the last decade to say the least, however if they take a defensive tackle early that could change their defense like they did with Marcus Stroud and John Henderson, their defense could return to glory.
16 Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City’s biggest weakness by far is their quarterback, I feel like that their team is supremely talented, however Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn are holding them back from reaching their destiny.
17 Miami Dolphins
This isn’t a knock on Brian Hartline , but if he’s your #1 wide receiver, you should bolster that corps to give rookie Ryan Tannehill as may weapons as possible which is key to any rookie development.
18 Minnesota Vikings
Jasper Brinkley isn't that bad, however that Vikings defense isn't that good outside of the front four led Jared Allen. If they added a middle linebacker they would have a solid leader at every level of their defense.
19 New England Patriots
20 New Orleans Saints
Despite drafting Cameron Jordan last year, I think adding another defensive end would be a brilliant thing, in the way the Giants had three 1st round defensive ends on their team for their Super Bowl run, so I think that is their best course of action.
21 New York Giants
22 New York Jets
The New York Jets have been looking old lately on their defense, especially their rush linebacker, Calvin Pace not to mention their other outside linebacker.
23 Oakland Raiders
Carson Palmer has looked off at best in some games, and I think they need to cut their losses and start over at quarterback (again). This time it will not hurt them as much as trading for Carson or drafting JaMarcus Russell.
24 Philadelphia Eagles
Breaking with the tradition of taking an offensive or defensive lineman as Andy Reid has done for the most part year in and year out in the first round, but they haven't had a good free safety since Brian Dawkins left them for Denver Broncos and retired this offseason.
25 Pittsburgh Steelers
It's still a running joke in how bad the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line is and that needs to be bolstered to help running backs and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from getting hit so often.
26 San Diego Chargers
Phil Rivers hasn’t looked the same has he did two seasons ago, and I think that’s because of the lack of a good offensive line, that can also be said about the often injured halfback Ryan Matthews.
27 San Francisco 49ers
Justin Smith isn’t getting younger and taking a 3-4 defensive end, will make that young and instinctive linebacker corps even better and it might make them win the Super Bowl, if they don’t do it this year already.
28 Seattle Seahawks
Despite beating teams like the New England Patriots at home, I think if the Seattle Seahawks are serious about taking on teams like division rival San Francisco, they will need to add to their secondary and a cornerback seems just right for them.
29 St. Louis Rams
Sam Bradford has been begging for a big play wide receiver, while they do have Danny Amendola who catches everything under the sky, I think if they had a big physical receiver to compliment him, it would make the St. Louis Rams offense potent.
30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just traded their talented, but troubled cornerback Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots, so thus they will be looking at a replacement in next year’s draft.
31 Tennessee Titans
I think if the Tennessee Titans upgraded their interior defensive line, it would be beneficial to defensive ends Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan would make their defense subsequently better if not scary.
32 Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins have the most mobile quarterback since Michael Vick came into the league, however their offensive line could use more help to keep him healthy since they gave up so much to acquire his services.