Top 10 Worst Teams and Their Biggest 2014 NFL Draft Need
Top 10 Worst NFL Teams and Biggest Draft Need
The 2013 NFL season has been jam-packed with disappointment and surprise as teams were expected to do well and have faltered and other teams were expected to falter, but have done very well. The New York Jets are an example of the latter. Prior to the 2013 season, no one believed that Geno Smith could lead an NFL team, but he has proved many doubters wrong as the Jets have been solid.
Examples of the former include the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and Houston Texans. All three of these teams were supposed to have breakout seasons and make a run toward a Super Bowl but have faltered heavily. The Falcons have dealt with a wave of injuries and have given Matt Ryan no help in the pass game nor has the defense performed up to par.
Washington began the year with talks of a Super Bowl possibility with a healthy Robert Griffin III, but have gotten off to a rough start, losing six of its nine games to start the 2013 campaign. Also, RG3 has been anything but impressive so far, looking to break out soon and stay that way.
The Houston Texans had begun the year with Matt Schaub as starting quarterback just to see him struggle mightily, benching him after his injury weeks ago. They are now reeling with seven straight losses although Case Keenum has been solid as the replacement for Schaub -- possibly a permanent replacement.
Some teams, like the Jacksonville Jaguars weren't expected to do much -- and they haven't. The Jaguars did, however, win their first game of the season in week 10, pushing their record to 1-8.
Let's just say that all of those teams will surely be on this list of the top 10 worst NFL teams and their biggest draft need.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Quarterback
It's no secret that Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert might be the worst starter and backup quarterbacks in the league. This team is definitely in the Teddy Bridgewater sweepstakes.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Defensive Line
No one thought the Buccaneers would be this bad, but they are. A big reason for their struggles has been the lack of pressure that the defensive line puts on opposing quarterbacks. People thought that might have been a strength going into the year, but the Bucs need some defensive line help.
Minnesota Vikings: Quarterback
Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman are not cutting it in Minnesota. Some fans have actually voiced that they hope the Vikings keep losing so they can take a chance at a talented quarterback in this year's loaded draft.
Houston Texans: Offensive Line
Houston has allowed the 11th-most sacks in the league this season. They have a solid run game, pass game and defense, so the only need would be on the offensive line.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Left Tackle
The Steelers' Mike Adams has played extremely poor at left tackle this season and someone needs to play the most important position on the offensive line. Don't be surprised if the Steelers go left tackle with their top pick.
Washington Redskins: Cornerback
Washington needs help in the secondary, giving up the seventh-most pass yards in the league. DeAngelo Hall needs to step up his game or the Redskins will replace him with a first-round corner.
New York Giants: Offensive Line
The Giants' defense has been improving and they seem to be sticking with Eli Manning at quarterback for a long time. Receivers and running backs aren't the problem, the offensive line hasn't been able to open holes for the run game. Easy choice: draft an offensive lineman.
Atlanta Falcons: Pass Rushers
Atlanta ranks 26th in the league in sacks recorded and that has a big part to do with the passing defense's 22nd-ranking this season. Atlanta needs some solid pass rushers in the 2014 draft.
Miami Dolphins: Offensive Line
This one is also a no-brainer as the Dolphins have allowed the most sacks of any team in the NFL this season. When your franchise quarterback is laying on his back more often than not, that could be an issue.
Oakland Raiders: Offensive Line
You can never have too many lineman. That's the exact reason the Raiders will be going with an offensive linemen-ridden draft in 2014. Giving up the second-most sacks in the league is another reason.