Lions are traded away their one reliable defensive tackle, Cory Redding, creating
a major hole on the defensive line. Grady Jackson is a solid addition, but he's
a short-term answer. Evander Hood has risen up the draft boards and is teetering
on the edge of the first round and would be a great fit here. Cornerback is also
a need that could be filled here. |
Patriots filled their immediate need for a receiver in Greg Lewis and Joey Galloway,
but Harvin is much more than a receiver. He's a Reggie Bush-like playmaker that
can be used in a multitude of ways. If Harvin is off the board, they likely won't
target another receiver. A linebacker or defensive back could be another option
departure of Tory Holt means a new era is beginning in St. Louis. The change starter
last year at this time, with the selection of Donnie Avery. Nicks is a taller,
possession receiver and would be an excellent compliment to the smaller, faster
Avery. Linebacker is also a need, and a player such as Clint Sintim could be tempting.
||The Browns are considering Brian Orakpo in the 1st round, and have a serious need for an outside linebacker. If a player such as English or Clay Matthews were to fall into the second round the Browns should waste no time snatching them up. Wide receiver is also a need, making guys such as Hakeem Nicks and Mohamed Massaquoi options here.
Seahawks had one of the best linebacker corps in the league until trading Julian
Peterson for Cory Redding. The loss of Peterson is a setback, but its a hole that
could certainly be filled by Sintim. He's a big, physical linebacker capable of
starting right away. Offensive tackle is also a need and Eben Britton could be
an attractive option. |
Bengals have made it clear that they are targeting a running back with this selection.
Its likely that either McCoy, Donald Brown or Knowshon Moreno falls into the early
second round. Expect the Bengals to land one of those three either with this selection,
or by trading back into the late first round. Wide receiver is also an option.
Jaguars have terrible luck with receivers, but they still have to make an attempt
to find someone in the draft this year. Robiskie had a stellar offseason, impressing
scouts with his hands and proving to be faster than expected. The Jaguars also
need to add depth in their secondary, making guys Louis Delmas and William Moore
Raiders have too many holes to fill in one draft, meaning their strategy should
be to target the best available player. Mack is arguably the top center in this
year's draft class and would start right away for the Raiders over Samson Satele
and John Wade. An athlete like Michael Johnson may also catch Al Davis' eye and
be too much to turn down. |
Woodson and Al Harris are still getting the job done, but they're both over the
age of 30 and are clearly slowing down. Smith is an elite playmaker despite his
lack of size. He would be able provide immediate depth and be an eventual starter.
Nose tackle is also a need. If Ron Brace is still on the board he would be a very
attractive option. |
||The trade of Jason Peters opens up a major hole at left tackle for the Bills. Ideally they can fill that need in the 1st round, but possible they may chose to wait for a better value here. There are a few players that should be available in the 2nd round including Phil Loadholt and William Beatty. Cornerback is also an option as depth is still needed.
49ers have struggled making the transition to a 3-4 defense over the past few
season. Manny Lawson has been a disappointment and they're stuck looking for another
option at outside linebacker in the draft once again. If Barwin falls, he'll be
an ideal candidate. He's raw, but shows the necessary athleticism to be a future
star at the position. |
|The Dolphins are satisfied with John Ferguson for the short term but are in the market for a nose tackle to work into the rotation this year and eventually take over. Brace, who played in the shadow of B.J. Raji this past season, has the size to fill the role. Wide receiver is also a serious need and someone like Ramses Barden could be an option.
Giants don't have a need that needs to be addressed here, so the best available
player is going to be their selection. Beatty could be that guy and would add
to the Giants offensive line depth. Kareem McKenzie has done at adequate job at
right tackle, but Beatty could certainly win over the starting job within the
next two years. |
has been a need in Houston since the inception of the franchise. Delmas is arguably
the top safety on the board and would fill a need in Houston. He would provide
a nice upgrade over Nick Ferguson at strong safety. Wide receiver is also an option;
they need a solid second option playing opposite Andre Johnson. |
isn't a major need for the Patriots, but they are looking to add depth to the
secondary. Chung would be a nice addition because of his ability to push Brandon
Meriweather for the starting strong safety position. Meriweather is undersized
and has limited experience at strong safety, which could create a major weak spot
for the Pats in 2009. |
Broncos stockpiled mediocre backup running backs this offseason in hopes that
one of them takes the next step and turns into a reliable workhorse. Its possible,
but unlikely, meaning taking a chance on a guy like Andre Brown would be a wide
decision. He's a big, physical running back that, when healthy, can carry the
Bears have their franchise quarterback, now its time to find some weapons for
Cutler. Massaquoi had an impressive senior year and rose up the draft boards.
He's been a fast riser up the boards this offseason and he's caught the Bears
attention. Cornerback is also a concern, and a player like Sherrod Martin could
be an option for the Bears. |
Browns are in need of a new right tackle and should be in position to land one
with one of their two 2nd round selections. Unger has experience at both guard
and tackle, adding to his value here. Running back is also a need, and if a guy
like Andre Brown were on the board here he could be worth selecting to groom behind
Jamal Lewis. |
||The Cowboys are reportedly zeroing in on an offensive lineman with their second round pick. Robinson would be an ideal fit. The Cowboys love oversized offensive lineman that excel as run blockers. He could step in and compete for immediate playing time or simply provide some much needed depth. Cornerback and receiver are also options here.
Jackson appears to be the real deal, but he's only one piece of the puzzle. The
Eagles still need to work on improving their weapons at receiver. Iglesias is
a similar prospect to Reggie Brown; maybe the second time around things work out.
He has the size to be a nice compliment to Jackson. Defensive line depth is also
a need that could be addressed here. |
||The Jets have a nice one-two punch in Thomas Jones and Leon Washington, but Jones is nearing the end of the road. Rex Ryan has vowed to use a power running attack, and throwing a third back into the mix would certainly help make that work. Jennings has the size to be a short-yardage back and could help take some of the load off Jones.
Vikings are likely to address their need for a wide receiver in the 1st round,
and should look for a tight end here. There are a number of tight ends with a
2nd-round grade. Cook struggled to put up big numbers in South Carolina's offense,
but he's a physical specimen that could be serious threat in the passing game
in the NFL. |
Houston is developing into a nice starting cornerback, but the Falcons have very
little depth behind him. Moore is undersized, but he's a playmaker with the speed
and athleticism to match up with any receiver. Tight end is also a need and the
Falcons could have their eyes on a guy like Jared Cook or James Casey with the
||The Dolphins are one of a handful of teams that have shown an interest in Pat White for their wildcat formation. A true receiver is a greater need in Miami, but they may see more value in White here because of the lack of players like him later in the draft. Linebacker is also an option here (as it always is when Bill Parcells is involved).
Ravens are seemingly looking for a receiver every offseason and this year is no
different. Mike Thomas isn't an elite prospect by any means, but he has the speed
to stretch the field - something that the Ravens were lacking in 2008. He has
the ability to have the type of impact that Eddie Royal had for the Broncos last
||Michael Johnson is a boom-or-bust prospect (I'm leaning towards bust, personally) but the Patriots are the type of team that could be willing to take a risk. He's an ideal fit at outside linebacker in their system and could make an immediate impact as a pass rusher. The Patriots could also be in the running for Pat White with this selection.
Panthers know that they may not have Julius Peppers for long, and they will be
trying to find a replacement with this draft pick. Gilbert isn't an elite pass
rusher, but he has the ability to start right away which is what the Panthers
need. Tight end is also a need and there's plenty of value here with guys like
James Casey and Shawn Nelson on the board. |
Boss did an adequate job replacing Jeremy Shockey, but he offers very little in
the passing game. By adding a tight end like Nelson, it would allow the Giants
to use Boss more in strictly blocking situations while utilizing Nelson as a receiver.
The Giants could also use depth at cornerback, which could be addressed with this
Addai's job is safe, but the Colts have to be concerned about his health. Mike
Hart is the current backup in Indy, and he's even more injury prone than Addai
(not to mention significantly less effective). Greene has the size to be a workhorse
and would be excellent addition to share the workload with the smaller, more athletic
Titans clearly have a small window of opportunity with Kerry Collins as their
quarterback, and therefore need to find a receiver that can make an instant impact.
Wide receivers rarely have that type of impact as rookies, but tight ends are
another story. Casey is the type of athlete that can add a new dimension to the
Titans rather conservative offense. |
the Cardinals are going to sustain their 2008 success they'll need to make some
improvements on defense. There's no denying the talent of their offense, but there's
also no denying their ability to give up just as many points. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
looks like a future star, but the depth behind him is seriously lacking. |
Steelers don't have a glaring need at cornerback but depth is a concern. While
they don't need a starting corner, they don't have an elite option there either.
Mickens may not be a top prospect at the position, but has the ability to provide
immediate depth and potentially develop into a starting cornerback in this league.