HELP WANTED & NEEDED: 2011 NFL Draft Needs

Posted: January 6, 2011 by The Cheap Seat Fan in NFL
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While 12 teams are gearing up for the Playoffs and a possible run at the Super Bowl, 19 teams (the Patriots are in on this too, due to the Raiders generously sending them their first rounder) are at home maybe watching who’s left, but probably keeping an eye on who will be available to help them not be in the same position next year.

The NFL Draft is 4 months away, but what each team needs is already in place long before the all the guys they will look to help right their ship are in place. Today, the entire top end of the draft was reshuffled by one guy deciding the NOT enter the Draft. Albeit, that “guy” is named Andrew Luck and it was already made clear that he would be taken first if he made himself available, by the Carolina Panthers (more on that tomorrow though).

With Luck not in the mix, Clemson defensive end DaQuan Bowers could be on his way to Carolina.

At any rate, everything is in constant flux right now, but here is what each non-Playoff bound club needs to address the most in this April’s Draft. Some may choose to handle it via trade or free agency, but many of these needs will be handled straight off in the draft. Here is my take on what they need to handle, by priority. In the coming days I’ll revisit this and explain why some of these decision are what they are in further depth.

Each team’s top 3 needs is listed and the of teams is the current official Draft order.

1. Carolina Panthers: Defensive End, Wide Receiver, Defensive Tackle

2. Denver Broncos: Cornerback, Defensive End, Inside/Outside Linebacker

3. Buffalo Bills: Quarterback, Defensive End, Offensive Tackle

4. Cincinnati Bengals: Wide Receiver, Defensive End, Strong or Free Safety

5. Arizona Cardinals: Quarterback, Cornerback, Offensive Tackle

6. Cleveland Browns: Wide Receiver, Outside Linebacker, Defensive End

7. San Francisco 49ers: Quarterback, Cornerback, Defensive Tackle

8. Tennessee Titans: Quarterback, Cornerback, Inside Linebacker

9. Dallas Cowboys: Offensive Tackle, Defensive End, Free Safety

10. Washington Redskins: Quarterback, Offensive Tackle, Wide Receiver

With as many as 4 teams in the top 10 with an immediate need a quarterback, Blaine Gabbert won't have to wait long to hear his name.

11. Houston Texans: Cornerback, Defensive Tackle, Free Safety

12. Minnesota Vikings: Quarterback, Inside Linebacker, Defensive End

13. Detroit Lions: Cornerback, Defensive End, Offensive Tackle

14. St. Louis Rams: Outside Linebacker, Defensive Tackle, Wide Receiver

15. Miami Dolphins: Running back, Guard/Center, Quarterback

16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Defensive End, Quarterback, Cornerback

17. New England Patriots (from Oakland): Outside Linebacker, Cornerback, Guard

18. San Diego Chargers: Defensive End, Outside Linebacker, Wide Receiver

19. New York Giants: Inside Linebacker, Offensive Tackle, Defensive Tackle

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Defensive End, Outside Linebacker, Free or Strong Safety

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