AFC East Draft Primer
Picks: 1st R-9th, 2nd R-9th, 3rd R-8th, 4th R-9th, 5th R-9th, 6th R-8th & 23rd, 7th R-2nd & 9th
Needs: QB, WR, OT, DL
Buffalo is in serious need of playmakers on offense with Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick at the top of the quarterback depth chart. The Bills also must find a way to replace Terrell Owens and Josh Reed at wide receiver, though some would argue Owens won't be that big of a loss considering how much fanfare surrounded his arrival in Buffalo in 2009. Along the offensive line the Bills yielded 46 sacks.
The Bills added some beef to the defensive line with the pick up of Dwan Edwards in free agency but that only solves part of the problem as Buffalo finished 30th against the run in '09. Defensive end Aaron Schobel was productive again with 10 sacks but he's 32 and will need to be replaced at some point. The Bills have a few young studs at linebacker and in the secondary but will need to continue to turn over the line.
Sam Bradford will likely be off the board by pick nine so if the Bills take a quarterback it will likely be Jimmy Clausen. Otherwise the Bills will have their pick of blue chip offensive tackles including Bryan Bulaga, Trent Williams or Anthony Davis.
Picks: 1st R-12th, 3rd R-9th, 4th R-12th, 6th R-4th, 5th & 10th, 7th R-5th, 12th, & 45th
Needs: NT, LB, S
Miami has come a long way since finishing a league worst 1-15 in 2007. The Dolphins won the AFC East in '08 and last year shrugged off a brutal start to stay in playoff contention all the way to the end of the season. The recent acquisition of wide receiver Brandon Marshall eliminates that position as a need and gives the Dolphins air attack a shot in the arm.
Running the 3-4 defense the Dolphins will want to focus on nose tackle and linebacker depth. Picking up linebacker Karlos Dansby was huge but by all accounts Miami will lose Jason Taylor and Joey Porter is now with the Cardinals. So the Phins will need a bookend to complement Dansby.
The two best defensive tackles will be long gone but the question is will Dan Williams be available? If the Dolphins go defensive with that first pick they could also grab a hybrid player like Sergio Kindle or an inside linebacker like Rolando McClain.
New England Patriots
Picks: 1st R-22nd, 2nd R-12th, 15th & 21st, 4th R-21st, 6th R-21st & 36th, 7th R-22nd, 24th, 40th, 41st & 43rd
Needs: LB, WR, TE
Despite winning the East last year New England's stranglehold on the division is fast slipping away. Age quickly caught up to the Patriots on both sides. New England's once powerful offense quickly evaporated as Randy Moss is 33 and Wes Welker's status is unclear. New England will need to replenish at both wide receiver and tight end.
Even though the Patriots finished 5th in scoring defense they were embarrassed by Indianapolis, New Orleans and Houston and flaws were exposed in those losses. New England will need to restock their front seven around linebacker Jerod Mayo and tackle Vince Wilfork.
With a lack of first round worthy offensive players the Patriots will probably look for linebacker depth at #22. Hybrid types Sergio Kindle or Brandon Graham would be a good fit. Defensive end is another option if Jason Pierre-Paul or Everson Griffen are available. The Patriots have 12 picks and have a great opportunity to replenish depth in the late rounds.
New York Jets
Picks: 1st R-29th, 2nd R-29th, 4th R-26th, 6th R-29th, 7th R-29th
Needs: OLB, DE, S
Coming off a surprising run to the AFC Championship game the Jets went into the offseason determined to get more weapons around young quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Jets re-signed Braylon Edwards, picked up LaDanian Tomlinson to replace the departed Thomas Jones and traded for Santonio Holmes. All three should help prop up an offense that ranked 31st in passing yards.
The Jets were lockdown on defense but must now build depth to a unit that finished first in yards and scoring. Kris Jenkins and Shaun Ellis make up two-thirds of the defensive line but the Jets would like a bookend to Ellis. David Harris was a beast at inside linebacker last year but this year he'll need help on the outer edges.
3-4 hybrid Jerry Hughes would be a great fit for the Jets should he last to pick 29. The Jets could also take a look at OLB Sean Weatherspoon or DE Jared Odrick, who has the size to play at the line of scrimmage in the 3-4.