Arizona – Team Needs (LB, G, QB)
The Cards are desperate for an energetic, pass rushing LB and Von Miller fits the bill. If Von Miller is off the board they may target QBs Gabbert or Newton. The Cards could go inside in R2 taking LB Martez Wilson. G Danny Watkins is also a possibility.
Atlanta – Team Needs (DE, TE, WR)
The Falcons would like the best DE on the board and that could be Cam Heyward or J.J. Watt. If they’re gone TE Kyle Rudolph could be tempting. They need to add depth to the WR corps so they could take WR Randall Cobb or TE Luke Stocker if they don’t land Kyle in R1.
Baltimore – Team Needs (CB, DE, DT, WR)
CB Jimmy Smith will be the only CB worth taking at the Raven R1 pick. They could end up taking the best player available in R2 and that could be DE Christian Ballard or WR Titus Young.
Buffalo – Team Needs (DE, QB, LB)
It will be tempting to select a QB with this pick but they have to address the defensive line. DE Robert Quinn would immediately make that unit better. They should stay defense in R2 going after LB Akeem Ayers in R2.
Carolina – Team Needs (QB, DT, CB, TE)
The Panthers need a lot so it will be tempting to trade down if they can. If they stay with the pick they will take either QB Cam Newton or DT Marcel Dareus. If they pass on QB in R1 they will almost certainly consider QB Ponder or Locker if available. If not they’ll consider TE Rudolph or a CB like Jimmy Smith or Brandon Harris.
Chicago – Team Needs (OT, G, DT, WR)
If they stay at their pick they’ll target DT Corey Liuget or Stephan Paea. In R2 they’ll take an OT like Marcus Cannon or Jason Pinkston. If their isn’t an OT or G worth taking tall WR Jonathan Baldwin should be available.
Cincinnati – Team Needs (WR, QB, S, RB)
One of the few picks I’m pretty certain of is the Bengals taking WR A.J. Green as Ocho and T.O. get ready to depart. The Bengals will almost certainly look at QBs Locker, Mallett or Dalton in R2 as Palmer also has a foot out the door.
Cleveland – Team Needs (DE, DT, WR, CB)
DE DaQuan Bowers should be the pick but he could slide due to knee issues. If that’s the case they’ll consider WR Julio Jones. If they don’t take Jones in R1 they will look at a WR like Torrey Smith in R2.
Dallas – Team Needs (S, CB, OL, QB)
The Cowboys have several needs but the most pressing might be in the defensive backfield. CB Prince Amukamara should be available for them in R1. The Cowboys will take the best available in R2 and that could be S Rahim Moore or OT James Carpenter.
Denver – Team Needs (DT, DE, S, LB)
Defense is the theme and getting a dominate interior defensive lineman is the priority. DT Dareus or Fairley is the pick at #2. They have 2 second round picks and with that they should take best defenders available. S Quinton Carter and OLB Akeem Ayers are likely targets.
Detroit – Team Needs (OLB, RB, WR)
OT isn’t a pressing need but if OT Anthony Costanzo is the best on the board at the time they may take him. They could trade down too. In the 2nd Round they will target someone like LB Brooks Reed.
Green Bay – Team Needs (RB, OT, DE, Return Specialist)
Despite winning a championship this team does have needs. They aren’t very deep and need to use this draft to fill the holes. If RB Mikel LeShoure is on the board it would be a very smart pick. In the 2nd Round they will target players like OT Jason Pinkston or CB Davon House.
Houston – Team Needs (DE, LB, CB)
Houston is another team that needs defense, defense and more defense. Come their pick in Round 1 they may just take the best defender on the board and that could be DE Cameron Jordan or CB Prince Amukamara. If they miss on the Prince in Round 1, CB will become a priority in the 2nd Round where they’ll look at guys like CB Aaron Williams or Curtis Brown.
Indianapolis – Team Needs (OT, WR, S, CB)
This is a team that is beginning to slide a bit and have quite a few holes to fill. Protecting their aging QB is a priority and in the 1st Round they’ll target OT Gabe Carimi or Derrek Sherrod. In Round 2 they’ll take a WR to add depth to their corps. WR Randall Cobb or Titus Young should be available.
Jacksonville – Team Needs (S, DE, CB, OLB)
The Jags need to rebuild their defense. They need a pass rushing DE or LB and will target one in Round 1 with the selection of either Aldon Smith or Adrian Clayborn. They will take a defender in Round 2 as well. They’ll target S Rahim Moore or LB Justin Houston.
Kansas City – Team Needs (OT, G, WR, DT)
The Chiefs would love to add a road grading NT to their defensive line and if Phil Taylor is available he should be the guy. However there are a few other big boys later in the draft that might fill the spot so they could take an OT like Nate Solder instead. In the 2nd Round they will look OL again and take someone like G/C Rodney Hudson.
Miami – Team Needs (QB, RB, WR, G, C)
RB Mark Ingram tends to be the popular selection as the Phins will more than likely say goodbye to Rickey Williams. However they have had issues on their offensive line and G Mike Pouncey would be a solution. In Round 2 they will look at WR Tandon Doss or G Clint Boling if they don’t take Pouncey in R1. They do need a QB too but they may wait until the mid-rounds.
Minnesota – Team Needs (S, DE, QB, WR)
A few weeks ago I would have said DE Cam Jordan or J.J. Watt. However Ponder and Locker have been shooting up the draft boards and may not be their for them in Round 2. Should be an interesting pick. If they miss out on a QB in the 1st Round they’ll look at Dalton in Round 2.
New England – Team Needs (OLB, OL, QB, WR)
The rich get richer and the Patriots will add 6 guys in the first 92 picks. I look for them to move one or two of them and add more picks next season. In the 1st Round they will look at a pass rusher like Clayborn or Aldon Smith. With the additional picks they will will at guys like LB Akeem Ayers, OT Derrek Sherrod, WR Torrey Smith and a QB like Colin Kaepernick is also a possibility.
New Orleans – Team Needs (RB, LB, DE, DT, S)
The Saints have some holes and they need to fill them in the draft and free agency if they are to remain competitive in a tough NFC South. A DE like Ryan Kerrigan or J.J. Watt will be targeted in Round 1. They will then turn their attention to the defensive backfield in the 2nd Round taking CB Ras I Dowling or S Quinton Carter.
New York G – Team Needs (OL, CB, LB)
Protection of QB Eli Manning is the priority and it should be, always. OT Tyron Smith or Nate Solder is the likely pick. CB Davon House or Johnny Patrick could be the target in the 2nd Round. LB Quan Sturdivant is also a possibility.
New York J – Team Needs (OT, OLB, DE, WR)
The Jets needs are mostly depth needs. They need a more consistent effort from the front seven and a DE or LB will be the 1st Round pick. LB Akeem Anyers or DE Jabaal Sheard will be targeted in Round 1. OT will be the focus in Round 2 and the pick will be Joseph Barksdale or James Brewer.
Oakland – Team Needs (CB, G, C, TE)
The Raiders are finally starting to look like a legitimate football team again. If they do well in this draft the playoffs aren’t too far away. The problem with that is they have no 1st Rounder. C/G Stefan Wiesniewski would be a great 2nd Round selection and TE D.J. Williams might slide to them in Round 3.
Philadelphia – Team Needs (OT, DE, CB)
The Eagles need to score big at a couple of positions. Lucky for them the rush on QBs could benefit them and their needs. DE Ryan Kerrigan could be their for them in Round 1 and CB Jimmy Smith almost certainly will. Depending how Round 1 goes CB Ras I Dowling or DE Christian Ballard will be the targets in Round 2.
Pittsburgh – Team Needs (CB, DE, DT, G)
The runner ups in 2010-11 are in desperate need of help at the CB position. Lucky for the Steelers CB Brandon Harris Should be sitting pretty for them in the 1st Round. They also need a big presence in the middle of the defensive line and small school stud DT Kenrick Ellis should be the guy in Round 2.
St. Louis – Team Needs (RB, S, WR)
The Rams and their young, stud QB are a team on the rise. With a new offensive game plan in the works WR Julio Jones is the likely pick in the 1st Round. In the 2nd Round they either go depth at RB with the pick of Ryan Williams or they take a much needed safety in Rahim Moore.
San Diego – Team Needs (DE, LB, S)
The Bolts need to infuse some youth and speed into the defensive front 7. In the 1st Round they will look hard at LB Adrian Clayborn and DE Aldon Smith. In the 2nd Round they have 2 picks. They’ll target S Quinton Carter, LB Justin Houston, LB Quan Sturdivant and possibly DE/LB Sam Acho.
San Francisco – Team Needs (QB, LB, CB)
This is the team that could shake up the whole draft. The Niners could go a couple of different directions. They could, and probably will take the best player available and that would be CB Patrick Peterson. They could take a much needed QB and Jake Locker, someone Harbaugh is very familiar with, could be the QB they take. They could also slide down a bit and add picks. If they take Peterson the Niners will target QB Dalton or Kaepernick in Round 2.
Seattle – Team Needs (QB, OL, DE)
What a surprise, another team that needs a QB. Lucky for the Hawks it isn’t as pressing a situation as some other teams in the league. For that reason they’ll bluff taking a QB and more than likely end up with DE Cameron Heyward or Ryan Kerrigan. In the 2nd Round they’ll take the best offensive lineman available and that could be Marcus Cannon or Jason Pinkston.
Tampa Bay – Team Needs (DE, LB, OL)
The Bucs are a good team but they do have some holes to plug on their lines. DE J.J. Watt or Aldon Smith could be the pick in the 1st Round. The Bucs would love for Justin Houston or Quan Sturdivant to be there for them in Round 2. If they’re gone, OT James Carpenter should be there for them.
Tennessee – Team Needs (QB, DE, LB, WR)
QB is certainly a need for the Titans but I just don’t see Gabbert or Newton falling to them. They may end up taking DE Bowers or Jordan if the QB they want isn’t there. The Titans could get lucky in the 2nd Round and have QB Ryan Mallett slip to them. If he’s gone they go WR Leonard Hankerson or Torrey Smith and look at QB a bit later in the Draft.
Washington – Team Needs (QB, DT, DE, LB)
If Newton or Gabbert slip the Skins will jump on either of them. I don’t anticipate that so they probably take the best DL available. The 1st Round pick will probably be DE Da’Quan Bowers or Cam Jordan. QB Christian Ponder is a possible 2nd Round pick if he slips out of the 1st Round. More than likely they will address the void in the middle of the d-line with DT Phil Taylor.