DAILYNEWS.COM 2011 NFL DRAFT THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011 C7
21. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-6)
They need: WR, C, G, LB, NT.
TEAM-BY-TEAM Outlook: GM Scott Pioli has spent his first
two first-round selections on defense, hitting
home run last year with S Eric Berry and
possibly striking out the year before on DE
Tyson Jackson. This will be first time Pioli
>>> LOOKING AT ALL doesn’t get to select in top five.
32 NFL TEAMS’ NEEDS: 22. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-6)
They need: OL.
Outlook: Colts prefer taking early-round
players with a winner’s mentality, and have
demonstrated penchant for taking Big Ten
players. Plus, they need to rebuild offensive
line quickly. OL Gabe Carimi fits, but if he’s
not there, look for Boston College’s Anthony
Castonzo or Colorado’s Nate Solder. One of
those three tackles is likely to be available
when Indianapolis picks.
23. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-6)
They need: OL, CB.
Outlook: Eagles have solid nucleus of young
players at skill positions. They need to
upgrade offensive line and must add another
cornerback to complement Asante Samuel
and improve poor pass defense. Philadelphia
has always been active on draft day, and
could look to package some picks to move
up. Backup QB Kevin Kolb is on trading
block and would land a premium pick or
two, but lockout prevents deal.
24. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-5)
They need: DL, LB, RB.
Outlook: Saints, who ranked 18th in sacks
(33) and 16th in run defense (112.3 yards
per game), want more depth on both
interior and edge of defensive front. First
and foremost, they could use play-making
pass rusher to take pressure off DE Will
Smith. Yet, with renegotiation of Reggie
Bush’s contract pending, New Orleans also
could be inclined to take 2009 Heisman
Michael Conroy The Associated Press
Trophy winner Mark Ingram if he’s still
Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus probably won’t get past Buffalo, which drafts third overall. available.
1. CAROLINA PANTHERS (2-14) 9. DALLAS COWBOYS (6-10) 25. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (7-9)
They need: QB, WR, DT, DE, CB. They need: OT, DE, S, CB, ILB. They need: QB, OL, DL, WR, CB.
Outlook: San Diego defensive coordinator Outlook: Jerry Jones believes in coach Jason Outlook: No one disputes Seattle
Ron Rivera replaced John Fox. His first draft Garrett and wants this to become long-term desperately needs quarterback with
would be much easier if Stanford QB partnership. Their first draft together could uncertainty of Matt Hasselbeck returning,
Andrew Luck didn’t stay in school. Cam yield some clues on how they are which is fueling talk of taking hard look at
Newton’s skills, arm and athleticism have building/rebuilding club that still has enough TCU’s Andy Dalton, Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett
wowed Carolina’s brass, but franchise has talent to pick up where it left off in 2009, or local favorite Jake Locker. But no injury
shied away from players with character and when Cowboys won division and playoff game. had more impact on Seattle’s defense last
off-field questions. Still, Panthers season than DE Red Bryant’s blown-out knee
desperately need franchise QB to jump-start 10. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (6-10) Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman winner,
and DL Muhammad Wilkerson would give
NFL’s worst offense. They also need help at They need: QB, RB, WR, DT, DE, LB, FS. could be a first- or second-rounder.
Seattle depth at its hybrid defensive
WR, have huge holes on DL and have 28 Outlook: Mike Shanahan’s rebuilding effort
end/tackle position. Seahawks need depth
potential free agents. was set back immeasurably by Donovan
McNabb debacle, which cost Redskins two 14. ST. LOUIS RAMS (7-9) on both lines. But if Seattle sees chance to
2. DENVER BRONCOS (4-12) draft picks and forced team to start over yet They need: WR, LB, S. stockpile picks and perhaps get QB late,
They need: DL, LB, WR. again at QB. Washington is too old and too Outlook: Talented backup behind workhorse don’t be shocked to see it happen.
Outlook: Broncos are eager to forget all thin in too many positions, result of decade’s RB Steven Jackson remains major item on 26. BALTIMORE RAVENS (12-4)
about worst season in 51-year history and worth of poor front office moves. Shanahan wish list. Depth is thin overall for franchise They need: LB, DL, OT, CB.
get on with rebuilding project after Josh quickly found changing culture in Washington working its way back to competitiveness in Outlook: GM Ozzie Newsome rarely fails to
McDaniels’ 22-month reign of error. Really would be multiyear undertaking. Another Year 3 for coach Steve Spagnuolo and shine on draft day, even though Ravens
need defensive tackle to build around, but if last-place finish wouldn’t be surprising. general manager Billy Devaney. usually pick deep in first round. Newsome
Marcell Dareus goes No. 1 to Carolina, makes habit of grabbing best player
coach John Fox’s former team, Broncos 11. HOUSTON TEXANS (6-10) 15. MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-9)
They need: DL, CB, S. They need: RB, QB, TE, G, S, WR, OLB, ILB available, regardless of position, although
could turn to Texas A&M pass-rushing LB that stance might change a bit because he
Outlook: Houston’s offense has ranked Outlook: With many needs and only two of
Von Miller to team with Elvis Dumervil. hasn’t been able to sign free agents.
among best since Gary Kubiak became first 109 picks in draft, Dolphins would love to
3. BUFFALO BILLS (4-12) coach in 2006. Defense needs some trade down in first round, but might not find
27. ATLANTA FALCONS (13-3)
They need: DL, OL, QB. rebuilding, and also needs to stay healthy. much of a market. It will be shocking if they
They need: WR, RB, DE, OL, TE.
Outlook: With offense starting to click, and MLB DeMeco Ryans missed last 10 games don’t devote top choice to playmaker, perhaps
Outlook: GM Thomas Dimitroff is open to
coach Chan Gailey adept in adjusting to with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon and DE even QB. Dolphins used second-round choice
on QB every year from 2006 to 2009, but trading up in the first round to take the
strengths of roster, improvement appears Mario Williams played through sports hernia
haven’t devoted first-round pick to passer player who can add immediate big-play
close. Defense, however, is too weak, and for much of season. Texans need at least
since Dan Marino in 1983. potential on either side of the ball. Before
too many questions remain to expect Bills to one more impact player on defense to break
contend against AFC East powers. through for first playoff berth. Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith, the Falcons
16. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (8-8) had never had back-to-back winning
4. CINCINNATI BENGALS (4-12) 12. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-10) They need: DE, S, LB, CB, C, G, QB, WR. seasons. Now they’ve had three straight
They need: GM, QB, WR, RB, S, CB, OL, LB. They need: QB, OL, DL, CB. Outlook: With so many holes, the most winning records and are aiming for talent to
Outlook: Bleak. Standoff between QB Carson Outlook: Ill-fated Randy Moss trade with pressing on defense, Jaguars could go in any bring postseason success.
Palmer and GM Mike Brown is worst New England for Randy Moss leaves Vikings direction with first pick. Quarterback remains
scenario, but entirely possible given Brown’s without third-round pick, another hurdle in concern, especially with little depth behind 29. CHICAGO BEARS (11-5)
history of digging in. When team’s leader attempt to restock roster with young talent. 33-year-old inconsistent starter David They need: OL, WR, DT, LB.
throws in towel, it ripples through locker Quarterback, again, is most pressing need Garrard, but don’t expect team to address Outlook: Bears desperately need help on
room. Chad Ochocinco had sub-par season for team moving on from Brett Favre that need until second or third round. offensive line — no secret there — after QB
and got on coach Marvin Lewis’ nerves experiment and Tarvaris Jackson project. If Jay Cutler got sacked 52 times. Whether
again, so it’s unlikely he’ll be around for Washington’s Jake Locker and Missouri’s
17, 28. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (14-2) their first pick actually is O-lineman remains
more than one season, if that. RB Cedric They need: OL, LB, DE. to be seen. Bears could also use
Blaine Gabbert are gone at No. 12, Vikings
Benson wanted out after Bengals moved Outlook: As usual, coach Bill Belichick piled replacement for DT Tommie Harris, top-tier
could grab defensive end such as Clemson’s
away from run-first philosophy and up draft choices and has great flexibility to receiver and some youth on defense.
Da’Quan Bowers to help shore up pass rush
foundered. As long as front office sees no move up or down. Patriots have two picks in
that dropped off last season after leading
each of first three rounds. Aging offensive 30. NEW YORK JETS (11-5)
need for change, no reason to expect any. league in sacks in 2009. Or they could try
line with disgruntled G Logan Mankins, free They need: DL, S, LB, WR, RT.
to trade down to recoup third-round pick.
5. ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-11) agent T Matt Light and loss of G Stephen Outlook: DL might be revamped with NT
They need: QB, OLB, DE, CB, ILB, OL, 13. DETROIT LIONS (6-10) Neal to retirement, needs help. Defensively, Kris Jenkins a free agent and coming off
perhaps WR. They need: CB, LB, OT. rookie LBs Brandon Spikes and Jermaine consecutive season-ending knee injuries. DE
Outlook: Cardinals need quarterback, but Outlook: Detroit has big need Cunningham had decent seasons playing Shaun Ellis, team’s longest-tenured player,
prefer acquiring veteran in a desire to win at cornerback, but its biggest with star Jerod Mayo, but have a ways to also is free agent. QB Mark Sanchez might
now rather than commit to longer rebuilding concern is keeping QB go. Patriots’ 36 sacks were tied for 14th in need new targets because WRs Braylon
plan, a route coach Ken Whisenhunt might Matthew Stafford on the field. league. But No. 1 draft pick CB Devin Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith
not survive. However, signing free agent or McCourty developed quickly into key are free agents. Coach Rex Ryan insists this
trading for vet is impossible until lockout contributor and was chosen for Pro Bowl. is year Jets will get where he has promised,
ends. As tempting as Missouri’s Blaine but he might have to do it with handful of
Gabbert might be, Cardinals need immediate
18. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (9-7)
They need: OLB, DE, OT, S. new faces.
help from a pick this high. LB Von Miller, if
he’s not gone, would be much-needed Outlook: Chargers need an impact player on 31. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (12-4)
upgrade for awful pass rush. OLB Robert defense. Shawne Merriman is gone and Larry They need: OL, CB, DL.
Quinn could be an acceptable alternative, English, first-round pick two years ago, has Outlook: Very bright as long as QB Ben
with OLB Joey Porter almost certainly not been slow to develop. Chargers need strong Roethlisberger, RB Rashard Mendenhall, S
returning. CB Patrick Peterson’s athletic performances, not empty stats. Yes, they had Troy Polamalu, LB James Harrison, WRs
talent would be welcome in porous top-ranked defense in NFL, but that was based Mike Wallace and Hines Ward stay healthy.
secondary. on yards allowed, a number skewed by fact This is a deep, talented, well-coached team
Chargers often allowed opponents a short field with more depth than most.
6. CLEVELAND BROWNS (5-11) due to special teams gaffes and giveaways.
They need: WR, DL, RT. 32. GREEN BAY PACKERS (10-6)
Outlook: New coach Pat Shurmur is a 19. NEW YORK GIANTS (10-6) They need: OLB, OL, WR.
former offensive coordinator and his boss, They need: OT, G, C, DE, OLB, RB. Outlook: Without glaring needs, Packers GM
Mike Holmgren, is one of NFL’s greatest Outlook: Ball control and defense have been Ted Thompson might be even more inclined
Jake Locker’s constants when Giants win. With OTs David
offensive minds. So it’s hard to imagine than in past to take best player available —
upside might Diehl and Kareem McKenzie in their 30s, and
Browns going with defensive player at No. 6 a philosophy he generally has stuck to
be too fellow veterans G Rich Seubert (kneecap) and
unless, of course, CB Patrick Peterson drops. anyway. But Packers also could use help in
GM Tom Heckert had strong 2010 draft, enticing for C Shaun O’Hara (foot) coming off injuries,
return game. And while DE Mike Neal
getting CB Joe Haden, S T.J. Ward and QB a team such O-Line could use some help. While loaded on
seems to be heir assuming Cullen Jenkins
Colt McCoy with top three picks. He needs as the defensive line, Giants won’t hesitate to add
another. Wild card might be if RB Mark eventually leaves as free agent, Packers
another one. Minnesota
Ingram is still available. Giants took his father could use DE depth behind him and Ryan
Vikings to Pickett.
7. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (6-10) pass up. with first-round pick in 1987 and team has
They need: QB, CB, DE. history of grabbing players who slip because 48. OAKLAND RAIDERS (8-8)
Outlook: Jim Harbaugh, hired away from of concerns about their health (Ingram’s knee). They need: OL, DB, QB.
nearby Stanford, is so eager to get going — Outlook: Oakland traded first-round pick to
and draft is at least a step in that direction 20. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (10-6)
They need: DE. New England two years ago for DT Richard
as he awaits end to lockout. Harbaugh is Seymour, who made Pro Bowl last season
former quarterback who will be called upon Outlook: Offense is headed in right direction
with Josh Freeman and promising collection and has been leader on defense past two
to groom new QB. Adding key pieces will be seasons. With Pro Bowl CB Nnamdi
paramount for team that believes it greatly of playmakers coach Raheem Morris and
general manager Mark Dominik have put Asomugha a free agent, Raiders once again
underachieved. could be in market for starting cornerback
around 23-year-old QB. Efforts to rebuild
8. TENNESSEE TITANS (6-10) defense that’s slipped since Bucs won their to pair with Stanford Routt. Oakland also
They need: QB. DT, DE, LB only Super Bowl nine seasons ago began could lose starting FS Michael Huff, making
Outlook: Titans aren’t in complete rebuilding with selections of DTs Gerald McCoy and secondary position of need. Also not
mode, not with RB Chris Johnson and receiver Brian Price (UCLA). Although unit has bringing back LG Robert Gallery and adding
Kenny Britt on offense. But Tennessee is improved steadily since Morris began more power-blocking to run game, creating
nowhere good enough to overlook best player serving as own defensive coordinator late in potential holes on line. With Jason Campbell
available at No. 8. Draft is deep enough in 2009, inconsistent pass rush makes it in last year of contract, Oakland also could
quarterbacks that team could grab one in difficult to compete in division that features look for young QB to groom.
second round (39th overall). QBs Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. — The Associated Press