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					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

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