Tag:team needs
Posted on: April 18, 2011 10:32 am

Baltimore Ravens Draft Preview


  2010 record: 12-4, second place AFC North

2011 draft rundown

  Nine total picks (round): 26 (1), 58 (2), 90 (3), 123 (4), 164 (5), 165 (5), 180 (6), 191 (6), 225 (7) 

Top needs:

  Wide Receiver: QB Joe Flacco would like a speedy target outside, as Derrick Mason won't be around forever and "Housh" doesn't stretch the field across from Anquan Boldin.

  Offensive Tackle: Ozzie Newsome could select a left or right tackle, depending on what coaches want to do with Michael Oher and assuming Marshal Yanda returns to guard.

  Cornerback: Team has plenty of nickel/number two corners, needs reliable starter with size to take on opponents' top receiver.

  Linebacker: Finding a pass rusher to take pressure off Terrell Suggs may be on the team's radar.

  Center: Matt Birk will retire soon and Chris Chester is a free agent.

  Safety: Ed Reed is still a playmaker but has had injuries and is getting older, SS Dawan Landry could be free agent.

First round focus

  26th overall

  --The Ravens are in a relatively good position because they should have multiple ways to meet a need with their first round pick. A talented front-seven prospect, either at defensive end or linebacker, could be available. If one of the top offensive tackles is available to GM Ozzie Newsome at 26, he may find a bookend partner for Michael Oher because of there is a drop-off of talent after the early second round. Finding a speed threat at receiver is another consideration, and keeping former Terp Torrey Smith in-state could help QB Joe Flacco stretch the field effectively. 

Five names on Ravens' board

  --CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado
  --WR Torrey Smith, Maryland
  --OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona
  --DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
  --OLB Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh 

--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

Posted on: April 18, 2011 10:31 am

New York Jets Draft Preview


  2010 record: 11-5, second place AFC East

2011 draft rundown

  Six total picks (round): 30 (1), 94 (3), 126 (4), 161 (5), 194 (6), 208 (7) 

Top needs:

  Wide Receiver: Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes (RFA) and/or Brad Smith (also the team's kick returner) may not return as free agents.

  Outside Linebacker: Rush linebackers Calvin Pace and Jason Taylor are aging, Vernon Gholston was released, and Bryan Thomas won't be back.

  Defensive Ends: Team needs bodies and they need to find a strong, active, young force to replace Shaun Ellis eventually.

  Strong Safety: The Jim Leonhard/Eric Smith safety combination could be upgraded.

  Quarterback: There's little talent behind Mark Sanchez, so finding a young back-up could be in the team's plans. 

First round focus

  30th overall

  --With their top receivers capable of hitting the free agent market when the lockout ends, the Jets may be looking at one of the second-tier receivers at the end of the first round. But an aging front seven and the release of 2008 top-ten pick Vernon Gholston is more likely to force defensive-minded head coach Rex Ryan to find an rush linebacker or defensive lineman capable of playing end or tackle in the 3-4 with their top selection.

Five names on Jets' board

  --DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
  --DT Phil Taylor, Baylor
  --OLB Justin Houston, Georgia
  --OLB Martez Wilson, Illinois
  --WR Torrey Smith, Maryland 

--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

Category: NFL Draft
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