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2011 Draft Team Needs

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NFLDraftScout.com provides a positional breakdown of team needs looking at the 2011 NFL Draft. Free agents listed are those expected to be unrestricted free agents based on the new rules in the Collective Bargaining Agreement which allow players with at least six accrued NFL seasons to become UFAs. The ratings, broken down by position for each team, will be updated frequently leading up to the draft and beyond. An explanation of what a rating number represents is listed at the bottom of each page. Copyright NFLDraftScout.com, distributed by The Sports Xchange

Denver Broncos Team Needs
OffenseDefense
POSMeterRatingPOSMeterRating
QB
 
0DE
 
8
RB
 
6DT
 
4
WR
 
1OLB
 
4
TE
 
8ILB
 
6
OT
 
5SS
 
6
OG
 
6FS
 
6
C
 
4CB
 
8
K
 
3P
 
0
Top 2010 Contract Players
Champ Bailey, CBLaurence Maroney, RB
Kevin Vickerson, DT 
Notes
2010 is a year the Broncos would love to forget. They lost sackmaster OLB Elvis Dumervil, fired head coach Josh McDaniels, and were embarrassed by division rivals. A new coach first decide what to do with QBs Kyle Orton and TimTebow, figure out whether to sign 32-year-old Champ Bailey, and figure out how to stop the run. The team needs a legitimate receiving TE, and will also have to decide whether to keep RBs Correll Buckhalter and Laurence Maroney (and/or their starting OGs) after the season - the run game has been atrocious.
Kansas City Chiefs Team Needs
OffenseDefense
POSMeterRatingPOSMeterRating
QB
 
6DE
 
4
RB
 
1DT
 
8
WR
 
6OLB
 
8
TE
 
8ILB
 
7
OT
 
8SS
 
0
OG
 
3FS
 
7
C
 
8CB
 
4
K
 
0P
 
0
Top 2010 Contract Players
Mike Vrabel, OLBTamba Hali, OLB
Ron Edwards, DLTRyan O'Callaghan, T
Jon McGraw, FSCasey Wiegmann, C
Notes
Kansas City won the AFC West this year because of a good running game, break-out play of WR Dwayne Bowe and TE Tony Moaeki, and a solid defense. ILB Derrick Johnson was signed to an extension, but the team still has several starters coming up for free agency. Secondary depth is also a concern, and the offensive line may also see some changes.

Oakland Raiders Team Needs
OffenseDefense
POSMeterRatingPOSMeterRating
QB
 
8DE
 
5
RB
 
3DT
 
7
WR
 
5OLB
 
6
TE
 
4ILB
 
0
OT
 
8SS
 
2
OG
 
8FS
 
4
C
 
3CB
 
10
K
 
0P
 
0
Top 2010 Contract Players
Bruce Gradkowski, QBRichard Seymour, DRT
Stanford Routt, CBRicky Brown, MLB
Nnamdi Asomugha, RCBRobert Gallery, OT
Langston Walker, OT 
Notes
Despite the Raiders going 8-8, 6-0 in their division, there are many questions surrounding the team. A new coach will have to decide what to do at QB, as Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski are not world-beaters. RB Darren McFadden flashed strength and speed everyone knew he had, but his line may be in transition again due to free agenct. The defense played well in spots, but both starting corners are up for free agency and they gave up too many rushing yards when it mattered.
San Diego Chargers Team Needs
OffenseDefense
POSMeterRatingPOSMeterRating
QB
 
3DE
 
8
RB
 
5DT
 
5
WR
 
7OLB
 
4
TE
 
2ILB
 
7
OT
 
6SS
 
6
OG
 
4FS
 
4
C
 
0CB
 
4
K
 
0P
 
0
Top 2010 Contract Players
Vincent Jackson, WRMalcom Floyd, WR
Darren Sproles, RBKevin Burnett, OLB
Randy McMichael, TE 
Notes
The Chargers couldn't right the ship enough to make the playoffs this year, and nothing gets easier in an off-season likely to see turnover in the roster. QB Phillip Rivers was an MVP candidate for throwing to whatever WRs are available, but he could lose WR Malcom Floyd and Vincent Jackson in free agency. A number of starters in the front seven are also free agents, though GM A.J. Smith has brought in some talent he will hope will be the "next man in".

 
Team Needs Explanation
RatingDescription
0-2Solid starter(s). The team is unlikely to draft a player at this position.
3-5This position needs depth.
6-8This position needs a starter.
9-10This is the biggest position of need.
Conditions for the Ratings
  • Injured starters can increase the need at that position
  • Rookie starters can increase or decrease the need at that position according to his performance
  • Free agents and trades will either increase or decrease a need at that position
  • Contract players will increase the need at that position until they sign an extension
  • This will update throughout the season to determine each team's needs for the 2010 draft.
 
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