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2015 NFL DRAFT

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

Arizona Cardinals Team Needs
OffenseDefense
POSMeterRatingPOSMeterRating
QB
 
9DE
 
1
RB
 
5DT
 
4
WR
 
1OLB
 
7
TE
 
6ILB
 
4
OT
 
7SS
 
2
OG
 
8FS
 
1
C
 
4CB
 
7
K
 
0P
 
3
Top 2010 Contract Players
Alan Faneca, OGBryan Robinson
Gabe Watson, NTBen Graham, P
Notes
The quarterback situation in Arizona was, in one word, awful. John Skelton showed the most promise, but it appears the Cardinals will try to find a veteran somewhere to get the team back on track. They also need to improve the offensive line (possibly moving Levi Brown back at RT), lack a playmaking tight end, and take a hard look at their running back group. On defense, the nose tackle spot will need to be addressed, and young talent is needed at OLB.
St. Louis Rams Team Needs
OffenseDefense
POSMeterRatingPOSMeterRating
QB
 
1DE
 
4
RB
 
6DT
 
7
WR
 
8OLB
 
7
TE
 
7ILB
 
0
OT
 
2SS
 
7
OG
 
8FS
 
3
C
 
0CB
 
5
K
 
0P
 
0
Top 2010 Contract Players
Adam Goldberg, OTChris Hovan, DT
Mark Clayton, WRGary Gibson, DT
Laurent Robinson, WR 
Notes
Rookie QB Sam Bradford was doubted by many coming into the season, but has made enough plays to help the Rams' offense become respectable. Giving him a playmaking receiver, back-up running back to spell Steven Jackson, and new starting right guard would help his chances to grow in 2011. The defense has also improved this year, but there must be as many as five new starters in next year's team for it to take the next step.

San Francisco 49ers Team Needs
OffenseDefense
POSMeterRatingPOSMeterRating
QB
 
5DE
 
4
RB
 
3DT
 
8
WR
 
6OLB
 
7
TE
 
1ILB
 
5
OT
 
0SS
 
4
OG
 
2FS
 
4
C
 
7CB
 
6
K
 
0P
 
0
Top 2010 Contract Players
Aubrayo Franklin, DTDavid Baas, OG
Takeo Spikes, OLBManny Lawson, OLB
Alex Smith, QBBrian Westbrook, RB
Notes
New leaders of the 49ers will, without a doubt, want to put their stamp on this team for 2011. Finding a new quarterback should be first thing on the docket, and finding him more playmakers at receiver should also be a priority. On defense, the front seven faces some free agent defections, though the direction the new coaching staff takes in regards to staying with the 3-4 or moving to 4-3 will have a lot to do with any changes. Depth at cornerback must be addressed, even CB Nate Clements is kept despite his uneven play and large salary.
Seattle Seahawks Team Needs
OffenseDefense
POSMeterRatingPOSMeterRating
QB
 
7DE
 
5
RB
 
6DT
 
6
WR
 
5OLB
 
6
TE
 
0ILB
 
0
OT
 
8SS
 
7
OG
 
8FS
 
2
C
 
8CB
 
5
K
 
3P
 
0
Top 2010 Contract Players
Ray Willis, OTSean Locklear, OG
Chris Spencer, CRaheem Brock, DLE
Matt Hasselbeck, QBLeroy Hill, ILB
Kelly Jennings, CBOlindo Mare, K
Lawyer Milloy, SSLeon Washington, RB
Notes
It's doubtful many division champions have faced as many roster question marks as the 7-9 NFC West do this off-season. Charlie Whitehurst will probably get his chance to earn a starting job in 2011, and the team will need to decide whether Buffalo cast-off Marshawn Lynch will add the much-needed balance. Multiple changes in the offensive line through free agency and the draft will also affect the future of this team. On defense, starters CB Kelly Jennings and SS Lawyer Milloy will need to be re-signed or replaced, stronger DE and LB depth would improve the unit, and the DT group could use a feared playmaker, as well.

 
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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