I don't think anyone can go overboard with what they are thinking in a thread like this.
Nice job, btw, Marrdro. I went a little overboard on the comments, but this draft and need stuff is quite interesting.
In short, express away, express away. In the end it will help me with my mock.....
Didn't you know, there is an unwritten rule that PUKER fans can't comment on roster moves made by the Vikes my friend...... ;)
I'll leave the Vikings' needs etc. to the experts over here. Some things I was wondering about though...
Most of the coaches have raved abotu Backus, but statistically (I can't remember that link I use at work) he has been very inconsistent. Maybe he can eventually iron out, but feel the staff might look to for depth there
LT as a need for the Lions. I know it might be a smoke screen, but their entire coaching staff has constantly praised Backus for doing a good job. Reportedly, they've gone as far as saying that he played on a "Pro Bowl level". On the other side they have Cherilus. They're not going to replace a pretty recent first rounder. They'll give him at least another year.
Hmmmmm, never thought of looking at the secondary....Interesting. I kindof thought more along the lines that what they had was pretty good if you could improve what the front seven were doing. In the end, I kindof tracked that the loss of Seymour kindof caused that area to slip alittle.
No CB for the Patriots. Butler looked pretty decent as a rookie, but that's it. Just decent. Then they have 6th year pro Leigh Bodden starting. For a starter, he's pretty bad. Opposite of him, they have Shawn Springs. He was a good player, but is pretty much over the hill right now. They have some young guys behind them, but nothing noteworthy. They should draft 1 CB in the 2nd round, maybe even 2.
I will do a bit more research on that one.
Another interesting way to look at it. I was mostly focused on how well Jackson played and how they could improve thier defense by putting someone else next to him that could help out, especially in stopping the run. Again, for me I like to solve that problem first and then look to the secondary.
I'd say that the Browns could use a CB, as well... But the Browns can pretty much use whatever is on the board on defense. They have to do something about that secondary, though. S/CB should be a need. At least one of them.
I actually thought they held up pretty good up the middle. What seemed to be thier issue during the games I got to check out this season, was thier lack of pressure on the QB.
DT is a need for the Titans. They let their huge guy go and that entire line is in shambles. They have two undersized guys playing DT now, it pretty much looks like the Colts' front. They're going to need a good DT. 4-3 NT, preferably.
If I remember they only had 2 guys that had lead the team with 5 or sacks.
Its hard to say what the Deadskins are gonna do this year with the new regime.
The Redskins could use a DE. They have their mind set on having Orakpo at OLB in most formations. They have absolutely no one at DE, though. Even if they want to go with a big, run stopping guy at LE, they're going to have ot draft one. Wynn and Daniels are awfully old. I wouldn't set my hopes too high on Jeremy Jarmon. He's a rotational player at best. They have to find someone at DE.
If they do anything on defense, (I think that the defense is thier strength) they might look at S a bit. My guess is they will focus on either getting a QB or fixing the line to protect the QB they have.
I hear ya at QB, but damn, you would hope that Leinart can live up to the hype eventually.
I'd be tempted to put down QB as a need for the Cards. Take the approach that we did when we went to Rodgers. The chance that Leinart hasn't taken leaps in this last year is very small. If he does indeed go down or just doesn't play well, they're stuck with St. Pierre. Not something I'd like as a team. I'd put them on there as QB depth, at least.
I think what to do at LB because of Dansby will be a bigger decision.
In the end, if they were worried about the QB position, one would wonder why they haven't addressed it before this year so the other cat would have a better chance of competing when Warner left.
When you start to straighten a mess out like they have, you start from scratch and that means on the lines so I didn't really look to much at thier skilled positions when I took a look at them.
Lastly, the Seahawks. I'd add WR to that list. Houshmandzadeh is a good receiver, but not a nr. 1 receiver. He's a slot, possesion guy. Burleson hasn't gone over a 1000 yards since 2004 and has been plauged by injuries. His last year was, again, decent, but not great. Branch is a good receiver if you're looking for some depth, but not starting material. I wouldn't get my hopes up on Deon Butler just yet. He's raw, but a potential guy for the future. Someone who will blossom when all of these old guys leave town. They need another project/immediate starter, though. I can not see them passing on Golden Tate if he falls to their pick in the 2nd, for instance.
In the end, ole USC boy has a few years to get things going. Why not start right away by solidifying them as well as to get a young QB to learn the hard way (ala TJ) as they work the rebuilding process.
I kindof like what the Chiefs are trying to do. Problem is, thier OL sucks. No running game, can't protect the QB. Mix in a inexperienced QB and you will have a mess. Atleast for a year or two.
I just want to say that the Chiefs are idiots. They have a very good safety in Pollard and let them go. They have a physically gifted kid in Thigpen and trade for Cassel. They need an O-line to make Cassel look even decent and they pass on all OTs and go for a 3-4 DE. They deserve to lose. ;)
Again, great stuff my friend. Some good stuff I didn't think of.