2012 NFL Draft: 5 Teams That Need to Make Drastic Moves
While the vast majority of NFL fans are focused on the postseason, several fanbases from around the league are looking ahead to the NFL draft.
These fans have had their team knocked out of the playoffs for one reason or another and are now looking for their next chance to dramatically improve their team. We've seen what kind of impact one draft pick can have on a team.
However, there is another group of teams to watch out for.
There are those teams that have to make a very dramatic move in order to "right the ship" and get their organization back on track. This may involve drafting a player or moving a player they already have on their roster. Either way, it results in a significant change to the franchise.
Here are five of those teams that will need to make a big move before or during the NFL draft.
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The Colts Should Trade Peyton Manning
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This has been one of the most over-debated topics all season long.
The Indianapolis Colts were the worst team in the league without Peyton Manning under center. They have earned the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft and sources say that the Colts plan to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
If that is the case, let me settle the debate.
The Colts need to trade Peyton Manning if they draft Andrew Luck.
Luck is as polished as any quarterback in this year's draft and one of the most highly-touted quarterbacks to come out in the past several years. He is talked about as a sure thing. Regardless of whether he is successful right away or not, he should be the Colts' starter.
The Colts have many holes on their roster and need to think about the long-term future of their team. Luck gives them a starting point at quarterback to build around.
Keeping Peyton Manning on the roster would only generate controversy and distract the team from the rebuilding process. Not to mention that Manning could still bring in a decent haul of draft picks even at 35 years old.
With one trade the Colts could have their franchise quarterback for the future in Luck, as well as a few draft picks to help rebuild around him.
The Jets Should Trade Santonio Holmes
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The New York Jets had an incredibly rough finish to their season with a brutal loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Reports instantly started flooding out that several players left the locker room immediately afterwards to avoid the media and head coach Rex Ryan cried during his final speech to the team. The reports continue to come out about how toxic the locker room is. Quite a few reports have gone after team leaders like Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes.
Many have suggested that Sanchez isn't the long-term answer at quarterback for the Jets. Anonymous team sources have gone as far as saying the Jets need to bring in a quality backup to put pressure on Sanchez to work hard.
However, Sanchez has received public support from Rex Ryan so I doubt we see a move at quarterback just yet.
It is clear that the locker room needs a shake up. Santonio Holmes has been one of New York's best receivers, but he has also been one of their most volatile personalities. Holmes was benched in the Week 17 game for "quitting" on his team.
If the Jets are going to turn around their team before the entire organization has to be rebuilt, they need to start getting rid of distractions. Moving Santonio Holmes for draft picks would be a great place to start.
The Seattle Seahawks Should Trade Up and Take Robert Griffin III
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For as much publicity as Andrew Luck has received, Robert Griffin III deserves just as much hype.
Griffin III is projected by some to be a better prospect than Luck. Many mock drafts have him going sixth overall to the Washington Redskins who desperately need a quarterback. It is clear for them that neither Rex Grossman nor John Beck is the answer.
However, I think the team that should make the big play for the Heisman Trophy winner is the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks finished strong going 5-3 in their last eight games. They came very close to winning their last two games as well which would have put them at 9-7.
Seattle has a great young defense that is very close to becoming one of the top units in the league. They are a few pieces away from having a squad that can compete against any offense in the league.
Their running game is led by Marshawn Lynch who put together a fantastic year. Lynch is a monster power back that has shown he can carry the load for the Seahawks.
All that is remaining the a viable quarterback.
Tavaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst are not the answer at QB. With a prospect like Griffin III available in the top five, the Seahawks should bite the bullet and trade up to get him.
The Cleveland Browns Should Draft a Quarterback
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The Cleveland Browns hold the fourth overall pick in this year's draft and many mock drafts have them taking Alabama's Trent Richardson.
I believe that the Browns' are better off taking one of the top quarterbacks in this year's draft.
The Browns went with Colt McCoy as their starter this year and he gave them a less than impressive season. McCoy threw for 2,733 yards along with just 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. In his second year in the league, McCoy didn't make the big improvements that the Browns were hoping for.
McCoy wasn't highly-touted coming out of college as he lasted until the third round of the 2010 draft.
I don't think that McCoy has what it takes to lead the Browns out of the bottom of the AFC North.
It is more important than ever to have a talented starting quarterback if you plan on being a competitive team. The three worst passing defenses in the league are in the playoffs only because they are also the top three passing offenses in the league.
We also saw the impact rookie quarterbacks like Cam Newton and Andy Dalton had on their respective teams.
McCoy isn't the answer in Cleveland and the Browns should make a move when they have the chance.
The New England Patriots Should Use Both of Their 1st-Round Picks
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While this may not sound like a drastic move to many, if you know anything about the New England Patriots' drafting history this sounds like the impossible.
The Patriots have become famous for trading down in the draft and stockpiling picks for the middle round or the beginning of next year's draft. The extra first-round pick they have this year is from a trade with the New Orleans Saints that allowed the Saints to grab Mark Ingram.
It is appearing as if both picks will be near the very end of the first round and with the new rookie salary cap, they should be very affordable.
The Patriots are still one of the top teams in the NFL, but they have several holes on their defense. New England's secondary was one of the worst in the league and many consider it a miracle that they still managed to capture the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC.
It is time for head coach Bill Belichick to make use of all those picks they have stockpiled. This year would be an excellent year to draft several defensive players to begin rebuilding a once dominant squad.
Tom Brady only has so many great years left in him. It is time to build the Patriots' roster back up around him before having to replace him as well.