NFL Draft 2012: Teams That Must Target Offense in Draft
We were mesmerized by the New York Giants' championship defensive line last season, but their offense surely played a major factor in their run to another Super Bowl title.
Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham were consistent playmakers and were integral facets during the G-Men's NFC East triumph and postseason success.
They say defense wins championships, but without supreme talent at the skill positions, especially wide receiver, it's extremely difficult to win in today's NFL.
These three teams have to put an onus on acquiring quality offensive talent in this year's draft.
The Browns dedicated their first two picks in the 2011 draft to their defensive line, grabbing Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor and Pittsburgh defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard in Round 2.
This year in free agency, they added Frostee Rucker to that unit.
In 2011, they averaged a paltry 13.6 points, 193.1 passing yards and 95.7 rushing yards per game.
It's time they give quarterback Colt McCoy some weapons.
Trent Richardson or Justin Blackmon will likely be available when they go on the clock at No. 4 overall and they have the Atlanta Falcons' No. 22 overall pick, a selection they acquired in the famed Julio Jones trade last year.
Players like Doug Martin, Lamar Miller, Kendall Wright and Alshon Jeffery could be on the board.
Cleveland is in a fantastic position to add premier offensive talent to their roster.
St. Louis Rams
One of the few teams more offensively inept than the Browns last year was the St. Louis Rams. Even with 2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year Sam Bradford throwing passes, they struggled. He was injured for parts of the season which certainly didn't help the team, but even when he was on the field, he regressed from a solid 2010 year.
Brandon Lloyd was signed by the New England Patriots, so the most productive wide receivers are Danario Alexander and Brandon Gibson, both whom totaled 431 receiving yards last year.
At No. 6 overall, they'll have receiving options and have the Washington Redskins' second-round pick they collected in what will most likely be known as the Robert Griffin III deal.
Steven Jackson is still a capable runner, but finding a future replacement that can be groomed under Jackson would be in the franchise's best interest.
Maurice Jones-Drew led the NFL with 1,606 rushing yards in 2011, but he was the lone bright spot for an absolutely pedestrian Jaguars offense.
Rookie Blaine Gabbert had an atrocious rookie season, but was throwing to the likes of Mike Thomas, Chastin West and Jarett Dillard.
While it will take a while for him to possibly mature into a quality starter, he undoubtedly needs better targets on the outside.
Michael Floyd would make sense at No. 7 overall and a better complementary running back that can keep MJD fresh would make sense, too.
A mid-round receiver would benefit Gabbert as well.
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