2012 NFL Draft Grades: Teams That Didn't Address Needs in Round 1
The first round of the 2012 NFL draft is in the books, but teams around the league still have needs.
The front offices across the league are already in preparation for tonight's draft session, which includes the second and third rounds.
Although the first round is over, every team in the league is depending on the rest of the draft to aid in solidifying its roster.
In today's NFL, rookies are expected to contribute to their new team early on in their career. Last year's Super Bowl champion New York Giants team received contributions from six out of their eight draft choices last year.
Let's look at a few teams that still have huge needs to address on Day 2 of the draft.
The Denver Broncos began the first round in ownership of the 25th pick. By the end of the night however, they traded back twice and did not select a player in the first round.
Ultimately, the Broncos picked up the 36th and 101st picks in the draft.
The Broncos have three picks in the second and third round and have several needs to address. They need to add a defensive tackle to help bolster the middle of their defense.
Brodrick Bunkley, who started for the team last season at defensive tackle, signed with New Orleans earlier this offseason.
The departure of Bunkley leaves a hole in the defense, quite literally, that other teams will be running through.
There are still some good defensive tackles left on the board. Jerel Worthy, who played very well at Michigan State, is still on the board and should be available when the Broncos pick fourth in Round 2.
There have been reports that the Broncos are also interested in running back Lamar Miller. The addition of Miller would add depth to a backfield unit that could use it.
Current starting running back Wills McGahee is over 30 and is getting a little long in the tooth.
Knowshon Moreno, who the team took in the first round in 2009, has yet to really break through on the NFL level and has been a disappointment thus far in his career.
Broncos' Grade: B-
They get a "B-" because they are yet to add anyone to the roster but have compiled enough picks to add good talent. This grade will change once they make their first additions of this year's draft class.
Coming into the draft, the primary need of the Tennessee Titans was either cornerback or safety.
Unfortunately for them, the top safety (Mark Barron) and the top three cornerbacks were all off the board by the time they were on the clock. The team's hands were tied, and it couldn't select a defensive back because there weren't any on the board worthy of a first-round pick.
The Titans wound up selecting Kendall Wright, a speedy wideout from Baylor.
Wright will join Kenny Britt, a first-round selection in 2009. The two could form one of the better wide receiver duos in the league.
The Titans have two picks on Day 2 of the draft; one in the second round and one in the third. They should focus on grabbing a defensive back and a defensive lineman with their selections.
The Titans could look at cornerback Trumaine Johnson.
Johnson is almost 6'2", giving him the size to cover the bigger receivers in the NFL.
The Jacksonville Jaguars grabbed Justin Blackmon with their first-round selection, meaning that the Titans will need to cover him twice a year. The Houston Texans have Andre Johnson, who has been a thorn in the Titan's side for years.
Tennessee should also look at defensive end Vinny Curry out of Marshall with its second-round pick. Curry, who has a great blend of power and speed, has the ability to rush the passer very effectively at the NFL level.
Titans' Grade: C
I would have liked to see the Titans trade back in the first round rather than choosing Wright. However, if Wright develops into a good NFL receiver for soon-to-be starting quarterback Jake Locker, then this pick will be well worth it.
The Titan's should be given credit for surrounding their young passer with dynamic playmakers.
If the Titans are able to fill their defensive needs with their next two selections, then their draft grade will improve greatly.
St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams moved down in the first round twice and stockpiled a dizzying array of picks. They own three of the first 13 picks in the second round.
The Rams must give franchise quarterback Sam Bradford some weapons. Their offense is in desperate need of some offensive playmakers.
With their first selection, the Rams chose defensive tackle Michael Brockers.
Brockers has the ability to be one of the best defensive tackles in the league for years to come. That being said, Brockers isn't a sure thing, and the team really needs to add firepower on offense.
The Rams should target wideout Stephen Hill out of Georgia Tech at the top of the second round.
At 6' 4", Hill has a great combination of size and blazing speed. Hill would give the Rams the ability to stretch the field and would be a great deep-threat for Bradford.
The Rams also need to target an offensive tackle. Luckily for them, two great tackles are still available.
Johnathan Martin, the guy who protected Andrew Luck's blind side at Stanford, and Cordy Glenn will be available for the Rams to pick with one of their three second-round picks.
I prefer Martin due to his athleticism and his level of production at Stanford.
St. Louis has the potential to steal the first round and could potentially pick three players that had first round grades at one point.
Rams' Grade: B
Brockers should be a good NFL player, but they need to add weapons. If the team dominates the second round, as it should, then this grade will be an "A" and Jeff Fisher's first draft in St. Louis would be categorized as a great success.
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