NFL Power Rankings: Addressing Each Team's Biggest Needs in The 2011 NFL Draft

Adam Spencer@AdamSpencer4Correspondent IDecember 21, 2010

NFL Power Rankings: Addressing Each Team's Biggest Needs in The 2011 NFL Draft

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 12:  Drew Brees #9 hands the ball off to Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on December 12, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Ram
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    With the Super Bowl completed, and 2011 NFL Draft order finalized, here are each team's biggest needs heading toward the 2011 NFL Draft.

    These next few weeks will be a wild ride, and it's time for team scouts and General Managers to figure out how to compete against the likes of the Packers and Steelers in 2011.

32. Carolina Panthers (2-12)

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    SEATTLE - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Jimmy Clausen #2 of the Carolina Panthers looks downfield against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on December 5, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won, 31-14. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: QB, DL

    Jimmy Clausen, Matt Moore and Tony Pike have all proven they are not the quarterback of the future for the Panthers.

    But with the likely first overall pick in the 2011 Draft, the Panthers will have their pick of DT Nick Fairley or cover corner Patrick Peterson.

31. Arizona Cardinals (4-10)

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 19:  John Skelton #19 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up before the start of their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Ima
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    Biggest Needs: LB, OL

    If I'm the Arizona Cardinals, I'm giving John Skelton the keys to the offense next season.

    He has all the tools to be a good quarterback, so I don't think they need to spend a high draft pick on a quarterback.

    What they do need is an offensive lineman who can run block really well and a multipurpose linebacker who can stop the run and defend the pass adequately.

30. Cincinnati Bengals (3-11)

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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals calls a play at the line of scrimage while playing the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty
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    Biggest Needs: QB, RB

    How many more chances are the Bengals going to give Carson Palmer? He's proven he can't recapture the magic he showed a few years ago.

    Also, Cedric Benson is doing his best to prove that last season was a fluke.

    The Bengals need to restructure their offense if they are going to be competitive again.

29. Denver Broncos (3-11)

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos throws the ball during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: LB, DB

    The offense is going in the right direction with Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Brandon Lloyd, but the defense is an absolute mess.

    They'll get Elvis Dumervil back next season, but they need some help in the linebacking corps and in the secondary.

    The secondary is probably the highest priority since they'll likely lose Champ Bailey.

28. Detroit Lions (4-10)

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 14:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions catches a touchdown pass in the last minute of the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills won 14-12.  (Photo
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    Biggest Needs: CB, S

    The Lions are a decent secondary away from actually being competitive.

    They always score a lot of points in the first half, but then the defense gives up even more points in the second half and the Lions lose.

    If they draft a good corner and a good safety, things could change in a hurry in Detroit.

27. Buffalo Bills (4-10)

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills throws against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Miami, Florida.The Bills defeated the Dolphins 17-14.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: OL, DB

    The Bills need a new offensive line so that their talented position players like Steve Johnson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller have room to work.

    The popular belief is that the Bills need a new QB, but they don't. They need an offensive line that can actually block for whatever quarterback they do have.

    Also, they need help in the secondary, as they give up far too many yards through the air.

26. Washington Redskins (5-9)

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins during play against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: QB, DB

    Rex Grossman didn't look too bad against the Cowboys on Sunday, but we all know he's not going to be the starter next season.

    And apparently Donovan McNabb isn't the answer either.

    Since the Redskins can't draft a new head coach, they'll have to try to find a quarterback who Mike Shanahan actually likes.

25. San Francisco 49ers (5-9)

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: QB, DB

    Alex Smith has gotten even more chances in San Francisco than Carson Palmer has gotten in Cincinnati.

    If the 49ers aren't going to let Troy Smith be their starting QB, they'll probably need to draft another quarterback in this year's draft.

24. Minnesota Vikings (5-9)

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates the Vikings first touchdown against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: QB, DL

    The Vikings won't have Brett Favre next season, Tarvaris Jackson is probably on his way out the door and Joe Webb is a wide receiver.

    The Vikings definitely need a new quarterback for 2011.

    They also need a defensive tackle to replace Pat Williams, who is going to retire after the season.

23. Dallas Cowboys (5-9)

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 05: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: OL, S

    The Cowboys need an offensive lineman who will try to keep Tony Romo upright for all of 2011.

    They also need some major help in the secondary. Alan Ball is a starting safety, even though he was a cornerback in college.

    If the secondary gets its act together, the Cowboys should return to their winning ways next season.

22. Cleveland Browns (5-9)

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 21:  Colt McCoy #12  of the Cleveland Browns passes during a game agaisnt the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: WR, DL

    Peyton Hillis will solidify the Browns' backfield for years to come.

    Colt McCoy deserves a chance to show he's the quarterback of the future, so now the Browns need to get him another wide receiver to line up across from Mohammed Massaquoi.

    They could also use some help on their defensive line.

21. Tennessee Titans (6-8)

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    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 19:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs against the Houston Texans at LP Field on December 19, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Texans, 31-17. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: QB, DL

    Once the Titans get some consistent play from a quarterback, Chris Johnson can go back to tearing up the NFL on the ground.

    Right now, opposing defenses are stacking the line of scrimmage and giving Johnson little to no room to run.

20. Houston Texans (5-9)

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    HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13:  A dejected Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans walks off the field after Houston was defeated by Baltimore in overtime at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: DB, OL

    The secondary has been the reason the Texans find themselves out of playoff contention this season.

    They are ranked last in the NFL, giving up over 275 yards per game through the air.

    If the Texans can address that problem this offseason, they might finally live up to their potential in 2011.

19. Seattle Seahawks (6-8)

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    SEATTLE - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the Carolina Panthers at Qwest Field on December 5, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won, 31-14. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: QB, DB

    Matt Hasselbeck is getting old. He has one, maybe two, years left in him.

    It's time for the Seahawks to draft a quarterback to sit behind Hasselbeck next year and then hopefully take the reins in 2012.

    They could also use help in their secondary, as they are ranked 29th in the NFL in passing yards allowed this season.

18. St. Louis Rams (6-8)

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams looks to throw a pass during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 12, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Rams
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    Biggest Needs: WR, DB

    Sam Bradford has proven to be one of the best picks from the 2010 Draft.

    Now the Rams need to continue to provide him with weapons on offense.

    He could use a couple receivers for next season. Donnie Avery and Mark Clayton will be back probably, but drafting a young wide receiver to develop along with Bradford would be a good move.

17. Oakland Raiders (7-7)

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 12:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs for yardage during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: LB, DL

    The Raiders are pretty much set on offense.

    Next season it will be up to the defense to take the team to the next level.

    In order for that to happen, they'll need some help in the linebacking corps and someone to help shore up the defensive line along with Richard Seymour.

16. Miami Dolphins (7-7)

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 19:  Running back Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins is upended by the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: RB, QB

    Ricky Williams is running out of steam and it appears Ronnie Brown might be wearing down as well.

    Though they at least have one more year left in them, it might be time to add a new RB to that mix.

    Also, the team appears unhappy with Chad Henne as the QB, so it's time to add some new blood to that position as well.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6)

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    LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 12:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scrambles during the game against the Washington Redskins  at FedExField on December 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Buccaneers defeated the Redskins 17-16. (Photo by Larry Frenc
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    Biggest Needs: OL, DL

    Adding depth to both lines will go a long way towards helping this young team develop.

    Josh Freeman is the quarterback of the future and LeGarrette Blount has taken control of the running back position.

    The secondary is young and just needs another year to grow.

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-6)

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 19: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars dives against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Jaguars 34-24. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty I
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    Biggest Needs: OL, DB

    The Jaguars secondary is allowing too many yards to win a division that features Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub.

    If they can get that taken care of, I wouldn't be surprised to see them pick up where they left off this year in 2011.

13. Green Bay Packers (8-6)

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31:  Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball against the New York Jets on October 31, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: OL, DL

    The Packers biggest weakness is still their offensive line.

    Last year, they drafted Bryan Bulaga in the first round and he's played very well this year.

    Ted Thompson needs to use his first round pick this year on another offensive lineman.

12. San Diego Chargers (8-6)

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers reacts to a penalty during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Image
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    Biggest Needs: LB, DB

    The Chargers need another dynamic linebacker to replace Shawne Merriman.

    They could also use someone to back up their secondary members.

    They don't have any urgent immediate needs, though, so they need to draft rookies who can contribute on special teams and shore up that area.

11. New York Giants (9-5)

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes against the Philadelphia Eagles at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: LB, DB

    The Giants are pretty much set on the offensive side of the ball.

    They do need some help at linebacker and in the secondary, though.

    Drafting a safety should be their first priority in April.

10. Indianapolis Colts (8-6)

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: OL, DB

    The Colts need to draft a safety to replace Bob Sanders, who can't seem to stay healthy for more than one game.

    They could also use some help on the offensive line, as Peyton Manning is most effective when he has a clean pocket to throw from.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (9-5)

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 19: Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs scrambles against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 19, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Chiefs beat the Rams 27-13.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: WR, OL

    The Chiefs have very little depth behind Dwayne Bowe at wide receiver.

    They need another dynamic receiver so teams don't double team Bowe too often.

    They also are an offensive lineman or two away from being elite.

8. New Orleans Saints (10-4)

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 12:  Drew Brees #9  of the New Orleans Saints looks to throw the ball during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on December 12, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: OL, DL

    Drew Brees has been under pressure more this year than he was last year and it's led to an uncharacteristically high interception total.

    Meanwhile, on defense, if the Saints had a front four that could consistently get pressure on the quarterback, they wouldn't need to blitz so much.

7. Baltimore Ravens (10-4)

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    BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: DB, LB

    The secondary is getting old in Baltimore and they could use some help at the cornerback positions.

    Plus, it might be time to draft a replacement for Ray Lewis.

    That way the new linebacker could back up Lewis for a couple years and learn from one of the best players in NFL history.

6. Chicago Bears (10-4)

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 12: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears looks for a receiver against the New England Patriots at Soldier Field on December 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Patriots defeated the Bears 36-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: OL, CB

    The offensive line has been playing better as of late, but it was the major culprit in at least three of the Bears' four losses.

    Getting some young blood into the offensive line mix will go a long way towards making sure Jay Cutler continues to improve as a quarterback.

5. New York Jets (10-4)

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    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 19:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets hands the ball off to teammate Shonn Greene #23 during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 19, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Get
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    Biggest Need: DL

    The Jets need a big defensive tackle in order for their 3-4 defense to be dominant.

    Kris Jenkins used to be that guy, but he keeps getting hurt and might retire after the season.

    Therefore, that's their biggest priority in this April's draft.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4)

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    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 19: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass against the New York Jets during the game on December 19, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Need: OL

    The Steelers offensive line has been decimated by injury this year and it has affected the potency of Big Ben and the rest of the offense.

    The Steelers already have one of the University of Florida's Pouncey brothers, so maybe they should draft the other one this season.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4)

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Needs: CB, OL

    The Eagles could use a guy to line up across the field from Asante Samuel on defense.

    They could also use an offensive lineman to work into the rotation at the tackle position, since they seem to lose a tackle to injury quite often.

    But their biggest offseason priority will be to bring Michael Vick back.

2. Atlanta Falcons (12-2)

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    SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 19:  Wide receiver Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons runs a pass route against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on December 19, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Biggest Need: DL

    The Falcons are a win away from being the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, so there's not much overhauling to be done in Atlanta.

    But they could use another defensive lineman who could come in on passing downs and get some pressure on the quarterback.

1. New England Patriots (12-2)

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    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won the game 31-27.  (Photo by Jim Ro
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    Biggest Needs: OL, LB

    The Patriots will have approximately one million picks in the draft this year, but they don't have very many needs.

    They could use some depth along the offensive line and another linebacker though.

    But I'd bet that Bill Belichick will be looking to trade his first round picks this season for more picks in 2012.