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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.