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NFL Draft 2011: Breaking Down Draft Needs for All 16 AFC Teams

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NFL Draft 2011: Breaking Down Draft Needs for All 16 AFC Teams
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The march to the Super Bowl starts with the NFL Draft where teams are built from the ground up. For AFC teams, the ability to compete for the Lamar Hunt Trophy and beyond is something that is not easy to do.

Last season, the Steelers once again were the team that represented the American Football Conference in the big game. Though they were unable to win it, they were a worthy representative to say the least.

Going into this year's draft many teams have some major upgrades at various positions that need to be made.

Other teams need to make little tweaks to become elite contenders along the lines of the Ravens, Patriots, Steelers and Colts.

The AFC has had Peyton Manning and Tom Brady dominating for over a decade.

Could players like Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton be the next signal-callers to take over that reign?

That along with many other questions will be brought up before the big day.

For millions and millions of NFL fans, that day in April could possibly be the only sense of relief that they will receive for quite a while with the labor negotiations at a stand-still.

But not even the uncertainty of next season will damper the interest that people have in this event.

It has become an institution.

For more draft coverage, check out our 2011 NFL Draft Home.

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