2012 NFL Draft: Teams That Must Address QB Need in First Two Rounds

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIFebruary 28, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 19:  Mike Hartline #9, Dan Orlovsky#6  and Curtis Painter #7 of the Indianapolis Colts look at play sheets during the game against the Washington Redskins at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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In the pass-happy world of the NFL, these teams are getting left behind.

It is becoming abundantly clear that if you don't have an Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees type, you need to have someone that makes the clutch passes when needed. These franchises don't currently have that. 

While there are other teams that could improve their situations, these are the only ones that should even consider doing so in the first two rounds. 

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts need to draft their quarterback of the future with the top pick.

I certainly can't say I have heard anything suggesting that they will go in another direction, but this needs to be restated at every turn until the pick is in. 

Player to Target: Andrew Luck

Washington Redskins

The Redskins need to attack the quarterback position and have to stop relying on other team's hand-me-downs to do so.

It is looking more and more like they will need to trade up to the second pick to guarantee that. But if that's what needs to be done, then there is no excuse to do anything else. 

The NFC East is not a division that can't be won.

While the Giants won the Super Bowl, they were only 9-7 and are well over the cap, so some talent will be lost. If the Redskins can bring in a franchise quarterback, they can compete for the playoffs. If not, get used to mediocrity in Washington. 

Player to Target: Robert Griffin III

Miami Dolphins

I will say that this team needs to sign Matt Flynn, but it can't stop there.

The Dolphins need to go after an insurance policy to keep the pressure on Flynn, and that needs to come in the form of an early draft pick. 

There is no way that they can get into position for one of the first two quarterbacks, but they can trade down for a pick later in the round. This is a team that can certainly use the depth, so dealing the No. 8 pick would be a good thing. 

Player to Target: Ryan Tannehill 

Seattle Seahawks

Tarvaris Jackson just can't be this team's quarterback of the future.

They can stick with him in 2012 and probably at least compete for a playoff spot. But if Jackson is their opening day starter in 2013, something is terribly wrong. 

They player they take can be one with some raw skill who would mostly hold a clipboard in 2012 and then be ready for the start of 2013. 

Player to Target: Brock Osweiler

New York Jets

The Jets are fortunate in that they are a highly competitive team right now.

If they take a player in the first two rounds that doesn't end up doing much, the franchise will still be okay. That player needs to be a quarterback, as Mark Sanchez has grown too comfortable. 

Ideally, this person would come in and give Sanchez the push he needs. If it doesn't work and Sanchez doesn't up his game, then the Jets need a guy ready to make an instant impact.

That is where the door opens for a 28-year-old rookie. 

Player to Target: Brandon Weeden


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