2012 NFL Draft: Every Team's Needs for Rounds 2-3

Sigmund Bloom@SigmundBloomNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: Every Team's Needs for Rounds 2-3

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    With 32 picks in the books, most teams still have plenty of needs to fill in the next two days of the 2012 NFL draft.

    Some teams have pushed their first-round picks back so that they have extra picks later in the draft; some teams have been waiting for their first pick because of previous trades.

    The value is strong on the second-day board across many positions, so many teams will be very happy to address these needs tonight.

New England Patriots

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    Cornerback/Safety: After bolstering the defensive line and linebacker corps, the Patriots still need to help the secondary of one of the league's worst defenses in 2011.

    Wide Receiver: Brandon Lloyd can be productive for the next year or two, but the Patriots have to add a young developmental prospect who can be a primary target in the future.

    Running Back: Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen showed a little last year, but it might not be enough to give the team supreme confidence in their running game.

Miami Dolphins

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    Wide Receiver: They got their quarterback; now the Dolphins have to give Ryan Tannehill someone better than Brian Hartline and Davone Bess to throw to.

    Defensive End: Cameron Wake has one side of the pass rush totally taken care of, but the Dolphins lack an impact edge-rusher on the other side.

    Right Tackle: This is still a major hole on the offensive line.

Buffalo Bills

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    Offensive Tackle: The Bills will be looking at good OT value with their second-round pick, so it makes sense to take care of this need right away.

    Wide Receiver: Michael Floyd was passed on for Stephon Gilmore, so the Bills could look for a legit No. 2 wideout on the second day.

    Outside Linebacker: Nick Barnett and Kelvin Sheppard are solid options at two LB spots, but the third is wide open.

New York Jets

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    Wide Receiver: Even if Jeremy Kerley can be the No. 2 receiver, the Jets cupboard is bare at the position on the depth chart.

    Running Back: Shonn Greene isn't getting it done and Bilal Powell was a major disappointment last year. 

    Safety: LaRon Landry is no long-term answer.

    Right Tackle: Wayne Hunter was one of the worst in the league last year and the Jets passed on Riley Reiff in the first.

Indianapolis Colts

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    Defensive Line: The transition to new head coach Chuck Pagano's defense will rely on getting the right players up front.

    Tight End: With Jacob Tamme and Dallas Clark gone, the team needs a target for Andrew Luck

    Cornerback: The Colts corners were dreadful last year and the team must improve here.

Tennessee Titans

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    Center/Guard: Eugene Amano can address the guard issue if the Titans draft a center to push him back to his preferred position.

    Defensive End: The Titans have Derrick Morgan, Kamerion Wimbley, Dave Ball and that's it.

    Cornerback: With Cortland Finnegan gone, the Titans need to build some depth here.

Houston Texans

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    Wide Receiver: The Texans have no real threat opposite Andre Johnson. Wide receiver value should be terrific throughout the second day.

    Nose Tackle: The Texans still lack that immovable object to anchor the front of Wade Phillips' defense.

    Right Tackle: Rashad Butler might work out, but the Texans should have a backup plan after letting Eric Winston go.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Defensive End: The Jaguars defense is very good with the exception of one defensive end spot that hasn't panned out with Derrick Harvey or Aaron Kampman.

    Cornerback: Rashean Mathis is coming off of a major knee injury, so depth is important here.

    Right Tackle: The Jaguars don't really have a proven quality answer for this position on the roster.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Inside Linebacker: With James Farrior released, the Steelers could add a long-term starter next to Lawrence Timmons.

    Nose Tackle: Casey Hampton is in the winter of his career. There are at least two or three prospects who fit at 0-tech nose tackle on the second day.

    Offensive Tackle: Marcus Gilbert might be OK at one spot, but Willie Colon can't stay healthy at the other and depth is needed either way.

Baltimore Ravens

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    Wide Receiver: Torrey Smith was a hit last year, but the Ravens don't have anyone coming up that can be the heir to Anquan Boldin.

    Outside Linebacker: Jarret Johnson is in San Diego now. Paul Kruger could fit the bill, but the Ravens could target Courtney Upshaw to fill the void.

    Center/Guard: Matt Birk only has a few years left and the Ravens don't have a clear option to fill Ben Grubbs' spot on the line.

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Wide Receiver: A.J. Green is a perfect No. 1, but there's no adequate No. 2 receiver on the roster.

    Defensive End: Carlos Dunlap can bring the heat, but the Bengals lack an edge-rusher who can team up with him to harass quarterbacks.

    Strong Safety: The Bengals have had a merry-go-round of players here and still need someone to pair with Reggie Nelson.

Cleveland Browns

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    Wide Receiver: Even if Greg Little is a future No. 1, who is the No. 2? Or No. 3? Or No. 4? Lots of work to do here.

    Right Tackle: This is a massive hole on the offensive line that needs to be addressed if Brandon Weeden is going to succeed.

    Cornerback: Joe Haden is a shutdown corner on one side, but the Browns lack quality on the other.

Oakland Raiders

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    DE/OLB Edge-Rusher: Kamerion Wimbley is gone, so the Raiders need to add some pass-rush punch.

    Tight End: The Kevin Boss contract was a failure. The Raiders don't really have a starting-quality TE on the roster.

    Offensive Tackle: The Raiders can do better than Khalif Barnes at right tackle.

Denver Broncos

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    Running Back: Knowshon Moreno is coming off of an ACL tear and Willis McGahee is north of 30.

    Defensive Tackle: The Broncos have precious little NFL-quality talent on the roster here.

    Cornerback: Champ Bailey isn't going to play forever and Tracy Porter was only signed to a one-year deal.

San Diego Chargers

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    Offensive Guard: The Chargers still need to replace Kris Dielman.

    Running Back: Ryan Mathews is the man, but they have no proven backups and Mathews has been injury-prone.

    Strong Safety: The Chargers didn't land Mark Barron or Harrison Smith, so they'll need to bring in a young strong safety to develop later in the draft.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Offensive Guard: The Chiefs passed on David DeCastro, so they still need to address this position. Good thing for them that it is so deep this year.

    Inside Linebacker: The Chiefs have tried a cast of characters next to Derrick Johnson, but none have really stuck.

    Quarterback: Matt Cassel doesn't have the trust of the new regime, and Brady Quinn doesn't have the trust of anybody.

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Cornerback: With Asante Samuel gone and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie a free agent next year, this has to be addressed in the draft.

    Outside Linebacker: DeMeco Ryans is going to hold down the middle, but the Eagles lack proven answers beside him.

    Quarterback: The Eagles don't seem completely sold on Michael Vick and their backup is Trent Edwards or Mike Kafka right now.

Dallas Cowboys

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    Defensive Line: Marcus Spears hasn't panned out and Jay Ratliff needs some relief.

    Wide Receiver: After Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, there's not much there.

    Center/Guard: Nate Livings is a quick fix, but a long-term answer is still needed. The Cowboys have to upgrade from Phil Costa at center.

New York Giants

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    Offensive Tackle: Kareem McKenzie is gone and the Giants have also had poor play at left tackle.

    Tight End: The top two tight ends on the roster went down with torn ACLs in the Super Bowl.

    Wide Receiver: Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz make up one of the best starting combos in the league, but a quality No. 3 is needed.

Washington Redskins

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    Offensive Guard: Kory Lichtensteiger is coming off of a major knee injury, so a plan B is crucial.

    Running Back: Roy Helu didn't look like he would hold up for a full season as a starter last year.

    Safety: Raheem Morris can attempt to get something out of the band of retreads they signed, but an infusion of young talent would help.

Chicago Bears

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    Wide Receiver: Brandon Marshall solves one spot, but unless Johnny Knox has an amazing comeback from his gruesome back injury, the Bears need to solve the other through the draft.

    Offensive Tackle: The Bears had one of the worst sets of tackles in the league last year. Gabe Carimi's return will help, but he can't man both positions single-handedly.

    Cornerback: Charles Tillman is one of the best in the business, but Tim Jennings is only average and depth is always needed here.

Green Bay Packers

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    Safety: With Nick Collins released, the Packers have to find his long-term replacement.

    Running Back: Only James Starks has ever done anything among the backs on the roster and he's only a part-time back.

    Defensive End: 2010 second-round pick Mike Neal is a bust, so Ted Thompson should take a do-over in this draft.

Detroit Lions

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    Cornerback: The Lions secondary was atrocious last year, and that was with Eric Wright, who is gone. This position has to be addressed today.

    Running Back: Jahvid Best still isn't cleared for contact and Mikel Leshoure can't stay out of trouble. The Lions have to use yet another pick here.

    Defensive End: Cliff Avril's contract situation remains up in the air and Kyle Vanden Bosch is getting up there in years.

Minnesota Vikings

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    Cornerback: After passing on Morris Claiborne and trading up for a safety, the Vikings still need a long-term starter or two at corner.

    Wide Receiver: After Percy Harvin, the Vikings really don't have even a quality No. 3.

    Guard: With Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera gone, the Vikings may need more than Geoff Schwartz to fill the void.

Carolina Panthers

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    Cornerback: The Panthers have to upgrade from Captain Munnerlyn across from Chris Gamble.

    Defensive End: Greg Hardy has had flashes, but the team is still looking for that fixture opposite Charles Johnson.

    Defensive Tackle: The Panthers started two rookies at DT last year, and neither was an instant hit.

Atlanta Falcons

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    Tight End: Tony Gonzalez is in his last season. Really, he means it this time.

    Offensive Tackle: Sam Baker has been a disappointment since the Falcons took him in the first round.

    Guard: The Falcons need at least depth here, if not a starter at right guard.

New Orleans Saints

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    Wide Receiver: The deep threat presented by Robert Meachem is gone. Adding some speed to the WR corps would be a good idea.

    Safety: The Saints need to add a good coverage safety to protect Roman Harper, who also might be suspended for a bit.

    Guard: The Saints could use some more depth here after swapping out Carl Nicks for Ben Grubbs.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Middle Linebacker: Mason Foster didn't seem like the answer last year and he should be moved outside.

    Safety: Mark Barron satisfies one spot, but the other is still wide open.

    Cornerback: Aqib Talib is in legal trouble and he's a free agent next year. Ronde Barber is probably done after this year.

San Francisco 49ers

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    Guard: Adam Snyder was one of the worst in the league last year. He's gone, but the hole in his spot remains.

    Defensive End: The 49ers have a great set of starting DEs, but they need some depth here. 

    Right Tackle: Anthony Davis could work out, but the 49ers need a plan B.

Seattle Seahawks

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    Offensive Guard/Tackle: Robert Gallery fizzled and James Carpenter was hurt. The Seahawks need at least one more body to help here.

    Middle Linebacker: Barrett Ruud is just a backup-quality player at this point.

    Running Back: Marshawn Lynch is a stud, but they have no power back to give him a spell from time to time.

Arizona Cardinals

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    Quarterback: It sure doesn't seem like Kevin Kolb or John Skelton is the long-term answer here.

    Offensive Tackle: The Cardinals are putting Levi Brown and Jeremy Bridges out there right now. That has to change.

    Outside Linebacker: Sam Acho really came through as a rookie, but they could use depth and maybe another starter.

St. Louis Rams

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    Offensive Tackle: The team is just about ready to give up former No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith.

    Outside Linebacker: The Rams would have to start a scrub next to James Laurinaitis if the season started today.

    Wide Receiver: The Rams don't have a proven wide receiver on the roster to play outside.

    Running Back: Steven Jackson can't man this position forever.


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