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Recently I've begun researching team needs to prepare for the 2015 NFL Draft, so I figured some people might like to take a look at whatever I end up putting together for each team. Hopefully this helps you guys with your mocks as well.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Offense:

The team could use a quarterback, as the decision to sign Josh McCown failed to make Tampa Bay competitive while simultaneously indicating a lack of satisfaction with Mike Glennon, who started a few games this season but was pulled in favor of McCown late in the season. None of the team’s running backs were successful this season, but it appears likely that they will give at least Charles Sims another chance to establish himself; whether or not the team sees Doug Martin as a building block at this point is anyone’s guess given his limited snaps this season and the rumors surrounding a possible Martin trade prior to this year’s deadline. Other scenarios involved Vincent Jackson, who was ultimately retained by the team and formed a formidable starting receiving corps opposite Mike Evans. Depth at the position is, however, a concern, as Louis Murphy and Robert Herron were below-average. At tight end, the team struggled to find production, but will likely give Austin Seferian-Jenkins the starting role in 2015. On the offensive line, the team is heavily invested in left tackle Anthony Collins, who hasn’t played very well, while left guard Logan Mankins and right tackle Demar Dotson were productive. Center Evan Dietrich-Smith was another free-agent investment, making right guard probably the most likely position to be upgraded given Patrick Omameh’s struggles in pass protection.

Defense:

Defensive end Michael Johnson was another underwhelming free agent signing, but should receive a second chance next year, while rookie William Gholston showed signs of developing into at least a quality run defender at the position; Da’Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn are probably on their way out. Gerald McCoy enjoyed another dominant season before being placed on injured reserve, but the team lacks a credible run-stuffer, a role in which Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence both struggled. The Bucs appear set at both outside linebacker positions after impressive seasons from Lavonte David (weakside) and Danny Lansanah (strongside), but Mason Foster and Dane Fletcher disappointed in the middle. In the defensive backfield, it appears likely that Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks will begin next season as the team’s starters, but none of the players who were given opportunities to play in the slot stood out. Despite recent investments, the safety position could stand to be upgraded. Major Wright and Bradley McDougald are versatile, league-average players at the position, but may be best-suited to rotational roles. Ideally, the team would have liked to move forward with Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson, but gave up on Barron at the trade deadline, while Goldson’s terrible play has made it unlikely that the team will count on him next season.

Top Five Needs:

1. Quarterback
2. Right Guard
3. Middle Linebacker
4. Safety
5. Slot Receiver

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Tennessee Titans:

Offense:

Following another injury-plagued season, it’s unlikely that Jake Locker will be Tennessee’s starting quarterback next season, while the few starts Zach Mettenberger took from under center were insufficient to consider him a viable starting option at this point. Rookie Bishop Sankey needs to improve his pass protection, but should offer the Titans a starting running back of the future, while the team has a few adequate if undersized reserves in Dexter McCluster and Leon Washington. Nate Washington struggled as the team’s top wide receiver, while Justin Hunter has also failed to develop as expected. That said, the team is likely to include Hunter in the starting lineup next season, with Kendall Wright operating out of the slot. Fortunately, Delanie Walker has been a success as the team’s starting tight end, with quality blocking and adequate receiving ability. Along the offensive line, Tennessee appeared to hit on 2014 first-round pick Taylor Lewan and 2013 first-rounder Chance Warmack, both of whom played well at left tackle and right guard, respectively. If the team opts to bring back Michael Roos, they may be solidified at three offensive line spots. However, center Brian Schwenke has struggled in pass protection, while free-agent signings Andy Levitre and Michael Oher were unsuccessful.

Defense:

Ray Horton’s defense lacks a nose tackle to anchor the center of their defensive line, but defensive ends Jurrell Casey, Ropati Pitoitua, Karl Klug, Al Woods, and DaQuan Jones form a formidable rotation. Three out of four linebacker spots could be set as well, with outside linebacker Derrick Morgan and inside linebacker Avery Williamson having played well; Williamson should be joined by Zach Brown next season, who missed all but four snaps due to injury. However, a pass-rusher to complement Morgan would be valuable given the struggling play of aging veterans Kamerion Wimbley and Shaun Phillips on the outside. In the defensive backfield, things fell apart after Alterraun Verner was lost in free agency. His replacement, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, has been a disaster, while even Jason McCourty’s play fell off this year. Coty Sensabaugh is also on pace for over seven hundred below-average snaps at the position. The team might have something in defensive back Marqueston Huff, who played both in the slot and at safety, but they may view him as eventually assuming the latter role, especially given Michael Griffin’s poor play at free safety this year. Strong safety Bernard Pollard had been playing well, but landed on injured reserve early and was replaced by George Wilson, who showed little of what made him an underrated starter with the Bills.

Top Five Needs:

1. Quarterback
2. Outside Linebacker
3. Defensive Back
4. Nose Tackle
5. Left Guard

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Oakland Raiders:

Offense:

In his rookie season, quarterback Derek Carr didn’t exactly play well, but probably well enough to warrant another season with an improved supporting cast. At running back, both Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew looked washed-up, allowing Latavius Murray to earn a respectable number of snaps in which he appeared to offer some value in the future, albeit not as a receiving option. The Raiders have a few outside players who might deserve another look in 2015, those being James Jones, Brice Butler, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Rod Streater, but it would be a mistake to make it through the offseason without trying to find a legitimate top target for Carr. Mychal Rivera took roughly three-quarters of the snaps at tight end and played poorly both as a blocker and as a receiver; there are no players on roster who should prevent the team from considering the addition of a legitimate starter. Along the line, things looked a bit better, as the team’s decision to sign left tackle Donald Penn as Jared Veldheer’s replacement was rewarded. Next to Penn, rookie left guard Gabe Jackson and center Stefen Wisniewski both played well, solidifying the left side of the line. However, right guard Austin Howard and the team’s right-tackle rotation of Khalif Barnes and Menelik Watson were disastrous, making both of those positions ones to upgrade this offseason.

Defense:

Oakland’s veteran defensive line was a mixed bag in 2014, but ultimately failed to bring the type of pressure Reggie McKenzie was probably hoping for. Lamarr Woodley played poorly before being lost for the season, while Justin Tuck was a solid if unspectacular starter on the other side. Defensive tackle Pat Sims failed to recreate his 2014 campaign, but was adequate alongside promising rookie nose tackle Justin Ellis and effective pass rusher Antonio Smith, the latter of whom struggled mightily against the run; a defensive line of Smith – Sims – Ellis – Tuck may be serviceable in 2015 given the team’s myriad needs elsewhere. Miles Burris was perhaps the worst starting linebacker in the league this season, but weakside linebacker Sio Moore played well and rookie first-round pick Khalil Mack already looks like an All-Pro on the strongside, grading out very highly as a run defender. Play in the secondary was generally adequate, as cornerbacks Tarell Brown, T.J. Carrie, Carlos Rogers, and D.J. Hayden all took over four-hundred snaps and played well enough to have another look at; next season, it would not come as a surprise if Hayden were to assume the starting spot on the left, while Brown lined up opposite him and Carrie was situated in the slot. The safety position may warrant some investment, however, as strong safety Charles Woodson was adequate but will turn thirty-nine next season, while Tyvon Branch was lost for the season quickly and replaced by below-average starter Brandian Ross. Perhaps Keith McGill will get an opportunity to play free safety next year.

Top Five Needs:

1. Right Tackle
2. Middle Linebacker
3. Right Guard
4. Running Back
5. Tight End

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Jacksonville Jaguars:

Offense:

Blake Bortles vacillated between committing too many turnovers on downfield throws and playing it overly-safe at the quarterback position, but will nonetheless begin next season as the starter owing to the substantial investment Jacksonville made in him in 2014. Running back Toby Gerhart didn’t pan out, but the team may be comfortable moving into 2015 by platooning Gerhart with Denard Robinson and Jordan Todman, each of whom showed a little bit this season. The team’s top wide receivers in terms of snaps, Allen Hurns and Cecil Shorts, were disappointing, but Jacksonville should feel comfortable given their recent investments in Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee, along with the possible return of talented but mercurial target Justin Blackmon. Tight ends Clay Harbor and Marcedes Lewis didn’t live up to the expectations created by their salaries in 2015, with Lewis appearing unlikely to return. Along the offensive line, rookie right guard Brandon Linder looked like a stud, while Zane Beadles rebounded from a poor 2013 and gave adequate play at left guard. Luke Joeckel is still struggling at left tackle, but made some strides over his horrific rookie campaign. Center Luke Bowanko is probably better-suited to a reserve role, while the likes of Cameron Bradfield, Austin Pasztor, and Sam Young started at right tackle, indicating a dire need for help at the position.

Defense:

The Jaguars are on pace to have nine players take over three-hundred snaps along the defensive line in 2014, with perhaps three 2015 starters having been identified through that experimentation: five-technique end Red Bryant, under-tackle Sen’Derrick Marks, and nose tackle Roy Miller, the last of whom recently signed a contract extension. Some of the more misguided investments were in right end Chris Clemons and big-bodied linemen Tyson Alualu and Ziggy Hood. Bringing a premier pass-rusher into the fold should be a priority next season, especially given Andre Branch’s limited snaps. Jacksonville’s top middle linebacker in terms of snaps, J.T. Thomas, should be in a reserve role, which could happen should Paul Posluszny, currently on injured reserve, be brought back next season. The team’s outside linebacker duo, consisting of Geno Hayes and rooki Telvin Smith, is worth moving into 2015 with. In the defensive backfield, not much stood out, with virtually every option having played poorly in coverage. Will Blackmon fell off significantly and was lost for the season, putting his 2015 status in jeopardy. Worst of all was starting free safety Josh Evans, who will almost certainly be replaced. Because of their more-pressing needs at some other positions, it wouldn’t be a surprise if most defensive backs reprised their roles in 2015, perhaps with a starting cornerback trio of Dwayne Gratz, Demetrius McCray, and Alan Ball, all of whom flashed this year; recent high investment Johnathan Cyprien should start 2015 as the team’s strong safety.

Top Five Needs:

1. Right End
2. Right Tackle
3. Free Safety
4. Center
5. Tight End

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Washington Redskins:

Offense:

It seems unnecessary to cover the Robert Griffin III saga in further depth, so it should suffice to say that finding a new franchise quarterback could potentially be considered Washington’s greatest need this offseason. The team’s offense was collectively hurt by the lack of quality quarterback play, with Alfred Morris struggling and the team’s starting receiver duo of Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson failing to submit particularly impressive seasons. However, considering the team’s other needs, all three of the aforementioned players should be given mulligans in 2015; if any changes are made to the team’s weapons, it may be a decision to replace Andre Roberts in the slot. Tight end Jordan Reed missed a lot of time due to injury, but should begin 2015 in a rotation with fellow receiving option Niles Paul; Logan Paulsen is limited as a receiver but is an adequate blocker. Left tackle Trent Williams is among the best in the league at his position, while center Kory Lichtensteiger and right guard Chris Chester also played well. Surprisingly, Shawn Lauvao wasn’t a complete disaster at left guard following a dismal season with the Browns in 2013; he was ultimately able to hold off rookie third-round pick Spencer Long at the position. Right tackle play was problematic, as Tyler Polumbus and Tom Compton both took considerable, regrettable snaps at the position. Morgan Moses, used sparingly as a rookie, may be considered a potential solution there in 2015.

Defense:

The team’s new coaching staff got experimental along the defensive line, with Stephen Bowen being relegated to a reserve role in order to create opportunities for former second-round pick Jarvis Jenkins, who played poorly. Chris Baker was the team’s nose tackle, turning in an adequate season after surprisingly usurping expensive free-agent signing Barry Cofield at the position, while five-technique Jason Hatcher turned out to be a worthwhile investment, picking up 5.5 sacks on the year after being poached from the Cowboys last offseason. Ryan Kerrigan was outstanding as the team’s primary pass-rusher, with rookie second-round pick Trent Murphy starting most of the season opposite him following another injury to Brian Orakpo, an impending free agent; Murphy wasn’t much of a factor as a pass-rusher, but could develop into a run-stopper of Jarret Johnson’s caliber. Starting inside linebacker Keenan Robinson struggled, but both Perry Riley and Will Compton were adequate run defenders who struggled in coverage. The secondary was a mess. Top cornerback DeAngelo Hall tore his Achilles’ twice, subjecting the team to poor coverage from young corners David Amerson and Bashaud Breeland. Starting safeties Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather have no place in a pro starting lineup at this point, with Duke Ihenacho landing on injured reserve before he could supplant one of them. Breeland may get another chance on the outside in his second year, but the team may need to try moving Amerson to safety and cannot count on contributions from Hall.

Top Five Needs:

1. Safety
2. Cornerback
3. Quarterback
4. Five-Technique
5. Inside Linebacker
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Thanks for reading! I'm going to try to limit myself to five of these per session, but I'll come back to these soon and work on the teams currently picking 6-10.
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Thanks for reading! I'm going to try to limit myself to five of these per session, but I'll come back to these soon and work on the teams currently picking 6-10.
I respect all that you do. I'm really pushing for your success. You are going beyond the leaps and boundaries to give quality body of work that doesn't have to be presented.
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Thanks for the hard work,but I would like to point out that you considered a #1 WR a huge need for Oakland, but you didn't list WR as a top 5 need??? Just seems strange to me. I don't think they can expect Carr to develop without a #1 WR.
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Thanks for the hard work,but I would like to point out that you considered a #1 WR a huge need for Oakland, but you didn't list WR as a top 5 need??? Just seems strange to me. I don't think they can expect Carr to develop without a #1 WR.
That could have been in there, and due to positional value it would make sense, but I'd probably rather go with James Jones/Rod Streater, etc. than have Khalif Barnes, Darren McFadden, etc. in the starting lineup again. Amari Cooper is probably their best option in the first round, though.
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New York Jets:

Offense:

Two years into his pro career, it has become apparent that Geno Smith cannot be counted on to produce at the quarterback position; after being benched for Michael Vick, it quickly became clear that Vick is no longer a starting option either, making quarterback a top priority for the Jets this offseason. Fortunately for New York, their offense is more talented than their record would seem to indicate, with a quality starting running back (if not an effective passing-game contributor) in Chris Ivory and a wide-receiver depth chart which will likely be largely unchanged in 2015, owing to the recent investments made in Eric Decker, Percy Harvin, and Jeremy Kerley; these three players haven’t been as productive as anticipated, but deserve a shot with a capable passer at the helm. Tight end Jeff Cumberland has been a disaster this year, but the team’s second-round pick, Jace Amaro, hasn’t looked overwhelmed by the pro game, where he is on pace to approach four-hundred snaps as a rookie. Along the offensive line, D’Brickashaw Ferguson is still a serviceable, finesse left tackle, while Nick Mangold remains among the league’s dominant centers. Right guard Willie Colon will need to be replaced, but outside of a disastrous start against the Lions in week four, Breno Giacomini has been serviceable at right tackle. After moving on from Brian Winters at left guard, Oday Aboushi has been a quality run blocker, if spotty in pass protection.

Defense:

New York’s defensive line is loaded with talent; five-technique ends Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson are among the top players in the league at their positions, while nose tackle Damon Harrison is a force against the run. Depth is provided by quality rotational run-stoppers Kenrick Ellis and Leger Douzable. Things are more uncertain at linebacker, where inside linebacker David Harris is adequate but hasn’t lived up to his salary, outside linebacker Calvin Pace is no longer capable of generating consistent pressure, and former first-round pick Quinton Coples hasn’t lived up to expectations. The team has something in inside linebacker Demario Davis, but could be in the market for at least one stand-up pass rusher, a role which has been capably assumed by Jason Babin, who will turn thirty-five prior to next season and is hardly a long-term solution. The Jets were supposed to be a mess in the secondary after losing Antonio Cromartie, but actually managed to field a few productive players. Safeties Dawan Landry, Calvin Pryor, and Jaiquawn Jarrett played well, while Darrin Walls struggled at times in the team’s left cornerback role but may be able to stick on the right side once Dee Milliner returns. Given Milliner’s injury history and Antonio Allen’s struggles in the slot, the Jets may still want to bring in a talented man-cover corner, but the need is not as pronounced as anticipated prior to the season. That said, this is a team that can afford to take more luxuries than most top-ten picks, as their season was mostly derailed by quarterback play rather than defensive struggles.

Top Five Needs:

1. Quarterback
2. Right Guard
3. Outside Linebacker
4. Cornerback
5. Left Tackle

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Atlanta Falcons:

Offense:

Somehow in playoff contention despite season-long struggles, the Falcons can avoid blowing up their team thanks in large part to quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, the two players forming a formidable offensive foundation. Running back Steven Jackson has been productive as well, with quality reserves behind him in Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman, and Antone Smith. The rest of Ryan’s supporting cast is more suspect. Thirty-three year-old Roddy White is no longer among the league’s top receivers, and slot man Harry Douglas is ill-suited to serving as the team’s number-two receiver. Losing Tony Gonzalez to retirement dealt a considerable blow to Atlanta, as second-year man Levine Toilolo has been a disaster as both a receiver and a blocker. At this point, it’s hard to say how much work the Falcons need along their offensive line, as the left tackle position was originally supposed to be manned by Sam Baker, who suffered another season-ending injury, which forced rookie Jake Matthews into the role, one he did not perform well in despite being considered a polished prospect. However, there were some bright spots in left guard Justin Blalock, in right guard Jon Asamoah, and, later in the season, in right tackle Ryan Schraeder. As either Matthews or Baker will start at left tackle next season, perhaps the only position in need of a replacement is center, where James Stone has struggled.

Defense:

Along the defensive line, starters Kroy Biermann and Malliciah Goodman were unable to generate any pressure, with Osi Umenyiora working in a strictly reserve capacity; finding a true number-one pass-rusher should be among the team’s top priorities given the fact that both Biermann and Umenyiora are impending free agents. Defensive tackle Tyson Jackson and nose tackle Paul Soliai failed to live up to expectations, but neither were terrible enough to pull the plug on after one season; it’s likely that Jackson will work in a rotational role next year, while Soliai and solid pass-rusher Jonathan Babineaux will start on the inside. Not much was seen from first-round pick Ra’Shede Hageman, but he looked raw in a rotational role. Middle linebacker Paul Worrilow was a liability against both the run and the pass, but the Falcons may be able to get by with their starting outside linebacker duo, Joplo Bartu and Prince Shembo, especially because the team rarely uses three linebackers simultaneously. Sean Weatherspoon, who spent the season on injured reserve, is a wild card. At least the Falcons found a shutdown cornerback in Desmond Trufant, who played at a high level. Fellow cornerbacks Robert Alford and Robert McClain struggled, but at least Alford should receive another opportunity; McClain was adequate in the slot but struggled when asked to play outside. Dwight Lowery provided adequate play at free safety, but due to William Moore’s injury, the strong safety position was manned by Kemal Ishmael, an adequate run defender who struggled in coverage.

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New York Giants:

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New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo was able to help Eli Manning turn around after a poor 2013 season, helping reestablish confidence in Manning despite New Yorkís poor record this season. The Giants didnít feature one of the leagueís best rushing attacks in 2014, but itís unlikely the team will make any significant changes at running back based on what Andre Williams and Rashad Jennings showed in this seasonís committee. The wide-receiver position also appears solidified based on an exceptional rookie year from Odell Beckham Jr. and an adequate performance by fellow Louisiana St. alum Rueben Randle; the two will be joined by Victor Cruz next season. At tight end, Larry Donnell disappointed despite being on pace for over eight-hundred snaps, while Daniel Fells is best-suited to a strictly blocking role. New Yorkís offensive line turned out to be a mess after highly-regarded free-agent signing Geoff Schwartz was hurt, although the teamís starting tackles, William Beatty and Justin Pugh, should reprise their roles in 2014 despite rumors that Beattyís job is in jeopardy. New Yorkís interior was problematic, with guards J.D. Walton and John Jerry struggling on either side of rookie pivot Weston Richburg, who had trouble generating push in the run game. Schwartzís return should help solidify things, but at least one guard should be added this offseason to start opposite him.

Defense:

Defensive ends Robert Ayers and Mathias Kiwanuka were sidelined for the season, but Ayers impressed before going down and was replaced by Damontre Moore, who also played well. The line was among the teamís bright spots in large part due to the efforts of Jason Pierre-Paul and Johnathan Hankins, both of whom are among the top players at their positions. Cullen Jenkins was reduced to a reserve capacity this year while Mike Patterson also struggled at tackle; next year, New York may opt to go with a line configuration of Moore, Ayers, Hankins, and Pierre-Paul. After Jon Beason sustained another season-ending injury, Jameel McClain stepped into the starting lineup and struggled throughout the year, although Jacquian Williams, Devon Kennard, and Mark Herzlich all played over two-hundred snaps this year and deserve further opportunities on defense; Williams is an adequate if inconsistent weakside linebacker, while Kennard is capable of playing on either side and Herzlich works from the middle linebacker position despite coverage deficiencies. Although Prince Amukamara was eventually placed on injured reserve, the Giants appear to have found a quality starting cornerback duo in Amukamara and free-agent signing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie; the Giants have a few options they could try in the slot, including Amukamaraís replacement, Zack Bowman. New York went with a three-safety rotation of Antrel Rolle, who missed a concerning amount of tackles, Quintin Demps, whoís better-suited to a reserve role, and Stevie Brown, an adequate starting option.

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Less than a full season after receiving the largest contract in the league, Jay Cutler has been benched for Jimmy Clausen, leading to speculation over whether or not he’ll be back with the team. If not, quarterback immediately becomes Chicago’s biggest need despite various substantial holes in their lineup. Fortunately, things look alright as far as the other offensive skill positions are concerned, with quality starters at running back (Matt Forte), wide receiver (Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall), and tight end (Martellus Bennett.) None of the team’s slot options were impressive, but the team may give someone like Marquess Wilson another look there next year, or opt for a two-tight-end base featuring either Dante Rosario, their adequate incumbent at the position, or another player. Altogether, the offensive line played better than usual, with Jermon Bushrod providing serviceable play at left tackle and the team receiving quality (if limited) play from center/guard Brian De La Puente and adequate work from fellow guard Matt Slauson and eventual starting center Roberto Garza. Michael Ola has the look of a swing reserve based on his starts at guard and tackle, while right tackle Jordan Mills played poorly for most of the season but has rebounded enough over the past few weeks to potentially earn another starting opportunity at the position in 2015, especially given his youth.

Defense:

The Bears made substantial investments in their defensive line this past offseason, with mixed results. Lamarr Houston tore his ACL while celebrating a garbage-time sack against the Patriots, but had been playing well enough to begin 2015 as the team’s starting five-technique end if recovered. Jared Allen was able to provide some pass-rushing at the right end spot, while Willie Young worked in a rotational capacity while Houston was active, ultimately leading the team in sacks and providing quality run defense. Jay Ratliff was excellent on the inside, while Stephen Paea provided pressure but poor run defense; rookie defensive tackle investments Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson struggled and will return in reserve/rotational capacities next year. Jon Bostic looked much more comfortable this season at middle linebacker, while Shea McClellin was able to make himself useful after converting to strongside linebacker. However, it remains to be seen if long-time weakside linebacker Lance Briggs will return next season despite his quality play. If not, it’s possible the likes of Christian Jones and Khaseem Greene will be asked to step into the starting lineup. Aging cornerback Charles Tillman went down again this season but was replaced by Tim Jennings, who played at a high level opposite struggling rookie Kyle Fuller. Ryan Mundy, Chris Conte, and Brock Vereen formed a serviceable trio at safety, although the team will probably have to find a slot cornerback next season, as Demontre Hurst has been slightly below-average in that capacity.

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Carolina Panthers:

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Cam Newton still hasnít developed into a particularly fearsome pocket passer, but his play has been good enough to maintain his standing as the teamís franchise player, relegating quarterback to an afterthought for the team. Running back Jonathan Stewart played well as the teamís primary ballcarrier, but finding a replacement starter at the position may nonetheless become a need due to salary-cap considerations. At wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin has lived up to the hype as the teamís top receiver, while Jerricho Cotchery was serviceable but could stand to be upgraded on; in the slot, Jason Avant struggled and will face competition for his role next year. Free-agent signing Ed Dickson turned out to be a bust, but the teamís starter at the position, Greg Olsen, had another outstanding year. Carolinaís problems offensively primarily stemmed from poor offensive-line play, with left tackle Byron Bell and right tackle Nate Chandler failing to protect Newton throughout the year; upgrading both positions should be a priority for the team this offseason. Things were better on the interior, with center Ryan Kalil representing one of the teamís building blocks despite some struggles in pass protection. Two rookies took the majority of Carolinaís snaps at guard, with Andrew Norwell and third-round pick Trai Turner being frontrunners to start at left and right guard, respectively.

Defense:

A handful of questionable coaching decisions were made in allocating defensive-line snaps this season; however, it appears as though the Panthers could cobble together a capable starting line led by left end Charles Johnson and defensive tackles Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei. However, it may be worth overhauling the teamís reserves, as the likes of Dwann Edwards, Wes Horton, and Colin Cole played poorly, along with rookie second-round pick Kony Ealy. Right end could be viewed as a major need given Greg Hardyís legal troubles and expiring contract; he is unlikely to return. Carolina rarely fields three linebackers, but their two starters at the position, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, played at a very high level this season, while A.J. Klein is on pace to surpass three-hundred snaps as the teamís third linebacker and has played well. After losing Captain Munnerlyn in free agency this past offseason, the Panthers decided to go with Antoine Cason at left cornerback, but his play was so poor that he was released before the end of the year. Josh Norman was respectable on the right side, while Benť Benwikere split time between the inside and outside and had an impressive if inconsistent rookie campaign. Finding a top cornerback would allow Norman and Benwikere to settle into supporting roles, while fellow cornerback Melvin White could either be released or limited to backup duties. Safety play was adequate if unspectacular, with starting duties handled by Thomas DeCoud and Roman Harper; rookie Tre Boston also looked good in a reserve role.

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Cam Newton still hasnít developed into a particularly fearsome pocket passer, but his play has been good enough to maintain his standing as the teamís franchise player, relegating quarterback to an afterthought for the team. Running back Jonathan Stewart played well as the teamís primary ballcarrier, but finding a replacement starter at the position may nonetheless become a need due to salary-cap considerations. At wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin has lived up to the hype as the teamís top receiver, while Jerricho Cotchery was serviceable but could stand to be upgraded on; in the slot, Jason Avant struggled and will face competition for his role next year. Free-agent signing Ed Dickson turned out to be a bust, but the teamís starter at the position, Greg Olsen, had another outstanding year. Carolinaís problems offensively primarily stemmed from poor offensive-line play, with left tackle Byron Bell and right tackle Nate Chandler failing to protect Newton throughout the year; upgrading both positions should be a priority for the team this offseason. Things were better on the interior, with center Ryan Kalil representing one of the teamís building blocks despite some struggles in pass protection. Two rookies took the majority of Carolinaís snaps at guard, with Andrew Norwell and third-round pick Trai Turner being frontrunners to start at left and right guard, respectively.

Defense:

A handful of questionable coaching decisions were made in allocating defensive-line snaps this season; however, it appears as though the Panthers could cobble together a capable starting line led by left end Charles Johnson and defensive tackles Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei. However, it may be worth overhauling the teamís reserves, as the likes of Dwann Edwards, Wes Horton, and Colin Cole played poorly, along with rookie second-round pick Kony Ealy. Right end could be viewed as a major need given Greg Hardyís legal troubles and expiring contract; he is unlikely to return. Carolina rarely fields three linebackers, but their two starters at the position, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, played at a very high level this season, while A.J. Klein is on pace to surpass three-hundred snaps as the teamís third linebacker and has played well. After losing Captain Munnerlyn in free agency this past offseason, the Panthers decided to go with Antoine Cason at left cornerback, but his play was so poor that he was released before the end of the year. Josh Norman was respectable on the right side, while Benť Benwikere split time between the inside and outside and had an impressive if inconsistent rookie campaign. Finding a top cornerback would allow Norman and Benwikere to settle into supporting roles, while fellow cornerback Melvin White could either be released or limited to backup duties. Safety play was adequate if unspectacular, with starting duties handled by Thomas DeCoud and Roman Harper; rookie Tre Boston also looked good in a reserve role.

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Hey! Love the breakdown of Carolina for the most part. Just thought I would update you that we actually cut Jason Avant a few weeks ago (and he now plays for the Chiefs) partially because he called out coaches on their playcalling and partially to open up some opportunities for our return specialist Philly Brown.
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Two years into his pro career, it has become apparent that Geno Smith cannot be counted on to produce at the quarterback position; after being benched for Michael Vick, it quickly became clear that Vick is no longer a starting option either, making quarterback a top priority for the Jets this offseason. Fortunately for New York, their offense is more talented than their record would seem to indicate, with a quality starting running back (if not an effective passing-game contributor) in Chris Ivory and a wide-receiver depth chart which will likely be largely unchanged in 2015, owing to the recent investments made in Eric Decker, Percy Harvin, and Jeremy Kerley; these three players havenít been as productive as anticipated, but deserve a shot with a capable passer at the helm. Tight end Jeff Cumberland has been a disaster this year, but the teamís second-round pick, Jace Amaro, hasnít looked overwhelmed by the pro game, where he is on pace to approach four-hundred snaps as a rookie. Along the offensive line, DíBrickashaw Ferguson is still a serviceable, finesse left tackle, while Nick Mangold remains among the leagueís dominant centers. Right guard Willie Colon will need to be replaced, but outside of a disastrous start against the Lions in week four, Breno Giacomini has been serviceable at right tackle. After moving on from Brian Winters at left guard, Oday Aboushi has been a quality run blocker, if spotty in pass protection.

Defense:

New Yorkís defensive line is loaded with talent; five-technique ends Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson are among the top players in the league at their positions, while nose tackle Damon Harrison is a force against the run. Depth is provided by quality rotational run-stoppers Kenrick Ellis and Leger Douzable. Things are more uncertain at linebacker, where inside linebacker David Harris is adequate but hasnít lived up to his salary, outside linebacker Calvin Pace is no longer capable of generating consistent pressure, and former first-round pick Quinton Coples hasnít lived up to expectations. The team has something in inside linebacker Demario Davis, but could be in the market for at least one stand-up pass rusher, a role which has been capably assumed by Jason Babin, who will turn thirty-five prior to next season and is hardly a long-term solution. The Jets were supposed to be a mess in the secondary after losing Antonio Cromartie, but actually managed to field a few productive players. Safeties Dawan Landry, Calvin Pryor, and Jaiquawn Jarrett played well, while Darrin Walls struggled at times in the teamís left cornerback role but may be able to stick on the right side once Dee Milliner returns. Given Millinerís injury history and Antonio Allenís struggles in the slot, the Jets may still want to bring in a talented man-cover corner, but the need is not as pronounced as anticipated prior to the season. That said, this is a team that can afford to take more luxuries than most top-ten picks, as their season was mostly derailed by quarterback play rather than defensive struggles.

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2. Right Guard
3. Outside Linebacker
4. Cornerback
5. Left Tackle
Disappointing all across the board. It's so bad that you didn't even mention Mr. CJ2K. I know for a fact that it wasn't by mistake either. As an observer, he's frustrating to watch of what used to be CJ2K. Percy Harvin is the only bright spot within this offense as far as stretching the chains in all aspects of inches. Dee Milliner = ABC (Another Bad Crimson) for life after Revis Island. Milliner is currently heading down the tunnel of Mo Claiborne. If there is one more down season, he will officially be labeled as bust material for good.
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Less than a full season after receiving the largest contract in the league, Jay Cutler has been benched for Jimmy Clausen, leading to speculation over whether or not heíll be back with the team. If not, quarterback immediately becomes Chicagoís biggest need despite various substantial holes in their lineup.
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What are the odds that Jameis Winston is at the top of their Big Board? This is a hectic situation after all of the downers they have gotten out of Jay Cutler. Bad Performance (Cutler) vs Bad Character (Winston).Tough tons on the scale heading into April. How do the measures balance?
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I'd definitely put a #1 WR at the top of our needs, especially if we want Carr to not regress his 2nd year like many young QB's do. I agree with everything else you put for Oakland
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Cam Newton still hasn’t developed into a particularly fearsome pocket passer, but his play has been good enough to maintain his standing as the team’s franchise player, relegating quarterback to an afterthought for the team. Running back Jonathan Stewart played well as the team’s primary ballcarrier, but finding a replacement starter at the position may nonetheless become a need due to salary-cap considerations. At wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin has lived up to the hype as the team’s top receiver, while Jerricho Cotchery was serviceable but could stand to be upgraded on; in the slot, Jason Avant struggled and will face competition for his role next year. Free-agent signing Ed Dickson turned out to be a bust, but the team’s starter at the position, Greg Olsen, had another outstanding year. Carolina’s problems offensively primarily stemmed from poor offensive-line play, with left tackle Byron Bell and right tackle Nate Chandler failing to protect Newton throughout the year; upgrading both positions should be a priority for the team this offseason. Things were better on the interior, with center Ryan Kalil representing one of the team’s building blocks despite some struggles in pass protection. Two rookies took the majority of Carolina’s snaps at guard, with Andrew Norwell and third-round pick Trai Turner being frontrunners to start at left and right guard, respectively.

Defense:

A handful of questionable coaching decisions were made in allocating defensive-line snaps this season; however, it appears as though the Panthers could cobble together a capable starting line led by left end Charles Johnson and defensive tackles Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei. However, it may be worth overhauling the team’s reserves, as the likes of Dwann Edwards, Wes Horton, and Colin Cole played poorly, along with rookie second-round pick Kony Ealy. Right end could be viewed as a major need given Greg Hardy’s legal troubles and expiring contract; he is unlikely to return. Carolina rarely fields three linebackers, but their two starters at the position, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, played at a very high level this season, while A.J. Klein is on pace to surpass three-hundred snaps as the team’s third linebacker and has played well. After losing Captain Munnerlyn in free agency this past offseason, the Panthers decided to go with Antoine Cason at left cornerback, but his play was so poor that he was released before the end of the year. Josh Norman was respectable on the right side, while Benť Benwikere split time between the inside and outside and had an impressive if inconsistent rookie campaign. Finding a top cornerback would allow Norman and Benwikere to settle into supporting roles, while fellow cornerback Melvin White could either be released or limited to backup duties. Safety play was adequate if unspectacular, with starting duties handled by Thomas DeCoud and Roman Harper; rookie Tre Boston also looked good in a reserve role.

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2. Right Tackle
3. Cornerback
4. Wide Receiver
5. Running Back
This is actually a pretty good analysis. Admittedly, our offensive line has played decently, including the tackles, these past two weeks, but those spots are certainly our biggest needs. Mike Remmers has a lot to do with that. I disagree about Kony Ealy, I've been cold on him for awhile, but he appears to be slowly putting it together, flashing potential. The jury is still out on him, but Gettleman may be proven right.
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What are the odds that Jameis Winston is at the top of their Big Board? This is a hectic situation after all of the downers they have gotten out of Jay Cutler. Bad Performance (Cutler) vs Bad Character (Winston).Tough tons on the scale heading into April. How do the measures balance?
I'd rather overpay Cutler and use the first-round pick elsewhere than trade Cutler for pennies on the dollar and invest my first-round pick in Jameis Winston, who would probably have trouble matching Cutler's production.
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Recently I've begun researching team needs to prepare for the 2015 NFL Draft, so I figured some people might like to take a look at whatever I end up putting together for each team. Hopefully this helps you guys with your mocks as well.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Offense:

The team could use a quarterback, as the decision to sign Josh McCown failed to make Tampa Bay competitive while simultaneously indicating a lack of satisfaction with Mike Glennon, who started a few games this season but was pulled in favor of McCown late in the season. None of the teamís running backs were successful this season, but it appears likely that they will give at least Charles Sims another chance to establish himself; whether or not the team sees Doug Martin as a building block at this point is anyoneís guess given his limited snaps this season and the rumors surrounding a possible Martin trade prior to this yearís deadline. Other scenarios involved Vincent Jackson, who was ultimately retained by the team and formed a formidable starting receiving corps opposite Mike Evans. Depth at the position is, however, a concern, as Louis Murphy and Robert Herron were below-average. At tight end, the team struggled to find production, but will likely give Austin Seferian-Jenkins the starting role in 2015. On the offensive line, the team is heavily invested in left tackle Anthony Collins, who hasnít played very well, while left guard Logan Mankins and right tackle Demar Dotson were productive. Center Evan Dietrich-Smith was another free-agent investment, making right guard probably the most likely position to be upgraded given Patrick Omamehís struggles in pass protection.

Defense:

Defensive end Michael Johnson was another underwhelming free agent signing, but should receive a second chance next year, while rookie William Gholston showed signs of developing into at least a quality run defender at the position; DaíQuan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn are probably on their way out. Gerald McCoy enjoyed another dominant season before being placed on injured reserve, but the team lacks a credible run-stuffer, a role in which Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence both struggled. The Bucs appear set at both outside linebacker positions after impressive seasons from Lavonte David (weakside) and Danny Lansanah (strongside), but Mason Foster and Dane Fletcher disappointed in the middle. In the defensive backfield, it appears likely that Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks will begin next season as the teamís starters, but none of the players who were given opportunities to play in the slot stood out. Despite recent investments, the safety position could stand to be upgraded. Major Wright and Bradley McDougald are versatile, league-average players at the position, but may be best-suited to rotational roles. Ideally, the team would have liked to move forward with Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson, but gave up on Barron at the trade deadline, while Goldsonís terrible play has made it unlikely that the team will count on him next season.

Top Five Needs:

1. Quarterback
2. Right Guard
3. Middle Linebacker
4. Safety
5. Slot Receiver
The team COULD use a QB. lolololol.
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Minnesota Vikings:

Offense:

Teddy Bridgewaterís first season as Minnesotaís starting quarterback hasnít been outstanding, but it has been sufficient to create confidence in his future with the team; he will begin next season at the helm of Norv Turnerís passing attack. At running back, the loss of Adrian Peterson created a big gap for the Vikings this season, with his status for 2015 remaining unclear. If Peterson returns, the position will be solidified, but if not, itís possible the team will want to add another runner to the roster, as the returns from Matt Asiata, Jerick McKinnon, and Ben Tate have been average at best. Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson hasnít taken the next step forward at this point, making wide receiver a potentially pressing concern given Greg Jenningsí rich cap figure for 2015; however, the team has decent depth in Jarius Wright and Charles Johnson. At tight end, Kyle Rudolph has been splitting time with Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford, both of whom have impressed in limited time. The offensive line represents one possible priority for the team, as former first-round pick Matt Kalil looks like a bust and the team is also fielding a below-average left guard in Charlie Johnson; shifting Kalil inside to guard could solve a problem or two. Another option would be playing Joe Berger at left guard, who has looked good as Brandon Fuscoís replacement. In Berger, center John Sullivan, Fusco, and Phil Loadholt, the other four line spots could be set.

Defense:

Minnesota is heavily invested in defensive ends, having given Brian Robison a lucrative contract extension in 2013 and one to Everson Griffen last offseason; subsequently, a third-round pick was used to bring Scott Crichton into the fold as the top positional reserve. The returns on Robison were disappointing overall, but the teamís first course of action should it decide to experiment at left end could be to insert Crichton into the lineup, especially given Corey Woottonís disappointing play. Linval Joseph and Sharrif Floyd are the teamís top two options inside, both of whom proved deserving of their spots in the lineup; they were joined by a rotation which included a surprisingly-productive Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen, a rookie who failed to live up to expectations in his initial campaign. At linebacker, four players are on pace to finish the season with over four-hundred snaps, last yearís first-round pick Anthony Barr having exhibited an unanticipated level of refinement; of the aforementioned linebackers, only weakside starter Chad Greenway played at a below-average level. Should Minnesota decide to replace him, they may be able to do so internally by promoting Gerald Hodges. The Vikings wonít be forced to invest a high pick in the secondary after a year in which all of the teamís contributors played well. The trio of Captain Munnerlyn, Xavier Rhodes, and Josh Robinson will likely reprise their roles in 2015, as will starting safeties Robert Blanton and Harrison Smith.

Top Five Needs:

1. Left Tackle
2. Wide Receiver
3. Linebacker
4. Running Back
5. Defensive Line
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St. Louis Rams:

Offense:

Despite some encouraging early returns, it does not appear as though Austin Davis or Shaun Hill will compete for a starting role in 2015, making quarterback a potential major need for the Rams should they decide that Sam Bradford, who is in a contract year, is not durable or productive enough to give a lucrative extension. Although Zac Stacy failed to live up to the offseason hype, the Rams seem to have found a competent duo at the position in Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason; a top-flight back could be an option, but would represent more of a luxury than a need. Tavon Austin still has yet to live up to his draft billing, but 2014 saw the emergence of former Mountaineers teammate Stedman Bailey, while the Rams were able to coach a solid season out of Kenny Britt as well. Along with Brian Quick, the team is also deep at wide receiver. Tight ends Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks are capable enough to move forward with at the position. Despite major investments in the offensive line, however, St. Louis did not field a competent unit. Jake Long ended up on injured reserve yet again, with left guard Rodger Saffold turning in the only solid season of the group. Joe Barksdale was adequate on the right side but failed to approach the level of play he reached in 2013, while rookie left tackle Greg Robinson struggled to man the blind side. Center Scott Wells and right guard Davin Joseph are no longer viable starting options.

Defense:

Defensively, the picture in St. Louis is considerably rosier, beginning with outstanding defensive-line play. Robert Quinn and William Hayes formed a formidable defensive-end duo after Chris Long landed on injured reserve, while rookie three-technique Aaron Donald already looks like one of the most disruptive interior linemen in the league. Michael Brockers has developed into a competent tackle as well, with depth provided by reasonably-effective rotational players Eugene Sims and Kendall Langford. St. Louis typically operates with two linebackers, but their top three options this season were all disappointing; inside linebacker James Laurinaitis was a liability against the run, while Alec Ogletree and top reserve JoLonn Dunbar struggled in coverage. Of the three, Ogletree is the most likely to retain his starting role into 2015 given his youth and his effectiveness against the run this season. As far as the secondary is concerned, the Rams seem to have invested enough in the position in recent years; at this point, their best course of action would be to allow chemistry to form between the players they have on roster, those being E.J. Gaines at left cornerback, Janoris Jenkins opposite him on the right side, and either Trumaine Johnson or Lamarcus Joyner serving as the team’s gameplan-dependent third option. Picking up Mark Barron at the trade deadline proved to be a shrewd move; he will join free safety Rodney McLeod and strong safety T.J. McDonald as part of a three-safety rotation in 2015.

Top Five Needs:

1. Offensive Tackle
2. Linebacker
3. Running Back
4. Quarterback
5. Wide Receiver
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