Wide Receiver
Jerricho Cotchery has developed into a reliable receiver and may be on the verge of becoming a star. However, he doesn't have the speed to stretch the field, which is the role Laveranues Coles filled the past few years. Heyward-Bey is extremely raw, but is clearly the most physically gifted receiver in this year's draft class.
Defensive End
Even with the addition of B.J. Raji with the 12th selection, the Broncos could still add a defensive lineman here. Josh McDaniels is likely to take a page out of the Patriots book and build the defense around the big boys up front. With Raji at tackle and Jackson at end, the Broncos will be taking a major step towards fixing the defense.
Kansas St
Raheem Morris coached Freeman at Kansas State in 2006 and Freeman clearly made a lasting impressive. Morris has nothing but great things to say about Freeman and appears willing to make him his quarterback in Tampa. Its unlikely that Freeman will come off the board earlier than this, making him close to a sure thing for the Bucs.
Defensive End
The Lions primary focus with this selection has to be taking the best available defensive player. Its tough to determine who that may be, but Ayers figures to be on the board and would be a major upgrade at defensive end. The Lions are focusing on building a bigger, stronger front seven and the 6'4", 277 pound Ayers certainly fits the bill.
Running Back
If the Eagles hope to find a future replacement for Brian Westbrook it's going to have to be with this pick. Moreno and Donald Brown are the only legitimate options that fit the mold of the type of running back Andy Reid likes, and neither will be available in the mid-second round. Brandon Pettigrew is another realistic option.
Offensive Tackle
A growing trend in the NFL Draft is teams reaching for offensive tackles in the late first round. This year the guy likely to benefit on draft day Eben Britton. He's raw, but very athlete and has the ability to compete for the starting job at right tackle in Minnesota. Receiver is also a need here, and Kenny Britt could be a target.
Ohio State
This may seem too good to be true for the Patriots, but its possible that Jenkins falls because of a lack of need for cornerbacks this year. If he's on the board, the Patriots should waste no time adding him to the fold. He may lack the speed to be an elite cover corner, but he's an ideal fit for the Patriots defensive scheme.
Outside Linebacker
The Falcons are reportedly enamored with USC's trio of linebackers and will be content to take whoever falls to them with this selection. In this scenario, Cushing's the guy and will fill the role left by the departure of Keith Brooking. The Falcons are also in the market for a tight end, and Brandon Pettigrew could be an option here.
Outside Linebacker
Bill Parcells has a love affair with all the top outside linebackers this time of year, and Larry English could be the lucky guy this April 25th. Even if the Dolphins bring back Jason Taylor, a young outside linebacker will still be a need. The Dolphins may also consider a wide receiver or cornerback here.
Wide Receiver
Wide receiver is the biggest need in Baltimore, but there's likely to be much better value on the board at cornerback. The departure of Chris McAlister opens up a major hole - one that Dominique Foxworth is definitely not capable of filling. Davis is a physical specimen, but still raw, which could lead to him falling to the Ravens.
Defensive Tackle
The Colts primary focus this offseason should be to upgrade their run defense. Jerry is an athletic defensive tackle that fits perfectly into the Colts defensive scheme. If Jerry is off the board, the Colts could reach for Evander Hood or Ron Brace. Another option is running back. Joseph Addai's injuries in 2008 raises some concern about his durability.
Tight End
Ok. State
The Bills are definitely in the market for a tight end in the first few rounds and may be interested in Pettigrew here. Defensive end is a greater need, but players such as Michael Johnson and Connor Barwin are likely to be available in the second round. However, if the Bills pass on Pettigrew he won't be around much longer.
Wide Receiver
Until the Giants acquire Braylon Edwards or Anquan Boldin, I have to assume they're sticking with the initial plan of targeting a wide receiver with this selection. Britt is a comparable receiver to Braylon Edwards. Like Edwards, he has the size to be a possession receiver but has enough speed to stretch the field when needed.
Inside Linebacker
Ohio State
The Titans have a clear need at wide receiver, but its an area that Jeff Fisher simply doesn't believe in addressing in the 1st round. Aside from that, there isn't a glaring need which means they could simply take the best available player. In this scenario that player is Laurinaitis, who would immediately compete for the starting job.
Running Back
The Cardinals have a clear need for a running back to compliment Tim Hightower. Donald Brown and Knowshon Moreno are both great fits and rate considerably higher than the options available to Arizona in the 2nd round. Tight end is also a need, which could be filled if Brandon Pettigrew is still on the board.
The Steelers allowed 49 sacks a season ago and have done nothing to improve their offensive line this offseason. Wood has worked out with the Steelers as a guard and were reportedly impressed. His versatility is an added bonus, having played guard at Louisville. Max Unger would also be a realistic option here.

All information on this site is copyright of DraftAce.com Any reproduction of any material on DraftAce.com is strictly prohibited. DraftAce.com is in no way affiliated with the NFL or NCAA or any other organization or website. All logos are copyright of their respective teams and the NFL or NCAA. For official information about the NFL and the teams visit NFL.com This is an independent, opinion based website.
Please contact webmaster@draftace.com with any questions.