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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 9:06 am    Post subject: 2014 Team Needs Reply with quote

Post your team needs in this thread now, make early grand speculation about who busts, who breaks out, and who you'll need (or at least where you'll need them).
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MLB - the only middle linebackers we have on the roster are two 7th round picks in Audie Cole and Michael Mauti. Now if Mauti can stay healthy, he might be a huge surprise and this need will disappear, but it's unlikely to happen. Currently it seems that the Vikings have decided to roll with Erin Henderson at mike, but I only see that ending poorly.

QB - again this need will be determined by the progress of Christian Ponder. If Ponder can continue where he left off against Houston and Green Bay, he should be much more improved, and the team will succeed. But if Ponder continues with his struggles, after three years it will be time to start looking elsewhere for a quarterback.

DT - the Vikings did a great job landing Sharrif Floyd in the 2013 draft, but Kevin Williams is 33 and will be a FA after the season. It would be very helpful for the Vikings to find another penetrating DT to replace Williams and pair with Floyd.

OG - I like Fusco on the right side, I think he's shown he has the ability and should continue to get better with more experience. But Charlie Johnson can easily be upgraded, and should be replaced on the left side.

DE - Jared Allen, Brian Robison, and Everson Griffen are all FA at the end of the season. Now I fully expect the team to retain Allen and Griffen, but Allen will be 31, and Robison's spot in the rotation will need to be filled.

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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2014 Colts-Obviously needs will change depending on how players perform this year.


3-4 OLB- Skeptical about Werner standing up, but even if he succeeds we need another starter soon.

CB- Could use a talented press man-to-man CB to pair with Vontae.

WR- DHB is pretty much an unknown commodity at this point, but even if he is great we still need another future outside WR.

FS- I think we let Bethea walk in favor of a younger guy.

3-4 DE- A guy who can rush the passer, we already have our young run-stuffing DE. Think Will Sutton/JJ Watt types.

OG- Always a need. Thomas and Thornton are certainly the best guard tandem we've had in a while, but upgrades are always welcome.

Kicker- AV may not even make the team this year. A replacement is coming soon.

C- not a first round need, but the coaching staff won't give Shipley a chance despite his great play and I'm not a fan of Holmes.

RB- I love a Ballard/Williams backfield, but RB could definitely be a pick (probably not a first rounder though)

ILB- Conner and Angerer are free agents. Just a late rounder for depth, not an early round need at all.

OT- Not an early round need at this point, but late round developmental/depth guys are good.

------Not needs at all-------

QB- Luck, Hasselbeck, and Harnish have everything we need. Not even a late round pick.

TE- 4 good young guys here.

NT- We're loaded here. No depth or starter needed.

SS- We need a cover guy next to Landry, not another run supporter.

P- Unless McAfee moves to kicker.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaguars Team Needs:
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For the Lions in 2014-

1: TE- Our 2 starters are FA's, so we might need to address this

2a: RT- Currently we have a open competition here. If no one shows that they are a good starter we could add another player here

2b: WR- We could use another WR to stretch the field if Corey Fuller can't.

4: OC- Raiola is getting older, and Bill Nagy isn't a sure thing. We should add someone to compete with Nagy

5a: OLB- Same as RT, it's a open competition and we could stand to improve here.

5b: DE- If Ansah, Devin Taylor, and Jason Jones can't get the job done, we could add more pass rushers. This need isn't likely though.

7: Overall depth- Depth is always needed

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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


S (Whichever one TJ McDonald doesn't play this year)
DT (An improvement over Kendall Langford would make our line scary good)
RT (Saffold is probably gone after this year)
RB (Maybe)
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bengals potential needs:
SLB - Harrison is here for 2 years. His fit in a 4-3 D has yet to be proven, and even if he does fit he will need replacing soon.

CB - All of the proven CBs will be 29 or older. The young CBs have not shown anything because they have not been able to stay healthy.

WR2 - Jones and Sanu have shown flashes but neither has proven they can be a reliable #2 consistently yet. I think there is a good chance they will, but they need to show it. If they do, WR is not a need.

#1RB. BJGE is acceptable, but I think he can be upgraded next year if there are no more pressing needs.
2017 Draft Needs: Interior O-line, Pass Rushing DE, Linebacker, Kicker, Overall Team Speed.
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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Panthers Needs

OT - Jordan Gross is not getting any younger, it's time to find his replacement before Cam gets seriously hurt. Looking at a LT that can do a lot of things, pass block, be a mauler, and can get out in space to block.

WR - Steve Smith is not getting any younger, it's time to find his replacement. We could also use some strong WR depth; since we currently do not have much behind Smith.

CB - After cutting Chris Gamble, the Panthers do not have a true number 1 on the team. Need to find a number 1 lock down guy that we can build the secondary around.

S - Since the departure of Chris Harris we have not had a good tag team partner for Charles Godfrey. Godfrey can play either S position, so we are flexible as to which S position we address.


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Packers needs will be determined by who we bring back from FA this upcoming offseason:

TE: Jermichael Finley is a FA, we won the Super Bowl with little to no TE production, but I would still think TT will want a contributing player there, but if none are available early, he won't reach for one.

WR: Thought we would take some receivers early this year, but the board allowed us to patch up RB and OL depth at the expense of WR, so this years draft could be where we go that route. Guys 6'2 or under who run good routes and are not body catchers are what GB usually looks for.

S: Will all depend on Jerron McMillian this year, if he's a stud, this isn't a need.

DL: Got Worthy and Daniels last year, Jones and Boyd this year, but Raji, Pickett and Wilson will all be FA's soon, might look to pick up another guy here if someone else falls.
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TE: Jeff Cumberland is our starter. We need an upgrade badly.

WR: Santonio Holmes is almost certainly going to be cut after the season. We already have Jeremy Kerley in place and hopefully Stephen Hill will show improvement this season.

OLB: We have just moved Quinton Coples to OLB, but there are still concerns at the other OLB position. Antwan Barnes is signed through the 2015 season, but he would be a better fit as a situational pass rusher.

S: This might be a need, or it might not be a need. We have Dawan Landry signed through the 2014 season. The stability of this position is dependent on the play of our two late round 2012 draft picks, Josh Bush and Antonio Allen.
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Top Vikings Needs for 2014:

1) QB - No need is more urgent to fill then QB. Currently, the Vikings have Christian Ponder. This year is a make or break season for him. Positive development means he keeps his job. A regression means Ponder is probably out. The 2013 season will determine if this is a need or not.

2) MLB - Whether Erin Henderson, Brian Urlacher or Gerald Hodges is starting at MLB for MN, this position needs a long-term, three down starter. Ideally, MN would grab a MLB next year to start and let Hodges and Henderson compete at WLB.

3) DE - Jared Allen, Brian Robison and Everson Griffen are all free agents in 2014. I expect MN to be able to at least keep 2 of 3 as starters. Since the Vikes like to rotate its DEs a lot, finding a backup DE who can play a lot will be a draft day priority. If MN is able to keep all three free agents, DE moves to the middle rounds in terms of importance.

4) DT - Shariff Floyd should replace Kevin Williams at the 3 technique spot in 2014. Williams will probably be off the roster. The Vikes didnt really address the need at one technique DT, and probably should going forward.

5) OG - Brandon Fusco is in a make or break season at RG, a good season from him should solidify his spot. If he struggles, MN may need to replace Fusco. Charlie Johnson (LG) will also need to be replaced in 2014, as he is a free agent and an underwhelming starter, but ideal backup T/G.

6) WR - Greg Jennings is getting older and may be better suited to move into the slot in 2014. Patterson should be part of the future and he does have #1 potential, but MN should continue to add youth to this position. Jarius Wright looks like another slot option. Unless Jerome Simpson has a big season, which probably isnt likely, MN will consider WR options.

7) CB - Chris Cook, Xavier Rhodes and Josh Robinson look like a nice young trio full of potential. Cook has struggled to stay on the field and is a free agent in 2014. If MN can hang onto Cook, CB really isnt much of a need other then depth purposes. If Cook leaves, MN will need to find another CB and this need becomes more pressing. Assuming Cook is resigned, MN should be looking pretty good.

Cool Safety - Big season ahead for Jamarca Sanford. Sanford has been a very physical run defender, but is underwhelming in coverage. Sanford does a good job at keeping things in front of him and does a good job being in position, but his ball skills are severely lagging. MN could be in the market for a Cover 2 FS.

9) TE - If Carlson has another disappointing season, he will be out of a job. Since the Vikes run a lot of multi TE sets, having three viable TEs is ideal. Rudolph and Ellison are a nice 1-2 punch, regardless of Carlson.

10) RB - Toby Gerhart is a free agent, MN could use quality RB depth.
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Well, as of right now here's how I see it for the Chargers:

OLB - The biggest Achilles heel of this season's Chargers defense has been a lack of pass-rush, particularly from the edge, which has trailed out to all those other things which lack of pass-rush tends to expose/prevent like inability to generate turnovers. Dwight Freeney will be 33 and coming off of season ending surgery. Jarret Johnson is more run-defender than pass-rusher and may become a cap-casualty. Melvin Ingram has shown plenty of potential, but to this point that's all he is - and he's coming off an injury. Moreover, Ingram is a significantly better fit as a SOLB because of his ability to play the run and drop into coverage, so the team still has a great need on the weak side where we simply lack any kind of quality athleticism. One of the two most pressing needs on the team.

NT - Cam Thomas is in a contract year and a make-or-break season which has been far, far more break than make. The only guys behind him on the depth chart are rookie UDFA's Kwame Geathers and Byron Jerideau. The defense has regressed notably and Cam not only fails to get push but gets pushed back consistently, and his lack of playing such that he demands double-teams (as his predecessors Aubrayo Franklin, Antonio Garay, and Jamal Williams all did) has directly led to a regression in the production of his starting line-mates Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes, both of who looked in 2012 poised to become a truly special duo. This is the only need greater than edge-rusher on the team, if only because of scarcity of the position.

Interior OL - I realize that many people look at the Chargers roster, see the name King Dunlap and think that there's no way the LOT can't be a need. And yes, if the concussion issues persist with him, that may well be the case. However, Coach Joe D'Alessandris' blocking scheme is less about having "studs" at the positions and far more about chemistry, teamwork, and having the athleticism and size to carry out the job. Look at D'Alessandris' past lines in Buffalo and Kansas City, very rarely did he require a premium pick be spent on the players to produce high-quality lines (most of the lines were constructed out of 2nd round and later prospects). The fact that DJ Fluker (someone who many felt as a prospect would have to kick inside to guard) has been able to be serviceable as the teams LOT in past weeks, illustrates this point. However, on the interior of the line Chad Rinehart is a UFA, Jeromey Clary is overpaid (will be 4th-highest salary on the team next season) for his below-average ability, and Nick Hardwick is in the twilight of his career. Johnnie Troutman has shown he can very likely fill one of those guard spots, but if Rinehart isn't re-signed, guard is a pressing need (lest the team be forced to keep Clary), and ideally, the team would likely like to have whatever successor to Hardwick is brought in deputize at guard for a season or two, as Coach D did with Eric Wood.

RB - Everything about how this front office handled the running back situation this offseason signals that they're going to give Mathews one final (first under this administration) chance to prove he can stay healthy and be a consistent contributor, but otherwise he's likely headed for the unemployment line. Doubt this will be viewed as a 1st round need, particularly given Whisenhunt and McCoy's recent tendencies towards RBBC. I doubt this is even a 2nd or 3rd round look, unless someone with 1st round grade falls to round 3 (a la Keenan Allen this year). But at the very least, someone will be brought in to take Ronnie Brown's duties and to push Mathews.

SS* - The asterisk is largely because this team doesn't need a traditional in-the-box safety, if the guy can't cover he's pretty worthless in our system. However, Brandon Taylor has been "healthy" and back in practice for quite some time now and has yet to push Marcus Gilchrist from the position. Gilchrist is, ideally, a better fit at nickel back. And in our system, if we can create viable pass-rush, quality safeties are of greater import than top-notch corners.

CB - Currently a lot of question marks. This is largely because it's been truly difficult to get a gauge on any of our corners because of lack of pass-rush and many of them being played largely against their strengths by our current scheme/coordinator. We've largely taken corners who are better fit for press-man and played them off-man with 8-yard cushions and then provided them minimal pass-rush. Under those conditions most corners would fail. Either way, with the way in which Derek Cox's contract was structured, he's going to get at least another year before he becomes a cap casualty. 2013 draft pick Steve Williams will be returning from the IR as a relative unknown but a 4th round investment all the same. A corner being drafted on the first two days wouldn't shock me in the slightest, but if we don't address the pass-rush or continue to set our secondary up to fail with scheme, no matter how good a corner prospect is, he's going to do us little good.

OT - This position is in somewhat the same state as WR was with the 2013 draft, not a glaring "need" despite what some may want to paint it as (due to us not having "a stud"), but if incredible value were to fall to say the 2nd or 3rd round (i.e. a player a full round or two higher in terms of value), I could see the front office spending the pick on the position. We like big, athletic dancing bears though - and typically guys who can play multiple positions (i.e. tackles that can play guard, guards that can play center, centers that can play guard).

WR - Not a huge need, but I can certainly see the team looking into a project guy who might offer something in terms of height, return ability, and gadget-play use. Vincent Brown has regressed this year. Malcom Floyd is getting long in the tooth and simply doesn't stay healthy for full seasons. The thing is, Rivers has shown he can work with just about anyone capable of running the correct route and catching the damn ball. The coaching staff has already intimated that we'll see lots more of Ladarius Green moving forward, so until such a time as Gates retires, there will likely be more two TE sets deployed or Green will be split out in the slot.

5-Tech - Yes, even with Liuget and Reyes on the roster. Fact remains that with the two drafted so closely together that if both pan out well, we'll likely only be able to retain one realistically under current salary cap structure. We've benefited from both managing to stay healthy this season as well, but our depth isn't all that fantastic at the position - Sean Lissemore shows promise, as does Lawrence Guy, but certainly not anything to the level yet that you pass on fallen value on Day 3 if it's there.

ILB* - If Donald Butler leaves in free agency (which isn't likely, but possible) this jumps up above everything but OLB, NT, and CB/S, unless the team plans to kick Ingram inside (not likely). Either way, the team could stand to upgrade in the later rounds in terms of depth as all our ILB's have battle injuries this year and last.

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For Atlanta:

DE: Even after adding Goodman and Mopanga in the draft, we still need a serious impact, 3 down DE. I don't have much faith in Osi, and the rookies can't do it alone.

DT: Babs isn't getting any younger, Jerry is a FA bust, and Peters still has a bunch to prove. This could potentially be a huge need next year.

LB: Once again, Dent still has a ton to prove, and Nichols hasn't been impressive at all. Everyone saw in the playoffs how TEs got to this team. We need a Bobby Wagner/Lavonte David type player across from Spoon.

RT: We cut Clabo, leaving 3rd round pick Lamar Holmes to hold down the right side. If he fails, we'll be looking for a replacement.

TE: I highly doubt we draft a TE again, but no one was a huge fan of the Tolilo pick. Plus, we need a #2 for when Gonzo finally retires.

WR: This team has pretty much no receiver depth. Someone should be brought in to challenge Harry Douglas for the #3 spot, as well.

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Ravens potential needs in 2014:

1) LT - this will be a need no matter what happens. McKinnie is a short term stop gap and Michael Oher is a FA

2) WR - an outside WR with size to play across from Torrey Smith will almost certainly be a need. The current starter is probably Tandon Doss, a 2011 4th round pick who has done nothing as yet and #3 WR Jacoby Jones is a FA.

3) CB - Won't be a need if Jimmy Smith steps up and plays to his potential, but if not a #2 CB capable in off-man coverage would be good.

4) TE - Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson are both FAs. I expect that Pitta will be re-signed, but we'd need a more rounded TE to be the #2 TE on the depth chart if Dickson leaves.

5) FS - A true center fielder to challenge Michael Huff to line up along side Matt Elam

6) ILB - A thumper type ILB more than a coverage LB

Not a need at all:
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