New York Jets Needs: QB, OT, RB
With Rex Ryan’s ass on the line the Jets started the season off right by beating Oakland and there was a small sliver of hope…..but then they lost eight straight and ended the season 4-12, dead last in the AFC East. With this result, Rex was canned and rebuild mode is in full effect starting with the 6th pick in this years draft. They obviously need a quarterback that they can trust to throw the ball more than 10 yards down the field, because Geno Smith is clearly is not the answer, especially finishing the season dead last in passing yards in the NFL. The Jets offensive line has also been pretty banged up, so they could look to address that need as well. Darrelle Revis is coming home after the Patriots decided not to pick up his option, and the Jets also signed Buster Skrine, solidifying their secondary. The Jets actually have a shot to be contenders next year if they draft right.
Miami Dolphins: LB, CB, OT
The Fins were on the cusp of making the playoffs this past season starting 7-5, but then Joe Philbin and the gang fell apart going 1-3 in the final four games. With Ryan Tannehill finding his groove and getting comfortable as the season progressed, most of this teams needs come on the defensive side and offensive line. With Miami being in the middle of the pack in most defensive categories, suring up at LB and CB is key in improving a decent 2014 defense. The Dolphins made the biggest splash (no pun intended) in free agency by signing Ndamukong Suh, which instantly gives them one of the most formidable defensive lines in the league, and will drastically help their run defense.. On the offensive side of the ball, strengthening up the offensive line around Mike Pouncey is key. Drafting at the #14 position gives them a lot of options at getting a top guy at LB, CB or OT.
Buffalo Bills: LB, S, QB
The Bills had a surprisingly solid 9-7 record in 2014, just barley sitting on the outside of the playoff picture. This was impressive considering that they went with EJ Manuel and Kyle Orton at quarterback throughout the season, as well as having to deal with a key injury to CJ Spiller, who is no longer with the team.. The bad news is that Doug Marrone decided to opt out of his contract, leaving everyone stunned, and leading to the hiring of Rex Ryan. It doesn’t help that they lost their 1st round pick this year to Cleveland, either. The Bills made a huge trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, acquiring LeSean McCoy which will help out their offense substantially. They also acquired Matt Cassel from the Vikings, who they will call upon to be their starting quarterback this year. On defense, they were surprisingly good last season, ranking 4th in the league in total defense. Losing Da’Norris Searcy in free agency is a concern in the secondary though, and they also lost LB Kiko Alonso in the McCoy trade. They are hoping that at pick #50 they can fill the need for linebacker/cornerback.
New England Patriots: CB, DL, RB
Congrats to Tommy “Flat Balls” Brady and Bill Cheaterchick on their 4th Superbowl Victory in 14 years, but it will be very challenging to repeat depending on how free agency goes. When it comes down to needs they need a few more play makers especially at RB and WR, because they can’t depend on Rob Gronkowski to catch 10+ balls a game and stay healthy all 16 games. New England lost its most versatile running back in Shane Vereen, so they could look for his replacement at some point in the draft. On the defensive side of the ball, they lost both of their cornerbacks (Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner) but were able to re-sign Devin McCourty. The Patriots must focus their attention on the defensive side of the ball considering their lack of depth at corner, along with the departure of Vince Wilfork. Picking at #32 is difficult, but Belichick is one of the best at finding late round talent.