AFC West Team Needs


Oakland Raiders: WR, DE, RB, CB

The Raaaaaaaaaaaaiiiidddddeerrrrrrrrrrrrssssssss!!!!!!!!!! Will this franchise ever get out of the gutter? Even Lion fans are laughing at this franchise…LIONS FANS!!!!!! Anyway, at least the Black and Silver won three games despite starting 0-10 and Derek Carr looked great in his rookie season. With  as many holes as they have on this roster, a few they should focus on are WR, RB, DE and CB. The Raiders are in desperate need of a #1 WR to lean on and an improvement at RB over the dead corpse of Run DMC along with a constantly injured Latavius Murray. They were dead last in the NFL in rushing last year. On defense, they need to get more pressure on the QB, finishing 2nd to last behind Cincinnati in sacks, so a pass rusher is a must. Drafting with the 4th pick gives them a bevy of options to go at, possibly Amari Cooper, Kevin White or Randy Gregory.


Kansas City Chiefs: WR, OT, CB/S

Kansas City started strong going 7-3 in its first ten, but then the wheels fell off and they remembered that Alex Smith, nephew of the one and only John L Smith, was at the helm and finished 9-7, just missing out on the playoffs. This team has one of the best running backs in the NFL and a top 10 tight end in Travis Kelce, but may be the worst in wide receiver skill and depth. Grabbing an elite wide receiver has to be at the top of the Chiefs’ draft board, even though they recently signed Jeremy Maclin.  They could also use some help with the o-line considering Eric Fisher may not be the answer. Improving that secondary should be a focus as well, considering Eric Berry‘s health and questionable NFL future. Picking 18th in this year’s draft leaves many paths for management to chose from, possibly Landon Collins at safety or maybe DeVante Parker at wide receiver.


Denver Broncos: OT, C, TE, DT

Oh Denver. Back to back disappointing seasons with one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history running the show has to be frustrating. Despite dominating the AFC west the last couple of years, Peyton Manning hasn’t been able to get over the hump and win his 2nd title. Denver really needs to focus on improving their offensive line through free agency and the draft, considering how it struggled down the stretch and in the postseason. With Demaryius Thomas returning via the franchise tag, the Broncos must shift their attention to the tight end and defensive tackle positions, as Julius Thomas and Pot Roast (Terrence Knighton) have both departed via free agency. The Broncos will have to address these losses in the draft and/or free agency. Drafting in the 28th spot, they can only hope that a top o-linemen or defensive tackle will fall to them and the new coaching staff.


San Diego Chargers: OL, RB, DL

The Super Chargers had a very streaky season starting 5-1, then 8-4 and then choking at the end going 1-3 ending at 9-7 and missing the playoffs by a hair. This team got hit hard by the injury bug starting at the offensive line especially at center with Nick Hardwick suffering a career ending neck injury. They also suffered injuries at wide receiver and running back. This team was one of the worst rushing the ball and at the bottom at stopping the run as well. They really need to focus this off-season at both the OL and interior DL. It also wouldn’t hurt to add a stud running back as the injury plagued Ryan Mathews is expected to leave in free agency. Having the 17th pick gives them a few options at possibly taking the best RB on the board (Melvin Gordon/Todd Gurley) or a solid lineman on either side of the ball; possibly Malcom Brown/La’el Collins.


AFC East Team Needs


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 RevisBrandon 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.