AFC North Team Needs

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Pittsburgh Steelers: CB, S, OLB, RB

The Steelers reputation for having a good defense did not prove to be true in the 2014 season. The “Steel Curtain” had a lot of holes as they ranked 27th in pass defense. Look for Pittsburgh to bolster up their secondary, as veteran Troy Polamalu is mulling retirement and Ike Taylor might be on his way out. The defense actually fared well against the run in 2014, but could still use a pass rushing outside linebacker to help out that secondary. As far as the offense is concerned, everyone saw what happened All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell was unavailable go. The position drop off after him was astounding, and Mike Tomlin was forced to start two guys that would have never seen the field for another team (Josh Harris and Dri Archer). A backup running back could be a possibility in later rounds.

Cincinnati Bengals: DE, DT, OG, QB

As much as every Bengals fan would love to not watch Andy Dalton again next year, it isn’t going to happen in 2015. “The Red Rifle” is still owed $9.6M of guaranteed money next year in the final year of the “player-friendly” portion of his contract. However, with that being said don’t be surprised if Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis bring in a QB to compete alongside A.J McCarron. Outside of the QB position, the Bengals offense is solid with running back Jeremy Hill having a breakout rookie season, and AJ Green continuing to do his thing (when he wasn’t injured of course). On the defensive side of the ball, the could look to bring in a defensive tackle to go alongside Geno Atkins in the middle, as well as a pass rushing specialist, considering that their team was dead last in sacks last season.

Baltimore Ravens: CB, DT, RB, WR

The Ravens experienced a lot of ups and downs throughout the 2014 season, and perhaps the biggest down was when they lost their number one corner Jimmy Smith. The ninth worst pass defense needs some help at the corner position as well as safety. Matt Elam is still maturing as a player and the absence of James Ihedigbo proved to be detrimental as he had a great season in Detroit. Haloti Ngata was also dealt to the Lions, so defensive tackle all of the sudden is a need. The Ravens could also look to add their running back of the future in this draft. Justin Forsett had a stellar season filling in for Ray Rice, but he is approaching 30 years old and could be on his way out of Baltimore via free agency. Another position to keep in mind is wide receiver. Torrey Smith is now a 49er and Steve Smith is entering the twilight years of his career at age 35. The Ravens have a lot of holes to fill in the upcoming draft.

Cleveland Browns: WR, OT, DT, QB

To say that it has been a tumultuous off-season for the Cleveland Browns would be an understatement. Star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended for the entire 2015 season after another failed drug test, and their first-round pick, Johnny Manziel, checked himself into rehab in an effort to salvage his NFL future with the team. As far as the offense goes, Andrew Hawkins was a nice surprise last season, but Manziel, or whoever the Browns quarterback will be next year (recently signed Josh McCown), need another weapon or two on the outside. Look for the Browns to address their wide receiver need throughout the draft, with one of them more than likely coming in the first round. The offensive line is going to need to be addressed as well. When Alex Mack went down last season, the heart and soul of the Browns offensive line did as well. The rushing attack suffered and the quarterback hurries and sacks went up. With Mack being an established (and probably best) center in the league, the Browns could look to build around him and Joe Thomas in this year’s draft.

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AFC South Team Needs

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Indianapolis Colts-  OT, OLB/DE, WR

Andrew Luck is the truth. He’s proven that already, and the Colts have a shot to be perennial playoff team over the next decade with him under center. If they want a shot at super bowl though, they are going to need some upgrades on both sides of the ball. T.Y Hilton needs some help out there, we saw the Patriots bracket him almost every play of the AFC Championship game and no one else was able to help out Luck. Colts legend Reggie Wayne was also released recently, making wide receiver an even greater positional need. It is also time to cut their losses with former 3rd overall pick Trent Richardson. Frank Gore recently signed with the team and will more than likely move forward as the number one back in Indy. Former first round pick Bjoern Werner decided to disappear for the second half of the season and wasn’t even active for the AFC Championship game. GM Ryan Grigson is going to need to bring in a pass rusher and some O-Line help as well, especially if the NFL’s highest paid right tackle, Gosder Cherilus, continues to be the bust that he was when the Lions took him 17th overall back in ’08.

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Jacksonville Jaguars: OT, DE, RB, CB

The Jaguars have done a lot of rebuilding since Gus Bradley came to town and seem to be turning things around. Blake Bortles has played solid enough to be solidified as the teams franchise quarterback (for now), and he has some skilled wide receivers that were acquired in last years draft (Allen Robinson, Marquise Lee, Allen Hurns), as well as the addition of TE Julius Thomas via free agency. Now they just need to protect their franchise QB. The Jags allowed a league high 71 sacks this year, 12 more sacks then the seconds worst team (Washington Redskins). Luke Joeckel has yet to establish himself after being selected 2nd overall in 2013, although he did have his moments toward the end of the year. Running back is also a need that will need to be addressed in the draft. Toby Gerhart was never really healthy all year, and wasn’t able to get things going, which left the door open for the teams leading rusher, and lone bright spot in the backfield, Denard Robinson. Although Robinson had a solid season, he is not an every down back in the NFL. On the bright side for the Jags, their D-Line was able to cause havoc toward the end of the year, and Johnathan Cyprien looks to be a future stud in the back end.

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Tennessee Titans: QB, DE/OLB, WR, NT

The transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4 for the Titans was anything but smooth. Couple that with inconsistent QB play, an injury plagued wide receiver corps, and an overrated rookie running back and what do you get? Ding, Ding Ding, a 2-14 record! The biggest question heading into the draft for the Titans is going to be: Will they stick with sophomore QB Zach Mettenberger? Once they answer that, then they can decide how to rebuild the D-Line. A plethora of picks will be used on players familiar with the three-man front, as well as a speed rusher or two on the outside. If they do decide to stick with  Mettenberger, he is going to need some more weapons around him to take some of the pressure off.

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Houston Texans: CB, OT, WR

The Texans had a lot of bright spots throughout the season, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. The brightest of spots was non-other than the NFL’s defensive MVP, J.J Watt. He is virtually impossible to block and if former #1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney can come back healthy, the Texans have chance of being one of the best defenses in football. A stud nose tackle would go a long way for this defensive front, as Ryan Pickett may in fact be older than dirt now. Some depth at the corner position is needed as well. A.J Bouye was suspect in man coverage at times as the nickel. Like the Titans, the Texans also have some questions at the QB position. Will it be Brian Hoyer, or Ryan Mallett in 2015? Whoever the starter will be is going to miss Andre Johnson, who is no longer with the team.

2015 NFL Mock Draft

Here are our picks for the 2015 NFL Draft. With the scouting combine and free agency coming up, players can move all around the draft board, so this will be updated on a weekly basis. (Last update: March 11th, 2015)

1.  Tampa_Bay_Buccaneers_2014Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

2.   20140621130909!Tennessee_Titans_logoTennessee Titans: Leonard Williams, DE, USC

3.  Jaguars_Logo_Away_mediumJacksonville Jaguars: Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida

4.  raidersOakland Raiders: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

5.  Washington_Redskins_1000Washington Redskins: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

6.  jetsNew York Jets: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

7.  chicago-bears-logoChicago Bears: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

8.  Atlanta_Falcons_LogoAtlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson

9.  Giants_1961-1974New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

10.  Saint_Louis_Rams_logoSt. Louis Rams: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

11.  New_Minnesota_Vikings_Logo     Minnesota Vikings: DaVante Parker, WR, Louisville

12.  BrownsCleveland Browns: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

13.  saints      New Orleans Saints: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

14.  MiamiDolphins_zps5e22b4c0Miami Dolphins: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

15.  San_Francisco_49ers_LogoSan Francisco 49ers: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon

16.  Houston_Texans_LogoHouston Texans: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

17.  chargersSan Diego Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

18.  kcKansas City Chiefs: Landon Collins, S, Alabama

19:  BrownsCleveland Browns (via Buffalo): La’El Collins, OT, LSU

20.  philadelphia_eagles_logo_4008Philadelphia Eagles: TJ Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

21.  BengalsdCincinnati Bengals: Bud Dupree, OLB/DE, Kentucky

22.  Pittsburgh-Steelers-logo-psd22874Pittsburgh Steelers: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington

23.  489px-New_Lions_Logo.svgDetroit Lions: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)

24.  largeArizona Cardinals: Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

25. Carolina_Panthers_logoCarolina Panthers: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State

26.  RavensBaltimore Ravens: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

27.  Dallas_Cowboys_logoDallas Cowboys: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

28.  denver-broncos-logoDenver Broncos: Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

29.  200px-Indianapolis_Colts_logo_svgIndianapolis Colts: Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU

30.  Green_Bay_Packers_LogoGreen Bay Packers: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

31. saints New Orleans Saints (via Seattle): Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

32.  PatriotsNew England Patriots: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia