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NFL Draft Coverage – AFC East

Buffalo Bills

The Bill’s dropped to 30th in total offense last season so the teams biggest needs will be focused on addressing the quarterback and wide receiver positions. The Bill’s had hoped to sign Tennessee backup quarterback Billy Volek, as a future successor to Bledsoe, but Volek opted to remain with the Titans. Last season with Moulds fighting nagging injuries neither Bobby Shaw nor Josh Reed was able too pick up the slack. This years draft is deep with receivers so expect the Bill’s to select one. Defensively Buffalo ranked last in turnovers. Troy Vincent was signed from Philadelphia to replace departed cornerback Antoine Winfield now with Minnesota. Vincent should give the Bill’s some added help and brings with him his 42 career interceptions. Additionally Buffalo could add depth at the defensive line, safety and corner back positions where they need to add playmakers and someone to put some heat on opposing quarterbacks.

Picks: 1-13 (13), 2-11 (43), 3-11 (74), 4-13 (109), 5-12 (144), 7-6 (207), 7-13 (214)


Miami Dolphins

Miami has a first round pick for the first time since 2001 when they selected first round bust CB Jamar Fletcher. Fletcher was sent to San Diego as part of the David Boston trade. The addition of wide receiver David Boston will help Miami’s offense as aside from wide receiver Chris Chambers and tight end Randy McMichael the Dolphins were lacking offensive play makers for Fiedler. Former Indianapolis wide receiver Terrence Wilkins was also added to provide additional depth. Quarterback Brian Griese was released, but former Philadelphia quarterback A. J. Feely was acquired for a 2005 2nd round pick. Feely is expected too battle with Fiedler for the starting quarterback position. The offensive line will be a top priority in the draft, Jeno James was signed from Carolina, Seth McKinney replaces veteran center Tim Ruddy who was released. The Dolphins may seek additional depth at safety as Brock Marion is now with Detroit. Defensive line could be another area addressed through the draft as Adewale Ogunleye has asked for a trade as he and the team have been unable to work out a long term deal. Depth could be added at the linebacker position as there is no experience in the middle behind MLB Zach Thomas, and Junior Seau is 35 years old. Last years 2nd round pick linebacker Eddie Moore missed the season with a foot injury.

Picks: 1-20 (20), 3-24 (87), 4-23 (119), 6-21 (186), 7-18 (219), 7-20 (221)


New England Patriots

Most mock drafts have the Patriots selecting a running back with their first pick, but if we have learned anything from the past few Patriots drafts they will not be hesitant to move up or down if players they like are still on the board. Coach Bill Belichick has denied a proposed trade with Detroit for New England’s two first round picks a second and a fourth to the Lions for the sixth overall pick and Detroit’s fourth pick. On offense New England will be looking to add depth to the offensive line and running back positions. Offensive guard Damien Woody signed with Detroit and Mike Compton has departed for Jacksonville. The Patriots resigned running backs Kevin Faulk, Mike Cloud, and Frank Moreau. Antowain Smith was released after the team declined an option for a contract extension. Additional depth could be provided at the wide receiver position as this years draft is very deep at the position. On defense New England may focus on nose tackle after Ted Washington signed with Oakland. New England added free agent defensive end Rodney Bailey from Pittsburgh and nose tackle Keith Traylor from Chicago. Taylor appears to be a quick fix at the nose tackle position due to his age and injury history. Safety and corner back positions could be addressed as well, as this may be Ty Laws last season with New England. Safety and corner back needs depend on whether Eugene Wilson is moved back to corner after playing safety his rookie season. Linebacker Rosevelt Colvin returns from last years hip injury, but additional depth could be provided through the draft.

Picks: 1-21 (21), 1-32 (32), 2-24 (56), 2-31 (63), 3-32 (95), 4-17 (113), 4-32 (128), 5-32 (164), 7-32 (233)


New York Jets

The Jets addressed the need at wide receiver by acquiring Justin McCareins from Tennessee for their second round pick. McCareins will be able to add some punch to the offense immediately. At wide receiver Additional upgrades could be added from the draft as there is uncertainty regarding Chrebet’s future after battling post-concussion syndrome last season. Additional depth on the offense could be added through the draft at guard, tight end and running back. Defensively the Jets were 28th verse the run and also ranked near the bottom in turnovers. The Jets have begun correcting defensive deficiencies through the addition of free agents. Linebackers Mo Lewis and Marvin Jones, cornerback Aaron Beasley and safety Sam Garnes were released. Linebacker Eric Barton was signed from Oakland. David Barrett was signed from Arizona to replace Beasley. The Jet’s did try to sign former Buffalo cornerback Antoine Winfield but he signed with Minnesota instead. For the draft immediate defensive needs appear to be linebacker, cornerback.

Picks: 1-12 (12), 3-13 (76), 4-12 (108), 4-36 (132), 5-11 (143), 6-13 (178), 7-12 (213), 7-33 (234), 7-34 (235), 7-35 (236)

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