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AFC West

Denver BroncosDENVER BRONCOS (8-8)


Biggest Needs: QB, WR, C, RB

The Broncos traded away franchise quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears last season and attempted to replace him with Kyle Orton. While Orton’s overall statistics were noteworthy (3802 passing yards, 21 TD passes, 62.1% completion percentage) it is still a position Denver desires to improve upon for the years ahead. The recent addition of Brady Quinn suggests Josh McDaniels doesn’t view Orton as a franchise QB.

At wide receiver, the Broncos appear to be set with the likes of Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal atop the depth chart. The concern however is that Marshall may be dealt before the start of the 2010 season, and despite Royal’s impressive rookie campaign he was a major disappointment last year.

Another area of concern for the Broncos is the center position. Casey Wiegmann started the last two seasons but has been cut loose. The Broncos will need to address this area through free agency or in the draft.

The Broncos could also use better depth at running back behind Knowshon Moreno. Correll Buckhalter played well last year but will be 32 in early October and is a bit of an injury risk.

Potential Free Agent Targets: Denver addressed the need for a young QB with the recent acquisition of Quinn in exchange for fullback Peyton Hillis and two conditional draft picks. Their most likely free agent pick-up may come at the running back position to add depth behind Moreno.

Draft Picks: 1.10; 2.13 (45): If the speculation that Brandon Marshall will get out of Denver one way or another before the start of the 2010 season is correct, look for the Broncos to select wide receiver Dez Bryant with their first round pick as his replacement. With their second rounder they will likely focus on defense.


Biggest Needs: DE, CB, LB

The Broncos could use help at defensive end where they currently lack any stand-out options. The signings of Jarvis Green and Justin Bannan, however, may allow them to ignore addressing this need early in the draft.

Denver could also look to add some youth at cornerback in the draft where they currently have aging veterans Champ Bailey and Andre’ Goodman. The Broncos have added veteran Nate Jones via free agency though which means they could address other areas on draft day.

Linebacker may be another defensive need the Broncos wish to add to as Andra Davis is an aging veteran playing out the last year of his contract in the middle. They could also look to upgrade from Mario Haggan on the outside opposite Elvis Dumervil.

Potential Free Agent Targets: As mentioned above, the Broncos have actively addressed some of their needs with the additions of Green and Bannan at defensive end, along with the signing of Nate Jones at cornerback. That being the case, Denver may look to add a linebacker through free agency, but will probably focus on doing so through the draft at this point.

Draft Picks: 1.10; 2.13 (45): Speaking of the linebacker position, inside linebacker Rolando McClain out of Alabama could be a nice selection at the ten spot. Denver could also further address their needs at defensive end in the second round by choosing Corey Wootton of Northwestern, or Ricky Sapp out of Clemson.

Kansas CityKANSAS CITY CHIEFS (4-12)


Biggest Needs: LT, WR, C, RG, TE

The biggest need for the Chiefs this offseason is at left tackle and many expect them to address that concern with the 5th overall pick they have in this year’s draft which would then allow them to move their current starter at left tackle, Branden Albert, to one of the guard positions. If Albert was moved to left guard, it would then allow the Chiefs to play Brian Waters at center, which is another area of need.

Other offensive positions the Chiefs may choose to address are tight end and wide receiver. Leonard Pope and Brad Cottam combined for just 29 receptions, 294 yards, and 1 TD last year at tight end, but the Chiefs may not feel it necessary within their offense to bring in a more productive player at that position.

Kansas City also pursued Anquan Boldin before he was traded to the Ravens earlier in the offseason, a sign that they may be looking to improve themselves in that area. They have resigned Chris Chambers however, and acquired free agent Jerheme Urban, which likely makes upgrading at wide receiver less of a concern.

Potential Free Agent Targets: The addition of Thomas Jones fills the void at running back left by Larry Johnson. With nearly everyone expecting the Chiefs to select a left tackle with their first pick, and the maneuverability that would then allow them across the offensive line, Kansas City doesn’t really need to go out and sign an offensive lineman to help themselves up front. The addition of Urban and resigning of Chambers would indicate that they won’t bother pursuing any other receivers in free agency either.

Draft Picks: 1.05; 2.04 (36); 2.18 (50): Either Russell Okung (Oklahoma St.) or Bryan Bulaga (Iowa) could be the Chiefs top choice to fill their need at left tackle. If Okung is taken amongst the first four selections, then tackles Bryan Bulaga and Anthony Davis (RB, LB) would also warrant a selection by KC. They may consider selecting a wide receiver with one of their 2nd-round picks if someone they are high on is there for the taking.


Biggest Needs: DT, SS, FS

Although Ron Edwards played fairly well last season, defensive tackle is still a position of need for the Kansas City Chiefs. They currently signed 325-pound Shaun Smith from Cincinnati, but Smith might also find himself being used as a defensive end in Kansas City’s three-man front.

Both safety positions are also an area of concern for Kansas City. Last year’s starter at strong safety, Mike Brown, currently remains an unrestricted free agent and the trio of Jon McGraw, Jarrad Page, and DaJuan Morgan at free safety is one the Chiefs should desire to improve upon.

Potential Free Agent Targets: The Shaun Smith signing may be all the Chiefs are interested in adding to their defensive line through free agency, but there are a few safeties available they may have interest in. Darren Sharper and Tyrone Carter are unrestricted free agents that may be able to help them.

Draft Picks: 1.05; 2.04 (36); 2.18 (50): Should the Chiefs decide to pass on a left tackle with their first selection, S Eric Berry from Tennessee would fill a need. It is widely believed the Chiefs will address their need at defensive tackle in the second round by taking Terrence Cody out of Alabama. Their likely to remain focused on defense with their second pick of round two as well.



Biggest Needs: QB, LT, RT, G, WR

First things first, the Raiders clearly need an upgrade at quarterback. Unfortunately, chances are they won’t be addressing that need this offseason. With first round bust and former number one overall pick, JaMarcus Russell still on the books, it’s likely Oakland will roll through their 2010 campaign with Bruce Gradkowski as the starter and wait another year or two before attempting to find themselves a true franchise quarterback. Offensive line then becomes the most immediate area of concern.

Mario Henderson started at left tackle for the Raiders in 2009 and allowed a league worst 10.5 sacks. Cornell Green was the starter at right tackle and was penalized 12 times (28 times in the last three years) while allowing 6.5 sacks in just 12 games. At the guard positions, Robert Gallery will be returning from back surgery while right guard, Cooper Carlisle, will be 33 come the start of the season. If nothing else, the Raiders could use some insurance in this area.

Another position the Raiders may choose to address is wide receiver. After spending the 7th overall pick of last year’s draft on Darrius Heyward-Bey however, along with an apparent belief that Chaz Schilens and Louis Murphy can be productive wide-outs, Oakland may be willing to pass on chasing any of the top talent at the position in either free agency or the draft.

Potential Free Agent Targets: Considering all the help the Raiders could use up front, it would stand to reason they’d sign at least one or two offensive lineman from the free agent market (Mike Gandy, Levi Jones?). It’s also been rumored perhaps Terrell Owens could land in Oakland if he is unable to latch on with a more promising team.

Draft Picks: 1.08; 2.07 (39): Knowing the way Al Davis operates, anything could happen with the Raiders selections in the draft. If they make a smart decision, either Russell Okung, Anthony Davis, or Bryan Bulaga at left tackle will go to Oakland with the eighth overall pick.


Biggest Needs: DT, CB

The two areas of need the Raiders may choose to focus on defensively come at the defensive tackle and cornerback positions. With Gerard Warren turning 32 by the start of the season, it’d be a good idea for Oakland to address the need of his future replacement during the draft.

Oakland will also look to improve upon their options at cornerback where both Chris Johnson and Stanford Routt struggled opposite Nnamdi Asomugha.

Potential Free Agent Targets: In terms of any meaningful free agent signings on the defensive side of the ball, it seems doubtful Oakland will make any. The offensive line is where Oakland should do most of their free agent shopping if they go shopping at all. The Raiders have been surprisingly quiet in free agency thus far.

Draft Picks: 1.08; 2.07 (39): If the Raiders elect to go with a defensive option in the first round, then cornerback Joe Haden would be a nice option should he slip past Cleveland with the number seven pick. If they choose to address their need at cornerback in the second round, then options such as Patrick Robinson, Perrish Cox, or Kyle Wilson could all be possibilities.



Biggest Needs: RB, OL, WR

Although the Chargers decided to retain the likes of Darren Sproles, the release of LaDainian Tomlinson leaves the team with a glaring need at the running back position. For all that Sproles has accomplished in his career, his size (5’6”, 181 lbs) clearly dictates he won’t be relied upon as the primary ball carrier throughout an entire season in the NFL.

Aside from running back, the Chargers offense doesn’t really have any other major holes to fill. They could add some depth along their offensive line, but appear to be in good shape up front.

Wide receiver is a position that could be addressed through the draft. Special teams’ standout, Kassim Osgood, departed via free agency to sign with the Jaguars. Malcolm Floyd was tendered at the cost of 1st and 3rd round picks and will remain with the franchise, but they could still look improve in this area. There’s also a possible suspension looming for Vincent Jackson after he plead guilty to a D.U.I charge in February.

Potential Free Agent Targets: The Chargers signed running back Marcus Mason after he was released by the Redskins this offseason, but it’s not a move that will make much of an impact. Mason will have to earn his way onto the 53-man roster. Aside from that signing, it doesn’t seem like the Chargers will do much in the way of free agency on the offensive side of the ball, potentially adding depth to their O-line.

Draft Picks: 1.28; 2.28 (60): Look for the Chargers to use their first round pick on the likes running backs Jahvid Best, or Ryan Matthews. If they go another direction it may be in grabbing a right tackle, then picking the best remaining running back available with their second rounder.


Biggest Needs: DT, DE, CB, S

The Chargers decision to cut aging veteran Jamal Williams leaves them with a big need to fill at defensive tackle. If they don’t address this area via free agency, look for them to use one of their first three picks on the position. San Diego could use an impact player at defensive end, where Luis Castillo is the only notable player at the position.

Cornerback may also be a position the Chargers address in the draft following their trade of Antonio Cromartie to the Jets for a conditional third-round pick in 2011. The recent signing of Donald Strickland, however, may allow them to bypass further addressing that area.

Potential Free Agent Targets: San Diego has already added Donald Strickland via free agency to help out at the cornerback position. The best options at defensive tackle already appear to be signed so expect the Bolts to address that need through the draft.

Draft Picks: 1.28; 2.28 (60): If the Chargers were to address their need of a defensive tackle in the first round they could look into selecting someone like Dan Williams out of Tennessee, or Jared Odrick of Penn State. Options at safety could include the likes of Earl Thomas of Texas, Chad Jones of Louisiana State, Larry Asante of Nebraska, or Nate Allen out of South Florida.

NFC West



Biggest Needs: LT, QB, C, FB, QB

Although the Cardinals could use an upgrade at quarterback following the retirement of Kurt Warner, it’s likely they will give former 1st round pick Matt Leinart another opportunity to establish himself as the team’s franchise QB. That being the case, left tackle becomes the biggest area of need for the Arizona offense. Mike Gandy struggled at that position before eventually being placed on injured reserve and it would make sense for the Cardinals to try and address that area in the first round of this year’s draft.

The Cardinals could also use help at center, but may have already addressed that need with the addition of Rex Hadnot, who can play both guard and center, via free agency.

With Dan Kreider becoming a free agent, the Cardinals will also be in need of a new fullback.

Potential Free Agent Targets: The Cardinals could try to address their need for a left tackle here, but will likely do so in the draft. There are also a few fullbacks available – Justin Griffith or Jeremi Johnson - which would seem to make sense as a free agent signing by the Cardinals. Derek Anderson could be signed providing competition to Matt Leinart.

Draft Picks: 1.26; 2.26 (58): Should Arizona address their offensive needs in the first round, left tackle seems they way they will go. With top rated tackles sure to be gone by the time the Cardinals are on the clock, Bruce Campbell out of Maryland becomes an intriguing option should he still be available.


Biggest Needs: OLB, CB, MLB

Outside linebacker is probably the biggest area of concern for the Cardinals defense. With Bertrand Berry and Chike Okeafor becoming free agents, 33-year old Clark Haggans is the only veteran remaining on the outside for the Cardinals. Arizona will also look to upgrade at cornerback where last year’s free agent signing, Bryant McFadden, proved to be a disappointment.

Another area of concern for the Cardinals is at middle linebacker, where Karlos Dansby has just left via free agency to sign with the Miami Dolphins.

Potential Free Agent Targets: Arizona definitely needs help at linebacker, and while they’re sure to add some youth at the position through the draft, they’ll also need to add some bodies there through free agency. The recent signing of LB Paris Lenon (Rams) is a start.

Draft Picks: 1.26; 2.26 (58): Defensive targets the Cardinals may have interest in with their first two picks could be cornerback Patrick Robinson, or outside linebackers Brandon Graham and Sean Weatherspoon in the first. In the second round, players available at those positions could include Perrish Cox, Kylie Wilson, and Dominique Franks at cornerback, or Eric Norwood, Jerry Hughes, Navarro Bowman, and Daryl Washington at outside linebacker.

St. LouisST. LOUIS RAMS (1-15)


Biggest Needs: QB, TE, RG, WR, RB

The Rams have stuck by Marc Bulger for far too long now and need to move on. They have signed A.J. Feeley via free agency (reuniting him with former Eagles QB Coach and current Rams OC Pat Shurmur), but clearly need to bring in someone they feel can lead this franchise for the long haul in the years ahead after mustering just six wins during the last three seasons.

Right guard is another area of concern for the Rams following their release of Richie Incognito, although the recent signing of Hank Fraley may help fill that need. Fraley will be used as a back-up center and also battle for a starting position at guard.

St. Louis will also look to add a tight end, most likely through the draft, as its doubtful Randy McMichael will be with them in 2010. The Rams may also look to add better depth at running back behind Steven Jackson, and if they can get their hands on someone they feel could be a true number one wide receiver they may decide to draft him early on.

Potential Free Agent Targets: The Rams have already signed A.J. Feeley to give them a stopgap option at quarterback should Marc Bulger finally be placed on the bench. They also signed Hank Fraley to help along the O-line. At tight end, they may take a chance on signing L.J. Smith (another former Eagle Pat Shurmur is familiar with) and may also pursue a running back they feel could handle a decent workload should injuries knock Steven Jackson out of the line-up for a few games. Justin Fargas or Willie Parker could be options at the RB spot.

Draft Picks: 1.01; 2.01 (33): If the Rams go offense with the number one overall pick, deciding between quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen or Sam Bradford appears the way to go. If they pass on a quarterback with their first selection, then Colt McCoy becomes a distinct possibility with their second rounder.


Biggest Needs: DE, WLB, SS

With the Rams 2009 sack leader, Leonard Little, turning 36 in October (and currently an unrestricted free agent), St. Louis will clearly need to look for a suitable option to replace him either this year or at years’ end.

The Rams could also use help at the weak-side linebacker to compliment the likes of James Laurinaitis (MLB) and David Vobora (SLB). They might also look for an upgrade over James Butler at strong safety.

Potential Free Agent Targets: If the Rams felt they were close to even contending for a playoff spot pursuing defensive end Charles Grant might be worth their while. In the position they are in however, building through the draft is the way to go, which means anyone St. Louis brings in through free agency won’t be much of an impact player.

Draft Picks: 1.01; 2.01 (33): Should the Rams decide to pass on a quarterback with their first selection then it appears they will likely select either defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh out of Nebraska, or Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma. Both players are regarded as the top defensive prospects in this year’s draft. With the first pick in the second round, St. Louis would likely be looking at defensive ends Everson Griffen, Corey Wootton, or Ricky Sapp should they choose to continue focusing on the defensive side of the ball.

San Francisco 49ersSAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-8)


Biggest Needs: RT, LG, WR

Right tackle is clearly the biggest need this offseason for the 49ers. After Tony Pashos was lost for the season before it even began, Adam Snyder was tabbed to play the position and proceeded to allow 9.5 sacks. Having the luxury of two first-round picks this year, San Francisco will likely use one of them to address this need.

Another area of concern along the offensive line is at left guard, where David Bass has battled through injuries and inconsistent play throughout his career. This is another area the 49ers may look to address with one of their early picks in the draft.

San Francisco could also use some more help at wide receiver behind starters Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan. Someone who can play the slot and contribute on special teams would be ideal as San Francisco is also in need of a return specialist.

Potential Free Agent Targets: Considering the help San Francisco needs up front, signing a free agent offensive lineman or two wouldn’t be surprising. They may also look to sign a receiver that can play the slot and function as a return man – Mike Furrey?

Draft Picks: 1.13; 1.17; 2.17 (49): The 49ers could desperately use an upgrade at right tackle and if Trent Williams out of Oklahoma is there for the taking with their 13th overall pick he’d be worth selecting. San Francisco will otherwise likely focus on the defensive side of the ball with their early picks.


Biggest Needs: SS, DT, CB

Michael Lewis has been considered a liability in coverage since his days with the Eagles and that hasn’t changed since he arrived in San Francisco. He’s also coming off a season in which he suffered multiple concussions, which should be of concern to both the team and the player.

San Francisco also needs to add depth at defensive tackle behind Aubrayo Franklin and at the corner position behind aging veteran Nate Clements, along with someone to push Tarell Brown for playing time.

Potential Free Agent Targets: It’d be surprising if the 49ers didn’t address their need for depth at defensive back in free agency by signing a veteran to go along with anyone they may choose to draft at the position. Will Allen , Corey Ivy and Vernon Fox could be possibilities.

Draft Picks: 1.13; 1.17; 2.17 (49): With their first pick likely to be used on an O-lineman, San Francisco could than use their next two picks to address needs on the defensive side of the ball. Taylor Mays (S) out of Southern Cal would be a great addition if he remains available at pick 17. With their second round pick the 49ers could then focus on cornerback and choose amongst a group that includes Perrish Cox, Kylie Wilson, and Dominique Franks.



Biggest Needs: LT, QB, RB, WR

Due to Walter Jones retirement the Seahawks are in desperate need of a left tackle this offseason. Fortunately for them they own the 6th and 14th selections in this year’s draft and should be able to address this area with one of those selections.

Seattle may also consider drafting a quarterback with one of those picks as Matt Hasselbeck will turn 35 in late September and has battled a number of injuries the past few seasons. New Head Coach, Pete Carroll, will also be looking to draft his own franchise QB to mold over time in the years ahead.

Running back is another area of need for Seattle, as the likes of Julius Jones and Justin Forsett aren’t going to scare opposing defenses. The Seahawks may also like to get their hands on someone they believe could be a true number one wideout, as indicated by their interest in Brandon Marshall.

Potential Free Agent Targets: With three early selections in this draft, it’s doubtful the Seahawks will feel the need to pursue any particular free agents to address their biggest needs on offense. What selections they make come draft day will determine whom they pursue in free agency.

Draft Picks: 1.06; 1.14; 2.08 (40): With the 6th pick in the draft Seattle is likely to go one of two ways; pick amongst the trio of left tackles they like most (Russell Okung, Bryan Bulaga, Anthony Davis), or choose between Jimmy Clausen or Sam Bradford as their next franchise quarterback. They may then choose to select a running back such as C.J. Spiller at 1.14, although they’re just as likely to address their defensive needs with their next two selections.


Biggest Needs: DE, DT, SS, CB

After recording just 28 sacks last season, the Seahawks clearly need to find a way to get more pressure on the quarterback. It doesn’t help any that their sack leader, Patrick Kerney, turned 33 in December and is admittedly close to retirement. In order to establish a better pass rush Seattle will also be looking for help at defensive tackle.

The Seahawks could also use help in their secondary where Deon Grant is aging and may not have many years left in Seattle, and help is needed at corner opposite Marcus Trufant.

Potential Free Agent Targets: None of the defensive ends or tackles that remain available will solve the Seahawks lack of a pass rush from their defensive line. Cornerback would seem the most likely position in which Seattle may pursue someone as a free agent.

Draft Picks: 1.06; 1.14; 2.08 (40): Seattle’s first pick will likely be used on either a quarterback or a left tackle, but their two selections following that could definitely be used to address concerns they have on defense. Taylor Mays would instantly upgrade their secondary, while defensive ends Carlos Dunlap and Sergio Kindle could also be considered with the second of their first round picks. Defensive tackle Brian Price could also be a possibility.

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