Last update: April 28, 2006. Next Update: April 29, 2006 (depending on a signing or trade).
Houston Texans: Eric Winston, OT, Miami
David Carr was sacked 72 times in 2002 and 68 times last season. It's a joke that general manager Charley Casserly still has his job. The Texans will
take the best offensive lineman available at this juncture.
New Orleans Saints:
Thomas Howard, OLB, UTEP
Even though the Saints signed Anthony Simmons and Scott Fujita this offseason, it's safe to say that they need help at outside linebacker. Thomas Howard
could be a cornerstone of New Orleans' defense for a very long time.
New York Jets: Nick Mangold, C, Ohio State
Kevin Mawae was a fixture at center for the Jets since 1998. However, he will now be playing for the Tennessee Titans, meaning New York will have to
find a suitable replacement for the former Pro Bowler. Nick Mangold isn't a bad option.
Green Bay Packers: Taitusi Lutui, G, USC
Besides the massive amount of injuries the Packers suffered, a major reason why their offense struggled last season was the inconsistent play at both
Oakland Raiders: Gabe Watson, DT, Michigan
The only thing good about having Warren Sapp at defensive tackle is that bettors can gamble against the Raiders at the end of the season. Any team that
has Sapp and Randy Moss as leaders will give up if things aren't going their way. I'm not a big fan of Gabe Watson, but Oakland needs help at his
Denver Broncos: Anthony Fasano, TE, Notre Dame
Another target for Jake Plummer? Mike Shanahan knows his quarterback needs all of the help he can get. Anthony Fasano will be
a tremendous upgrade over Jeb Putzier, who was released in early March.
Tennessee Titans: Richard Marshall, CB, Fresno State
I don't even think Titans fans can name any cornerbacks on their team, with the exception of the troublesome Pac Man Jones. And it's not like Pac Man is
any good. Richard Marshall is one of the hottest players on most draft boards; he could be a first-round selection come April 29.
Detroit Lions: DeMeco Ryans, OLB, Alabama
Think the Lions need help at outside linebacker? Their current starters are malcontent Boss Bailey and mediocre Alex Lewis. DeMeco Ryans would be an
enormous upgrade for Detroit.
Arizona Cardinals: Davin Joseph, G, Oklahoma
Arizona almost has less talent on its offensive line than Houston does. Now that's an insult. The Cardinals need to focus on upgrading their offensive
front this offseason.
Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Scott, OT, Texas
The Bills need improvement at the offensive tackle position after suffering through a couple of disappointing seasons from Mike Williams.
Cleveland Browns: D'Qwell Jackson, ILB, Maryland
Romeo Crennel will continue to bolster his defense. Adding a talented linebacker like D'Qwell Jackson will pay off for years to come.
Baltimore Ravens: Abdul Hodge, MLB, Iowa
The Ravens defense is overrated and is no longer the feared unit it once was. Brian Billick's main concern this
offseason will be to upgrade his mediocre stop unit. Ray Lewis has been rumored to want out of Baltimore, so the team may be forced to select a middle
linebacker early in the draft.
Philadelphia Eagles: Greg Eslinger, C, Minnesota
The Eagles were poised to sign center LeCharles Bentley, when Cleveland made an 11th-hour offer to the Pro Bowler and stole him away from Philadelphia.
Andy Reid will respond by selecting the second-best center in the draft.
St. Louis Rams: Daniel Bullocks, S, Nebraska
More upgrades for one of the most pitiful defenses in the NFL. Adam Archuleta's departure for Washington created a huge hole at free safety. It needs
to be filled.
Atlanta Falcons: Joseph Addai, RB, LSU
Warrick Dunn, who quietly rushed for 1,416 yards last season, just turned 31. Like Curtis Martin, who had his final year of positive productivity at 31,
this could be Dunn's last season as a valid starting running back in this league. Second on the depth chart is the sluggish T.J. Duckett, who managed a
pitiful 3.1 yards per carry last year.
Minnesota Vikings: Ryan O'Callaghan, OT, California
If the Vikings want to finally stop disappointing their fans every year, they need to keep Brad Johnson, acquire a talented running back and improve
their offensive line. If my prediction is correct and Minnesota picks Laurence Maroney in the first round, the team will need to secure better blockers
for the promising rookie.
Dallas Cowboys: Max-Jean Gilles, G, Georgia
I'm sure Bill Parcells is quite aware that Drew Bledsoe needs all of the protection he can get. The tandem of Kyle Kosier and Marco Rivera isn't the
greatest the NFL has to offer.
San Diego Chargers: Ko Simpson, S, South Carolina
San Diego signed Marlon McCree to fix its problem at the safety position. However, I believe McCree is simply a temporary solution; Ko Simpson will
be a fixture in the Chargers' secondary for a very long time.
Minnesota Vikings: Alan Zemaitis, CB, Penn State
Minnesota acquired this pick in the Daunte Culpepper trade. The Vikings need help at cornerback after being subjected to a very disappointing season from
Fred Smoot. Alan Zemaitis is the most underrated player in the draft. Whoever selects him will be pleasantly surprised by how talented he is.
New England Patriots: Maurice Stovall, WR, Notre Dame
David Givens decided that money is more important than winning, which means the Patriots will be looking for a receiver in the early stages of the
draft. Charlie Weis will probably recommend Maurice Stovall to Bill Belichick.
Washington Redskins: Kelly Jennings, CB, Miami
Washington has two outstanding starting cornerbacks in Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers. However, in the wake of Walt Harris' departure, the Redskins
have very little depth at the position.
Kansas City Chiefs: Darryl Tapp, DE, Virginia Tech
Other than Jared Allen, the most sacks produced by any Kansas City defensive player was four. The Chiefs need to take a defensive end during the early
stages of April's draft.
Cincinnati Bengals: Orien Harris, DT, Miami
Cincinnati has trouble stopping the run; the team needs a powerful defensive tackle to protect the dynamic Odell Thurman. The Bengals already added Sam
Adams to the roster, but they need a long-term solution to their problem.
New York Giants: Greg Jennings, WR, Western Michigan
Eli Manning has Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey at his disposal, but who does he have after that? Amani Toomer will be 32 in September. Tim Carter,
David Tyree, Willie Ponder and Jamaar Taylor are all sub par.
Darnell Bing, S, USC
The Bears have a prolific defense, but they have a hole at free safety, where Chris Harris was abused by Steve Smith in the playoffs.
Andrew Whitworth, OT, LSU
Jake Delhomme didn't even have a chance in the NFC Championship. Seahawks defenders were in his face the entire evening.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Roger McIntosh, OLB, Miami
This could be Derrick Brooks' final season in Tampa Bay. Brooks turns 33 in April, so Jon Gruden could be looking for someone to replace the perennial
Jacksonville Jaguars: Charles Spencer, G, Pittsburgh
Jacksonville needs help at the guard position; Vince Manuwai has fallen out of favor with Jack Del Rio.
Denver Broncos: Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, B.C.
It's hard to believe but no Denver player registered more than four sacks in 2005. The team's inability to pressure Ben Roethlisberger was one of the
reasons it lost to Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship. The Broncos replaced Kenard Lang with Trevor Pryce, but the fact remains that Courtney Brown
should not be a starter.
Ashton Youboty, CB, Ohio State
One of the reasons why Indianapolis once again choked in the playoffs was because it could not stop Pittsburgh's aerial attack. Nick Harper and Jason
David are terrible.
Seattle Seahawks: Cedric Griffin, CB, Texas
The Seahawks need some depth behind Marcus Trufant and Kelly Herndon in the wake of Andre Dyson's departure.
Mark Anderson, DE/OLB, Alabama
The Steelers always seem to select a linebacker during the early stages of the draft.