Glaring NFL Team Needs - 8/25/11

Welcome back to our Glaring Team Needs series! Is anyone else ready for the season to start? There are still two preseason games left and first cuts are coming on 8/30. A lot needs to happen before the start of the season, but it just can't get here fast enough. Lets try to satisfy some of that appetite by taking a  look at the Jets, Browns, and Cowboys and what they might be looking for in the 2012 Draft.

1. New York Jets - Biggest Need: OLB  The Jets are very creative when using their 3-4 defense to create pressure, but their two pass rushers are double digit season veterans and very little has been invested in the depth behind them. They recently acquired Aaron Maybin, but that hardly inspires confidence in the future of the position. 2012 Draft Pick: Donte Paige-Moss, OLB/DE North Carolina. DPM is another talented pass rusher out of UNC and the most likely to make the conversion to 3-4 OLB. He is extremely quick off the line and has the potential to be the best pass rusher in the class.

2. Cleveland Browns - Biggest Need: DE The Browns are in the beginning of a defensive transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 and has truly diminished their pass rushing talent. Jayme Mitchell was brought over from the Vikings and has potential, but a history of injuries. Jabaal Sheard was a great pick in the 2nd round, but the cupboard is bare behind them.  2012 Draft Pick: Devin Taylor, DE South Carolina A big and powerful end that has all the athleticism, but needs mroe work on his technique. 

 

3. Dallas Cowboys - Biggest Need: OG Spending two late round picks in 2011 on interior linemen might help with depth, but starting talent is needed with the aging Kyle Kosier and Andre Gurode manning starting positions. I was surprised by the release of Leonard Davis as it seems to have left them even weaker at a weak position.  2012 Draft Pick: Kelechi Osemele, OG/OT Iowa State Osemele is a big bodied defender who plays left tackle at Iowa State, but projects to the inside in the NFL

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