Sunday, April 21, 2013

AFC East Draft Preview

With a week until the NFL Draft, we're taking a look at what to expect from all 32 teams come Draft Day, including some recommended blogs to read and folks to follow on Twitter.

2012 Record: 12-4

Draft Picks: 29, 59, 91, 226, 235

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: NE Patriots Draft, Foxboro Blog

Draft Preview: New England has only 5 picks in the draft, a 1st, a 2nd, a 3rd and two 7ths. Everyone talks about how well Bill Belichick constructs his team, but if you look back over their past few drafts they haven't been as good as one would expect. Wide receiver is probably their biggest need with O-line help, a defensive end and a corner back as their other needs. New England has made 9 trades in the last 6 drafts, trading out of the first round 3 times and down in the first round 4 other times. Of course, some of these years they had multiple first round picks, but they have made a trade involving a first round pick in each of the last 6 drafts. If you think they're standing pat you're nuts.

2012 Record: 7-9

Draft Picks: 12, 42, 54, 77, 82, 111, 146, (166), 217, 224, (250)

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: Alex Miglio, The Phinsider

Draft Preview: Miami is another team that needs a help on the offensive line as they look to replace Jake Long and they actually have the ammo (2 2nd rounders, 2 3rd rounders) to move up into the top 10 (or even top 5) to get their guy. The Fins are transitioning to a 4-3 defense so if an LT isn't there, an edge rusher or corner back could get a look. It wouldn't be shocking to see the Fins trade with the Browns to move up to #6 to take an LT if one of the top three makes it past Detroit.

2012 Record: 6-10

Draft Picks: 8, 41, 71, 105, 143, 177

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: Mr Deadlier, Bills Mafia

Draft Preview: Buffalo is another one of those "We do what we want" teams that is hard to predict. The Bills certainly need a quarterback, and new coach Doug Marrone could draft Ryan Nassib who played for him at Syracuse. The biggest question for Buffalo is how much they value the quarterbacks other than Geno Smith in this draft. If Geno isn't available, the Bills could opt for a wide receiver or offensive lineman at #8 then use their second round pick on a quarterback. Buffalo also had the second-worst run defense in the league last year, so they'll probably be looking for a linebacker at some point. Buffalo hasn't traded in the first round in the last 6 drafts, so it's unlikely they will again.

2012 Record: 6-10

Draft Picks: 9, 39, 72, 106, 141, 178, 215

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: Eric Manassy

Draft Preview: The 30th ranked passing offense, 5th most sacks allowed, 23rd in the league in sacks, 26th ranked run defense. They spent the offseason collecting mediocre QBs (no joke their depth chart is Sanchez, Garrard, McElroy, Tebow). Shonn Greene left in free agency, leaving a big hole at RB but there is none worth the #9 pick. They traded Darrelle Revis to Tampa for multiple picks. The Jets need a pass rusher as their OLB play has been downright dismal during the Rex Ryan era, but Revis' departure leaves holes in the secondary and their offense is downright awful.

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