2011 NFL Draft Preview – AFC East Team Needs

The 2011 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and here at Bang the Book, we’ve got all of the team needs for the AFC East squads drawn up in preparation for the draft.

Buffalo Bills
Draft Choices: 3, 34, 68, 100, 122, 133, 169, 206, 245
Team Needs: QB, DL, OL, LB
2011 NFL Draft Analysis: The Bills have so many needs and such a high first draft choice that they are in a good position to draft the best player available on their board with the 3rd overall pick. Most analysts have Buffalo taking OLB Von Miller from Texas A&M and he would provide them with an explosive pass rusher coming off the edge. However, it wouldn’t be a complete surprise to see the Bills make a small reach and take QB Blaine Gabbert from Missouri. Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the answer and the Bills would do back flips if Cam Newton fell to them, but it appears Newton will be the first player off the board. Later in the draft, look for the bills to improve both lines.

Miami Dolphins
Draft Choices: 15, 79, 111, 146, 179, 217, 218, 235
Team Needs: OL, QB, DB, RB
2011 NFL Draft Analysis: G Mike Pouncey from Florida seems to be the best selection available at this point for the Dolphins. Pouncey can play guard or center and is the best interior lineman available in the draft. If the Dolphins don’t take Pouncey, they may take Washington QB Jake Locker as many in the organization have been disappointed with the progress made by Chad Henne. Another need for the ‘Fins, but later down the line is running back. There are major questions surrounding both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, and although it’s unlikely that they’d take a running back in the first round, look for the Dolphins to draft a future RB with the 79th or 111th pick.

New England Patriots
Draft Choices: 17, 28, 33, 60, 74, 92, 125, 159, 193
Team Needs: OL, DL, LB, WR
2011 NFL Draft Analysis: With six picks in the first three rounds, Bill Belichick is again locked and loaded to provide help to the team that has been the best run in the NFL over the last decade. New England has a tradition of selecting the best player available and it is almost certain that this is the strategy they will employ with their two first round picks. Defensive end is a top need for the Patriots and with a plethora of talented prospects at that position, the Patriots may take either JJ Watt, Cameron Jordan, or Ryan Kerrigan. If the Pats don’t go defensive end, local product OT Anthony Castonzo is a logical selection as well.

New York Jets
Draft Choices: 30, 94, 126, 161, 194, 208
Team Needs: LB, DL, OL, WR
2011 NFL Draft Analysis: Rex Ryan has brought some pride and swagger back to Fireman Ed and the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! For as good as the Jets defense was this past season, New York could use some help along the front seven. DT Kris Jenkins has shown that he is unable to stay healthy so drafting a nose tackle is one of the top priorities. DT Phil Taylor is a logical pick in this regard as he has the size and ability to play the nose and stuff the middle. If the Jets don’t go with Taylor, look for them to go with an outside linebacker such as Akeem Ayers or Justin Houston.

Adam Markowitz

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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