NFL Draft 2013 AFC TEAM
Help wanted: The Super Bowl champions have been decimated this offseason, but GM Ozzie Newsome has always been a draft-and-develop roster builder. Replacing the retired Ray Lewis at middle linebacker is likely Newsome’s most important task. Help wanted: Safety remains a trouble area for the Bengals, who could improve on their league-best sack total with better play at the back end. Adding another weapon for Andy Dalton— at running back or receiver—also makes sense.
Help wanted: The arrival of defensive coordinator Ray Horton employs the Browns to provide the attacking playcaller with a never-ending supply of attacking defenders. Cornerback opposite Joe Haden and quarterback are other needs.
"the attacking playcaller”
Help Wanted: New England continues its struggle to find a receiver who can stretch the field vertically. Maybe this draft has an answer. to the recent departure of fixture Wes Welker too. And despite re-signing Aqib Talib, cornerback is a good bet to be addressed.
Help Wanted: The Jets have holes all over the roster. Just about every position on offense could be upgraded, and an old, slow defense needs a facelift. An attacking linebacker or starting right tackle likely tops the priority list.
Help wanted: Free-agent losses of Sean Smith and Jake Long helped develop pressing needs at both cornerback and offensive tackle. GM Jeff Ireland must now find answers to the holes in a draft deep at corner and top-heavy at tackle.
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Help wanted: By releasing 2012 starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bills have almost guaranteed their selection of a top quarterback in this draft. The need to hit on a signal caller is great. All three linebacker spots are up for grabs, too.
Help wanted: An aging defense needs a youth movement at outside linebacker and along the defensive line. The running back position lacks a lead option, and Mike Wallace’s departure robbed Pittsburgh of a vertical threat.
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