2011 NFL Playoffs: Team Needs (Continued)

Posted: January 6, 2011 by Larry McDaniel Jr. in Larry’s Halftime Huddle
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On the eve of the 2011 NFL Playoffs, I thought I would explore something that most don’t. At the end of the regular season, everyone talks about the teams picking in the top ten of the draft, and rightfully so. Teams picking that high have nothing to look forward too besides the draft. They are usually the teams in need of a major talent upgrade. On today, I want to take a look at the bottom 12 teams. Let’s take a peek at what their team needs are and what players in the draft could fill them.


1. Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks got in the playoffs by the hair on their chin. Making the playoffs cost them 10+ draft spots. They could have easily been picking towards the top of the draft, and had a relatively good shot at picking up their biggest need, quarterback. Hopefully one is still on the board when they pick at 21. They could also use a receiver, defensive tackle to help out Chris Clemons and Raheem Brock, offensive guard and tackle.

Team Needs: QB, WR, DT, OG, OT
Players: Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Mallett, Justin Blackmon, Jonathan Baldwin, Drake Nevis, Corey Liuget, Mike Pouncey, Benjamin Ijalana, Tyron Smith, Derek Sherrod.

2. New Orleans Saints – The Saints seem to suffer a ton of injuries every year. First they need to hire a new strength and conditioning trainer. Second, they could use upgrades at DT, OLB, and RB. Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory are injury prone, and Reggie Bush cost too much.

Team Needs: DT, OLB, RB
Players: Drake Nevis, Corey Liuget, Akeem Ayers, Bruce Carter, Mikel Leshour, Shane Vereen

3. Green Bay Packers: First and foremost, the Green Bay Packers must find a running game. The offense is too one dimensional right now. They also could use someone opposite of Clay Matthews, a new OT and a new 5 technique to play along side of BJ Raji.

Team Needs: RB, OLB, OT, DE
Players: Mark Ingram, Mikel Leshour, Justin Houston, Von Miller, Gabe Carimi, Anthony Castanzo, JJ Watt, Muhammed Wilkerson

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Mission number one is to protect Michael Vick. Mission number two is to bolster the secondary. Mission number three is to add to the linebacking core.

Team Needs: OG, CB, OLB
Players: Mike Pouncey, Benjamin Iajalana. Janoris Jenkins, Aaron Williams, Akeem Ayers, Bruce Carter.

5. Chicago Bears: Now that the bears have figured out that running the ball is ket, maybe they’ll finally get some offensive line talent. Jay Cutler and the receivers got it done this year, but they could use a bonafide number one receiver.

Team Needs: OT, WR
Players: Jonathan Baldwin, Michael Floyd, Gabe Carimi, Matt Reynolds

6. Atlanta Falcons: I never would of expected the Atlanta Falcons to preform the way they did this year. I’m pulling for them. Im a huge Tony Gonzalez fan, and I like what Thomas Dimitroff is doing. To continue their success into 2011, they need to add a pass rusher opposite of John Abraham, play making safety, and another receiver for Matt Ryan.

Team Needs: DE, S, WR
Players: Cameron Jordan, Allen Bailey, Rahim Moore, Robert Sands, Jonathan Baldwin, Michael Floyd


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