By Sam Farmer, Tribune Newspapers
5:15 PM PDT, April 25, 2012
First-round pick: No. 8
Yet again, Dolphins are looking for franchise quarterback. They might use eighth pick on Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill, providing he's still on the board. The team needs a receiver too because it traded Brandon Marshall. Right side of the offensive line is a work in progress, and team perpetually is looking for pass rushers. Lots of holes on this team.
First-round pick: No. 10
Bills are stocked on defensive line, having picked up Mario Williams and Mark Anderson in free agency. Now, they can turn attention to protecting blind side of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Left tackle Demetress Bell is gone, but Iowa's Riley Reiff still should be available. Club should be able to trade out of 10th spot, as it's a coveted position.
First-round pick: No. 16
Every year under Rex Ryan, Jets have looked for a quality outside linebacker who can rush. There are some in draft, and Jets could land one at 16. Receiver also a position of need, as Jets need top-shelf complement to Santonio Holmes. Team signed LaRon Landry, but another safety would be helpful.
First-round picks: Nos. 27, 31
Patriots are thinking defense in draft. With pass rusher Anderson now with Bills, Pats need to find someone else who can put squeeze on QBs. Secondary has been hodgepodge lately so Bill Belichick will take hard look at quality corners and safeties. Patriots might also find defensive tackle who can learn behind Vince Wilfork.
First-round pick: No. 2
Redskins paid handsomely to trade up to No. 2 presumably to take Baylor QB Robert Griffin III. Team will need to collect big men to protect him, with several holes along offensive line. Redskins don't have second-round pick, so they will be lucky to find safety to step in for the departed Landry or O.J. Atogwe.
First-round pick: No. 14
Mark Barron is on wish list, but Alabama safety might not be available at 14. Cowboys did well in drafting USC tackle Tyron Smith last season, and this year has chance to augment some interior line positions. And how about some targets for Tony Romo now that Laurent Robinson and Martellus Bennett are gone?
First-round pick: No. 15
There were rumblings Eagles were interested in Tannehill, but team has more pressing need at defensive tackle. Eagles have productive defensive ends in Trent Cole and Jason Babin but could improve on interior. At linebacker, Eagles traded for standout in middle in DeMeco Ryans but can improve at outside spots.
First-round pick: No. 32
As Super Bowl champions, Giants have last pick in first round. That might be spot to grab Stanford tight end Coby Fleener, who no doubt would mesh well with Eli Manning. Of course, there are more pressing needs. Giants could use replacement for receiver Mario Manningham, and for running back Brandon Jacobs, as well as offensive tackle.
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