Pat Kirwan examines the draft needs for all 32 teams, by division, this week. The biggest need for each team is listed first and followed in descending order.
Needs: QB, LT, G, DE, OLB, TE
Projection game: Two-round mock
Otherwise, Buffalo takes a top-flight defensive lineman or could trade down to help add picks and inject as much talent as possible. They already have eight choices, including four in the top 100, but one more wouldn't hurt, especially if they have an eye on a QB like Christian Ponder later in the process.
Buffalo also needs offensive tackle help. Although it's too early to take one with the third overall pick, the run could be over when the Bills are back on the clock in the second round.
*Draft choices: Nos. 3, 34, 68, 99, 121, 130, 164, 195
Needs: RB, G, TE, QB, FS, CB
Miami hasn't solved its quarterback issues. Chad Henne is under tremendous pressure to deliver or things could get ugly for everyone. Needs at guard, tight end and safety should be addressed later in the draft, but filling those holes is harder without a second-round pick. Moving down to acquire a choice late in the second round should be considered.
*Draft choices: Nos.15, 79, 110, 143, 174 207, 208
New England Patriots
Needs: Pass rusher, LT, DE, Big WR, OLB, RB
With two picks in the first round and six in the top 92, the Patriots will get what they want and parlay a few choices into 2012 selections. They need a pass rusher, left tackle, a good big man on the defensive line and an outside linebacker. A tall wide receiver to "take the top off" the defense is always a consideration, but that might come a bit later in the draft since Tom Brady can help coach him up.
Bill Belichick has always liked defensive players with experience rushing the passer with their hand on the ground and an ability to play in coverage. He also has a very strong connection with the Florida Gators and will study that roster.
*Draft choices: Nos.17, 28, 33, 60, 74, 92, 124, 156, 188
New York Jets
Needs: OLB, DE, G, WR, S
A right offensive tackle could be a top priority, and the highest graded player left on the board when the Jets pick in the first round just might be a tackle. Without a second-round selection, they might have to reach a bit in the first round since 64 players will come off the board between their first and second pick. Somewhere in this draft, the Jets have to grab a safety because injuries at that position changed everything last year.
*Draft choices: Nos.30, 94, 125, 158, 189, 197
*The draft picks are unofficial at this point. The league is expected to release the complete draft order by the end of March.