Most know this but a look (Insider) of the AFC East needs going into the draft.
1. Defensive line: This was the worst run defense in the league in 2010, and help is needed all along this line. Nose tackle Kyle Williams is the only really productive player, and Bills' other guys are aging. They also really need to develop a young defensive end.
2. Outside linebacker: Aaron Maybin looks like a possible bust as a 3-4 edge rusher. Young Arthur Moats and veteran Shawne Merriman can't be counted on, and it is hard to imagine where the pass rush is coming from with the exception of the motor of Chris Kelsay.
3. Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick shows flashes of excellent play, but on a good team, he probably should be a quality backup. With so many other holes to fill on this roster, the coaches might live with Fitzpatrick another year. He isn't a franchise QB, but he's good enough to win games if other players are doing their own jobs effectively.
4. Left offensive tackle: Demetrius Bell was adequate in 2010, but the Bills have passed on a lot of premier offensive tackles in recent years and it has hurt them in pass protection and run blocking. Could he move to right tackle if Buffalo finds a player for the left side? The Bills must do a better job of protecting the edges.
5. Tight end: In an era of tight ends who are productive in the passing game, the Bills have virtually no production in this area. They do not have a TE who can stretch the defense and move the chains on third down. They can't continue to ignore this position.
6. Strong safety: Donte Whitner is a terrific player, and he is coming off a 140-tackle year in 2010. However, he wants big money and could easily leave in free agency. They might need to find a solid player in the deep middle of the field with good cover skills.
1. Running back: Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown are aging; both are free agents; and the drop-off at this position was dramatic in 2010 -- this offense had only five rushing plays of 20 or more yards. With an unstable QB position, the Dolphins need more out of their run game, and a young No. 1 back is the answer.
2. Quarterback: Chad Henne has been given a lot of chances, but he doesn't show any consistency and the Dolphins might have to start over at QB. The coaches seem to like Tyler Thigpen, but he is not the long-term answer. This is a veteran team that thinks it can win now, so it could look in free agency instead of the draft for a QB.
3. Guard/center: Richie Incognito is a solid guard, but although he could move to center and replace Joe Berger, he is a free agent who might not come back. John Jerry was bothered by injuries in 2010 and is still developing. All three interior positions could look different in 2011.
4. Safety: This is a decent defense, but offenses absolutely destroy them in the deep middle of the field, especially free safety Chris Clemons, in coverage. There is a big need for a player who can help the back end of this defense in both run support and pass coverage.
5. Wide receiver: Brian Hartline is improving and Davone Bess is productive, but Brandon Marshall is their one big-time player. A speed receiver who could take some coverage away from Marshall is needed.
6. Tight end: Anthony Fasano is a steady possession guy, but he doesn't really stretch defenses. They have three young guys who rotate, but none of them is a real receiving threat. Finding a guy who can attack the seams and flex to get good speed matchups would really help.
New England Patriots
1. Outside linebacker: This defense puts virtually no pressure on opposing QBs, and the Patriots get nothing off the edge from their 3-4 pass-rush OLBs. Tully Banta-Cain and Rob Ninkovich are sound but aren't big playmakers, and the only developmental guy New England has is Jermaine Cunningham. The Pats need an impact guy who can generate pressure.
2. Guard: Logan Mankins was a holdout for a good portion of the season and now has the franchise tag, but he might not be around for long and Stephen Neal has retired. This team has gotten by for years with an adequate O-line and a great QB behind it. It is time to revamp the left side of this unit and protect Tom Brady's backside.
3. Offensive tackle: Left tackle Matt Light is an aging 11th-year veteran and a free agent. Although he is steady and smart, Brady gets hit too much from his blind side, even if the Pats' quick-throw passing game masks some of his weaknesses. Sebastian Vollmer is adequate on the right side, but it is time for a premier athletic guy to get ready to replace Light, or perhaps Volmer could move to the left side.
4. Defensive end: Ty Warren has health issues; Gerard Warren is a free agent; and Ron Brace has not progressed as quickly as expected. The Pats did recently sign aging Marcus Stroud, but how much does he have left? This group is decent at stopping the run, but New England doesn't generate much of a pass rush.
5. Wide receiver: Even though this is a prolific and productive pass offense, sometimes it's doing it with smoke and mirrors. The Pats use their tight ends well and have solid slot receivers, but without Randy Moss, they don't have that big-play speed receiver who can stretch the defense. It could turn out to be Brandon Tate or Taylor Price, but with so many spread sets, they can always use another WR.
6. Running back: Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor are near the end of their careers, but the Pats did get unexpected production in 2010 from Danny Woodhead and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Woodhead can give them Faulk's receiving production, but as the Pats try to run the ball more, they will need a workhorse back to carry the load.
New York Jets
1. Outside linebacker: This defense depends on a strong edge pass rush out of the 3-4 scheme, and it didn't get that in 2010. Veterans Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas are adequate but not explosive, and Jason Taylor is gone. They get by because Rex Ryan disguises this weakness with tons of blitzes. The Jets could use two young, athletic players at the position.
2. Defensive end: Shaun Ellis has been a good player, but he is 33 years old and likely will not return. Mike DeVito plays hard but doesn't offer much of a pass rush; former first-round pick Vernon Gholston was a huge bust; and Trevor Pryce is a short-term stopgap veteran. The Jets need a 3-4 run stopper who can hold up at the point of attack.
3. Offensive tackle: RT Damien Woody started to struggle physically in 2010 and was released, and there is no guarantee that Vladimir Ducasse is the long-term answer, although it is possible. Wayne Hunter is a nice reserve to have, but not the answer.
4. Nose tackle: Kris Jenkins is no longer on this team, and although his replacement often got hurt, Sione Pouha played surprisingly well. However, he might not be the long-term answer and there is marginal depth behind him. The Jets need an inside penetrator who can collapse the pocket.
5. Wide receiver: On paper, this position "looks" solid, but Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith are free agents and New York can't afford to pay them all. This offense loves multi-receiver sets, and Mark Sanchez could use a young guy to grow with. This position likely will have a much different look in 2011, although the Jets do like their young guy, 6-foot-5 Patrick Turner.
6. Safety: Injuries really affected this position in 2010, with Brodney Pool going down early and Jim Leonhard and Eric Smith going down late. Pool is a free agent, and Leonhard needs to recover from his broken leg. This is a depth need to help in all of the Jets' sub packages.