Tapping the NFL Draft: AFC/NFC East Team Needs

See which positions each eastern conference team will be targeting this weekend.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

With the NFL draft just a few days away, we begin a new series over the next four days: breaking down which positions each franchise will be looking to fill. 

Included with each team are their roster needs, a breakdown of possible picks and how many picks each team has per round.
*Multiple picks in one round noted by number in parenthesis

AFC East
Buffalo Bills
T, WR, OLB, CB
Buffalo addressed their biggest needs this offseason by signing DE Mario Williams along with a few other pass rushers while also re-signing WR Stevie Johnson.  Their first pick in the draft is #10 overall, and there are two highly likely scenarios.If the Bills take OT Riley Reiff of Iowa at #10, look for them to target a WR in round two, either Rueben Randle of LSU or South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery.If the Bills use that tenth pick on Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd, they should take Mississippi tackle Bobby Massie.  If both Floyd and Reiff are gone, the Bills could go after Boston College LB Luke Kuechly or any of the available DT's with #10.
Rounds selecting: 1, 2, 3, (2)4, (2)5, 6, 7

Miami Dolphins QB, WR, RT, S, DE, CB
There is some outside pressure for Miami to use it's #8 pick on Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill, but they can't afford to move up to take him unless it only costs them an extra 2nd or 3rd rounder.  If they do take Tannehill, look for the Dolphins to go with a WR or T 2nd round.  If they don't get Tannehill, I expect them to take Riley Reiff and look at QB in the 2nd round, either Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden or Arizona's Nick Foles.
Rounds selecting: 1, 2, (2)3, 4, 5, 6, 7

New England Patriots DE, OLB, CB, DT, G/C, S
The Patriots don't have their usual stockpile of picks, but they do have picks with a high value and could trade down to get more.  With their two first round picks, the Patriots need to address OLB with one of the two.  USC's Nick Perry and Clemson's Andre Branch would fit there.  The other first rounder could either be the other of those OLBs, or a DT capable of playing DE in the 3-4.  One of their two second rounders should be one of many CBs worthy of being selected at that point, North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins or Louisiana-Lafayette's Dwight Bentley would be great picks.
Rounds selecting: (2)1, (2)2, 3, 4

New York Jets OLB, WR, RT, DE, S, RB
If Georgia G/T Cordy Glenn is available for the Jets #16 pick, they should be more than thrilled taking him.  Another first round option could be Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw.  In the later rounds, the Jets should take a WR to play opposite Santonio Holmes in the 2nd round and address either linebacker, running back or G/T in the third round.
Rounds selecting: 1, 2, 3, (2)4, 6, 7

NFC East
Dallas Cowboys S, CB, G, 3DT, WR
Secondary needs to be the primary concern for the Cowboys in this draft since they were horrible last year.  The best case scenario would be to take Alabama safety Mark Barron at #14 and take a CB in round two or three.  I can see Jerry Jones wanting UCF corner Josh Robinson in round two and taking either a guard or DT in the 3rd/4th rounds.
Rounds selecting: 1, 2, 3, (2)4, 5, 6, 7

New York Giants OLB, OT, ILB, RB, DT
New York's linebacker squad lacks substance, Nebraska OLB Lavonte David is a great fit at #32.  Offensive line should be a focus in round two, while getting a backup running back in round three or four is crucial.  Possibly a combination of Cal OT Mitchell Schwartz and Cincinnati RB Isaiah Pead in the 3rd would work well.
Rounds selecting: 1, 2, 3, 5, (3)6, (3)7

Philadelphia Eagles S, DT, OT, OLB, QB
If Mark Barron falls to #15 it's very possible to see Philadelphia jump at the opportunity, other options include LSU DT Michael Brockers or Stanford guard David DeCastro.  The Eagles should use their two second rounders on whichever of those three positions (S, OL, DT) they don't fill in round one.  A quarterback in the 3rd or 4th round should be a priority.  Kirk Cousins would be a perfect fit if he falls that far.
Rounds selecting: 1, (2)2, 3, 4, 5, (3)6

Washington Redskins QB, ILB, OT, RB, S, C/G
The Redskins will fill their biggest need, taking Robert Griffin III with the #2 overall pick.  They will need to capitalize on their 3rd and 4th rounders since they sent their 2nd rounder to St. Louis.  Either OL depth or an ILB to solidify an already impressive linebacking corps with those picks would be ideal.
Rounds selecting: 1, 3, (2)4, 5, 6, 7

Keep logging on to CraveOnline.com for pick by pick projections and analysis leading up to the NFL draft on April 26th-28th.

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