With only one week left until the NFL’s annual draft we here at Sport’s Haven are trying something new.We will do a draft preview and offseason in review for all of the division’s with Mike doing the NFC and myself doing the AFC. Don’t worry we will still have our 2 round Mock Draft page. Now let’s get to it today I will talk about the AFC East which includes the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins. I will go from worst to first from the 09-10 season which means the Buffalo Bills are on the clock!!!
Buffalo Bills – Last season Buffalo had some major problems one being another failed experiment of Terrell Owens and some major injuries headlined another disappointment as the Bills finished with a 6-10 record. One thing that the Bills have had major problems with over the years is the QB Position which is one of their positions needed and with the 9th pick overall in the draft a QB will likely be taken. Another need is definitely the offensive line. With these things in mind the likely targets are Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen, Texas QB Colt McCoy or use their early 2nd round pick to select Tim Tebow after picking the best Lineman available in the 1st. My final Pick: OT Bryan Bulaga then Tebow in 2nd round.
Miami Dolphins – The Miami Dolphins had a tough year in 09 starting out 0-3 then ending the year on the same low note. Bill Parcells made a splash for his fish by bringing in star wideout Brandon Marshall and All-Pro Linebacker Karlos Dansby who will both have major impacts on the Dolphins. The Dolphins last draft selected a speed cover corner in Vontae Davis who had 49 tackles in 9 games last season and a wildcat QB in Pat White. With their 12th overall pick look for the Tuna to pick between local South Florida pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul and Texas stud Sergio Kindle who both will be used as hybrid pass rushers. Or the Fish may go another route and take an exciting speedster like C.J. Spiller of Clemson or WR Golden Tate. My final pick: Jason Pierre-Paul will replace Jason Taylor as rush end
New England Patriots- The Patriots who have been the dominant football franchise over the last decade got a sickining reality check when the New York Jets came out of nowhere to win the AFC East divisonal title. What the Pats lacked last season was a dominant OLB to dominate and control to edge. Also the once great reciever core took some hits from last year with some major injuries to Wes Welker and a less effective Randy Moss. In last year’s draft the Pats took Saftey Patrick Jung who played alot last season and selcted Julian Edelman in the 7th round which helped them cope with the injuries to Welker. For this year when the Patriots go on the clock with the 22nd pick in this years draft look for them to maybe take a Sergio Kindle or Clemson’s Ricky Sapp to fill that OLB void. My Final Pick: Ricky Sapp; strong, athletic and explosive plus Kindle will be off of Board
New York Jets- The once phrased “Same Old Jets” looked like nothing that could even be compared to that phase. With the additions of the hardcore Rex Ryan “Kill E’m All” style and Bart Scott the Jets had a truly suprising year to say the least with a winning season, Division title and to cap it off an AFC Championship game appearance. The Jets had a very busy offseason… Parting ways with Thomas Jones, Lito Sheppard and Kerry Rhodes while adding stars Ladanian Tomlinson, Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie . Now to the draft board… when picking for a Rex Ryan style team you need a criteria of a hard-working, hard-hitting and aggressive individual on either side of the ball some names come to my mind very quickly. Names like Michigan’s Brandon Graham and Everson Griffen of USC come to mind if they want to improve the linebacking core or DT’s Ben Price of UCLA and DT Jared Odrick can be options if Kris Jenkins’ health isn’t where it needs to be. My Final Pick: Everson Green; fits Rex Ryan’s style on Defense. My next post will be on the AFC North and hopefully we will have some NFC stuff up ASAP. Adios