NFL Draft/First Round: What's the order and what they need
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The New England Patriots forfeited their own first-round pick (No. 31) in the 'Spygate' fallout. Also, neither indianapolis nor Cleveland has a first-round pick this year.
1. Miami Dolphins
Needs: Name a position. About the only spot they appear set is running back with Ronnie Brown, Lorenzo Booker and Ricky Williams.
- What: Annual NFL player draft. Seven rounds ... two on Saturday and five on Sunday.
- When: 3 p.m. Saturday, then resumes at 10 a.m. Sunday.
- Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York.
- TV: ESPN & NFL Network.
- No. 1 pick: Miami.
- Steelers: Select 23rd in the first round, then have one pick in every succeeding round except the seventh. They traded their seventh round pick to Atlanta last year for Allen Rossum.
2. St. Louis Rams
Needs: Both lines. This is the first draft for Billy Devaney, hired as head of player personnel after working for Falcons and 49ers.
3. Atlanta Falcons
Needs: QB tops a long list. There will be a lot of talk about BC's Matt Ryan, but Glenn Dorsey is the smart pick, particularly in a thin QB draft.
4. Oakland Raiders
Needs: Both lines and receiver. Chris Long or Glenn Dorsey would look good for a team that was busy in free agency here, but will they still be around?
5. Kansas City Chiefs
Needs: Just about everything. Must have at least three new starters on the OL, step-ins for two aging CBs and at least one safety.
6. New York Jets
Needs: Big receiver and a corner to complement Darelle Revis. But after busy free agency, likely feel they can afford to go with best available.
7. New England Patriots
Needs: What does a team that went 18-1 need? Well, CBs to replace Asante Samuel and Randall Gay. This is the 49ers pick in case you're wondering.
8. Baltimore Ravens
Needs: QB, particularly with the retirement of Steve McNair. A tackle to take over for aging Jonathan Ogden would be a close second.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
Needs: Help at defensive tackle, and linebacker (and in the court room). Receiver could also be an issue with Chad Johnson wanting out.
10. New Orleans Saints
Needs: Linebacker, defensive tackle and cornerback. Any help would make Drew Brees-led offense that much more pronounced.
11. Buffalo Bills
Needs: A big-bodied WR to complement Lee Evans and a CB to offset Nate Clements departure. With any help there, could be ready to step up from 7-9.
12. Denver Broncos
Needs: Help on both sides of the line as well as secondary and running back.
And in case you didn't notice, K Jason Elam left for Atlanta.
13. Carolina Panthers
Needs: An offensive tackle who can step right in and start this fall. This is a team that would love someone such as Pitt's Jeff Otah.
14. Chicago Bears
Needs: Help just about everywhere on offense, particularly the line and running back, where former No. 1 Cedric Benson is running out of time.
15. Detroit Lions
Needs: Have failed miserably in recent drafts. They need so many other things, so don't look for them to take another WR, but you never know.
16. Arizona Cardinals
Needs: A cornerback and backups at running back and receiver. That they're looking for backups says much about job of Ken Whisenhunt.
17. Minnesota Vikings
Needs: A pass-rushing defensive end is a priority, with Kenechi Udeze (leukemia) and Erasmus James (knee) uncertain for season.
18. Houston Texans
Needs: A left tackle with starter Ephraim Salaam entering his 11th season and Charles Spencer still out with an injury from 2006.
19. Philadelphia Eagles
Needs: Help in the secondary and along both lines. Believe it or not, they could be one playmaker on offense from making a run at the Super Bowl.
20. Tampa Bay Bucs
Needs: Most skill positions on offense and a cornerback. Outside of Joey Galloway, they are devoid of speed at receiver. Texas' Limas Sweed would fit nicely.
21. Washington Redskins
Needs: A pass-rushing end and a big receiver to fit into new coach Jim Zorn's West Coast offense. But Zorn may be the true rookie under the gun.
Needs: A running back to share the load with Marion Barber, a cornerback and young WRs. CB question could be answered by "Pac-man" Jones.
23. Pittsburgh Steelers
Needs: Offensive line, where they lost Alan Faneca to the Jets, and another wide receiver. This is a draft where they need to build depth all around.
24. Tennessee Titans
Needs: Bringing back Justin Gage and signing Justin McCareins means they have size, but still lack a speedy WR to stretch field.
25. Seattle Seahawks
Needs: A tight end who can block and catch passes and a running back for the future once one-time MVP Shaun Alexander hits the wall.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars
Needs:Defensive line help. Marcus Stroud is gone (for two second-day picks) and Paul Spicer and Rob Meier are over 30. So, yes, help on the DL.
27. San Diego Chargers
Needs:Offensive line and a backup RB now that Michael Turner has left for Atlanta. One problem: They have no picks in Rounds 2,3 or 4.
28. Dallas Cowboys
Needs: What they don't get at No. 22 overall, they can surely get here. WRs DeSeahn Jackson or Malcolm Kelly would look good opposite T.O.
29. San Fran. 49ers
Needs: A starting LB to go with Patrick Willis as well as depth at several spots. Would also have No. 7 pick, but traded it to Patriots.
30. Green Bay Packers
Needs: Tight end, cornerback and offensive line. General manager Ted Thompson, though, is known for taking "best available."
31. New York Giants
Needs: A safety, with loss of Gibril Wilson, and a CB, with Sam Madison nearing end of his career. Anywhere else on defense would be OK, too.
First Published April 20, 2008 1:41 am