The 2012 NFL Draft is nearly upon us, and this edition is much clearer than last year, at least in terms of team needs, because free agency has already taken place. Here on the staff blog, I’m going to break down each team’s top needs and fantasy outlook for the draft, going division by division. First up is the AFC East. Got a player you want your team to target? Let me know in the comments.
Picks: 10, 41, 71, 105, 124, 144, 147, 178, 217, 251
1. Offensive Tackle – The Bill offensive line actually held up well last year, giving up a league-low 23 sacks in the regular season. However, this area is still a concern, as starting LT Demetress Bell signed with the Eagles, leaving them with Erik Pears and Chris Hairston, a 2011 4th-round pick, as the tackles. The ideal scenario for Buffalo in the 1st round appears to be Iowa OT Riley Reiff falling to #10 overall. Our Greg Cosell also likes Ohio State’s Mike Adams, although the Bills may be able to trade down a few spots if they want to target him.
2. Wide Receiver – Yes, the Bills locked up top WR [...]
Thursday brought us a long, tense day of labor negotiations, and now an absolutely crucial time continues in New York today. Elsewhere, a decision in Tennessee leaves the league with one less capable veteran quarterback.
Collins retires … If you take a look at the numbers – 3,439 completions (9th); 6,193 attempts (9th); and 40,441 yards (11th) – the average fan probably wouldn’t guess they belong to Kerry Collins. After a somewhat underrated 16-year career, the 38-year-old Collins opted to retire Thursday, thus ending speculation that he’d re-sign in Tennessee and hold the starting QB job while rookie Jake Locker tries to adjust to the pro game.
As a fellow product of Penn State, I salute Kerry Collins for an undefeated 1994 season.
Collins had an up-and-down career, beginning when he was the 5th overall pick out of Penn State in the 1995 draft and the first ever pick of the expansion Carolina Panthers. He proceeded to lead the team to the NFC Championship game in his second year and the team’s second year. But his career with the Panthers and then the Saints in the ‘90s was derailed by problems with alcohol before he went through rehab and resurrected his career [...]
Good afternoon everyone. I’m going to continue my recent series of posts wrapping up our weekend interviews on Sirius XM Fantasy Football, and we have a lot of good stuff to blog about today. Matt Camp and I talked shop with three of the best beat writers in the business:
John McClain covers the Texans for the Houston Chronicle (@McClain_on_NFL on Twitter):
The Texans want to be more committed to the run game in 2010, considering their high-powered offense in 2009 finished just 30th in running the football. McClain mentioned that it’s hard for the Texans to gain consistency in that respect because their offensive coordinators are often scooped up for other jobs, but new coordinator Rick Dennison is a believer in Gary Kubiak’s system. This should help the RBs stay on the same page (or hopefully turn to the next one) from last season.
McClain believes Steve Slaton, if healthy (he had neck surgery this off-season), will be the starting RB and main ballcarrier in
Steve Slaton had a disappointing 2009, but he looks good this off-season
Houston. Slaton bulked up last year to attempt to show that he can handle a full workload, but it backfired, and he lost a good deal [...]