Mar 24, 2008
Free agency is just about dead, so it’s time to turn our attention to the draft. I’m hoping to produce a Podcast with myself, Adam Caplan, and Tony Pauline of the TFY Draft Preview show very soon, possibly this week, and we’ll have our Pre-Draft Rookie Report out by month’s end.
Today, I thought it would be interesting to look at the top-10 teams in this year’s draft for fantasy. In other words, the top-10 teams that will be drafting like us fantasy players, focusing on the skill players.
You never really know exactly what an NFL team’s draft priorities are, but it’s safe to say these 10 teams will be focusing on offense more than the other 22.
#10 – New England – With Donte Stallworth gone, they could look to add a wideout, and they could also use a backup RB who wasn’t alive when disco ruled the billboard charts. They may even look to add another TE. They won’t be addressing these positions early, but they will add a few offensive players.
#9 – San Francisco – They still need wideouts, that’s for sure, specifically one or two who are ideal fits for Mike Martz’ scheme. They may even grab a QB, since it’s a lock that Alex Smith never lives up to his draft status and he might never be even a solid NFL player.
#8 – Indianapolis – While the Colts won’t be going offense early, they could focus on it late. They could use another back, and they definitely need more depth at wideout. Ben Utecht is gone, so they might also grab a TE.
#7 – Tennessee – They did at TE Alge Crumpler, but they could use another prospect at that position, and they definitely need a WR or two. They may even grab a speedy back, since they had interest in Julius Jones and since Chris Brown is gone.
#6 – Tampa Bay – As usual, Jon Gruden needs everything. Their receiver corps is an embarrassment, so they’ll likely go back to the drawing board with that position. They could use a QB prospect, too, since Luke McCown may not be large enough to handle a starting role. They could use a RB prospect, and maybe even a TE. I have one piece of advice for Gruden: don’t take a kicker too early.
#5 – Kansas City – It’s going to be interesting to see if they have given up on Brodie Croyle already. We’ll likely know after their first pick because they may use it on a QB. The Chiefs, as usual, also need help at WR, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to draft a TE. Heck, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to draft a RB, since Lar Johnson is a dog.
#4 – Chicago – How quickly things change in the NFL. The Bears one year ago were just months removed from a Super Bowl appearance – and now their offense is one of the weakest in the league. They need a QB, desperately, and they need receivers even more desperately. And since Cedric Benson is a bum, they also might draft a RB.
#3 – Buffalo – Please, Buffalo, for the love of all things holy, please take a wide receiver in Round One. Your receiving corps is incredibly annoying to see at this point. Your situation at TE is also a joke, so address these two areas next month. Thanks.
#2 – Seattle – Oh, these guys have some issues. They definitely need wide receiver help, and they really need a viable TE. They could still draft a RB even though they have added Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett. They may even look at QB, since Matt Hasselbeck is on the downside of his career (although his play is still fine).
#1 – Dallas Cowboys – It appears very likely that Dallas will take a back in Round One; perhaps they move up and take Darren McFadden to team with Marion Barber. They could also snag a wideout in Round One, so this team could potentially feature two #1 picks at the skill positions this year. They could also use a young QB because Brad Johnson was actually born in the 60s.