Mostly agree with your rankings; with the optimism bias from being a cardinals fan personally, I'd argue you could make a 1 star increase at each position, but their current rankings are also fair. I very much disagree with the 1 star ranking at special teams however, as we have a pro bowl gunner in Justin Bethel being joined by some high upside athletes in the kick coverage team and kick return game. Probably the best coverage unit in the game, which coupled with a punter who is below average (don't think he's as bad as stats show- his hangtime is rediculous, and it seems the staff went with him for this reason. I'd choose a distance leg with our coverage team, butI digress). In short, I'd say 3 stars is fair. A perfectly average special teams unit, whose only limitation really seems to be Drew Butler's distance and the uncertainty of a new long snapper (but both seem pretty reliable this far)
Last update: April 28, 2006. Next Update: April 29, 2006 (depending on a signing or trade).
Houston Texans: Calvin Lowry, S, Penn State
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the Texans need upgrades over C.C. Brown and Glenn Earl.
Houston Texans: John McCargo, DT, N.C. State
Now that the Texans are switching to a 4-3 defensive scheme, they will need the appropriate type of defensive tackles.
Green Bay Packers: Demetrius Williams, WR, Oregon
Javon Walker wants out of Green Bay. I can't really blame him after the team's lack of participation in free agency. If Walker leaves, the Packers will
be hunting for a new wide out.
Denver Broncos: Roman Harper, S, Alabama
At 34, John Lynch is clearly past his prime. The Broncos need a younger player who can eventually replace the veteran free safety.
Oakland Raiders: Gerris Wilkinson, MLB, Georgia Tech
It seems like the Raiders need help everywhere on defense.
Buffalo Bills: Bernard Pollard, S, Purdue
With Lawyer Milloy being a cap casualty and Troy Vincent in the twilight of his career, the Bills need to get younger and quicker at safety.
New York Jets: Kellen Clemens, QB, Oregon
Like I said earlier, Chad Pennington has a dead arm, while Patrick Ramsey has yet to prove himself as a capable starter in this league. The Jets like
Kellen Clemens, so they will find a way to secure the Oregon signal caller.
Arizona Cardinals: Terna Nande, OLB, Miami of Ohio
Arizona needs upgrades all over its defense. Outside linebacker wouldn't be a bad place to start.
Buffalo Bills: Brodie Croyle, QB, Alabama
I've made it clear that I'm not a big believer in J.P. Losman. Since Buffalo has two third-round selections, it wouldn't hurt for them to take
Brodie Croyle with one of them.
Detroit Lions: Ray Edwards, DE, Purdue
No one on the Lions registered more than seven sacks in 2005. That has to change.
New England Patriots: Greg Blue, S, Georgia
I don't know if Bernard Pollard can be a valid replacement for Rodney Harrison, but he should at least should be a decent backup for the substitute New
Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona State
The Eagles still need help at wide receiver. Maybe they should have just paid Terrell Owens the money and avoided the whole soap opera they went through
St. Louis Rams: Marcedes Lewis, TE, UCLA
The Rams need tons of upgrades on the defensive side of the ball, but Scott Linehan should spend at least one first-day pick on an offensive weapon.
If you're wondering why Marcedes Lewis has slipped, just blame the scouts who criticize him for running a slow 40.
Cleveland Browns: Jonathan Lewis, DT, Virginia Tech
Much like Cincinnati, the Browns acquired an ancient defensive tackle this offseason and need a long-term solution at the position.
Atlanta Falcons: Daryn Colledge, OT, Boise State
Kevin Shaffer signed a contract with the Browns, but Atlanta needed an upgrade over him regardless.
Dallas Cowboys: Tim McGarigle, ILB, Northwestern
Bill Parcells spent so much time upgrading his outside linebackers last year, that it seemed like he forgot to address the inside.
San Diego Chargers: Rashad Butler, OT, Miami
Last year, I suggested that the Chargers should upgrade their offensive tackles. They didn't listen and they suffered because of it.
Miami Dolphins: Maurice Drew, RB, UCLA
What a surprise, Ricky Williams failed a drug test. No one saw that coming. Nick Saban will be forced to burn an early draft pick on a solid backup for
Minnesota Vikings: Omar Jacobs, QB, Bowling Green
It wouldn't be a bad idea for the Vikings to invest a third-round selection on a young signal caller; Omar Jacobs could one day replace Brad Johnson.
San Francisco 49ers: Jeremy Trueblood, OT, Boston College
San Francisco's offensive line surrendered 48 sacks in 2005. That's David Carr territory. Mike Nolan should use this selection to ensure Smith's safety.
Kansas City Chiefs: Babatunde Oshinowo, DT, Stanford
Kansas City needs an upgrade at nearly every defensive position.
New England Patriots: Kai Parham, ILB, Virginia
New England has very little at inside linebacker behind Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel.
New York Giants: Montavious Stanley, DT, Louisville
With Kendrick Clancy gone, the Giants need depth at defensive tackle.
Chicago Bears: Martin Nance, WR, Miami of Ohio
The Bears should continue to help Rex Grossman by giving him reliable targets to throw to.
Carolina Panthers: Brian Calhoun, RB, Wisconsin
With Stephen Davis hitting free agency, John Fox could be looking at a running back. He will not be able to rely on the injury-plagued DeShaun Foster and
Nick Goings as his only two runners, especially after watching most of his backs suffer injuries the past two seasons.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Joe Klopfenstein, TE, Colorado
Maybe if Chris Simms had a better tight end than Anthony Becht, he wouldn't have thrown those interceptions against Washington in the playoffs.
Cincinnati Bengals: Dominique Byrd, TE, USC
Joe Klopfenstein could probably become Cincinnati's starting tight end by May. That's how bad the Bengals' situation is at that position. Dominique
Byrd's questionable attitude has cost him about a round.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Tony Scheffler, TE, Western Michigan
Yet another tight end off the board. Jacksonville needs an upgrade over the disappointing George Wrighster.
Atlanta Falcons: David Pittman, CB, Northwestern State
If Atlanta wants to contend for the NFC South crown, it will need a better No. 3 corner than Allen Rossum.
Indianapolis Colts: Kevin Boothe, G, Cornell
If Peyton Manning wants better offensive linemen, Colts management better give him better offensive linemen.
Minnesota Vikings: Jon Alston, OLB, Stanford
Minnesota's defense was improved last year, but it still needs an outside linebacker so it can move E.J. Henderson to the inside.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Jerome Harrison, RB, Washington State
Jerome Bettis has retired, which means that the Steelers will be searching for a running back who can carry the load between the tackles. Duce Staley is
still on the roster, but he gets injured far too often.
New York Jets: Dusty Dvoracek, DT, Oklahoma
One of the many reasons the Jets suffered last year was the departure of defensive tackle Jason Ferguson.
Houston Texans: David Thomas, TE, Texas
New Orleans Saints: Chris Chester, C/G, Oklahoma
San Francisco 49ers: Parys Haralson, DE/OLB, Tennessee
Oakland Raiders: Tim Day, TE, Oregon
Tennessee Titans: Paul McQuistan, OT, Weber State
New York Jets: Anthony Smith, S, Syracuse
Green Bay Packers: Fred Matua, G, USC
Buffalo Bills: Hank Baskett, WR, New Mexico
New England Patriots: Anwar Phillips, CB, Penn State
Arizona Cardinals: Garret Mills, TE, Tulsa
Philadelphia Eagles: A.J. Nicholson, OLB, Florida State
St. Louis Rams: Chris Gocong, DE/OLB, Cal Poly-SLO
Cleveland Browns: Brandon Williams, WR, Wisconsin
Baltimore Ravens: Charlie Whitehurst, QB, Clemson
Cleveland Browns: Danieal Manning, CB, Abilene Christian
San Diego Chargers: DeMario Minter, CB, Georgia
Miami Dolphins: Pat Watkins, S, Florida State
Minnesota Vikings: Freddy Keiaho, MLB, San Diego State
Philadelphia Eagles: Lawrence Vickers, FB, Colorado
New York Jets: Devin Aromashodu, WR, Auburn
New England Patriots: Leon Washington, RB, Florida State
Denver Broncos: DonTrell Moore, RB, New Mexico
Chicago Bears: Tim Dobbins, MLB, Iowa State
Carolina Panthers: Kyle Williams, DT, LSU
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jason Spitz, C, Louisville
Cincinnati Bengals: Jason Avant, WR, Michigan
New York Giants: Brandon Johnson, OLB, Louisville
Jacksonville Jaguars: Devin Hester, WR/CB, Miami
Denver Broncos: Tarvaris Jackson, QB, Alabama State
Philadelphia Eagles: Guy Whimper, OT, East Carolina
Seattle Seahawks: Owen Daniels, TE, Wisconsin
Pittsburgh Steelers: Isaac Sowells, OT, Indiana
Denver Broncos: LeKevin Smith, DT, Nebraska
Pittsburgh Steelers: Michael Robinson, QB/WR/S, Penn State
Baltimore Ravens: Dee Webb, CB, Florida
Pittsburgh Steelers: Oliver Hoyte, ILB, N.C. State