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The NFC’s biggest roster holes after the draft

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First we looked at the biggest roster holes in the AFC after the draft.  So we’ll let you guess what this post is about.

(We tackled the quarterback situations earlier.)

Eagles cornerback: Joselio Hanson can be the team’s nickel back, but a team with championship aspirations can’t survive a crater-sized hole at cornerback.  Third-rounder Curtis Marsh adds depth, but they’ll add a free agent.  It would be a big surprise if they weren’t in on the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes.

Cowboys defensive end: Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher are in free agent limbo.  Even if both of them return, the Cowboys could use more help.

Giants linebacker: It wouldn’t be a shocker if they looked at inside linebackers like Barrett Ruud or Paul Pozluszny in free agency.

Redskins wideout:  At this point, the Redskins have John Beck throwing passes to Malcolm Kelly, Anthony Armstrong, and third-round pick Leonard Hankerson.  They could all be displaced by free agents.

Lions cornerback: We loved Detroit’s draft, but they still have a massive hole at cornerback, even if Chris Houston re-signs.

Buccaneers cornerback:  Yeah, they like the guys they have.  They would like Asomugha even more.

Panthers defensive end: They could only fill so many needs in one draft.  Look for them to aggressively try to re-sign Charles Johnson.

Seahawks defensive line: It was a bit of a surprise that no pick was made here until the seventh round.  The team manufactured a pass rush last year, but can upgrade the talent.

Rams running back: G.M. Billy Devaney said on PFT Live the Rams had done a poor job finding a capable backup for Steven Jackson.  Since they ignored the position in the draft, we fully expect them to go after one aggressively in free agency.

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25 Responses to “The NFC’s biggest roster holes after the draft”
  1. hobartbaker says: May 2, 2011 6:39 PM

    Carolina Panthers QUARTERBACK.

  2. dccowboy says: May 2, 2011 6:39 PM

    Dude, Igor Olshansky is signed through 2013. Hatcher, Spears, & Bowen are in Free Agent limbo.

  3. j0esixpack says: May 2, 2011 6:39 PM

    Surely no one is expecting any team to address all needs solely through the draft.

    Normally free agency and trades of players have taken place BEFORE the draft.

    This year the draft took place before free agency and no draft picks could be traded for players. It goes without saying that every team should have significant holes having been limited to 1/3rd of their offseason moves.

    Any team that drafted to fill all their needs should get an automatic F in the draft for prioritizing need over long-term planning.

  4. 52sackmachine says: May 2, 2011 6:42 PM

    The Rams will pursue Green Bay’s Brandon Jackson most likely. Which is fine with me, good blocker, but proved himself last season, that he is not starting material. Look for the Rams to overpay for a guy that could fill in if Steven Jackson, gets hurt. As far as being impressive, he isn’t that impressive he lacks breakaway speed, and lack of breaking tackles. His stong points are blocking, and catching the football out of the backfield.

  5. prmpft says: May 2, 2011 7:02 PM

    Rams running back: Tiki is ready to go behind sjax…

  6. beatnik25 says: May 2, 2011 7:10 PM

    What’s with everyone thinking Charles Johnson is going to be tough to resign? He already stated he wanted to stay with the Panthers so a deal is inevitable. Why would he walk away from a starting job that excelled in? These articles seem to lack more depth than the teams they “report” on.

  7. gdeli says: May 2, 2011 7:12 PM

    They forgot the big holes the vikes have right?

  8. trollaikman8 says: May 2, 2011 7:12 PM

    Olshansky will have to play out of his mind to justify that contract. He’s a Wade Phillips guy so yeah…

    Hopefully Rob Ryan attracts a few decent Cleveland Browns to Dallas. Wow, did I just say that out loud?

  9. NFL Football Now says: May 2, 2011 7:16 PM

    Carolina was rumored to be interested in Volek. Coach coming from SD and all. Better than Doug Petersen was…

  10. isuhuskie says: May 2, 2011 7:23 PM

    Really, the Bears had the worst O-Line in football and one draft pick solved everything?

  11. revengeofthefilthymcnasty says: May 2, 2011 7:40 PM

    Washington: Interior O-line (assuming they resign Brown).

  12. dcsporttalk says: May 2, 2011 7:59 PM

    Redskins Wideout position was addressed nicely….3 drafted, so I don’t see how it’s still a huge whole

  13. polegojim says: May 2, 2011 8:05 PM

    Gregg— you missed the obvious ~ the Lions will do well with their current corners if opposing QB’s only get a 3-step drop!

    When was the last time we could say that about the Lions!!!

    NOTHING about the Vikings? Seriously?
    They are still in the NFC right?
    Wholey Minnesota Batman Gregg, you can drive a bus through several of the gaps.

  14. contra74 says: May 2, 2011 8:24 PM

    gdeli says:
    May 2, 2011 7:12 PM
    They forgot the big holes the vikes have right?
    ——
    like…? Which holes are you referring to that were not addressed during the draft?

  15. dwoofer says: May 2, 2011 8:30 PM

    With all the needs on the offensive line, linebackers, and defensive line, the Cardinals chose…a running back with the #2 pick. Whisenhunt’s fragile ego is going to doom the Cardinals, if all he is interested in is replacing existing talent (Beanie Wells) at any cost, just because Beanie had the audacity to announce after he was drafted that he expected to be the missing ingredient in the Cardinals’ running game, and then complaining when Whisenhunt kept him on the bench. What a pathetic draft: using a #2 pick just to soothe a ruffled ego.

  16. superbowlseahawks says: May 2, 2011 8:55 PM

    The Seahawks drafted a DE in the 7th round.

  17. ipeefreelyagain says: May 2, 2011 9:01 PM

    Umm, Cowboys: SAFETY!

    Another PFT fail, sorry. This is a GLARING need that was not addressed in the draft.

  18. pu74y says: May 2, 2011 9:28 PM

    polegojim says:
    May 2, 2011 8:05 PM
    Gregg— you missed the obvious ~ the Lions will do well with their current corners if opposing QB’s only get a 3-step drop!

    When was the last time we could say that about the Lions!!!

    NOTHING about the Vikings? Seriously?
    They are still in the NFC right?
    Wholey Minnesota Batman Gregg, you can drive a bus through several of the gaps.
    ———————————————————-
    Qb: Ponder
    RB: don’t even have to say it
    WR: Harvin possible Rice
    TE: 81 and Kevin Rudholf
    OL: needs alittle work but not a bus sized hole
    DL: needed tackle drafted tackle rest is good
    LB: Greenway Henderson Leber – GOLD
    CB: Griffin Winfield Cook Allen, injury issues but solid depth
    S: HUGE Hole
    K: Gold
    P: Kluwe

    aside from safety what are you talking about?

  19. vikescry1 says: May 2, 2011 9:33 PM

    lions will be tough this year but there still a year or two away. and if stafford doesn’t stay healthy there even further away than that. they will definately be better though. and about the 3 step drop thing time will only tell but if there’s 5 wideouts going against them they will have to keep all 5 covered, 3 steps or not…

  20. We'reFineThere says: May 2, 2011 11:49 PM

    Something like 3 players on the Eagles are getting paid over 2-3 million a year (Peters, Samuel, and now Celek). Expect like $150 million in contracts in Vick, Jackson, and Asomugha the same week football in 2011 is guarenteed. Can’t believe the entire active roster has been turned since the Super Bowl loss in 2005 (if Akers and Mikell are gone)

  21. sc5000 says: May 3, 2011 1:58 AM

    Only Vikings fans are egotistical enough to think that they don’t have holes on there team. That porous/ratty o line got the ironman and tjack hurt last year.

    Ponder “alledgedly” solves the qb problem till he gets a suh/fairley sandwich in week 3. Better call up Lyold of London real quick…

  22. sc5000 says: May 3, 2011 2:00 AM

    kevin rudolph LMAO!!!

  23. polegojim says: May 4, 2011 11:03 AM

    @pu74y – never said you didn’t have PLAYERS

    6-10 is not a solid roster statement, but you’re OK with that? Really? You’re kidding right?
    6-10 is not only Wholey – it’s BREEZY.

    If 6-10 represents your best position players and you have everything hoped for – ENJOY – but then I’ve been mistaken about Viking pride and determination ALL THESE YEARS.

  24. brewdogg says: May 4, 2011 3:05 PM

    polegojim says:
    May 4, 2011 11:03 AM
    @pu74y – never said you didn’t have PLAYERS

    6-10 is not a solid roster statement, but you’re OK with that? Really? You’re kidding right?
    6-10 is not only Wholey – it’s BREEZY.

    If 6-10 represents your best position players and you have everything hoped for – ENJOY – but then I’ve been mistaken about Viking pride and determination ALL THESE YEARS.
    —————————————-

    Arizona was 6-10 in ’06 and in the SB in ’08.

    Green Bay was 6-10 in ’08 and in the SB in ’10.

    If record is your entire criteria for judging the personnel on a team, than your analytical skills are well south of “breezy”….

  25. dang210 says: Jun 8, 2011 6:35 PM

    What the 49ers QB situation? Alex Smith has proven that he can’t be a QB that can lead them to the playoffs much less a Super Bowl. They need to get one in free agency. As a fan of the 49ers I wouldn’t mind seeing them go after Plax, I think he would be a good addition. I think he will be hungry and motivated to show everyone that’s doubting him, that he’s still got it. Another corner or 2 wouldn’t hurt either. I mean, Nnamdi already lives in the Bay Area any way, but I don’t think we can afford him.

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