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NFL Draft Needs: A lot of questions at quarterback, not enough answers (Shutdown Corner) ( today ) Courtesy of
Before the NFL draft on May 8-10, we'll be looking at all the key prospects and also breaking them down by position. In our "Draft Needs" series we will also examine which teams will be in the market at each position, looking to fill their remaining roster holes. Quarterback Cleveland Browns: Mike Pettine is a first-year coach who needs “his guy” at quarterback. Brandon Weeden was just a guy. Jason Campbell was just another guy. Cleveland allowed players to walk in free agency. Brian Hoyer played well before sustaining a season-ending ACL injury in 2013, but is not viewed as a franchise quarterback. That leaves Pettine in desperate need of a quarterback (or two) in the upcoming draft. Cleveland has two first-round picks, and the latter could be used to select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. The Browns signed running back Ben Tate in free agency, plus have receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron. Manziel can be plugged into a productive system and possibly have success as a rookie. In addition, Cleveland could select Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas after the first-round to add another quarterback with potential. NEED LEVEL: Extremely high Jacksonville Jaguars: There is no way Jaguars coach Gus Bradley went through the effort of convincing good players to sign during free agency to settle with Chad Henne. That is not a knock against Henne as a person, but he is not Jacksonville’s quarterback of the future. Yahoo’s Eric Edholm believes Jacksonville will draft Blake Bortles (University of Central Florida), and that move makes sense. Bortles is a solid quarterback with potential, but will need help. Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon cannot stay out of trouble, while Ace Sanders and Cecil Shorts III are good, but not great. If Jacksonville can add Bortles and a quality receiver in the draft, this team will have a lot of upside. NEED LEVEL: Extremely high Houston Texans: It is hard to imagine Houston will use the No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback. Most NFL draft experts believe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack will go first, which would leave Houston searching for a quarterback in the second-round. Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage or LSU’s Zach Mettenberger should be available after the first-round. The quarterback Houston selects will compete against Ryan Fitzpatrick to start. Fitzpatrick might be a short-term solution until this year’s addition is ready to play, but do not be surprised if the Texans select two quarterbacks. NEED LEVEL: High Oakland Raiders: Dennis Allen is about to enter his third year as Oakland’s coach. Oakland has finished 4-12 in the past two seasons. Allen cannot hinge his long-term future on quarterback Matt Schaub. If the Raiders select receiver Sammy Watkins in the first-round, Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo, Georgia’s Aaron Murray or Mettenberger will become solid options for Allen. Each quarterback could sit for one season and compete for a starting job next year. NEED LEVEL: High Minnesota Vikings: With Matt Cassel signed for another two years, and Christian Ponder still hanging around, the Vikings do not need a quarterback. However, Cassel and Ponder are average, and neither are franchise players. Minnesota is facing another losing season with either quarterback under center, and the long-term future is bleak without a quarterback of the future. The Vikings could select Bortles in the first-round, or hold out hope Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater slips to the second-round. If Minnesota cannot select Bortles, Bridgewater or Manziel, it might make sense for Minnesota to pick up a quarterback next year. NEED LEVEL: Medium NFL Draft Needs series April 18: Linebacker April 19: Defensive line April 20: Offensive line April 21: Running back April 22: Receiver/tight end April 23: Quarterback April 24: Defensive back April 25: Running back - - - - - - - Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnwarRichardson Yahoo! Wed, Apr 23
Source: N. Illinois DT Ken Bishop has visited Raiders, Cowboys, Jaguars, Dolphins (National Football Post) ( today ) Courtesy of
Defensive tackle making the rounds Yahoo! Wed, Apr 23
Tuesday's Sports In Brief (The Associated Press) ( today ) Courtesy of
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Albert Pujols reached 500 homers in a hurry. Yahoo! Wed, Apr 23
Team Report - DENVER BRONCOS (The SportsXchange) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
Broncos looking to get better on defense Yahoo! Tue, Apr 22
Team Report - SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (The SportsXchange) Courtesy of
Seahawks acquire Pryor from Raiders Yahoo! Mon, Apr 21
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Blaine Gabbert Missouri
Chad Henne Michigan
Ricky Stanzi Iowa
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Delone Carter Syracuse
Justin Forsett California
Maurice Jones-Drew UCLA
Denard Robinson Michigan
Will Ta'ufo'ou California
Jordan Todman Connecticut
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Justin Blackmon Oklahoma State
Mike Brown Liberty
Stephen Burton West Texas A&M
Jeremy Ebert Northwestern
Taylor Price Ohio U.
Ace Sanders South Carolina
Cecil Shorts III Mount Union
Kerry Taylor Arizona State
Lamaar Thomas New Mexico
Stephen Williams Toledo
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Clay Harbor Missouri State
Marcedes Lewis UCLA
Danny Noble Toledo
Allen Reisner Iowa
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Josh Scobee Louisiana Tech
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Tyson Alualu California
Jason Babin Western Michigan
Andre Branch Clemson
Ryan Davis Bethune-Cookman
Brandon Deaderick Alabama
Abry Jones Georgia
Kyle Love Mississippi State
Sen'Derrick Marks Auburn
Jordan Miller Southern
Roy Miller Texas
Drake Nevis LSU
Gerald Rivers Mississippi
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Russell Allen San Diego State
Geno Hayes Florida State
Kyle Knox Fresno State
John Lotulelei Nevada
Paul Posluszny Penn State
LaRoy Reynolds Virginia
Nate Stupar Penn State
J.T. Thomas West Virginia
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Alan Ball Illinois
Will Blackmon Boston College
Johnathan Cyprien Florida International
Josh Evans Florida
Jamell Fleming Oklahoma
Dwayne Gratz Connecticut
Winston Guy Kentucky
Mike Harris Florida State
Jeremy Harris New Mexico State
Dwight Lowery San Jose State
Demetrius McCray Appalachian State
Chris Prosinski Wyoming