Final AFC East draft order

January, 2, 2012
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The regular season is in the books and there's only one playoff team from the AFC East.

Here is the final draft order from the non-playoff teams in the division:

Miami Dolphins (6-10)

Pick: No. 8 or No. 9

Thoughts: The strength of schedules for the Dolphins (.504) and Carolina Panthers (.504) are tied. So there will be a coin flip to determine which team gets the higher pick. Either way, the Dolphins will be in the top 10. But the biggest concern is they're most likely out of range to land one of the two prized quarterbacks: Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Barring a trade up, Miami has to fill another need.

Buffalo Bills (6-10)

Pick: No. 10

Thoughts: The Bills are in the top 10 for the third consecutive year. This team should think defense, defense, defense. But you can't completely rule out offensive tackle or even a wide receiver in the first round for the Bills. Steve Johnson's future with the team is in the doubt. He was benched in his final game for another excessive celebration penalty and reportedly is seeking $7-$8 million per season. The Bills can go in a lot of directions with this pick.

New York Jets (8-8)

Pick: No. 16

Thoughts: The Jets suffered the first non-winning season of the Rex Ryan era and find themselves in a pretty good spot to land someone who can make an immediate impact. Right tackle or safety would be my pick for New York. Quarterback Mark Sanchez will get pummeled if Wayne Hunter is the starting right tackle again in 2012. Safety also is an issue. Opponents realized you can have a lot of success by avoiding New York's corners and attacking the middle of the field. Safety Eric Smith isn't the answer and Jim Leonhard is an unrestricted free agent coming off a season-ending injury.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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