Updating AFC East needs

April, 27, 2012
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It was a busy first day in the NFL draft. The AFC East made five picks, including four on defense.

But the second and third rounds are about to begin Friday night. Let's get up to date on each team's needs for Day 2:

Buffalo Bills

First-round pick: CB Stephon Gilmore

Remaining needs: LT, WR, LB

Analysis: The Bills were interested in left tackle Matt Kalil, but not enough to trade the farm to move up. So Buffalo took Gilmore at No. 10, which is a solid pick. But I expect the Bills to go offense next in the draft. Buffalo has spent so many resources in free agency and the first round of the draft on defense that most of those holes are patched. It's time to put more pieces around starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Adding a big-play receiver or left tackle would be a great next step.

Possible targets: WR Stephen Hill, OT Jonathan Martin, OT Cordy Glenn

Miami Dolphins

First-round pick: QB Ryan Tannehill

Remaining needs: WR, RG, RT, Pass-rusher

Analysis: The upcoming picks are very important for Miami. The Dolphins took their quarterback of the future, but Tannehill most likely won’t see the field in 2012. Miami needs players from the draft class who can make an immediate impact. The Dolphins have major needs on offense. Any receiver, guard or right tackle has a chance to win a starting job next season. The Dolphins offense still looks bad on paper. Miami also could use pass-rushing help on the outside to assist Cameron Wake.

Possible targets: LB Courtney Upshaw, WR Rueben Randle, WR Alshon Jeffery

New York Jets

First-round pick: DE Quinton Coples

Remaining needs: S, WR, RT

Analysis: The Jets addressed their pass rush with Coples. Now it’s time to help the passing game. The Jets can do that in two ways: Find a starting-caliber receiver for quarterback Mark Sanchez or a right tackle to better protect him. If the season started today, the inconsistent Wayne Hunter would be the starting right tackle. I was surprised New York didn’t upgrade the position in free agency. But the Jets can’t remain that thin after the draft. There is still great value available at tackle, and the Jets should have their choice of one in the second and third rounds.

Possible targets: OT Bob Massie, OT Mike Adams, Hill

New England Patriots

First-round picks: DE Chandler Jones and LB Dont'a Hightower

Remaining needs: S, CB, DT

Analysis: The Patriots spent their entire first round addressing the front seven of their defense, which was ranked 31st in the NFL last season. Now I'd like to see the Patriots get some help in the secondary with two second-round picks. New England needs safeties and corners. There are still some good prospects available there, such as Janoris Jenkins of Florida. He has some character concerns, but taking a Jenkins in the second round is less of a risk. The Patriots also could look for more interior defensive linemen, and there is good value there, as well.

Possible targets: CB Janoris Jenkins, DL Kendall Reyes, DL Jerel Worthy

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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