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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Sorting through needs in free agency

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Matt Williamson's projected top three needs for each NFL team provides a good starting point as we prepare for the anticipated start of free agency following the lockout.

I've gone through his chart and culled information with an eye toward the NFC West.

The first chart below reproduces Williamson's projected needs for the division. My thoughts on his thoughts, by team:
Now, on to that chart.

The second chart combines specific positions into broader positions and then shows how many teams have primary needs at those spots. Nose tackles, defensive ends and defensive tackles become defensive linemen, cornerbacks and safeties become defensive backs, etc.

Williamson lists five teams with primary needs at quarterback: Arizona, Cincinnati, Miami, Seattle and Washington. Tennessee and a couple others could be in the market for a veteran as well, although Williamson sees more glaring needs elsewhere.

This chart shows which positions could be in greatest demand, according to Williamson.