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A handful of quality NFL starters remain available in free agency, but for the most part clubs have switched gears toward April's draft. Approaching it as if the season started today, here are the projected Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, ranked in order of quality.

* = Offseason Addition.

1. Seattle Seahawks

QB: Russell Wilson
RB: Marshawn Lynch
WR: Percy Harvin*
WR: Sidney Rice
WR: Golden Tate
TE: Zach Miller
LT: Russell Okung
LG: James Carpenter
C: Max Unger
RG: John Moffitt
RT: Breno Giacomini

Offensive Overview: GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll are keeping the rest of the NFL on its toes. By trading for Harvin and signing Cliff Avril, Seattle arguably added the most explosive players on each side of the ball to change teams since the transactions period began. The Seahawks now boast dynamic playmakers at quarterback, running back, and wideout. Their offensive line is a bit of a rag-tag group aside from Okung and Unger, but position coach Tom Cable has a knack for masking his blockers' weaknesses. This is now a top-five offense.

LE: Red Bryant
RE: Cliff Avril*
DT: Brandon Mebane
DT: Michael Bennett*
MLB: Bobby Wagner
WLB: Malcolm Smith
SLB: K.J. Wright
LCB: Richard Sherman
RCB: Brandon Browner
FS: Earl Thomas
SS: Kam Chancellor

Defensive Overview: The Seahawks fielded a top-four defense in 2012. It's gotten better. All-purpose lineman Bennett will replace Jason Jones as Seattle's inside-outside utility man with superior run-stopping ability. Bryant and Mebane are immovable pluggers inside, and speed rusher Avril will help management forget Chris Clemons (ACL tear). Seattle's secondary remains the most imposing in football. Even after the costly Harvin trade, Schneider is armed with eleven draft picks -- third most in the league. Dripping with talent, the Seahawks have SB48 written all over them.

2. Denver Broncos

QB: Peyton Manning
RB: Willis McGahee
WR: Demaryius Thomas
WR: Eric Decker
WR: Wes Welker*
TE: Joel Dreessen
LT: Ryan Clady
LG: Zane Beadles
C: J.D. Walton
RG: Louis Vasquez*
RT: Orlando Franklin

Offensive Overview: The Broncos’ new three-receiver set combined for 297 receptions, 3,852 yards, and 29 touchdowns last season. Welker's addition will make Jacob Tamme obsolete as Denver expands its use of three-wide packages. Pro Football Focus and Football Outsiders both graded the Broncos' offensive line as a top-ten 2012 group. It returns four starters and added pass-protector extraordinaire Vasquez at guard. The Broncos have an elite offense, but are still in the market for upgrades. They have six draft picks and will likely consider Alabama RB Eddie Lacy if he's available at No. 28. I don't think McGahee is long for the roster.

LE: Derek Wolfe
RE: Robert Ayers
DT: Terrance Knighton*
DT: Kevin Vickerson
MLB: Nate Irving
WLB: Wesley Woodyard
SLB: Von Miller
LCB: Champ Bailey
RCB: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie*
FS: Rahim Moore
SS: Mike Adams

Defensive Overview: Losing Elvis Dumervil stings, but Denver hasn't stopped pursuing pass rushers and maintains an impressively stout front seven with Miller as the franchise edge presence. The Broncos are deep in the secondary with shutdown slot corner Chris Harris and promising 2012 fourth-rounder Omar Bolden behind Bailey and DRC. Knighton, a 26-year-old run clogger at 6-foot-3, 336, has enormous potential as Denver's new defense-anchoring nose tackle. In spite of the Dumervil gaffe, the Broncos have the makings of another top-five defense.

3. San Francisco 49ers

QB: Colin Kaepernick
RB: Frank Gore
FB: Bruce Miller
WR: Michael Crabtree
WR: Anquan Boldin*
TE: Vernon Davis
LT: Joe Staley
LG: Mike Iupati
C: Jonathan Goodwin
RG: Alex Boone
RT: Anthony Davis

Offensive Overview: The Boldin trade was ballyhooed by the media, due largely to recency bias. Boldin deserves a butt-pat for his postseason play, but he's a middling No. 2 possession receiver and has been for the last three years. Boldin is now entering his age-33 season. It was still a positive addition for a receiver-needy San Francisco offense that returns intact aside from the loss of drop-prone second tight end Delanie Walker. This group will continue to lean on its dominant offensive line while mixing in increased intermediate and vertical passing-game strikes in Kaepernick's first full season as a starter. There's an awful lot to be excited about here.

LE: Ray McDonald
RE: Justin Smith
NT: Glenn Dorsey*
ILB: Patrick Willis
ILB: Navorro Bowman
OLB: Aldon Smith
OLB: Ahmad Brooks
LCB: Carlos Rogers
RCB: Tarell Brown
FS: Craig Dahl*
SS: Donte Whitner

Defensive Overview: The 49ers lost FS Dashon Goldson, DL Ricky Jean-Francois, and NT Isaac Sopoaga in free agency's first week. The latter two are replaceable, though papering over Goldson with third safety/special teams-type Dahl may not end well. Look for San Francisco to draft another safety. They could also use an additional edge pass rusher to work opposite Aldon Smith. Although there are some question marks on this unit, it remains capable of shutdown run defense and will generate heat. Free-agent addition Nnamdi Asomugha's one-year 49ers contract contains zero guaranteed money, so his roster spot isn't assured. The Niners still probably wouldn't mind if he put pressure on Rogers' starting job. Keep in mind GM Trent Baalke is sitting on a league-high 13 draft picks. The 49ers are set up to be very good for a very long time.

4. New England Patriots

QB: Tom Brady
RB: Stevan Ridley
WR: Danny Amendola*
WR: Donald Jones*
TE: Rob Gronkowski
TE: Aaron Hernandez
LT: Nate Solder
LG: Logan Mankins
C: Ryan Wendell
RG: Dan Connolly
RT: Sebastian Vollmer

Offensive Overview: The Pats were criticized for "lowballing" Wes Welker, but Amendola is a natural replacement and expands Josh McDaniels' options with superior skills in the intermediate game. He's more of a downfield threat. New England showed zero initial urgency on free agent Vollmer because the coaches are so high on 2011 fifth-round steal Cannon, but still re-signed Vollmer on the cheap after letting the market establish his worth. All five O-Line starters return. Cannon now may push Connolly at right guard. 2013 fantasy football mega-sleeper Shane Vereen will be counted on for a much bigger role after Danny Woodhead bolted for San Diego. The quarterback, line, tight end group, and run game all remain elite. Expect the Patriots to use one or two of their five draft picks on a vertical receiver.

LE: Rob Ninkovich
RE: Chandler Jones
DT: Vince Wilfork
DT: Kyle Love
MLB: Brandon Spikes
WLB: Jerod Mayo
SLB: Dont'a Hightower
LCB: Aqib Talib
RCB: Alfonzo Dennard
FS: Devin McCourty
SS: Adrian Wilson*

Defensive Overview: After several years of shoddy secondary play, the Pats' defensive backfield is finally coming together. Press corner Dennard was absolute robbery in last year's seventh round, and Talib returns for his first full season in Bill Belichick's defense. 2013 will also be McCourty's first year as a full-time safety, and top pass rusher Jones' second NFL season. Though a coverage liability at age 33, Wilson could help New England's run defense reach elite heights as a box safety. The Patriots would still do well to add one more speed rusher in the draft.

5. Green Bay Packers

QB: Aaron Rodgers
RB: DuJuan Harris
WR: Randall Cobb
WR: Jordy Nelson
WR: James Jones
TE: Jermichael Finley
LT: Marshall Newhouse
LG: T.J. Lang
C: Evan Dietrich-Smith
RG: Josh Sitton
RT: Bryan Bulaga

Offensive Overview: The Packers made zero free-agent splashes -- as is typical for a Ted Thompson team -- but remain long on firepower. Minnesota-bound Greg Jennings made minimal 2012 regular season impact and is barely a loss as Cobb and Jones have earned larger roles. Nelson is also back healthy, and the Packers believe Finley turned a corner during last year's second half. The biggest camp battles will occur at left tackle and running back. Assuming he's healthy, 2011 first-round pick Derek Sherrod will be Newhouse's main competitor. Harris figures to end up in a change-of-pace role. This may be the year Thompson uses a high pick at tailback. He has eight selections in April’s draft.

LE: B.J. Raji
RE: C.J. Wilson
NT: Ryan Pickett
ILB: Desmond Bishop
ILB: A.J. Hawk
OLB: Clay Matthews
OLB: Nick Perry
LCB: Tramon Williams
RCB: Casey Hayward
FS: M.D. Jennings
SS: Morgan Burnett

Defensive Overview: The Packers' defense has held the team hostage since its Super Bowl 45 win. Bishop and Perry's returns from injury should increase Green Bay's explosiveness and playmaking ability on defense, but there are still questions to answer. Safety and right end are liabilities, and the two starting corner jobs will be up for grabs, with Sam Shields also competing and inconsistent veteran Williams on the spot. Hawk will face competition from Brad Jones. Green Bay's offense is a top-three group. The defense is middle of the pack.

6. Baltimore Ravens

QB: Joe Flacco
RB: Ray Rice
FB: Vonta Leach
WR: Torrey Smith
WR: Jacoby Jones
TE: Dennis Pitta
LT: Michael Oher
LG: Jah Reid
C: Gino Gradkowski
RG: Marshal Yanda
RT: Kelechi Osemele

Offensive Overview: The Anquan Boldin trade will have less of an impact than popular opinion insists. A mid-range to low-end NFL No. 2 receiver, Boldin has only seven touchdowns over his last 33 regular season games and does not separate from coverage. Playoff stardom understood, Boldin actually had an inhibiting effect on Baltimore's pass game at times over the past three years. The Ravens will lean more on Smith and Pitta, and 2012 sixth-round receiver Tommy Streeter could add a new dimension. Streeter runs 4.34-4.40 at 6-foot-5, 220. Oher is listed at left tackle, but he'll go back to the right when Bryant McKinnie returns on an incentive-laden deal. Osemele looks like a future All-Pro left guard. Ultimately, Baltimore is banking on Flacco, Rice, Bernard Pierce, Smith, Pitta, and Jim Caldwell to carry its offense into the future.

LE: Chris Canty*
RE: Arthur Jones
NT: Haloti Ngata
ILB: Jameel McClain
ILB: Rolando McClain*
OLB: Terrell Suggs
OLB: Elvis Dumervil*
LCB: Lardarius Webb
RCB: Corey Graham
FS: Michael Huff*
SS: James Ihedigbo

Defensive Overview: Talking heads overrate Baltimore's offseason losses because the Super Bowl champs are in the spotlight. But GM Ozzie Newsome is used to replacing from within. Since the compensatory process began in 1994 – Newsome took over in '96 -- no team in football has received more compensatory picks than the Ravens, which is because no team has "lost" more free agents. A healthy Suggs and Webb will go a long way toward solidifying the pass defense, and Ngata will play more nose with Canty, Jones, Marcus Spears, and Pernell McPhee rotating on the ends. Pairing Suggs with free-agent steal Dumervil gives Baltimore the NFL's premier edge-rushing tandem. They'll work in a three-way rotation with 2012 second-rounder Courtney Upshaw, terrifying offenses. Though never an elite tackler, Huff is one of the league's best center-field cover safeties. Talking heads also fail to mention the 2012 Ravens finished a middling 17th in total defense. With Dumervil aboard and 12 draft picks at Newsome’s disposal -- second most in the league -- there's every reason to believe they'll be better.

7. Chicago Bears

QB: Jay Cutler
RB: Matt Forte
WR: Brandon Marshall
WR: Alshon Jeffery
WR: Earl Bennett
TE: Martellus Bennett*
LT: Jermon Bushrod*
LG: Matt Slauson*
C: Roberto Garza
RG: Gabe Carimi
RT: J'Marcus Webb

Offensive Overview: Question marks remain on Chicago's offensive line, but I really like the way this offense is shaping up. Bennett may prove the best signing of the free-agency period. Not only can he stretch the seam and be a red-zone difference maker, Bennett's top-notch blocking will make Cutler and Forte's jobs easier. Bushrod is not an elite blindside tackle, but brings sorely needed stability to the front five, and Webb should be better off on the right. Best in a phone booth, Carimi played well in four 2012 appearances at guard. Slauson is a smooth pass protector on the left side. Cutler, Marshall, Jeffery, and Forte form a very talented skill-position nucleus. This offense could take off in Marc Trestman's first year.

LE: Corey Wootton
RE: Julius Peppers
DT: Henry Melton
DT: Stephen Paea
MLB: D.J. Williams*
WLB: Lance Briggs
SLB: James Anderson*
RCB: Charles Tillman
LCB: Tim Jennings
FS: Chris Conte
SS: Major Wright

Defensive Overview: GM Phil Emery smartly kept continuity atop his top-five defense, hiring Cover-2 adherent Mel Tucker as overseer. The front and back fours are the nuts and bolts of Tucker's scheme, and they return intact. The Bears are plugging holes at two linebacker spots with experienced vets Williams and Anderson. Having turned the page on washed-up Brian Urlacher, Emery also figures to draft at least one linebacker, though he’s working with only five picks. Nevertheless, this defense will keep forcing turnovers and generating sacks because it covers well and rushes quarterbacks.

8. Atlanta Falcons

QB: Matt Ryan
RB: Steven Jackson*
FB: Bradie Ewing
WR: Julio Jones
WR: Roddy White
TE: Tony Gonzalez
LT: Sam Baker
LG: Justin Blalock
C: Peter Konz
RG: Garrett Reynolds
RT: Lamar Holmes

Offensive Overview: Dirk Koetter helped turn Atlanta's offense into a juggernaut in 2012, and there's reason to believe it can keep getting better. Still running with great power and short-area burst, Jackson gives the Falcons a running back capable of both ripping off big runs and putting opponents away in fourth quarters. Outgoing Michael Turner, unsurprisingly, has generated zero free-agent interest. 2012 second-rounder Konz is a readymade heir apparent for Todd McClure at center. Jones just turned 24. The rest of the NFC South is pissed that Gonzalez came back. O-Line turnover is a potential concern. The Falcons cut RT Tyson Clabo in a surprising cap maneuver and will turn to raw 2012 third-rounder Holmes at right tackle. Only 3-of-5 starters return on the offensive line, but Atlanta has gotten measurably younger up front.

RE: Osi Umenyiora*
LE: Kroy Biermann
DT: Jonathan Babineaux
DT: Corey Peters
MLB: Akeem Dent
WLB: Sean Weatherspoon
SLB: Stephen Nicholas
LCB: Asante Samuel
RCB: Robert McClain
FS: Thomas DeCoud
SS: William Moore

Defensive Overview: The Falcons' defense remains a work in progress. Biermann offers tremendous versatility and the Babineaux-Peters duo can push the interior pocket, but Atlanta has no franchise pass rusher. The Umenyiora signing papers over the hole for now, but at age 31 he's a major liability versus the run and ultimately would be best served in a situational role, playing 45-55 percent of the snaps. While Samuel remains a solid cover man and ball hawk at age 32, GM Thomas Dimitroff must upgrade on smallish nickel back McClain. The Falcons will have to attack these glaring needs via the draft. Dimitroff has 11 picks this year.


9. Washington Redskins

QB: Robert Griffin III
RB: Alfred Morris
FB: Darrel Young
WR: Pierre Garcon
WR: Josh Morgan
TE: Fred Davis
LT: Trent Williams
LG: Kory Lichtensteiger
C: Will Montgomery
RG: Chris Chester
RT: Tyler Polumbus

Offensive Overview: This ranking assumes all goes well with Griffin's right knee. By all accounts, his recovery thus far is "ahead of schedule." Returning all five offensive line starters, the Redskins pound defenses into submission with the run game. When RG3 is healthy, they also field a quick-strike, bomb-happy vertical passing attack that hit peak performance when Garcon was healthy last season. Davis, once a catch-first tight end, has developed into a plus run blocker and may make more of an impact there coming off a torn Achilles' tendon. The Skins haven't lost anyone from their top-five offense.

LE: Jarvis Jenkins
RE: Stephen Bowen
NT: Barry Cofield
ILB: London Fletcher
ILB: Perry Riley
OLB: Brian Orakpo
OLB: Ryan Kerrigan
RCB: Josh Wilson
LCB: DeAngelo Hall
FS: DeJon Gomes
SS: Brandon Meriweather

Defensive Overview: The Redskins brought back Hall for nearly $7 million less than his originally-scheduled salary and return all 11 starters from last year's defense. Washington remains suspect in the secondary, though top edge rusher Orakpo is back from his torn pectoral and ferocious pass rush can mask back-end deficiencies. The front seven is strong, but the defensive backfield must still be addressed in April's draft. Hall, Gomes, and Meriweather are all borderline starters or worse. After the RG3 trade, Washington won’t draft in this year’s first round but has seven picks, beginning at No. 51.

10. New York Giants

QB: Eli Manning
RB: David Wilson
FB: Henry Hynoski
WR: Hakeem Nicks
WR: Victor Cruz
TE: Brandon Myers*
LT: Will Beatty
LG: Kevin Boothe
C: David Baas
RG: Chris Snee
RT: David Diehl

Offensive Overview: With Nicks due back at full health, the Giants return an explosive skill-position corps with home-run capability in the backfield and out wide. Wilson is talented enough to emerge as one of the league's most dynamic ball carriers. He'll be complemented by power back and short-yardage specialist Andre Brown. Losing Martellus Bennett stings, but Myers caught 79 balls in 2012 and is among the most efficient pass-catching tight ends in football. Beatty, Baas, and Snee are strong offensive line starters. Left guard and right tackle will host camp competitions.

LE: Justin Tuck
RE: Jason Pierre-Paul
DT: Linval Joseph
DT: Cullen Jenkins*
MLB: Mark Herzlich
WLB: Jacquian Williams
SLB: Keith Rivers
LCB: Corey Webster
RCB: Prince Amukamara
FS: Stevie Brown
SS: Antrel Rolle

Defensive Overview: The Giants still have the makings of a strong, deep front four, but their back seven is a major concern. Kept after a pay cut, Webster's return isn't necessarily good news barring a dramatic turnaround in his age-31 season. Amukamara looks like he'll be a solid starter, but nickel back is another weakness. All three linebacker positions will be open to competition with Mathias Kiwanuka moving back to defensive end following a sluggish 2012 season. Tuck, 30, isn't the player he once was. GM Jerry Reese is the best in the business, but this defense needs work. He has eight picks in April’s draft.

11. Houston Texans

QB: Matt Schaub
RB: Arian Foster

FB: Greg Jones*

WR: Andre Johnson
WR: Lestar Jean
TE: Owen Daniels
LT: Duane Brown
LG: Wade Smith
C: Chris Myers
RG: Ben Jones
RT: Derek Newton

Offensive Overview: The Texans have a plethora of concerns on offense. The right side of the line was a major 2012 liability, run blocking particularly poorly. There is no viable No. 2 wide receiver. Now 32, Schaub's on-field performance is slipping. By the end of last season, he was Houston's single biggest problem. The Texans were low on cap space in free agency and lacked funds to upgrade. It will be interesting to see whether Foster begins to decline. He's averaged a league-high 372 touches the past three seasons and his YPC average has dipped each year.

LE: J.J. Watt
RE: Antonio Smith
NT: Earl Mitchell
ILB: Brian Cushing
ILB: Darryl Sharpton
OLB: Brooks Reed
OLB: Whitney Mercilus
RCB: Kareem Jackson
LCB: Johnathan Joseph
FS: Ed Reed*
SS: Danieal Manning

Defensive Overview: Defense is the Texans' strength, but this unit is not without flaws. All of Houston's free-agent efforts were poured into Reed, who may or may not be worth it going on age 35. Inside linebacker next to Cushing, nose tackle, and outside 'backer all face concerning turnover. Watt, Cushing, Smith, Joseph, and Manning give the Texans five beastly defenders -- and Mercilus has the potential to join them -- but GM Rick Smith must emerge from the draft with a defensive starter or two while also selecting a No. 2 receiver. Smith has nine draft picks this year, including four in the top 95.

12. Indianapolis Colts

QB: Andrew Luck
RB: Vick Ballard
WR: Reggie Wayne
WR: T.Y. Hilton
TE: Dwayne Allen
TE: Coby Fleener
LT: Anthony Castonzo
LG: Donald Thomas*
C: Samson Satele
RG: Mike McGlynn
RT: Gosder Cherilus*

Offensive Overview: The Colts were aggressive about upgrading their leaky line in free agency. Cherilus' five-year, $34.5 million payday made him the NFL's second highest paid right tackle, but Cherilus was a terrific pass protector for the 2012 Lions and flashes a mean streak in the run game. Thomas, 27, is just beginning to come into his own. Indianapolis still must upgrade at right guard and find a more explosive complement to workmanlike Ballard. Drop-prone Donnie Avery's departure is addition by subtraction, pushing dynamic Hilton into a featured role. Free-agent flier Darrius Heyward-Bey will push promising LaVon Brazill for third-receiver and situational deep threat snaps. On paper, the Colts' offense is trending toward a top eight or nine group.

LE: Cory Redding
RE: Ricky Jean-Francois*
NT: Josh Chapman
ILB: Jerrell Freeman
ILB: Kavell Conner
OLB: Robert Mathis
OLB: Erik Walden*
RCB: Vontae Davis
LCB: Greg Toler*
FS: Antoine Bethea
SS: LaRon Landry*

Defensive Overview: Owner Jim Irsay and GM Ryan Grigson poured funds into this unit. Jean-Francois (four-year, $22 million deal) gives Indy some credibility on a defensive line that got pushed around last season. Walden (four years, $16 million) signed one of the most surprising deals of free agency. He may be stretched as the outside rusher Indianapolis sorely needs. Toler (three years, $14.25 million) is a solid, up-and-coming cover man and a likely upgrade on Jerraud Powers. Landry (four years, $24 million) will add edge to a defense that's been lacking it. Grigson was particularly aggressive in free agency at least partially because he only has six draft picks this year.

13. New Orleans Saints

QB: Drew Brees
RB: Darren Sproles
WR: Marques Colston
WR: Lance Moore
WR: Joe Morgan
TE: Jimmy Graham
LT: Charles Brown
LG: Ben Grubbs
C: Brian De La Puente
RG: Jahri Evans
RT: Zach Strief

Offensive Overview: The Saints believe Jermon Bushrod's departure to Chicago will be merely a glancing blow. GM Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton have always prioritized the interior offensive line over the exterior, leaning on Brees' quick release to atone for any protection deficiencies at tackle. Former second-round pick Brown also possesses ample talent to replace Bushrod, if not prove an upgrade. Durability is Brown's biggest concern. Ultimately, New Orleans' offense projects to be as explosive as ever. Payton is back, and they'll return all but one starter.

LE: Cameron Jordan
RE: Akiem Hicks
NT: Brodrick Bunkley
ILB: Curtis Lofton
ILB: David Hawthorne
OLB: Victor Butler*
OLB: Junior Galette
CB: Jabari Greer
CB: Keenan Lewis*
FS: Malcolm Jenkins
SS: Roman Harper

Defensive Overview: The 2012 Saints ranked dead last in total defense. Aside from the systemic 3-4 shift, they're not turning the unit upside down. Hawthorne was a poor fit for outgoing coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's defense, but he's a thumper suited for Rob Ryan's scheme. The Butler addition gives New Orleans much-needed edge speed, though he struggles versus the run and may be best suited for a specialist role. The Saints do have promising rush linebacker prospects in Butler, Galette, and Martez Wilson, who are all 25 or younger. Lewis, a zone corner in Pittsburgh who will play man in New Orleans, was the club's big-ticket free agent. Brees and Payton's offense will still carry this team, hoping the defense can simply compete. Lacking second- and seventh-round picks, the Saints will draft only five times in April.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers

QB: Ben Roethlisberger
RB: Jonathan Dwyer
FB: David Johnson
WR: Antonio Brown
WR: Emmanuel Sanders
WR: Jerricho Cotchery
LT: Marcus Gilbert
LG: Ramon Foster
C: Maurkice Pouncey
RG: David DeCastro
RT: Mike Adams

Offensive Overview: Heath Miller is not listed because he tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL in December and won't be ready for Week 1. Sanders may depart in restricted free agency. Mike Wallace is gone to Miami. The Steelers don't have a starting-caliber running back on the roster and have publicly acknolwedged as much. Roethlisberger's presence and a seemingly promising on-paper line keep this unit competitive, but Pittsburgh's offensive playmaking ability has eroded rapidly. The Steelers must attack the skill positions in the draft. GM Kevin Colbert will pick eight times in April.

LE: Ziggy Hood
RE: Brett Keisel
NT: Steve McLendon
ILB: Lawrence Timmons
ILB: Larry Foote
OLB: LaMarr Woodley
OLB: Jason Worilds
RCB: Ike Taylor
LCB: Cortez Allen
FS: Ryan Clark
SS: Troy Polamalu

Defensive Overview: The 2012 Steelers ranked first in total defense, first in pass defense, and second against the run. The Dick LeBeau factor means Pittsburgh's defense will almost certainly remain stout, but it's a group in significant flux. Gone are stalwart outside 'backer James Harrison, nose tackle Casey Hampton, and left corner Keenan Lewis. Potential in-house replacements Worilds, McLendon, and Allen are largely unproven. The Steelers will have a good defense in 2013, but will it be good enough to carry the team? This is a borderline playoff lineup. Pittsburgh's top-to-bottom roster talent is beginning to deteriorate, so this will be a crucial draft for Colbert.

15. Cincinnati Bengals

QB: Andy Dalton
RB: BenJarvus Green-Ellis
FB: Chris Pressley
WR: A.J. Green
WR: Mohamed Sanu
TE: Jermaine Gresham
LT: Andrew Whitworth
LG: Clint Boling
C: Kyle Cook
RG: Kevin Zeitler
RT: Anthony Collins

Offensive Overview: Even if penny-pinching owner Mike Brown gets free agent RT Andre Smith re-signed, this is an offense in need of a talent infusion. Dalton didn't improve in his second year and is shaping up as an inconsistent quarterback incapable of shouldering the offensive load. Green and the front five are fantastic, but the backfield is desperate for a playmaking ball carrier. The Bengals have ten picks this year, including four in the top 84. They need more speed on offense.

LE: Carlos Dunlap
RE: Michael Johnson
DT: Geno Atkins
DT: Domata Peko
MLB: Rey Maualuga
WLB: Vontaze Burfict
SLB: Emmanuel Lamur
RCB: Leon Hall
LCB: Terence Newman
FS: Taylor Mays
SS: Reggie Nelson

Defensive Overview: The Bengals' most notable moves have been re-signings. Johnson was franchise tagged. Maualuga and reserve defensive linemen Robert Geathers and Wallace Gilberry return, as does nickel back Pacman Jones. Keeping together a top-six defense makes plenty of sense, but strong-side linebacker, left corner, and free safety should all be open to training camp competitions. Cincinnati's defense remains a strength.

16. Kansas City Chiefs

QB: Alex Smith*
RB: Jamaal Charles
WR: Dwayne Bowe
WR: Donnie Avery*
TE: Tony Moeaki
TE: Anthony Fasano*
LT: Branden Albert
LG: Jeff Allen
C: Rodney Hudson
RG: Jon Asamoah
RT: Donald Stephenson

Offensive Overview: New GM John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid had to love the idea of taking over a talented if underachieving roster. The Chiefs are clearly the second strongest club in the AFC West. Retaining Bowe and Albert while adding role players like Avery, Fasano, and game-manager Smith suggests Reid and Dorsey liked most of the pieces in place. No offense quarterbacked by Smith is going to threaten for the top ten in points scored, but it can flirt with the top 15. Even if he's a mere stopgap solution, Smith is capable of high-percentage, turnover-free football. He will be managed and manipulated by established quarterbacks guru Reid.

LE: Mike DeVito*
RE: Tyson Jackson
NT: Dontari Poe
ILB: Derrick Johnson
ILB: Cory Greenwood
OLB: Tamba Hali
OLB: Justin Houston
LCB: Brandon Flowers
RCB: Sean Smith*
FS: Dunta Robinson*
SS: Eric Berry

Defensive Overview: No defense with two high-quality outside rushers (Houston, Hali) and a top-flight corner (Flowers) should be as bad as the 2012 Chiefs were. But Kansas City got pushed around in the run game and eaten alive at right cornerback. Reid and Dorsey identified those weaknesses, shoring them up with run-plugger DeVito and natural press corner Smith. One of the league's better tackling defensive backs, Robinson may play free safety on early downs and cover the slot in the nickel. The Chiefs look much better and still have eight draft picks, including No. 1 overall.


17. Minnesota Vikings

QB: Christian Ponder
RB: Adrian Peterson
FB: Jerome Felton
WR: Greg Jennings*
WR: Jerome Simpson
TE: Kyle Rudolph
LT: Matt Kalil
LG: Charlie Johnson
C: John Sullivan
RG: Brandon Fusco
RT: Phil Loadholt

Offensive Overview: The line looks great and returns all five starters. Peterson would be a Hall of Famer if he retired today. Jennings helps. Rudolph should keep getting better. The fate of the Vikings' offense rests squarely on Ponder's shoulders. To this point in his career, Ponder has showed enough good and decidedly awful flashes that it could go either way. GM Rick Spielman's most head-scratching move was re-signing Simpson, who is more likely to remain a burden on Ponder than further his progression. Simpson is among the least efficient receivers in the league.

LE: Brian Robison
RE: Jared Allen
DT: Kevin Williams
DT: Letroy Guion
MLB: Audie Cole
WLB: Erin Henderson
SLB: Chad Greenway
RCB: Chris Cook
LCB: Josh Robinson
FS: Harrison Smith
SS: Jamarca Sanford

Defensive Overview: Trading Percy Harvin and cutting Antoine Winfield stripped the Vikings of two of their best three players. Minnesota will turn to 2012 third-round pick Robinson to fill the Winfield void. Robinson is coming off an up-and-down rookie year. Holes remain at middle linebacker and strong safety. After the Harvin swap, the Vikings have ten draft picks, including two first-rounders (Nos. 23 and 25) and six selections in the top 120. Perhaps no team in the league is better positioned to trade up.

18. Dallas Cowboys

QB: Tony Romo
RB: DeMarco Murray
FB: Lawrence Vickers
WR: Dez Bryant
WR: Miles Austin
TE: Jason Witten
LT: Tyron Smith
LG: Nate Livings
C: Phil Costa
RG: Mackenzy Bernadeau
RT: Doug Free

Offensive Overview: Poor contract management and cap penalties left the Cowboys with no room to operate in free agency. They boast a top-ten skill-position corps, but the line is a huge weakness. The right side of Bernadeau and Free has disaster potential, and Costa has been unable to stay healthy. In the draft, Dallas will pray UNC's Jonathan Cooper lasts to the 18th pick.

LE: Anthony Spencer
RE: DeMarcus Ware
DT: Jay Ratliff
DT: Jason Hatcher
MLB: Sean Lee
WLB: Bruce Carter
SLB: Justin Durant*
LCB: Brandon Carr
RCB: Morris Claiborne
FS: Matt Johnson
SS: Barry Church

Defensive Overview: Transitioning from a 3-4 to 4-3 defense under Monte Kiffin, Dallas has pieces to field a formidable front seven. Lee and Carter can be star 4-3 linebackers, while Ware and Spencer are capable of generating consistent, down-to-down pressure. The interior defensive line and both safety spots are suspect. So too is the run defense as the Cowboys will field one of the smallest front fours in football. All in all, this projected starting lineup is decidedly mediocre. The Cowboys desperately need Jerry Jones to put his six draft picks to productive use.

19. Miami Dolphins

QB: Ryan Tannehill
RB: Lamar Miller
FB: Jorvorskie Lane
WR: Mike Wallace*
WR: Brian Hartline
TE: Dustin Keller*
LT: Jonathan Martin
LG: Richie Incognito
C: Mike Pouncey
RG: Lance Louis*
RT: Nate Garner

Offensive Overview: Wallace and Keller give Miami the capability of stretching the field and separating from defenders, elements the 2012 offense lacked entirely. The Fins' new biggest concern is protecting Tannehill. Presumed left tackle Martin -- Jake Long's penciled-in replacement -- was annihilated by pass rushers as a rookie. Miller oozes potential, but can't be relied upon as a 300-carry workhorse. Upgrading on fumble- and concussion-prone No. 2 back Daniel Thomas must be among GM Jeff Ireland's highest draft priorities. After the Brandon Marshall and Vontae Davis trades, Ireland is working with 11 picks, including an impressive five in the top 82.

LE: Cameron Wake
RE: Jared Odrick
DT: Paul Soliai
DT: Randy Starks
MLB: Dannell Ellerbe*
WLB: Philip Wheeler*
SLB: Koa Misi
LCB: Brent Grimes*
RCB: Richard Marshall
FS: Chris Clemons
SS: Reshad Jones

Defensive Overview: At this stage of the offseason, the 2013 Dolphins look an awful lot like the 2012 Bucs on paper. They have some big-play ability on offense and should be able to stuff the run, but could get eaten alive by the pass. Grimes is the lone starting-caliber cornerback on the roster, he may or may not be the same coming off a torn Achilles' tendon. Wake is the lone imposing pass rusher. Despite all of the money spent, Ireland will need to do something special in the draft to make his team a realistic threat for double-digit wins.

20. Detroit Lions

QB: Matthew Stafford
RB: Reggie Bush*
WR: Calvin Johnson
WR: Nate Burleson
TE: Brandon Pettigrew
TE: Tony Scheffler
LT: Riley Reiff
LG: Rob Sims
C: Dominic Raiola
RG: Bill Nagy
RT: Jason Fox

Offensive Overview: Bush to the Lions was perhaps the most logical fit of the free-agency period. The league's pass-happiest offense adds one of the league's premier passing-game backs. Detroit still has much to sort out. Talent must be added to an offensive line losing both its starting tackles and right guard. Ryan Broyles can't be counted on for a major role after tearing his ACL for the second consecutive season, leaving sluggish veteran Burleson as the tentative No. 2. The Lions are a three-wide offense and must add at least one NFL-ready receiver in April's draft.

LE: Jason Jones*
RE: Willie Young
DT: Ndamukong Suh
DT: Nick Fairley
MLB: Stephen Tulloch
WLB: DeAndre Levy
SLB: Ashlee Palmer
LCB: Chris Houston
RCB: Bill Bentley
FS: Louis Delmas
SS: Glover Quin*

Defensive Overview: The Lions boast perhaps the league's best young interior tackle tandem, but this defense as a whole looks like a half-completed jigsaw puzzle. Detroit needs a starting defensive end, another first-team outside linebacker, and a true No. 1 corner. Jones has always been better rushing up the middle as opposed to off the edge. If Central Michigan's Eric Fisher is off the board at the fifth overall pick, GM Martin Mayhew will need to draft for defense. Eight selections are at Mayhew’s disposal this year.

21. Cleveland Browns

QB: Brandon Weeden
RB: Trent Richardson
WR: Josh Gordon
WR: Greg Little
TE: Jordan Cameron
TE: Kellen Davis*
LT: Joe Thomas
LG: John Greco
C: Alex Mack
RG: Shawn Lauvao
RT: Mitchell Schwartz

Offensive Overview: The Browns are a quarterback away from challenging for a top 12 or 15 starting lineup. Fortunately, there is reason to think Weeden stands a chance of improving under new coach Rob Chudzinski, who has a history of maximizing his quarterback's strengths. With Richardson running behind one of the NFL's top young lines, the Browns will play power-ball offense and take shots off play action to Gordon. Tight end may be a position Cleveland seeks to upgrade in April's draft. Ex-basketball player Cameron is long on athleticism, but must be pushed.

LE: Ahtyba Rubin
RE: Desmond Bryant*
NT: Phil Taylor
ILB: D'Qwell Jackson
ILB: James-Michael Johnson
OLB: Paul Kruger*
OLB: Jabaal Sheard
LCB: Joe Haden
RCB: Buster Skrine
FS: Tashaun Gipson
SS: T.J. Ward

Defensive Overview: The Browns have the best young defensive front seven no one is talking about. Criminally underrated Bryant will be Ray Horton's new Calais Campbell at 6-foot-6, 300 with ability to both stop the run and collapse the pocket. Rubin and Taylor each weigh 330-plus and clog running lanes. Rubin is light on his feet and active to the ball. Kruger and Sheard are high-impact bookend pass rushers. Free safety and right corner still need to be addressed. Unfortunately, new GM Mike Lombardi only has seven selections in the draft and will pick just twice in the top 100.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB: Josh Freeman
RB: Doug Martin
FB: Erik Lorig
WR: Vincent Jackson
WR: Mike Williams
TE: Luke Stocker
LT: Donald Penn
LG: Carl Nicks
C: Jeremy Zuttah
RG: Davin Joseph
RT: Demar Dotson

Offensive Overview: The jury remains out on Freeman, whose 2012 stats are misleading. He was managed and manipulated well by first-year coordinator Mike Sullivan, but Freeman's accuracy in the short to intermediate passing game is among the poorest in football. Freeman also struggles mightily with bodies around him. The Buccaneers are a sleeper team to draft a quarterback earlier than people expect. Tampa Bay still possesses elements of a big-play offense with Martin as the "sustainer" back behind a line that returns mauling guards Nicks and Joseph at full strength. Conservatively, this is a top-15 offense. It has top 10-12 upside.

LE: Da'Quan Bowers
RE: Adrian Clayborn
DT: Gerald McCoy
DT: Gary Gibson
MLB: Mason Foster
WLB: Lavonte David
SLB: Jonathan Casillas*
RCB: Eric Wright
LCB: Leonard Johnson
FS: Dashon Goldson*
SS: Mark Barron

Defensive Overview: The 2012 Bucs played explosive, if inconsistent offense and stuffed the run on defense. But the NFL is an increasingly pass-first league, and they had no prayer of halting opposing passing attacks. While the Goldson signing helps, Tampa Bay remains needy at both cornerback positions and must acquire at least one defensive end capable of sacking the quarterback. Clayborn's effectiveness is a mystery coming off a torn ACL, and Bowers has 4 1/2 sacks through 26 career games. If the Bucs acquire Darrelle Revis, they'll skyrocket up this list. GM Mark Dominik has eight draft picks to dangle.

23. St. Louis Rams

QB: Sam Bradford
RB: Daryl Richardson
WR: Brian Quick
WR: Chris Givens
TE: Jared Cook*
TE: Lance Kendricks
LT: Jake Long*
LG: Rokevious Watkins
C: Scott Wells
RG: Harvey Dahl
RT: Rodger Saffold

Offensive Overview: Letting Danny Amendola and Steven Jackson walk was part of the plan. The Rams are changing their offensive philosophy, ditching chain movers in favor of big-play weapons. Explosive second-year runners Richardson and Isaiah Pead will duke it out for feature back duties in camp. Cook is a straight-line speed demon at 6-foot-5, 250 with 4.49 wheels. Givens is a DeSean Jacksonian perimeter burner and the front office is comparing Quick to Vincent Jackson as a physically imposing downfield threat. The interior line needs work, but Long and Saffold are formidable bookend tackles. This is a potential-ridden offense with much to prove.

LE: Chris Long
RE: Robert Quinn
DT: Michael Brockers
DT: Kendall Langford
MLB: James Laurinaitis
WLB: Jo-Lonn Dunbar
SLB: Josh Hull
RCB: Cortland Finnegan
LCB: Janoris Jenkins
FS: Darian Stewart
SS: Rodney McLeod

Defensive Overview: Defense was the strength of the 2012 Rams and they're projecting internal improvement as Quinn, Brockers, and Jenkins all enter their second seasons as NFL starters. Holes remain at safety and outside linebacker. With two first-round picks, expect GM Les Snead to attack at least one of those at No. 16 or 22. Overall, St. Louis has eight draft selections and four in the top 78. The Rams are not there yet -- and their division is shaping up as the NFL's toughest -- but they're a lot closer than they were last winter.


24. Carolina Panthers

QB: Cam Newton
RB: Jonathan Stewart
FB: Mike Tolbert
WR: Steve Smith
WR: Brandon LaFell
TE: Greg Olsen
LT: Jordan Gross
LG: Amini Silatolu
C: Ryan Kalil
RG: Geoff Hangartner
RT: Byron Bell

Offensive Overview: For Carolina's offense to reach its mammoth, top-five potential, it will need Newton to cobble together a full season of outstanding performance. In 2011, his passing production tailed off in the second half after a blazing start. In 2012, Cam's first half was startlingly rough before a red-hot finish. This is Newton's third NFL season and time for him to develop into a consistent player. His weapons are above average but can afford to be supplemented at wideout, upgrading on LaFell. New face Domenik Hixon will push him for snaps. Carolina also needs more talent on the right side of the offensive line.

LE: Charles Johnson
RE: Greg Hardy
DT: Sione Fua
DT: Dwan Edwards
MLB: Luke Kuechly
SLB: Thomas Davis
WLB: Jon Beason
LCB: Captain Munnerlyn
RCB: Josh Norman
FS: Charles Godfrey
SS: Mike Mitchell*

Defensive Overview: Like Newton, Carolina's defense came on strong in the second half of 2012, providing reason for 2013 optimism. Johnson and Hardy form a dynamic rush-end duo and the linebacker corps can be as good as any if Beason (knee, Achilles') returns healthy. The Panthers have settled on moving Godfrey from strong to free safety, but now must fill the former position while somehow unearthing two legitimate starting corners. Carolina's defensive tackle situation is annually cloudy. This is a roster with some great individual pieces, but too many glaring liabilities to come in high on the lineup rankings. Perhaps most troubling, rookie GM Dave Gettleman only has five draft picks this year, and just two in the top 100.

25. Philadelphia Eagles

QB: Michael Vick
RB: LeSean McCoy
WR: DeSean Jackson
WR: Jeremy Maclin
TE: Brent Celek
TE: James Casey*
LT: Jason Peters
LG: Evan Mathis
C: Jason Kelce
RG: Danny Watkins
RT: Todd Herremans

Offensive Overview: Chip Kelly is bringing the spread-option to Philly and has explosive players with which to work. If the offense is anything like Oregon's, Kelly will flood the field with four-wide sets, presumably using Jackson and Maclin on the perimeter with Casey and Celek or Jason Avant in the slot. Kelly's offensive foundation is the run game, and he's expected to often pair Bryce Brown with McCoy in the backfield simultaneously. Peters' return gives credibility to the offensive line. The Eagles may not rack up 2013 wins, but they'll inarguably be a fascinating watch.

LE: Cedric Thornton
RE: Fletcher Cox
NT: Isaac Sopoaga*
ILB: DeMeco Ryans
ILB: Mychal Kendricks
OLB: Trent Cole
OLB: Connor Barwin*
LCB: Bradley Fletcher*
RCB: Cary Williams*
FS: Kenny Phillips*
SS: Pat Chung*

Defensive Overview: The Eagles signed six defensive starters in free agency, and one or two more may come via the draft. It's still possible Cole is traded next month, opening the door for Brandon Graham at rush linebacker opposite Barwin in Philly's new 3-4. Swapping out Nnamdi Asomugha for ex-Ravens burn victim Williams may be a wash, but Fletcher, Phillips, and Chung -- if healthy -- upgrade the secondary's physicality. This defense is obviously in heavy transition and it'll be a bumpy ride. At first glance, the Eagles' free-agent signings look like a mixed bag. GM Howie Roseman will continue to supplement a made-over roster via nine draft picks.

26. Arizona Cardinals

QB: Carson Palmer*
RB: Rashard Mendenhall*
WR: Larry Fitzgerald
WR: Andre Roberts
WR: Michael Floyd
TE: Rob Housler
LT: Levi Brown
LG: Daryn Colledge
C: Lyle Sendlein
RG: Adam Snyder
RT: Bobby Massie

Offensive Overview: The Cardinals seem dead set on upgrading their offensive line with the No. 7 pick. If not Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher, it'll probably be Lane Johnson. The good news is Arizona's front five could get significantly better quickly by shoring up the blindside, kicking Brown to right guard or tackle. Colledge and Sendlein are quality pass protectors, and the Cards must keep immobile Palmer upright. The Cardinals should field a far more competitive offense under Bruce Arians with impressive receiver talent and Housler as a breakout candidate at tight end. The Mendenhall-Ryan Williams backfield battle will be fascinating to monitor in training camp. Both backs possess first-round talent but have underachieved thus far in their careers, for various reasons.

LE: Darnell Dockett
RE: Calais Campbell
NT: Dan Williams
ILB: Lorenzo Alexander*
ILB: Jasper Brinkley*
OLB: Sam Acho
OLB: O'Brien Schofield
RCB: Patrick Peterson
LCB: Jerraud Powers*
FS: Yeremiah Bell*
SS: Rashad Johnson

Defensive Overview: The Arizona defense hasn't gotten better since free agency started. The unit has subtracted Ray Horton, Kerry Rhodes, and Adrian Wilson while adding mediocre starters Powers, Brinkley, and Bell under new coordinator Todd Bowles. Emerging superstar ILB Daryl Washington's four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy will hurt early in the season. He is not a replaceable player. The Cards still have some excellent front-seven pieces and Peterson in the back end, but this defense looks like a group that can be run on and passed on with relative ease. Arizona has seven draft picks. A franchise outside pass rusher is lacking.

27. Tennessee Titans

QB: Jake Locker
RB: Chris Johnson
WR: Kenny Britt
WR: Kendall Wright
TE: Delanie Walker*

TE: Craig Stevens

LT: Michael Roos
LG: Andy Levitre*
C: Fernando Velasco
RG: Rob Turner*
RT: David Stewart

Offensive Overview: Nate Washington isn't listed among the Titans' receivers because he will be cut or traded before the season. Due to Tennessee's glaring hole at right guard, the team seems all but locked in on an interior offensive lineman like UNC's Jonathan Cooper or Alabama's Chance Warmack at the No. 10 overall pick. Cooper would be a superior scheme fit because he's more athletic and the Titans run a ton of zone blocking. As is typically the case for teams with quarterback uncertainty, the progress of Locker in his third NFL season will determine whether the arrow points up or downward on the 2013 Titans. Last year, Tennessee lacked sustaining elements because Locker was a boom-or-bust -- mostly bust -- passer, and Johnson has devolved into a boom-or-bust runner. They simply could not sustain drives.

LE: Derrick Morgan
RE: Kamerion Wimbley
DT: Jurrell Casey
DT: Sammie Lee Hill*
MLB: Colin McCarthy
WLB: Zach Brown
SLB: Akeem Ayers
LCB: Jason McCourty
RCB: Alterraun Verner
FS: Michael Griffin
SS: George Wilson*

Defensive Overview: Despite their horrendous 2012 showing, the Titans are not devoid of defensive talent. Morgan, Wimbley, Casey, and new face Hill give Tennessee a formidable on-paper front four that can get after quarterbacks. McCarthy, Brown, and Ayers, theoretically, form a promising young linebacker corps. McCourty, Verner, and second-year nickel Coty Sensabaugh are capable of making life difficult on receivers with their speed. If Tennessee can get Griffin to play up to his talent as a deep safety, this secondary can be stout. Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray surprisingly returns after overseeing one of the league's most disappointing units last season. Armed with nine draft picks – including five in the top 107 – GM Ruston Webster shouldn’t be shy about increasing competition on his underachieving defense.

28. Buffalo Bills

QB: Kevin Kolb*
RB: C.J. Spiller
FB: Dorin Dickerson
WR: Stevie Johnson
WR: T.J. Graham
TE: Lee Smith
LT: Cordy Glenn
LG: Colin Brown
C: Eric Wood
RG: Kraig Urbik
RT: Chris Hairston

Offensive Overview: The Bills are still short an outside receiver, a tight end, and at least one offensive line starter. Most importantly, they don't have a franchise quarterback. While Kolb is a reasonable system fit for Buffalo's new up-tempo, quick-drop "K-Gun" passing offense, he doesn't begin to resemble a long-term solution. The Bills can't consider themselves set at any offensive positions beyond slot receiver (Johnson), tailback (Spiller), center (Wood), left tackle (Glenn), and right guard (Urbik). They also only have six picks in April's draft.

LE: Mario Williams
RE: Mark Anderson
DT: Kyle Williams
DT: Marcell Dareus
MLB: Kelvin Sheppard
WLB: Nigel Bradham
SLB: Manny Lawson*
RCB: Stephon Gilmore
LCB: Leodis McKelvin
FS: Jairus Byrd
SS: Da'Norris Searcy

Defensive Overview: Gilmore, Byrd, Mario, and the interior tackles are the theoretical nucleus of this defense, which has considerably more potential than it showed under overmatched and since-fired 2012 coordinator Dave Wannstedt. Rex Ryan disciple Mike Pettine should be able to get more out of it, but weaknesses remain and there will be training-camp battles galore. With Williams and Dareus as the anchors, why exactly did this defense rank 31st against the run? The personnel aren't bad. Maximizing players' abilities will be Pettine's most major chore.

29. San Diego Chargers

QB: Philip Rivers
RB: Ryan Mathews
FB: Le'Ron McClain
WR: Danario Alexander
WR: Malcom Floyd
TE: Antonio Gates
LT: King Dunlap*
LG: Johnnie Troutman
C: Nick Hardwick
RG: Chad Rinehart*
RT: Jeromey Clary

Offensive Overview: Rookie GM Tom Telesco inherited a descending Chargers roster. The offensive line is atrocious, and franchise face Rivers has gotten worse in back-to-back years. His arm strength and pocket presence are fading rapidly. Mathews is a talented but injury-prone enigma. The Rinehart signing may prove a cost-effective steal, but three other offensive line positions remain in flux. Upgrading the front five must be Telesco's top priority in April's draft. Telesco will have seven picks.

LE: Kendall Reyes
RE: Corey Liuget
NT: Cam Thomas
ILB: Donald Butler
ILB: Jonas Mouton
OLB: Melvin Ingram
OLB: Jarret Johnson
RCB: Derek Cox*
LCB: Shareece Wright
FS: Eric Weddle
SS: Brandon Taylor

Defensive Overview: The Union-Tribune San Diego ran a terrific piece explaining San Diego's youth movement. It's been most apparent on defense. Gone are Takeo Spikes, 36, Quentin Jammer, 34, Aubrayo Franklin, 33, Antonio Garay, 33, Shaun Phillips, 32, and Atari Bigby, 32. Into their place step Mouton, 25, Cox, 26, Thomas, 26, Reyes, 23, Ingram, 24, and Taylor, 23. Growing pains are probable, but the 2013 defense should be fresher and faster to the ball.

30. New York Jets

QB: Mark Sanchez
RB: Mike Goodson*
WR: Santonio Holmes
WR: Jeremy Kerley
WR: Stephen Hill
TE: Jeff Cumberland
LT: D'Brickashaw Ferguson
LG: Vladimir Ducasse
C: Nick Mangold
RG: Willie Colon*
RT: Austin Howard

Offensive Overview: Is the NFL lacking parity? The Jets, Jaguars, and Raiders are clearly in the basement and will struggle to score points. The NFL has roughly five elite teams and a large middle class, but there's a sizable gap between the rest of the league and the bottom five or six. Sanchez would be done in New York if not for a guaranteed salary, and top competitor David Garrard hasn't thrown an NFL pass since December of 2010. The Jets can still field a competitive rushing attack if Goodson stays healthy. (Something he's never done.) The strength of New York's line is run blocking. Tailback, guard, and tight end must be addressed in the draft.

LE: Muhammad Wilkerson
RE: Quinton Coples
NT: Kenrick Ellis
ILB: David Harris
ILB: Demario Davis
OLB: Antwan Barnes*
OLB: Garrett McIntyre
RCB: Antonio Cromartie
LCB: Kyle Wilson
FS: Josh Bush
SS: Dawan Landry*

Defensive Overview: Darrelle Revis is not listed because he will be traded. The Jets are ranked above the Jags and Raiders here only because New York has promising elements in the defensive front seven and one good cornerback (Cromartie). They remain needy at free safety, No. 2 corner, outside linebacker, and arguably nose tackle. The Jets got trampled by the run last season, ranking dead last in the league. New GM John Idzik is going to have to find multiple starters in his seven-man draft class, which ideally will be supplemented via the inevitable Revis trade.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars

QB: Blaine Gabbert
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew
FB: Montell Owens
WR: Cecil Shorts
WR: Justin Blackmon
TE: Marcedes Lewis
LT: Eugene Monroe
LG: Will Rackley
C: Brad Meester
RG: Uche Nwaneri
RT: Cameron Bradfield

Offensive Overview: Aside from two promising receivers and a rock-solid left tackle, the Jaguars' offense will enter the draft in disarray. Gabbert has looked like nothing other than a bust through two seasons. Jones-Drew is coming off major foot surgery. Left guard, center, and right tackle lack surefire starters, and Lewis has been an up-and-down player throughout his career. Ultimately, quarterback play will determine the direction of new GM David Caldwell's Jacksonville reign. It'll be interesting to see if he considers Geno Smith at No. 2 overall.

LE: Jeremy Mincey
RE: Jason Babin
DT: Tyson Alualu
DT: Roy Miller*
MLB: Paul Posluszny
WLB: Russell Allen
SLB: Geno Hayes*
LCB: Mike Harris
RCB: Kevin Rutland
FS: Dwight Lowery
SS: Chris Prosinski

Defensive Overview: And you thought the offense was bad. The Jags lack run stoppers, consistent pass rushers, and cover corners in the back end. Despite ample cap space, Caldwell's philosophy is free-agency averse. Jacksonville will lean on its seven-man draft class and undrafted rookies to plug holes, potentially fielding the youngest lineup in football. Opponents will love the strategy, at least in 2013.

32. Oakland Raiders

QB: Matt Flynn*
RB: Darren McFadden
FB: Marcel Reece
WR: Denarius Moore
WR: Rod Streater
WR: Juron Criner
LT: Jared Veldheer
LG: Tony Bergstrom
C: Stefen Wisniewski
RG: Mike Brisiel
RT: Khalif Barnes

Offensive Overview: Oakland has a few promising pieces at receiver, left tackle, and center, but otherwise this unit remains in full-on rebuild mode. While GM Reggie McKenzie knows him well from their time together in Green Bay, Flynn's lack of even average arm strength will hold the Raiders' offense hostage on third-and-long and when they fall behind on the scoreboard. There is no starting-caliber tight end. Three line spots will be open to camp competitions. McFadden, the supposed centerpiece of the offense, is among the most injury-prone backs in football. And even after the Flynn trade, Terrelle Pryor stands a puncher's chance of making starts at quarterback. Not ideal.

LE: Lamarr Houston
RE: Andre Carter
DT: Vance Walker*
DT: Pat Sims*
MLB: Nick Roach*
WLB: Kevin Burnett*
SLB: Kaluka Maiava*
LCB: Mike Jenkins*
RCB: Tracy Porter*
FS: Usama Young*
SS: Tyvon Branch

Defensive Overview: The Raiders are at least aware their defense is a laughingstock; they used free agency to replace all but three returning starters. There are three borderline-to-unworthy starters in the defensive backfield, with only Branch putting anything positive on recent game tape. This will be second-year GM Reggie McKenzie's first semi-real draft – he didn’t have a first- or second-rounder in 2012 and is missing a second-rounder in 2013 -- and its results may determine whether McKenzie and Dennis Allen have futures in Oakland. The Raiders will be terrible in 2013. Management is just looking for reasons for hope. Any at all.

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