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Help wanted

May 18, 2011 - Mike McLain
A recent poll asked viewers of a website which position group needs the most upgrade following the draft.

Surprisingly, defensive line finished on top, depsite the fact two linemen were chosen high in the draft, including first-round pick Phil Taylor.

I don't question the need for more help on the line. The defense has been pourous against the run, and adding any help in that area is crucial.

My choice would have been receiver first and then linebackers. There's no receiver that can be counted on as a true number one guy. Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi made some strides in their second seasons, but neither is more than a number two at best.

Greg Little was added in the draft, but he missed all of last season at North Carolina because of of dealings he had with an agent. Plus, LIttle doesn't have much experience at receiver (he switched to the position from running back in college).

There is a glaring need for a big-time receiver. Braylon Edwards was supposed to be that guy for a long time, but we all know what happened with him and the love affair he never had with Cleveland.

The switch to a base 4-3 defense means there's less of a need for linebackers, but that doesn't change the fact that the position is settled. Scott Fujita is coming off a knee injury and is in his early 30s. D'Qwell Jackson missed last season with a second arm injury and can't be counted on to last the season.

It appears Chris Gocong is slated to start in the middle. He's not a physical player, which means he might not be best suited for the demanding role.

Matt Roth is likely gone once free agency begins (if it ever does). Marcus Benard is an improving young talent, but he needs to show he's more than a speed pass rusher off the edge.


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