With the NFL season at the midway point, optimistic fan bases are looking toward the postseason. But what about the 11 teams with losing records? With their focus perhaps more on the future, let's take a look at their potential biggest needs and the current college prospects who might be available when their turn comes in next April's draft. (*Denotes underclassmen)
2010 Record: 0-7Potential needs: QB, pass rusher
Andrew Luck*/QB/Stanford: The growing consensus is Luck will be the first pick of the draft if he opts for the NFL, and most expect the redshirt sophomore to make himself eligible. He could be the franchise quarterback the Bills have been looking for since the retirement of Jim Kelly. Luck is NFL-ready and will be taking snaps early in his professional career.
Robert Quinn*/DE-OLB/North Carolina: Despite being ruled ineligible for the season, Quinn is a disruptive defensive presence who can stand up over tackle in Buffalo's 3-4 alignment or line up at defensive end should the Bills revert to a conventional defense. His upside warrants consideration in the draft's opening selections.
2010 Record: 1-6Potential Needs: QB, WR
AJ Green*/WR/Georgia: Green, another underclassmen expected to enter the draft, is a game-breaking playmaker at receiver. He's a larger and more explosive version of Steve Smith.
2010 Record: 1-6Potential Needs: DL, RT
Marcell Dareus*/DL/Alabama: Dareus has the talent to play a number of spots up front and could easily be All-Pro potential if he applies himself.
2010 Record: 2-6Potential Needs: DE, OLB
Cameron Heyward/DL/Ohio State: Heyward makes a lot of sense for Denver. The Ohio State senior has the versatility to line up as a two-gap end in the Broncos 3-4 alignment or at defensive tackle if they switch to a conventional four-man line.
Bruce Carter/OLB/North Carolina: Carter has a polished game and is a three-down linebacker. He's better suited to play in a 4-3 alignment, yet would immediately add youth and athleticism to the Broncos linebacker unit.
2010 Record: 2-6Potential Needs: QB, CB
Patrick Peterson*/CB/LSU: Peterson is a physical presence in the secondary and also a game-breaking return specialist. Although his game needs polish, Peterson comes with a big upside.
2010 Record: 2-5Potential Needs: DE, OT
Tyron Smith*/OT/USC: Smith is one of the fastest rising juniors in the nation. He did a terrific job at left tackle as a sophomore before moving to the right side this year and has dominated opponents run blocking. The top six is early for his services, but the cupboard is bare at the top of the tackle class.
Aldon Smith*/DE/Missouri: Smith has missed time with a fractured fibula this season. When he's at the top of his game, the underclassmen is a disruptive sack-master. UNC's Robert Quinn also would be good value at this slot if available.
2010 Record: 2-5Potential Needs: DL, RB
Nick Fairley*/DL/Auburn: Fairley is flying up draft boards and the first-year starter presently grades higher than Jason Pierre Paul, the South Florida product who came out of nowhere to be a mid-first round pick last April. Fairley lines up at defensive tackle for Auburn. He has the tools to convert to defensive end in a 3-4 alignment.
Mark Ingram*/RB/Alabama: The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner is a complete ballcarrier who can be a feature runner in the NFL. He has the style and substance to produce in the inclement weather of the AFC North.
2010 Record: 2-5Potential Needs: DE, CB
Adrian Clayborn/DE/Iowa: Clayborn's speed and athleticism is a good fit for the Bengals four-man line. His ability to get to the quarterback would be a welcome addition for the Bengals' anemic pass rush.
2010 Record: 2-5Potential Needs: QB, DT
Jake Locker/QB/Washington: Locker would be a step in the right direction for the Vikings. He has the underlying skills to be a starter in the NFL if he receives proper coaching and learns to become a complete passer.
Stephen Paea/DT/Oregon State: Paea's game has shown minimal improvement this year yet the senior is a high motor defender whose best football is ahead of him. He would add youth and athleticism to the Vikings interior defensive line and could make an immediate impact as a rookie
2010 Record: 3-5Potential Needs: OLB, WR
Aldon Smith*/OLB-DE/Missouri: Smith is similar to the recently released Shawne Merriman. He's a terrific pass rusher out of a three-point stance and possesses the athleticism to stand up over tackle and make plays in space.
Justin Blackmon*/WR/Oklahoma State: Blackmon has been tearing it up this season and is making many forget about Dez Bryant. His recent arrest for a DUI will raise red flags, but the underclassman has the skills to impact at the next level.
2010 Record: 3-4Potential Needs: DL, QB
Cameron Jordan/DL/California: Jordan's draft stock has been steadily rising as NFL scouts love his ability to line up at a variety of defensive line positions or schemes. He's a hardworking athlete who would partner well with Darnell Dockett.
Ryan Mallett*/QB/Arkansas: Mallett's ability to challenge the vertical game will remind many of Kurt Warner. There are a lot of questions surrounding his game, yet no one doubts Mallett possesses the physical skills to start in the NFL.