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“I don’t know if I’ve ever gone through any draft and said, ‘This is the absolutely total No. 1 thing that is our No. 1 need,’” said Pioli. “That’s the truth. You can’t be so shortsighted to not understand what might happen to your roster at the beginning of 2012. I don’t think there’s a position on this football team where there isn’t a need.”

As he did in New England, Pioli will make sure not to focus too much on the short-term.

“There are bad things that can happen to players and your team, so you better be ready for the next player. So we have a need at every position,” he said. “Some are ranked higher than others for immediacy, but that doesn’t mean you run from another position. It goes into trying to find the delicate balance between best player available and need.

“It’s obvious to people what people perceive and what we perceive the needs are. But you also have to think ahead. You can’t focus in a one-year or even a two-year frame of thinking because then you set yourself up for failure when you’re trying to build a consistent winner.”