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2018 NFL Draft order, needs for every team


This is the first-round order of the 2018 NFL Draft, with a look at the top positional needs for every team, through the first wave of free agency (March 16). The draft order is determined by record, and using strength of schedule as a tiebreaker (record and strength of schedule are official tiebreakers to determine the draft order).

Note: Strength of schedule listed in parentheses. The 49ers won a coin flip to break a tie with the Raiders for the ninth pick.

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0-16 (.520) BROWNS

Needs: QB, CB, OT, S. Tyrod Taylor is the bridge for the next "face of the franchise" QB in Cleveland. While the Browns have added some pieces to the secondary this offseason, including a trade for Damarious Randall, the influx of talent is likely to continue with more pieces being added at both safety and cornerback. The retirement of Joe Thomas leaves the Browns in a tough spot at tackle, despite the addition of Chris Hubbard.



3-13 (.531) GIANTS

Needs: QB, OL, RB, DL. While the Giants could stick with Eli Manning for at least another year, it doesn't change the fact that this team needs to find a successor for him. The signing of Nate Solder takes care of the left tackle spot for now, but what about the right side? What about guard? What about center? Adding depth to the defensive line is a possibility.



5-11 (.520) JETS

Needs: QB, EDGE, OG, OT. The re-signing of Josh McCown and expected signing of Teddy Bridgewater might not be enough to chase the Jets off of a QB in the draft. It certainly looks that way after they traded up to the No. 3 overall pick. Todd Bowles understands that pass rushers make the defense go, and he'll always be looking for more in that area. The Jets still are still very average at guard and right tackle.



0-16 (.520) BROWNS

Needs: QB, CB, OT, S. This is the pick Cleveland acquired when the Texans traded up to land Deshaun Watson in last year's draft.



5-11 (.492) BRONCOS

Needs: CB, EDGE, OL, TE. With Aqib Talib sent to the Rams, the Broncos might be forced to expedite the search for a top CB. It's time for Denver to find a new right tackle and a starter, or at least a contender to start, at one guard spot. Shane Ray has been too inconsistent and the Broncos might look to add competition at the rush linebacker spot. Virgil Green departs as a free agent, so TE becomes a need.



4-12 (.480) COLTS

Needs: EDGE, LB, OL, WR. The Colts are switching to an upfield 4-3 attack, and an edge rusher will help with that transition. However, they simply don't have the talent they need at inside linebacker and will have to try to add talent at the position. The offensive line is clearly not where it needs to be right now. Tackle and guard are considerations. Wide receiver appeared to be a strength a few years ago, but that isn't the case any longer.



5-11 (.555) BUCCANEERS

Needs: DE, CB, RB, S. The Bucs aren't getting enough pass rush off the edge, and that is their highest priority. Doug Martin has departed, which means finding a new RB is on the to-do list. Brent Grimes signed a one-year deal to return to Tampa, but adding a young CB who will grow alongside Vernon Hargreaves should be a priority. The Bucs are likely to pick a safety this year, perhaps early in the draft.



5-11 (.559) BEARS

Needs: CB, OL, EDGE, DL. The Bears have their starting CBs in place, but could use more depth and competition at the key position of CB3. Finding a consistent pass rusher with the ability to set the edge and play the run is a need. With Josh Sitton departing, guard becomes a need spot, as is depth on the defensive line.



6-10 (.512) NINERS

Needs: EDGE, OG, CB, WR. The 49ers were 26th in the league in sacks last season, so they need to add more pass rush. They addressed their QB need with the Jimmy Garoppolo trade, but they must find more help along the OL, especially at OG. I still see CB as a need, even after the addition of Richard Sherman. It would make sense to look for a wide receiver to grow with Garoppolo, too.



6-10 (.512) RAIDERS

Needs: LB, CB, S, OT. The Raiders don't have any cornerbacks that are taking the ball away, and will likely add more help at CB and safety. The inside linebacker spot also needs to be addressed. LT Donald Penn turns 35 this year and the Raiders should be looking for a long-term solution at left tackle. David Sharpe is better suited for the right side.



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