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2018 NFL Draft order and needs: Teams 21-32


This is the first-round order of the 2018 NFL Draft, with a look at the top positional needs for every team, through Conference Championship Weekend. Picks 1-30 are set. Playoff teams are ordered by the sequence in which they are eliminated from the postseason, with regular-season record and strength of schedule as tiebreakers.

Note: Strength of schedule listed in parentheses.

Eliminated in Wild-Card Round



9-7 (.492) BILLS

Needs: QB, LB, DT. With Marcell Dareus gone, the Bills might decide to lock in on finding a quality DT early in the draft. They need to improve at linebacker. QB could be the top priority, even though Tyrod Taylor is signed through next season and they drafted Nathan Peterman in 2017.



9-7 (.492) BILLS

Needs: QB, LB, DT. This is the pick the Bills acquired when the Chiefs traded up to land Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 draft.



11-5 (.504) RAMS

Needs: CB, OL, LB. The Rams have built their defensive front over the years, but need to find a top-tier CB to add to the mix. They could look to add a guard or center inside the top three rounds to solidify that emerging unit. The Rams could be looking for another inside linebacker, as well, with Mark Barron due to carry a big cap number next season.



11-5 (.539) PANTHERS

Needs: OL, WR, DE. Carolina is in desperate need of a bell-cow at left tackle. Replacing guard Andrew Norwell could be a priority, as well, if he leaves in free agency. Wide receiver is another spot that appears to be a must-have position at some point early in the draft. Carolina needs a true edge bender with speed to get after the talented QBs in the NFC South.

Eliminated in Divisional Round



9-7 (.434) TITANS

Needs: Edge, OG, TE. Finding a consistent edge presence could go a long way in helping the Titans' defense reach that next level. There is room for improvement and depth at guard. Finding another combination TE to eventually take over for Delanie Walker should be on their radar.



10-6 (.543) FALCONS

Needs: DT, OG, S. The Falcons could choose to let Dontari Poe walk after this season. It seems likely that they'll be looking for help at DT. The Falcons haven't run the ball like they did last year and better guard play could help them rebound in that area. Adding a rangy free safety with ball-hawking ability is a possibility.



11-5 (.535) SAINTS

Needs: QB, C, WR. The Saints' improved defense has changed the focus of this team's priorities to the offensive side of the ball. Finding an eventual replacement for Drew Brees should be high on the list, as should improving the center play. The Saints have a good one at WR in Michael Thomas, but the rest of the corps could use an upgrade.



13-3 (.453) STEELERS

Needs: ILB, QB, S. Pittsburgh should be looking to add another playmaker in the middle of its defense at LB. Finding Ben Roethlisberger's successor could become the priority. They need to find help at safety, too.

Eliminated in conference championship



10-6 (.434) JAGUARS

Needs: TE, OG, WR. The improved play of Blake Bortles has pulled QB off this list for now, but finding a quality pass-catcher at tight end is still a high priority. Leonard Fournette will be a lot better if the Jags can improve their guard play. If Marqise Lee walks in free agency, the Jags will need to add depth at WR.



13-3 (.492) VIKINGS

Needs: OT, OG, DL. The Vikings' offensive line simply isn't where it needs to be at tackle or guard. Their defense is so good that they can build along the offensive line this offseason. There aren't many areas to pick at along the defensive side of the ball, but adding depth up front and talented rushers is always something Mike Zimmer will want to do.

Still alive



13-3 (.461) EAGLES

Needs: LT, LB, CB. The Eagles addressed their need at RB with the addition of Jay Ajayi, but the season-ending injury to Jason Peters will likely make the left tackle spot a high priority in the offseason. It would be surprising if they didn't look for help at linebacker, and the CB corps isn't quite where it needs to be.



13-3 (.484) PATRIOTS

Needs: CB, QB, Edge. The Patriots must improve their secondary with another capable cornerback. With the trades of both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, the Patriots have to address QB at some point. A true edge bender is missing from their rush.



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