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Published: Nov. 18, 2016 at 11:36 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 18, 2016 at 12:04 p.m.

NFL team fits for top senior prospects

Now that we're into the second half of November, football season is in its home stretch. The top senior prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft are showing off their strengths, and NFL teams have their eyes on them as they evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their roster.

The following 10 seniors have the potential to provide an NFL team with a missing link, and might even help a team get over the hump next year. I've included a team fit for all 10 of these players. They're ranked in order of the fits that I think are best (the stronger the fit, the higher they're ranked).

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  • <b>Team fit:</b> Cleveland Browns<br />
Cleveland might be looking to address the quarterback position early in the draft, but addressing the defensive backfield should also be a priority. Remember, they'll have two first-round picks this year (they acquired a first-rounder from Philadelphia in the trade that put the Eagles in position to draft Carson Wentz. Evans' speed and toughness make him a difference-maker in the back end. 10

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    10. Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M

    Team fit: Cleveland Browns
    Cleveland might be looking to address the quarterback position early in the draft, but addressing the defensive backfield should also be a priority. Remember, they'll have two first-round picks this year (they acquired a first-rounder from Philadelphia in the trade that put the Eagles in position to draft Carson Wentz. Evans' speed and toughness make him a difference-maker in the back end.

  • <b>Team fit:</b> Atlanta Falcons<br />
The Falcons look to be playoff-bound, and starter Chris Chester is an 11-year veteran who is due to become a free agent. Plugging Feeney into the right guard spot should allow Matt Ryan to have a clean pocket and give the rushing duo of Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman room to run. 9

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    9. Dan Feeney, G, Indiana

    Team fit: Atlanta Falcons
    The Falcons look to be playoff-bound, and starter Chris Chester is an 11-year veteran who is due to become a free agent. Plugging Feeney into the right guard spot should allow Matt Ryan to have a clean pocket and give the rushing duo of Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman room to run.

  • <b>Team fit:</b> Dallas Cowboys<br />
The Cowboys might have a hole in the secondary if Morris Claiborne is not re-signed. Tankersley's a good fit for the team, and might be available near the end of the first round, where Dallas could be picking. 8

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    8. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

    Team fit: Dallas Cowboys
    The Cowboys might have a hole in the secondary if Morris Claiborne is not re-signed. Tankersley's a good fit for the team, and might be available near the end of the first round, where Dallas could be picking.

  • <b>Team fit:</b> Oakland Raiders<br />
Finding a leader in the middle of the defense would make head coach and former NFL linebacker Jack Del Rio a happy man. Davis brings the toughness and athleticism to contribute immediately. 7

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    7. Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida

    Team fit: Oakland Raiders
    Finding a leader in the middle of the defense would make head coach and former NFL linebacker Jack Del Rio a happy man. Davis brings the toughness and athleticism to contribute immediately.

  • <b>Team fit:</b> Philadelphia Eagles<br />
The Eagles have given up more than their fair share of big plays through the air this season. King will be an instant starter because he's not afraid to mix it up with any receiver. 6

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    6. Desmond King, CB, Iowa

    Team fit: Philadelphia Eagles
    The Eagles have given up more than their fair share of big plays through the air this season. King will be an instant starter because he's not afraid to mix it up with any receiver.

  • <b>Team fit:</b> Cincinnati Bengals<br />
Karlos Dansby, 35, is due to become a free agent, and the team isn't getting to the quarterback nearly enough. Williams is starting to show the all-around skills that the Bengals need in a 4-3 SAM linebacker. 5

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    5. Tim Williams, LB, Alabama

    Team fit: Cincinnati Bengals
    Karlos Dansby, 35, is due to become a free agent, and the team isn't getting to the quarterback nearly enough. Williams is starting to show the all-around skills that the Bengals need in a 4-3 SAM linebacker.

  • <b>Team fit:</b> Carolina Panthers<br />
With Charles Johnson due to become a free agent, the Panthers could use a strong-side end to play opposite Kony Ealy. Though it's possible Allen could play inside at the next level, his agility could make him an outstanding end. 4

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    4. Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

    Team fit: Carolina Panthers
    With Charles Johnson due to become a free agent, the Panthers could use a strong-side end to play opposite Kony Ealy. Though it's possible Allen could play inside at the next level, his agility could make him an outstanding end.

  • <b>Team fit:</b> Green Bay Packers<br />
Green Bay's pass rush is severely lacking. McKinley's athleticism and motor are starting to gain notice, and Green Bay should be one of the teams in line for his services. 3

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    3. Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA

    Team fit: Green Bay Packers
    Green Bay's pass rush is severely lacking. McKinley's athleticism and motor are starting to gain notice, and Green Bay should be one of the teams in line for his services.

  • <b>Team fit:</b> Pittsburgh Steelers<br />
Lawrence Timmons, Jarvis Jones and James Harrison are due to become free agents after the season. Foster's a plug-and-play inside linebacker; the only question will be whether the Steelers will be picking high enough to select him. 2

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    2. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

    Team fit: Pittsburgh Steelers
    Lawrence Timmons, Jarvis Jones and James Harrison are due to become free agents after the season. Foster's a plug-and-play inside linebacker; the only question will be whether the Steelers will be picking high enough to select him.

  • <b>Team fit:</b> Miami Dolphins<br />
Jordan Cameron's career in Miami is likely coming to a close, as he'll be a free agent. Butt's game is similar to Cameron's, which I'm sure will make quarterback Ryan Tannehill very happy. 1

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    1. Jake Butt, TE, Michigan

    Team fit: Miami Dolphins
    Jordan Cameron's career in Miami is likely coming to a close, as he'll be a free agent. Butt's game is similar to Cameron's, which I'm sure will make quarterback Ryan Tannehill very happy.