NFL Draft: One major need for every team

With the NFL Draft taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, later this week; all 32 NFL teams will be looking to add some serious talent to their rosters. With free agency in the rearview mirror, the NFL Draft offers the last significant opportunity to fill holes on teams. With that in mind, here is a look at a major draft need for each of the league's 32 teams.

AFC

Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
2021

Offensive Tackle

A receiver to upgrade the 32nd-ranked passing attack would be a luxury, but the priority – given the physical way the Ravens like to play and following the recent trade of Orlando Brown – has to be to find a new right tackle.

Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
2021

Edge Rusher

Buffalo need more pass rush. Their leaders in sacks last season were Mario Addison with five and Jerry Hughes with four and a half.

Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
2021

Offensive Tackle

An receiver may be tempting, but there was a reason Joe Burrow got hurt and is recovering from a torn ACL. His line is terrible. Protect the franchise!

Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
2021

Linebacker

The Browns may want more depth and playmakers at cornerback but what their growing defense really lacks is a dominant, every-down linebacker.

Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
2021

Quarterback

Drew Lock ranked 37th in completion percentage among quarterbacks who threw at least 150 passes last season. Denver are very unsure he is their future.

Houston Texans
Houston Texans
2021

Quarterback

The Texans’ needs are multiple but none greater than signal-caller. Deshaun Watson has a raft of legal issues and even if he clears them, he doesn’t want to play in Houston.

Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
2021

Offensive Tackle

Following the retirement of reliable left tackle Anthony Castonzo, the Colts won’t want to kick off the Carson Wentz era with a hole in good line.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
2021

Quarterback

The Jags have not had a franchise QB since Mark Brunell in the late 1990s and have recently swung and missed on the likes of Blaine Gabbert and Blake Bortles.

Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
2021

Cornerback

This would have been offensive line in February, but KC have addressed those needs beautifully. Corner is the obvious choice but another receiver would not be a total shock.

Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
2021

Offensive Line

The line got totally ripped apart during the offseason and it’s not just a one-position need. The Silver and Black need to bolster all along their front.

Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
2021

Cornerback

Casey Hayward is the team’s best corner and he is coming off a down year and entering his 10th season. Some young blood in the secondary would be welcomed.

Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
2021

Wide Receiver

The Dolphins could also use an every-down running back and another tight end. They basically need as many playmaking weapons around Tua Tagovailoa as possible.

New England Patriots
New England Patriots
2021

Quarterback

The Patriots can add all sorts of offseason talent – as they have in record numbers – but it won’t matter much until they find the long-term replacement for you know who!

New York Jets
New York Jets
2021

Quarterback

There are other areas of need, but the Jets have made their bed by trading Sam Darnold to Carolina. They now need his replacement and a true franchise star.

Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
2021

Running Back

Few teams get away from the run as quickly as the Steelers, but I think a strong running game could fit their mentality well. The league’s worst rushing attack needs help.

Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
2021

Tennessee Titans           Edge Rusher

The Titans managed just 19 sacks in 16 regular season games and no defender had more than Harold Landry’s five and a half. That’s a worry in today’s NFL.

NFC

Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
2021

Wide Receiver

Many draft pundits are suggesting cornerback for the Cards, but I think they need a dynamic playmaker opposite DeAndre Hopkins and I’m not sure that’s AJ Green.

Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
2021

Edge Rusher

Atlanta’s pass rush production from the defensive end spot was non-existent in 2020. If they can find a productive edge rusher, that 29th-ranked defense will improve.

Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
2021

Quarterback

This choice may raise eyebrows, but owner David Tepper has insisted priorities one, two and three in Charlotte are to find the franchise QB. They could take one to compete with Darnold.

Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
2021

Quarterback

The Bears moved on from Mitchell Trubisky and made a brave offseason play for Russell Wilson. They have been left with Andy Dalton, so this is a position of need.

Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
2021

Cornerback

Outside of Trevon Diggs, there is not much to get excited about at corner on the NFL’s 28th-ranked scoring defense. The Cowboys miss Byron Jones and need to find a stud.     

Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
2021

Wide Receiver

Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones have been replaced by Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams. That’s a downgrade for new quarterback Jared Goff.

Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
2021

Linebacker

What they don’t need is another first-round QB! Corner could be an option but I would love to see a Devin White or Patrick Queen-type linebacker added to this D.

Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
2021

Offensive Tackle

With no first-round pick (again), the Rams will need to be patient and hope they can find the eventual replacement for Andrew Whitworth at tackle.

Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
2021

Edge Rusher

Upgrading a Vikings defense that allowed 475 points in 2020 (3rd-most in team history) is a must. Rushing the passer is so important in Mike Zimmer’s scheme.

New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
2021

Wide Receiver

Depth at receiver beyond Michael Thomas has been an issue for a few years and it reared its ugly head when number 13 suffered a wasted 2020 season.

New York Giants
New York Giants
2021

Edge Rusher

The days when the likes of Lawrence Taylor, Carl Banks, Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora terrorised quarterbacks off the edge seem light years ago. 

Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
2021

Wide Receiver

The line gave up 65 sacks a year ago but that can be remedied with good health. The lack of viable options in the passing game is scary for Jalen Hurts.

San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
2021

Quarterback

Jimmy Garoppolo should finally have gotten the message by now. San Francisco kicked the tyres on Tom Brady last year and have aggressively moved into position for a QB in 2021.

Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
2021

Offensive Line

Russell Wilson – the most sacked QB since he entered the NFL in 2012 – is not happy and has come close to wanting out. Cheer him up with a solid addition to the line.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2021

Defensive Back

The Bucs are complete so can take the best available player. There are very few weaknesses but you can never have enough defensive backs in the NFL.

Washington Football Team
Washington Football Team
2021

I love me some Fitzmagic, as is well documented. But a long-term answer at the game’s most vital position is necessary on an offense with growing talent.

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