Arizona Cardinals – Biggest need: Quarterback
The Cardinals are a team in transition heading into this offseason as they have a new head coach. However, the Cardinals also have a major void at the quarterback position after the retirement of Carson Palmer earlier this offseason. Arizona doesn’t have an answer at the quarterback position currently on their roster, so they will definitely need to address the position this offseason in the draft or in free agency. The Cardinals could go after a proven quarterback like Kirk Cousins in free agency or they could try and draft a younger option like Mason Rudolph or Lamar Jackson in the 1st round of the draft. Either way, Arizona needs to find a quarterback not only for the 2018 season, but for several years to come.
Atlanta Falcons – Biggest need: Defensive Tackle
Atlanta doesn’t have many needs on their roster, but one void that they have heading into the offseason is at the defensive tackle position. Grady Jerrett is a terrific starting defensive tackle for the Falcons and he will be returning as a starter for 2018. However, Dontari Poe is going to be a free agent and it is somewhat unlikely that he returns to the team. The Falcons don’t have anybody on their roster that can replace Poe at defensive tackle and it is a position that they must address specifically if he doesn’t return next season.
Baltimore Ravens – Biggest need: Wide Receiver
Baltimore’s offense struggled last season mostly because they lacked a true playmaker at the wide receiver position. Mike Wallace is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason and he is unlikely to be re-signed. Also, Jeremy Maclin is unlikely to return next season as the Ravens will just likely release him. That would only leave unproven player Breshad Perriman as their top receiver and he certainly hasn’t lived up to the hype of being a 1st round pick. Either way, Baltimore needs at least 2 more good receivers this offseason and they could even address it in free agency and the draft. The Ravens could draft either Calvin Ridley or Courtland Sutton in the 1st round and it is likely that they will draft a receiver with their 1st pick. However, there are some good receivers in free agency like Jarvis Landry and Sammy Watkins that could really help the team as well. Baltimore needs more from their passing game and adding any of those players listed above would be a terrific first step to finding a true number 1 receiver.
Buffalo Bills – Biggest Need: Quarterback
Tyrod Taylor isn’t a very good option at quarterback for the Bills and the coaching staff clearly doesn’t have much confidence in him. Taylor could return in 2018, but that appears unlikely considering his salary and the tension between him and the coaches. That means the Bills will likely need to address the quarterback position this offseason either in the draft in free agency. Buffalo could be a suitor for a veteran quarterback like Kirk Cousins free agency, but they also could select a quarterback in the 1st round like Mason Rudolph or Lamar Jackson. The Bills don’t currently have the franchise quarterback on their roster, but there are a few quality options available to upgrade at the position this offseason.
Carolina Panthers – Biggest need: Wide Receiver
Devin Funchess proved that he could be a good number 1 wide receiver for the Panthers, but they don’t have a good 2nd receiver that quarterback Cam Newton can throw to. The Panthers could sign a wide receiver in free agency, but they are more likely to address the position early on in the draft. Carolina doesn’t need to spend a 1st round pick on a receiver since it is a huge need, but they could still find a quality wide receiver in the 2nd or 3rd round.
Chicago Bears – Biggest need: Wide Receiver
Chicago has only one reliable receiver and that is Cameron Meredith and he is a decent number 2 wide receiver at best. The Bears also have former 1st round pick Kevin White, but he has been a major bust so far is he is often injured and he is unproductive when he is healthy. That means the Bears have a major need to find a couple of good wide receivers this offseason and it is very likely that they will do so in the 1st round of the draft. Chicago has a top 10 pick, so they should have their choice to draft either Calvin Ridley or Courtland Sutton. Either one of those guys would be good options as they would be able to develop and grow at the NFL level with talented young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears could also add some depth to the position in free agency, but I would be absolutely shocked if they don’t draft a wide receiver early on in the draft.
Cincinnati Bengals – Biggest need: Left Tackle
Cincinnati’s offensive line was a disaster for the most part last season especially at the offensive tackle positions. However, the Bengals need to find a solution at the left tackle position especially since current starting left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi hasn’t been able to protect quarterback Andy Dalton consistently. It is unlikely that the Bengals address the left tackle position in free agency since there aren’t very good options at the position and the Bengals usually are quiet in free agency. However, the Bengals are in prime position to draft a good left tackle as Connor Williams, Mike McGlinchey, and Orlando Brown all could be available. Cincinnati needs to address this position very soon and they have a perfect opportunity to do so in the draft with some terrific left tackle prospects available.
Cleveland Browns – Biggest need: Quarterback
This is the biggest need for the Browns every single year and somehow they still haven’t solved their issue at the quarterback position. However, the Browns have 2 top 5 picks in the draft including the number 1 overall pick. That means Cleveland controls their own destiny to draft what they hope will become their franchise quarterback. The Browns will have their pick between Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen so it will be interesting to see which of those quarterbacks that they like better. DeShone Kizer has proven already that he isn’t the quarterback of the future for Cleveland so now is the time to draft a QB with the 1st pick and hopefully they can find a good player that can lead them out of a long-lasting rebuild.
Dallas Cowboys – Biggest need: Right Tackle
The Cowboys need help along the right side of their offensive line as starting right guard Jonathan Cooper is a free agent and he is unlikely to be re-signed. That means La’el Collins is likely to shift back to the right guard position instead of being the right tackle for Dallas which was a position that he struggled at last season. Dallas could address right tackle either in free agency or early on in the draft, but it is a position they need to figure out in order for their offense to be really successful in 2018.
Denver Broncos – Biggest need: Quarterback
Trevor Siemian is a good backup QB and he has exceeded expectations in his NFL career, but he is clearly not the answer for the Broncos at quarterback. Also, Paxton Lynch is often injured and he has been ineffective at quarterback for the Broncos as well. That means that Denver must address the quarterback position this offseason. The Broncos are a likely landing spot for veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins in free agency and that would be a terrific signing for the team. However, if the Broncos can’t find a starting QB in free agency then they should have an opportunity to draft either Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, or Josh Allen with the 5th overall pick. Either way, Denver is in good position to find their franchise quarterback, although it will be interesting to see if they address the position in free agency or the draft.
Detroit Lions – Biggest need: Running Back
Detroit has a few big needs that they must address, but a key position that they still haven’t addressed is at running back. Theo Riddick is a good 3rd-down back and pass-catcher, but he isn’t the type of running back that can carry the load for the Lions in the running game. Ameer Abdullah hasn’t proven that he is a solution as the early-down back as he has been ineffective throughout his NFL career. Detroit likely won’t address the position in the 1st round of the draft, but they could find a good early-down back in the 2nd or 3rd round of the draft. Either way, Detroit needs to fix their issues at the running back position and provide more balance to their offense.
Green Bay Packers – Biggest need: Tight End
The Packers thought that they found a good starting tight end when they signed Martellus Bennett in free agency last offseasonm, but that didn’t end up to be the case as he was unproductive and ultimately released by Green Bay during the 2017 season. Richard Rodgers is a decent backup tight end, but the Packers need to find a better number 1 option at the position for 2018 and beyond. The good news is that there a couple of good options for the Packers to draft. Mark Andrews and Dallas Goedert are the two best tight end prospects in the draft and it would be wise for the Packers to draft either one of them as they would give Aaron Rodgers another threat in the passing game.
Houston Texans – Biggest need: Left Tackle
The offensive line was a complete mess for the Texans last season as they dealt with injuries and inconsistent play at basically every position. However, the one position that they really need to address is at left tackle after they traded away Duane Brown last season. Chris Clark was the starting left tackle for most of last season, but he struggled tremendously and he is unlikely to return anyway as he is a free agent this offseason. The Texans don’t have a pick until the 3rd round of the draft so it is unlikely that they will be able to find a good starting left tackle in the draft. However, they could try and sign a veteran left tackle in a limited market as players like Nate Solder and Greg Robinson should be available in free agency. Either way, Houston needs a lot of help on their offensive line and they don’t have many draft picks to be able to do so this offseason.
Indianapolis Colts – Biggest need: Defensive End
The Colts pass rush once again struggled last season as they were one of the worst teams in the NFL at sacking the quarterback. In fact, Jabaal Sheard was the team’s best pass rusher even though he only had 5.5 sacks. The Colts need to find a pass rusher that can get after the quarterback consistently and it is likely that they will address the defensive end position early in the draft. The good news is that the Colts have the 3rd overall pick in the draft which means they are in prime position to add an elite pass rusher if they choose to go that route. Bradley Chubb is the best defensive end prospect in this draft and he is probably even the best player overall in the draft and he should be available when the Colts have their 1st pick. Chubb would be a huge addition to the Colts as he would boost their pass rush right away. The entire Colts defense needs a boost and if the Colts add a pass rusher like Chubb then it would be a big step in the right direction.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Biggest need: Wide Receiver
It is amazing that Jacksonville made it to the AFC championship game despite the lack of playmakers that they had at the wide receiver position. Allen Robinson is clearly the team’s top receiver, but he was injured for basically all of the season and he might not be re-signed in free agency. Also, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns are somewhat unlikely to return next season as Lee is a free agent and Hurns is likely to be released. The Jaguars need a number 1 receiver especially if all of those receivers listed above leave this offseason. Jacksonville could add a receiver in free agency, but there should be some good options when the Jaguars pick in the 1st round. James Washington and Christian Kirk both could be available when the Jaguars are on the clock and either of those players would add some explosiveness to Jacksonville’s offense. Jacksonville needs some weapons for quarterback Blake Bortles to throw to and adding a couple of receivers this offseason is much needed.
Kansas City Chiefs – Biggest need: Wide Receiver
Kansas City hasn’t received much production from the wide receiver position over the past few years mostly because former QB Alex Smith used his tight ends and running backs often in the passing game. However, the Chiefs now have unproven young quarterback Patrick Mahomes as the clear starter in 2018 and they must surround him with more weapons in the passing game. Tyreek Hill is an explosive wide receiver, but besides him the Chiefs have absolutely nothing else at the wide receiver position. Kansas City probably won’t spend big in free agency to acquire a receiver, yet they still could find a good possession receiver for a bargain or in the 2nd or 3rd round of the draft. Either way, Kansas City needs some help at the wide receiver position especially since they have an inexperienced quarterback starting in 2018.
Los Angeles Chargers – Biggest need: Kicker
The kicker position is often overlooked as many people for some reason don’t think it matters to have a good kicker. However, the Chargers found out last season that it is very important to have a reliable kicker as it was a position that they struggled at last season. The Chargers had a remarkable 4 kickers attempt field goals for the team last season and they combined for a terrible 66.7% conversion rate. They still haven’t found a reliable kicker and it is a weakness that they must address heading into the 2018 season. The good news is that there are plenty of good kickers available this offseason including Graham Gano, Matt Bryant, and Ryan Succop. All of those kickers are extremely reliable and they would be major upgrades for the Chargers. Either way, the Chargers need to find a new starting kicker that will at least be average because the position cost the team in a major way last season.
Los Angeles Rams – Biggest need: Cornerback
The Los Angeles Rams had a good secondary last season, but they have two starting cornerbacks heading to free agency this offseson. Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman both might not return next season which would create a major void at a position that the team already didn’t have much depth at. If either one of those guys leave in free agency as expected then the cornerback position would be a big need for the Rams. The good news is that the Rams should have a couple of options available in the 1st round of the draft to fill a possible void at cornerback. The two main options that they should consider are Denzel Ward and Josh Jackson. Both would be good starters right away for the Rams if they don’t retain both Johnson and Robey-Coleman this offseason. Cornerback isn’t a huge need right now for the Rams, but it certainly could be especially if they don’t retain number 1 starter Trumaine Johnson.
Miami Dolphins – Biggest need: Right Tackle
The Dolphins have a decent starting right tackle with Ja’Wuan James right now, but he is due $9.3 million next season and that is a hefty price for the Dolphins to pay. Miami could decide to retain James, but in all likelihood he will be a salary casualty this offseason. That would create a major void at the right tackle position for the Dolphins this offseason and it wouldn’t be a position that they would consider going after in free agency since the right tackle position is very weak. However, there are some good options like Orlando Brown, Connor Williams, and Mike McGlinchey that could be available when the Dolphins pick in the 1st round. Either way, the Dolphins have a need on the right side of their offensive line and right tackle is a particular area of concern.
Minnesota Vikings – Biggest need: Quarterback
The Vikings have an interesting dilemma at the quarterback this offseason as they have 3 starting caliber quarterbacks, but they are all free agents this offseason. They could decide to retain either Case Keenum or Teddy Bridgewater to be their starting quarterback. However, they could also explore other options on the free agent market including Kirk Cousins who is the top quarterback available this offseason. The Vikings have plenty of cap space available, but they have to figure out which free agent quarterback they want to have as their starter for 2018 and beyond. Minnesota has some good options available at quarterback, but they have to figure out which QB they want the most.
New England Patriots – Biggest need: Cornerback
The Patriots have Stephon Gilmore as their number 1 cornerback for several years to come, but the Patriots don’t have much on the depth chart behind him. Malcolm Butler is expected to depart in free agency and that would leave Eric Rowe as the team’s new 2nd cornerback. Rowe is an unproven player and he isn’t exactly a very reliable starter for New England so cornerback is a position that New England must add some depth to this offseason.
New Orleans Saints – Biggest need: Quarterback
Drew Brees is a free agent this offseason, although he will certainly be back with the Saints next season unless he decides to surprise us all and retire. Either way, Brees is currently 39 years old and it is very possible that he could retire from the NFL very soon. However, the Saints don’t currently have a young quarterback that can develop under Brees and take over at the quarterback position when he is ready to retire. The good news for New Orleans is that the quarterback position in this year’s draft class is very deep which means they could draft a quarterback late in the 1st round. Mason Rudolph and Lamar Jackson seem like the most ideal fits for the Saints, but the team could also decide to trade up for a QB like Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield. New Orleans needs to draft a young quarterback that they can develop under Brees for a year or two and then become the new franchise quarterback.
New York Giants – Biggest need: Quarterback
Eli Manning is still under contract for next season, but he hasn’t been very productive recently and he has a massive cap hit for next season. The Giants could decide to keep Manning for another year, but in all likelihood they will just release him. Either way, the Giants need to find their quarterback of the future and it is likely that they will do so early on in the draft. New York has the 2nd overall pick which means that they will have the option to select either Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, or Baker Mayfield. New York has plenty of talent on their roster, but finding a young quarterback that can carry them in the future is crucial.
New York Jets – Biggest need: Quarterback
Josh McCown exceeded expectations at quarterback for the Jets last season, but he is a free agent and he was only meant to be a temporary solution at the position anyway. Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg have already proven that they aren’t meant to be starting quarterbacks in the NFL which means the Jets need a starting QB for the 2018 season. New York will likely go after the top available quarterback Kirk Cousins in free agency, but if they don’t land him then the team still has a high enough draft pick to be able to get a young quarterback like Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield. The Jets still have to build their roster, but finding the quarterback of the future is paramount to the team’s future success.
Oakland Raiders – Biggest need: Cornerback
The Raiders struggled at the cornerback position last season mostly due to injuries, but even when healthy there wasn’t much production from the starters. TJ Carrie was the team’s best corner, but he is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason. Sean Smith and David Amerson weren’t very productive and the Raiders could cut ties with both of them. Gareon Conley is the only cornerback that is guaranteed to come back next season, but he only played in 2 games last season due to injuries. The Raiders need to find a new starter or two at the cornerback position this offseason and it is likely they will draft a cornerback like Denzel Ward with their 1st round pick. Oakland needs a difference maker at cornerback and by doing so they could really improve their defense in 2018.
Philadelphia Eagles – Biggest need: Linebacker
Philadelphia doesn’t have many needs on their roster as proven by their recent super bowl victory. However, the linebacker position is the one area of real concern heading into the offseason. Nigel Bradham played well for the Eagles as a starter, but he is a free agent and it is unknown if he will return to the team next season. Also, starter Jordan Hicks is often injured and the Eagles could use some depth behind him. The key is whether Bradham returns to Philadelphia in free agency, but if he doesn’t then linebacker is definitely a position of need. Philadelphia will likely address linebacker in the draft as Tremaine Edmunds, Malik Jefferson, or Rashaan Evans all could be available when the Eagles pick 32nd overall. Either way, the Eagles need more depth at linebacker and that must be addressed this offseason.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Biggest need: Inside Linebacker
The scary injury of Ryan Shazier has created tons of uncertainty for Pittsburgh at the inside linebacker position heading into the 2018 season. The injury is serious enough that Shazier might not even be able to play football ever again. Either way, it appears that Shazier won’t be ready for the 2018 season and it is time for the Steelers to think about finding a replacement for him. Pittsburgh could find a short-term answer in free agency, but in all likelihood they will draft a player like Malik Jefferson or Reshaan Evans in the 1st round of the draft. Pittsburgh needs an inside linebacker that can cover more effectively and either one of those young linebacker prospects would be an ideal fit. Hopefully Shazier can come back and be a starter for the Steelers at linebacker at some point, but inside linebacker is definitely a position of need this offseason.
San Francisco 49ers – Biggest need: Running Back
Carlos Hyde is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason and it is unlikely that he is re-signed by the 49ers. San Francisco doesn’t have another running back on their roster that is really capable of filling his role as the starter for 2018 and beyond so it is a position that they must address. There aren’t any real good options at running back in free agency, so in all likelihood the 49ers will address it early in the draft. The 49ers will hope that Saquon Barkley somehow falls to the team at the number 8 overall pick, but that is very unlikely to happen. San Francisco will probably have to find a running back in the 2nd or 3rd round that can provide some stability at running back. Either way, the 49ers must re-sign Hyde or find a capable replacement at some point in the draft.
Seattle Seahawks – Biggest need: Running Back
The Seahawks are a team that rely heavily on the running game, but the issue is that they don’t have a running back that they can rely upon. Eddie Lacy proved that he wasn’t the solution last season and he won’t return to the team in 2018. Chris Carson, C.J. Prosise, and Mike Davis are all decent backups. However, none of those guys will likely be effective for the Seahawks in the running game next season. Seattle needs a clear number 1 running back that they can rely upon to help take the pressure off of Russell Wilson. Seattle could address the position in the 1st round with Derrius Guice as he is a running back that could be the clear starter right away for Seattle. However, the running back class is deep enough that they could wait until the 2nd round or 3rd round to find their new starter. Either way, Seattle doesn’t have a running back that they can rely upon right now and they need to find someone that can be a playmaker and help improve Seattle’s offense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Biggest need: Cornerback
There are a few major areas of need for the Buccaneers heading into the 2018 season including running back and defensive end. However, cornerback seems to be the biggest area of weakness for the Buccaneers heading into 2018. Starting cornerback Vernon Hargreaves is still young, but he struggled tremendously last season with injuries and inconsistent play when he was healthy. Brent Grimes played well for the Buccaneers and he was clearly their top corner, but he is 34 years old and he is a free agent this offseason. The Buccaneers also don’t have much depth at the position as Ryan Smith is their only backup right now and he hasn’t shown much during his opportunities to start last season. Tampa Bay needs two or three more cornerbacks this offseason as they don’t have any reliable starters at the position right now and they certainly don’t have much depth. The Buccaneers could decide to address the position early on in the draft like in the 2nd or 3rd rounds. However, it is most likely that the Buccaneers go out and find some cornerback help in free agency. The good news is that there are plenty of good cornerbacks available in free agency including Trumaine Johnson, Malcolm Butler, Kyle Fuller, and E.J. Gaines. Any of those players would provide a major upgrade over what the Buccaneers had at the cornerback position last season and it is likely that they sign at least one those top free agent cornerbacks. Tampa Bay still could address cornerback in the draft, but it is an area that they must improve in order to make their defense decent again in 2018.
Tennessee Titans – Biggest need: Guard
The Titans have a decent offensive line thanks to the stellar play of Jack Conklin and Taylor Lewan at the offensive tackle positions. However, the interior offensive line has been where Tennessee has struggled and it showed by their inability to run the ball consistently this past season. Guard Josh Kline is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason and he likely won’t return. Also, the other starting guard Quinton Spain will probably be back in 2018, but the Titans will look for an upgrade over him this offseason. There are some interesting guards that the Titans could go after in free agency like Joe Berger, Andrew Norwell, and D.J. Fluker. However, the Titans could also draft a guard in the 1st round like Will Hernandez out of UTEP. Tennessee needs help at both guard positions and if they upgrade at guard then the Titans running game could be much improved next season.
Washington Redskins – Biggest need: Wide Receiver
Terrelle Pryor was a major disappointment for the Redskins last season as he only had 240 receiving yards and now he will likely depart in free agency. That will leave unproven receiver Josh Doctson as the team’s number 1 wideout. The Redskins also have Jamison Crowder, but he is only a good number 3 receiver for the team. Washington needs to stabilize the wide receiver position by finding a receiver that can come in and be at least a good number 2 receiver. The Redskins should specifically try to find a proven receiver in free agency that is reliable since Doctson is a complete unknown at this point in his career. New quarterback Alex Smith will have some good weapons to work with on offense, but he needs some better playmakers in the passing game in order to be successful.