Complete 2016 NFL draft team needs

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There will be 253 picks in this year's NFL draft, with the Los Angeles Rams trading up for the right to pick first and ending when Denver nabs Mr. Irrelevant sometime on April 30. What vacancies will each team hope to fill between those two selections? We’re tracking the draft needs for all 32 franchises.

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NFL draft team needs

    Los Angeles Rams
    Biggest need: Quarterback
    Other needs: Center, safety, wide receiver
    By trading the Titans for the top pick in the draft on April 14, Jon Robinson and Jeff Fisher made it clear that finding a quarterback is their No. 1 priority.  Their 1a. priority is finding a top-flight receiver. Whichever QB winds up under center also will be praying that center can protect him. Right now, there is ample cause for concern. Safety is on the list because Mark Barron definitely is a linebacker now, and because Rodney McLeod left via free agency. The starting job next to T.J. McDonald is TBD.
    Mock draft history: QB Carson Wentz (Banks, April 18), Wentz (Burke, April 14), QB Jared Goff (Burke, April 13), WR Josh Doctson (Farrar, April 8), QB Paxton Lynch (Burke, April 6), Lynch (Banks, March 30), *Trade up to No. 6 for QB Jared Goff (Burke, March 23), QB Carson Wentz (Burke, March 16), Wentz (Burke, March 9), Wentz (Burke, March 2), Wentz (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Philadelphia Eagles
    Biggest need: Cornerback
    Other needs: Offensive tackle, running back, wide receiver
    It looks like the Eagles will draft a QB in the first round after they traded with the Browns up for the No. 2 pick on April 20. The franchise still needs a cornerback with the trade of high-priced disappointment Byron Maxwell, but the front office is mid-makeover at the position. Free-agent addition Ron Brooks barely played last season and his former/current teammate Leodis McKelvin was a Buffalo cut. The other listed spots on offense could be good to excellent if everything goes well. Flip side: Philadelphia has to worry about Jason Peters’s health at left tackle, Ryan Mathews’s workload at RB and the development of all their young wide receivers.
    Mock draft history: RB Ezekiel Elliott (Banks, April 18), CB Vernon Hargreaves (Burke, April 13), QB Carson Wentz (Farrar, April 8), Elliott (Burke, April 6), Elliott (Banks, March 30), OT Ronnie Stanley (Burke, March 23), Stanley (Burke, March 16), Elliott (Burke, March 9), *Traded down with Dolphins for Jack Conklin (Burke, March 2), WR Laquon Treadwell (Burke, Feb. 10)

    San Diego Chargers
    Biggest need: Safety
    Other needs: Center, defensive end/tackle, tight end
    Subtracting Eric Weddle and adding Dwight Lowery takes the Chargers fairly deep into the red at safety. Jahleel Addae has shown upside in spurts, but let’s not assume he is a long-term starter, either. The Chargers could (probably will) take an offensive tackle at some point, although a more pressure problem looms at center, barring a major step forward by 2015 pick Chris Watt. While NT Brandon Mebane made for a strong free-agent score, the D-line is still thin on impact players. Same for TE, where it’s Antonio Gates nearing the end of his career and very little else of note, now that Ladarius Green is a Steeler.
    Mock draft history: DB Jalen Ramsey (Banks, April 18),​ Ramsey (Farrar, April 8), Ramsey (Burke, April 6), Ramsey (Banks, March 30), *Trade down to No. 5 for DE DeForest Buckner (Burke, March 23), DE Joey Bosa (Burke, March 16), Buckner (Burke, March 9), Buckner (Burke, March 2), Ramsey (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Dallas Cowboys
    Biggest need: Defensive end
    Other needs: Cornerback, quarterback, wide receiver
    Bringing in Cedric Thornton and Benson Mayowa moved Dallas closer to what Rod Marinelli wants up front—i.e. tons of bodies to throw at the QB in rotation. But the Cowboys don’t have an edge rusher that will scare offenses, and that statement includes the suspended Randy Gregory. They also are missing a receiver capable of drawing attention away from Dez Bryant (Terrance Williams improved last year but appears to be capped as a nice, uninspiring piece). Missing out on Patrick Robinson hurt, because the CB spot is thin. And at QB, there’s no mystery: Dallas has to start planning for life after Tony Romo.
    Mock draft history: LB Myles Jack (Banks, April 18), DE Joey Bosa (Farrar, April 8), Jack (Burke, April 6), DE DeForest Buckner (Banks, March 30), Bosa (Burke, March 23), Jack (Burke, March 16), Jack (Burke, March 9), Bosa (Burke, March 2), Jack (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Jacksonville Jaguars
    Biggest need: Linebacker
    Other needs: Center, cornerback, defensive end
    Linebacker and DE fall under similar headings for the Jaguars, in some respects—Gus Bradley’s “Otto” and “Leo” positions encompass responsibilities of both positions. Long story short, the defense has to cause more problems off the edge. Getting Dante Fowler back healthy will help a ton, and Malik Jackson can push the pocket inside, but one more dynamic talent would help. Oh, and a more traditional linebacker, too. While Paul Posluszny had a strong 2015, neither he nor Dan Skuta adds much athleticism. The CB spot has its starters now that Prince Amukamara is a Jaguar; it doesn’t have depth. Stefan Wisniewski’s departure leaves the center position both thin and shy a first-teamer.
    Mock draft history: DE Joey Bosa (Banks, April 18), LB Myles Jack (Farrar, April 8), Bosa (Burke, April 6), Jack (Banks, March 30), *Trade up to No. 3 for Jack (Burke, March 23), DE Shaq Lawson (Burke, March 16), Bosa (Burke, March 9), Jack (Burke, March 2), Bosa (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Baltimore Ravens
    Biggest need: Inside linebacker
    Other needs: Guard, outside linebacker, wide receiver
    Going against the grain with the biggest need there, but if everyone is healthy next season—i.e. Terrell Suggs and Steve Smith—the Ravens’s needs at OLB and WR becoming more pressing for 2017 than ’16. But they do not have an answer inside next to third-year starter C.J. Mosley. Arthur Brown hasn’t developed as they hoped and neither Brennan Beyer nor Zach Orr has the look of a starter. That said, Baltimore does have to find help off the edge and at receiver. Counting on Suggs and Smith post-Achilles tears would be a huge gamble. The O-line is mostly set, it just needs depth.
    Mock draft history: OT Laremy Tunsil ​(Banks, April 18), ​OT Ronnie Stanley (Farrar, April 8), DE DeForest Buckner (Burke, April 6), DE Joey Bosa (Banks, March 30), *Trade down to No. 15 for LB Reggie Ragland (Burke, March 23), Buckner (Burke, March 16), WR Laquon Treadwell (Burke, March 9), Stanley (Burke, March 2), OLB Noah Spence (Burke, Feb. 10)

    San Francisco 49ers
    Biggest need: Cornerback
    Other needs: Offensive tackle, quarterback, wide receiver
    We’ll get to the offense. Have you seen the 49ers’s depth chart at cornerback, though? It’s Tramaine Brock and then a whole lotta guys you might not have heard of: Kenneth Acker, Dontae Johnson, Kenneth Reaser, etc. The position has to be a draft priority, perhaps in multiple rounds. Quarterback could ascend the list if and when Colin Kaepernick is traded to the Broncos. Wide receiver might be the biggest pothole should Kaepernick stay. Anquan Boldin is still a free agent; no other WR had more than 33 catches last season. The O-line is waiting word on Anthony Davis’s plans at right tackle, but depth is lacking inside and out either way.
    Mock draft history: DE DeForest Buckner (Banks, April 18), QB Paxton Lynch (Farrar, April 8),  QB Jared Goff (Burke, April 6), QB Carson Wentz (Banks, March 30), Wentz (Burke, March 23), Goff (Burke, March 16), Goff (Burke, March 9), Goff (Burke, March 2), Goff (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Cleveland Browns
    Biggest need: Quarterback
    Other needs: Offensive tackle, outside linebacker, wide receiver
    The new regime’s cleansing process has left the roster bare, even by Browns standards, at a number of spots. The need for a quarterback is obvious—even if you buy the Robert Griffin III redemption story, this roster is lacking anyone to develop behind him. Starting RT Mitchell Schwartz left via free agency and the possibility remains that LT Joe Thomas could be traded in the near future, so Cleveland has to find someone to block for its QB, whoever it is. The receiver situation is somewhat contingent on Josh Gordon, who ... well, we assume still exists; the NFL has no comment. Both linebacker spots are potentially problematic, but the edge rushers generated next to nothing last season. 
    Mock draft history: QB Jared Goff (Banks, April 18), Goff (Farrar, April 8), QB Carson Wentz (Burke, April 6), Goff (Banks, March 30), S Jalen Ramsey (Burke, March 23), Ramsey (Burke, March 16), Ramsey (Burke, March 9), Ramsey (Burke, March 2), QB Paxton Lynch (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Biggest need: Defensive end
    Other needs: Cornerback, safety, wide receiver
    It’s tough to win in the NFL without a consistent pass rush, and outside of Gerald McCoy and newcomer Robert Ayers (who notched a career high in sacks just in time to his free agency) the Buccaneers haven’t been able to bring much heat. The cornerbacks could be solid if Brent Grimes makes a smooth transition onto the team and at least one of Alterraun Verner or Johnthan Banks bounces back. Tampa Bay could alleviate its worries by nabbing a potential starter early. The CB spot is in better shape than safety, where the roster features a hodgepodge of underwhelming options (Chris Conte, Bradley McDougald, Keith Tandy, Major Wright).
    Mock draft history: DE Shaq Lawson (Banks, April 18),​ CB Vernon Hargreaves (Farrar, April 8), Hargreaves (Burke, April 6), Hargreaves (Banks, March 30), Lawson (Burke, March 23), Hargreaves (Burke, March 16), Hargreaves (Burke, March 9), Lawson (Burke, March 2), OT Ronnie Stanley (Burke, Feb. 10)

    New York Giants
    Biggest need: Linebacker
    Other needs: Offensive tackle, safety, wide receiver
    The only addition New York has made to its linebacking corps so far this off-season is ex-Redskin Keenan Robinson, a fringe starter. The Giants’s brass has talked like they believe that will be enough. In reality, that position must be addressed somewhere during the draft. Safety, too, where the Giants are shy a definite starter alongside 2015 second-rounder Landon Collins. Wide recevier gets overlooked as a need a bit because Odell Beckham Jr., is such a dominant No. 1 (and possibly because Victor Cruz might eventually play again). It shouldn’t be. Beyond Beckham, with Reuben Randle leaving, there is no proven talent. Don’t sleep on OT in the first round—one starting job is up in the air, opposite Ereck Flowers.
    Mock draft history: OT Ronnie Stanley (Banks, April 18), OT Jack Conklin (Farrar, April 8), DE Shaq Lawson (Burke, April 6), Stanley (Banks, March 30), RB Ezekiel Elliott (Burke, March 23), WR Laquon Treadwell (Burke, March 16), Lawson (Burke, March 9), Elliott (Burke, March 2), Lawson (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Chicago Bears
    Biggest need: Outside linebacker
    Other needs: Defensive end/tackle, offensive tackle, safety
    Lamarr Houston, Willie Young and Pernell McPhee combined for 22.5 sacks last year, but GM Ryan Pace has yet to find a real go-to pass rusher for Chicago’s 3–4. Also on the radar should be another young safety—Pace scored last draft by swiping Adrian Amos in Round 5; he could replace 33-year-old Antrel Rolle with another youngster if the right prospect is there. A Charles Leno/Bobby Massie tackle combo isn’t top tier, but it is an upgrade on Leno/Kyle Long because it allows Long to play guard. The Bears still could use another option at the spot, as is the case up front on D where finding a starter opposite Akiem Hicks is on the list of possibilities.
    Mock draft history: LB Leonard Floyd (Banks, April 18), DE DeForest Buckner (Farrar, April 8), OT Jack Conklin (Farrar, April 8), OT Ronnie Stanley (Burke, April 6), Conklin (Banks, March 30), CB Vernon Hargreaves (Burke, March 23), CB Mackensie Alexander (Burke, March 16), DT A’Shawn Robinson (Burke, March 9), LB Noah Spence (Burke, March 2), LB Reggie Ragland (Burke, Feb. 10)

    New Orleans Saints
    Biggest need: Guard
    Other needs: Cornerback, defensive end, wide receiver
    For a salary cap-strapped franchise, cutting fading veteran Jahri Evans probably made sense. It also left the Saints even thinner than they already were at guard, despite Tim Lelito’s return. Stop No. 1 in the draft, however, could be at defensive end—another rather bare bones spot opposite Cam Jordan. There has been some talk of playing Hau’oli Kikaha here, but the safer play would be to nab a true end. The Saints are young at cornerback and hoping Keenan Lewis and P.J. Williams are healthy. Think contingency plan at that spot. And never rule out a wide receiver when a team is based around the likes of Drew Brees, with an offensive-minded head coach calling the shots.
    Mock draft history: DT Sheldon Rankins (Banks, April 18), CB Mackensie Alexander (Farrar, April 8),  WR Laquon Treadwell (Burke, April 6), LB Darron Lee (Banks, March 30), Rankins (Burke, March 23), DE Noah Spence (Burke, March 16), DE Kevin Dodd (Burke, March 9), DT A’Shawn Robinson (Burke, March 2), DE DeForest Buckner (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Miami Dolphins
    Biggest need: Running back
    Other needs: Cornerback, guard, linebacker
    This is not a bad draft to need a RB. Miami could set its sights as high as Ezekiel Elliott or wait until the mid-rounds to find a productive 150-touch player. Even though the organization is high on Jay Ajayi, he has just 49 career carries plus an injury history. Aside from not having to deal with Miko Grimes anymore, it’s hard to say the Dolphins are any better at corner by swapping out Brent Grimes for Byron Maxwell. LB Kiko Alonso came as part of Miami’s trade for Maxwell. There is no telling what sort of player he will be in 2016, and the Dolphins were lacking in athleticism at the second level last year. Put guard on the late-round list—Miami could use more depth across the entire line.
    Mock draft history: CB Vernon Hargreaves (Banks, April 18),​ RB Ezekiel Elliott (Farrar, April 8), CB William Jackson (Burke, April 6), DE Shaq Lawson (Banks, March 30), CB Mackensie Alexander (Burke, March 23), Elliott (Burke, March 16), Alexander (Burke, March 9), Hargreaves (Burke, March 2), Hargreaves (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Oakland Raiders
    Biggest need: Linebacker
    Other needs: Cornerback, defensive end, running back
    It has been a long time since Oakland’s roster was in this good a shape ahead of the draft. Take the linebacker spots, for example: there is a definite need for another playmaker, but Ben Heeney was surprisingly competent as a rookie and Malcolm Smith led the team in tackles. Nevertheless, a new MLB figures to be in the cards. Cornerback received a huge boost from Sean Smith’s signing, while David Amerson produced a borderline miraculous 2015 turnaround. Again, a need but not a desperate one. The D-line is lacking depth, in general, even more so if Mario Edwards’s neck injury lingers. Latavius Murray rushed for 1,000 yards last year; a back capable of grinding out yards would be a nice complement.
    Mock draft history: CB William Jackson III ​​(Banks, April 18),​ ​WR Will Fuller (Farrar, April 8),  DT Sheldon Rankins (Burke, April 6), CB Mackensie Alexander (Banks, March 30), OT Jack Conklin (Burke, March 23), LB Reggie Ragland (Burke, March 16), OT Ronnie Stanley (Burke, March 9), Alexander (Burke, March 2), Alexander (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Tennessee Titans
    Biggest need: Offensive tackle
    Other needs: Cornerback, guard, outside linebacker
    The Titans addressed several needs in free agency but sat out the OT bidding. Before they traded away the No. 1 pick, it was easy to connect the dots on Tunsil, but now their pick here is much more up in the air. The positions where this team is set both in its starters and depth, though, are few and far between. Injuries dismantled CB and OLB last year, so trying to prevent a repeat should be high priority. That is particularly true at cornerback, where Brice McCain’s arrival helps but not enough—there remains a significant drop-off behind Jason McCourty. Free-agent add Ben Jones should step in at center, but the Titans could use competition for Jeremiah Poutasi at guard.
    Mock draft history: OT Jack Conklin (Banks, April 18),​ OT Laremy Tunsil (Farrar, April 8), Tunsil (Burke, April 6), Tunsil (Banks, March 30), Tunsil (Burke, March 23), Tunsil (Burke, March 16), Tunsil (Burke, March 9), Tunsil (Burke, March 2), Tunsil (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Detroit Lions
    Biggest need: Offensive tackle
    Other needs: Cornerback, defensive end, linebacker
    Wide receiver is noticeably absent not because the Lions won’t miss Calvin Johnson but because they have a chance to be really difficult to defend anyone given the additions of Marvin Jones, Stevan Ridley and Jeremy Kerley. They have made no such inroads at OT, where Riley Reiff is still penciled in on the left and ex-waiver claim Michael Ola is on the right. The Lions also lost steady veteran Rashean Mathis in the secondary, leaving a gap behind Darius Slay. DE is not the lost cause it gets made out to be—Ziggy Ansah is a legit star, Devin Taylor broke out last year and Wallace Gilberry just signed for depth. The outlook at linebacker is less rosy. DeAndre Levy’s overall health remains a mystery and there really isn’t anyone who even should be considered a starting MLB on the roster.
    Mock draft history: OT Taylor Decker (Banks, April 18),​ Decker (Farrar, April 8), Decker (Burke, April 6), WR Laquon Treadwell (Banks, March 30), Treadwell (Burke, March 23), Decker (Burke, March 16), Decker (Burke, March 9), DT Vernon Butler (Burke, March 2), DT A’Shawn Robinson (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Atlanta Falcons
    Biggest need: Safety
    Other needs: Guard, linebacker, tight end

    Free-agent addition Courtney Upshaw has proven himself to be a force against the run. Overall, though, the Atlanta linebacking corps has to be among the league’s least-athletic units at that position. If nothing else, the Falcons should be on the lookout for a coverage linebacker beyond Round 1. Alex Mack will make everyone better up front, although it’s fair to wonder what the ceiling is for a potential starting guard combo of Andy Levitre (a pass-blocking mess last season) and James Stone. Maybe the Falcons could get by, just like they might be able to survive the 2016 season with Kemal Ishmael as a full-time safety starter. Doesn’t mean they should try. The Curse of Tony Gonzalez still haunts the TE spot—the Falcons have not been able to come close to replacing him.

    Mock draft history: LB Darron Lee (Banks, April 18),​ LB Reggie Ragland (Farrar, April 8), LB Leonard Floyd (Burke, April 6), DT Sheldon Rankins (Banks, March 30), Lee (Burke, March 23), Lee (Burke, March 16), Ragland (Burke, March 9), WR Laquon Treadwell (Burke, March 2), LB Jaylon Smith (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Indianapolis Colts
    Biggest need: Outside linebacker
    Other needs: Center, offensive tackle, safety
    Now 35-year-old Robert Mathis produced 7.0 sacks last season for the Colts. No other linebacker topped three, hence top honors for the position. Hopefully, any pick this time around brings better results than did the choice of recently-waived Bjoern Werner. An early-round safety is a possibility, too—35-year-old Mike Adams won’t be around forever. There are at least three starters set on the offensive line (Anthony Castonzo, Hugh Thornton and Jake Mewhort). Center and right tackle are up for grabs. Mewhort could handle tackle duties, but then that would make center and right guard the mystery positions. Either way, Indianapolis stands a couple pieces shy of a complete group up front.
    Mock draft history: C Ryan Kelly (Banks, April 18),​ DE Shaq Lawson (Farrar, April 8), OT Jack Conklin (Burke, April 6), DT Taylor Decker (Banks, March 30), *Trade down with Texans to No. 22 for OG Joshua Garnett (Burke, March 23), DT A’Shawn Robinson (Burke, March 16), Conklin (Burke, March 9), DT Andrew Billings (Burke, March 2), Conklin (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Buffalo Bills
    Biggest need: Defensive end
    Other needs: Cornerback, linebacker, quarterback
    For as much as it makes sense to pair a DT with Buffalo in mock draft, given Rex Ryan’s defensive style and the loaded class at that position, the real line need is outside. Mario Williams flopped under Ryan, but without him there is a huge drop-off after Jerry Hughes on the depth chart. The linebackers aren’t exactly set, either. Promising 2014 pick Preston Brown struggled to find his footing last year and 31-year-old Manny Lawson will be a free agent after the year. Cornerback is more of a depth issue, provided everyone stays healthy—Ronald Darby and Stephone Gilmore with either Nickell Robey or Sterling Moore in subpackages is a strong group. At QB the Bills still seem undecided on Tyrod Taylor, so don’t rule out an early pick used there.
    Mock draft history: DE Noah Spence (Banks, April 18),​ DT Vernon Butler (Farrar, April 8), DT Andrew Billings (Burke, April 6), Spence (Banks, March 30), Butler (Burke, March 23), DT Sheldon Rankins (Burke, March 16), Butler (Burke, March 9), Rankins (Burke, March 2), DT Jarran Reed (Burke, Feb. 10)

    New York Jets
    Biggest need: Outside linebacker
    Other needs: Linebacker, offensive tackle, quarterback

    Sheldon Richardson played OLB last season almost out of necessity, caused by a lack of talent there and the desire to have Richardson on the field with Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson. That’s not a long-term fix and no other Jet stepped up as an edge force. Finding that playmaker is going to be key come draft time. The Jets addressed the hole that D'Brickashaw Ferguson's retirement left by acquiring offensive tackle Ryan Clady via a trade with the Denver Broncos. Despite that addition, offensive tackle remains at least a secondary need, as Clady is coming off a torn ACL and right tackle Breno Giacomini is only an average option, at best. Meanwhile, the odds are that Ryan Fitzpatrick winds up back in New York, which would again give the Jets a trio of FitzMagic, Geno Smith and Bryce Petty. Scratch QB off the need list in that case, at least for a year.  Inside, the Jets will try to turn a combo of Bruce Carter and E.J. Henderson into one serviceable linebacker alongside David Harris.

    Mock draft history: QB Paxton Lynch (Banks, April 18),​ ​WR Corey Coleman (Farrar, April 8),  DE Noah Spence (Burke, April 6), OLB Leonard Floyd (Banks, March 30), Spence (Burke, March 23), Floyd (Burke, March 16), Spence (Burke, March 9), LB Reggie Ragland (Burke, March 2), LB Darron Lee (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Washington Redskins
    Biggest need: Safety
    Other needs: Defensive end/tackle, linebacker, quarterback
    Cornerback also could have been on the board, but Josh Norman's arrival sets Washington up well at that position. The front office's attention could turn instead to safety, where projected starting safety Kyshoen Jarrett is still dealing with a neck/shoulder injury suffered in Week 17 and his counterpart is converted 32-year-old cornerback DeAngelo Hall. There have been rumors since Mason Foster re-signed in March that Washington may release Perry Riley. With or without him, the linebacking corps isn’t exactly a world-beater. An argument (a strong one) could be made that addressing the linebacker spots should fall behind getting younger up front. The Redskins did a little of that by signing Kendall Reyes, but overall it is an aging, rather average unit. Franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins could test free agency next year, barring a long-term deal.
    Mock draft history: DT Jarran Reed (Banks, April 18),​ ​DT A’Shawn Robinson (Farrar, April 8), Robinson (Burke, April 6), LB Reggie Ragland (Banks, March 30), DT Andrew Billings (Burke, March 23), Billings (Burke, March 16), CB William Jackson (Burke, March 9), Jackson (Burke, March 2), DL Robert Nkemdiche (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Houston Texans
    Biggest need: Safety
    Other needs: Defensive end/tackle, tight end, wide receiver
    Safety would have been at the top of the list had the Texans not re-signed Quintin Demps. They can get by with Demps and the emerging Andre Hal together, although they very well could decide to bring in competition for Demps. Leading the must haves now is a 3–4 DE who can replace Jared Crick as a five-tech opposite J.J. Watt. Star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins needs a true running mate, too. The Texans want Jaelen Strong to be that guy, but he had an arrest for marijuana possession this off-season (and only had 14 grabs last year). The tight ends certainly haven’t helped Hopkins all that much—Ryan Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz combined for 418 yards and three touchdowns in 2015.
    Mock draft history: WR Josh Doctson ​(Banks, April 18),​ ​WR Laquon Treadwell  (Farrar, April 8), Doctson (Burke, April 6), Doctson (Banks, March 30), *Trade up to No. 18 for Doctson (Burke, March 23), Doctson (Burke, March 16), QB Paxton Lynch (Burke, March 9), Lynch (Burke, March 2), RB Ezekiel Elliott (Burke, Feb. 10).

    Minnesota Vikings
    Biggest need: Wide receiver
    Other needs: Linebacker, offensive tackle, safety
    While it might be wise to pump the brakes on proclaiming Stefon Diggs a surefire No. 1 receiver (52 catches for 720 yards in 13 games), he clearly is the best of the Vikings’ current bunch. That’s not saying much, of course, considering that the second most productive receiver from 2015, Mike Wallace, was cut. The passing attack could use multiple additions, including one at tight end—Kyle Rudolph fell shy of 500 yards last year and Rhett Ellison tore his patellar tendon late. The OT situation is more of the plan-for-tomorrow variety. Minnesota returns Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt, plus signed free agent Andre Smith. All can be free agents in ’17; none are sure things this season. A legit safety to pair with Harrison Smith could push the Minnesota defense over the top.
    Mock draft history: WR Laquon Treadwell ​(Banks, April 18),​ DE/OLB Noah Spence (Farrar, April 8), LB Darron Lee (Burke, April 6), WR Will Fuller (Banks, March 30), OT Tayler Decker (Burke, March 23), OL Jack Conklin (Burke, March 16), WR Josh Doctson (Burke, March 9), Doctson (Burke, March 2), Decker (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Cincinnati Bengals
    Biggest need: Wide receiver
    Other needs: Defensive end, linebacker, nose tackle
    The Bengals lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu at receiver, and they added Brandon LaFell, which isn’t a great trade-off, leaving the Bengals badly lacking firepower outside of A.J. Green. Count on the front office to add depth if it finds the right fit. Most of the other issues, though, lie on defense. Up front, there is not much in the way of pass rushing beyond the top two DEs, Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson. (Geno Atkins is a menace, of course, but he is inside at tackle.) Adding Karlos Dansby does help a linebacking group with athleticism and health questions, on top of Vontaze Burfict’s impending three-game suspension. Domata Peko and Pat Sims both are set to return at NT for 2016, but they shouldn’t be around much longer than that.
    Mock draft history: WR Sterling Shepard (Farrar, April 8),  WR Michael Thomas (Burke, April 6), WR Corey Coleman (Banks, March 30), Shepard (Burke, March 23), Shepard (Burke, March 16), LB Darron Lee (Burke, March 9), Lee (Burke, March 2), DT Andrew Billings (Burke, Feb. 10

    Pittsburgh Steelers
    Biggest need: Safety
    Other needs: Defensive end/tackle, outside linebacker, wide receiver
    You’ll forgive the Steelers for needing extra time to patch the hole left by Troy Polamalu’s retirement after the 2014 season. Mike Mitchell was a standout in the secondary last season, but it’s time to go looking for another starter to pair with him. In one form or another, the Steelers have to uncover a defensive lineman to share the load with Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt—either a true 3–4 nose tackle to clog the middle or a more movable piece to give them options. And, yes, despite recently drafting Bud Dupree (’15) and Jarvis Jones (’13), another edge rusher is a requirement. File WR under the ‘maybe’ category. Martavis Bryant has to sit the entirety of the ’16 season. Are the remaining receivers ready to pick up the slack?
    Mock draft history: G Joshua Garnett  (Farrar, April 8), Jarran Reed (Burke, April 6), CB Eli Apple (Banks, March 30), WR Corey Coleman (Burke, March 23), DT Vernon Butler (Burke, March 16), DT Andrew Billings (Burke, March 9), S Darian Thompson (Burke, March 2), Thompson (Burke, Feb. 10

    Seattle Seahawks
    Biggest need: Offensive tackle
    Other needs: Center, cornerback, guard
    If there are offensive lines in worse shape than Seattle’s currently, they are few and far between. The Bradley Sowell signing actually counted as a significant move this off-season, and he hasn’t started in three years. Center, guard, tackle ... you name it, the O-line position figures to be discussed by Seattle during draft weekend. Cornerback would be in worse shape had the Seahawks not retained Jeremy Lane. They could ring DeShawn Shead at some point, as well—he remains a free agent. Bank on them adding a body somewhere. The loss of Bruce Irvin to Oakland also may open the door for a playmaking outside linebacker.
    Mock draft history: DT Andrew Billings (Farrar, April 8), CB Mackensie Alexander (Burke, April 6), OL Cody Whitehair (Banks, March 30), CB William Jackson (Burke, March 23), G Joshua Garnett (Burke, March 16), Garnett (Burke, March 9), CB Eli Apple (Burke, March 2), Apple (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Green Bay Packers
    Biggest need: Linebacker
    Other needs: Defensive end/tackle, offensive tackle, tight end
    Hardly a secret that the Packers want to get more talented up the middle on defense, so they have complete freedom to push Clay Matthews back to an edge role permanently. Jake Ryan plus a healthy Sam Barrington might be able to handle it, yet at least a little competition should be coming. Mike McCarthy said he’d like to use Datone Jones outside, too, putting the onus on everyone aside from the brilliant Mike Daniels to be better along the line ... and on GM Ted Thompson to find more bodies. The issue at guard/tackle mostly boils down to this: T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton and David Bakhtiari all are on expiring contracts, so Green Bay might get a jump on bringing in a replacement or two.
    Mock draft history: LB Darron Lee (Farrar, April 8), LB Reggie Ragland (Burke, April 6), DT A’Shawn Robinson (Banks, March 30), Robinson (Burke, March 23), DT Jarran Reed (Burke, March 16), Reed (Burke, March 9), Reed (Burke, March 2) , OLB Leonard Floyd (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Kansas City Chiefs
    Biggest need: Cornerback
    Other needs: Defensive end/tackle, guard, wide receiver
    One season after scoring Marcus Peters, the Chiefs head into the 2016 draft having just lost Sean Smith to free agency. Anyone who saw the secondary last year when Smith was out knows what a colossal blow that could be. Free agency robbed the interior offensive line of important cogs, too—Jeff Allen signed with Houston and there may not be an internal candidate ready to start at guard. The Chiefs did keep Jaye Howard around, a big move for the D-line. As of yet they have not re-signed Mike DeVito, potentially leaving a gap at DE. Wide receiver has upside, with youngsters Albert Wilson and Chris Conley adding more experience. Signing Rod Streater, who has 10 catches over four games the past two seasons, cannot be the final move.
    Mock draft history: CB William Jackson (Farrar, April 8), CB Eli Apple (Burke, April 6), Jackson (Banks, March 30), Traded first-round pick to Browns (Burke, March 23), Jackson (Burke, March 16), Apple (Burke, March 9), Apple (Burke, March 2), DL Sheldon Rankins (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Arizona Cardinals
    Biggest need: Center
    Other needs: Cornerback, outside linebacker, quarterback
    Arizona has the pleasure of a rather complete roster—or at least, a rather complete roster when everyone is 100%. The Cardinals added both Mike Iupati and Evan Mathis at guard, leaving the center spot as an outlier among a sturdy offensive front. They might be a sleeper to take a Round 1 QB, what with Carson Palmer now 36 and coming off a disastrous playoff outing. Trading for Chandler Jones without question lessened the need for a pass rusher. The later rounds might be the play for them in that regard, where they can nab a low-risk situational disruptive force. Departed safety Rashad Johnson is severely underrated. He was something of a bit player for the Cardinals, but they likely will miss him now that he is gone.
    Mock draft history: DL RObert Nkemdiche (Farrar, April 8), C Ryan Kelly (Burke, April 6), Nkemdiche (Banks, March 30), Kelly (Burke, March 23), Kelly (Burke, March 16), Nkemdiche (Burke, March 9), Nkemdiche (Burke, March 2), DE/LB Emmanuel Ogbah (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Carolina Panthers
    Biggest need: Cornerback
    Other needs: Offensive tackle, defensive end, safety
    The stunning news that Carolina had pulled Josh Norman’s franchise tag, thus leaving him a free agent, bumped cornerback to the top of the needs list. The Panthers must believe that their defensive system can help overcome Norman’s loss to an extent, but they are still subtracting arguably the game’s top cornerback from their depth chart. Elsewhere, the Super Bowl made Mike Remmers come off as more of a liability than he really was last season. But he only got a one-year tender as a restricted free agent and Michael Oher is problematic on the left side, too. Safety could be another focus in Round 1. The Panthers voided Roman Harper’s contract after the 2015 season ended, so the starting job next to Kurt Coleman is up for grabs. The retired Jared Allen only produced two sacks during the regular season—losing him won’t dismantle the pass rush. However, that group is not exactly swimming in depth. 
    Mock draft history: RB Derrick Henry (Farrar, April 8), DE Kevin Dodd (Burke, April 6), OT Germain Ifedi (Banks, March 30), Dodd (Burke, March 23), Dodd (Burke, March 16), OT Jason Spriggs (Burke, March 9), Spriggs (Burke, March 2) , Spriggs (Burke, Feb. 10)

    Denver Broncos
    Biggest need: Quarterback
    Other needs: Linebacker, offensive tackle, running back
    John Elway’s game of chicken this off-season has left him, for the time being, with Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemien as his quarterbacks. Should he not pull off a trade for Colin Kaepernick or another QB of starter-caliber, he may have no choice but to use a Round 1 or 2 selection at that position. On top of losing Brock Osweiler, he also was unable to keep talented ILB Danny Trevathan. If the Broncos plan to lean on their defense again next season, they cannot have a significant gap in their linebacking corps. Between Donald Stephenson, Russell Okung, Michael Schofield and Ryan Clady, the Broncos should be able to cobble together a tackle rotation. Which of those players (two of which, Clady and Okung, are injury risks) are the long-term answers? Denver did go out of its way to keep running back C.J. Anderson; Ronnie Hillman remains a free agent.
    Mock draft history: OL Cody Whitehair (Farrar, April 8), DT Vernon Butler (Burke, April 6), QB Connor Cook (Banks, March 30), Cook (Burke, March 23), QB Paxton Lynch (Burke, March 16), DT Kenny Clark (Burke, March 9), Clark (Burke, March 2) , TE Hunter Henry (Burke, Feb. 10)

    New England Patriots
    Biggest need: Cornerback
    Other needs: Defensive end, offensive tackle, running back
    Seems like whenever there is a consensus on where the Patriots need to add players, Bill Belichick and co., swing 180 degrees the other direction. Which is why cornerback lingers on the to-do list—they bypassed that spot last off-season, then watched Malcolm Butler continue his rise and Logan Ryan lead the team in INTs. But on paper, it’s a weak point. Offensive tackle was an issue in 2015 because of injuries, with more trouble looming—Sebastian Vollmer and/or Marcus Cannon still could be cut before the season, with free agency looming next year. There are a lot of running backs on the depth chart, including recent signee Donald Brown. Together, they have done little of note, save for Dion Lewis, who is attempting to come back from a torn ACL. The Chandler Jones trade the ranks at defensive end.

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