Each of the 32 NFL teams needs to get better to give themselves any hope of achieving the ultimate success next season.
Even Tampa Bay – who return with all 22 Super Bowl starters – must improve the roster because in any sport, treading water is going backwards.
Here is where each of the 32 teams must improve their roster;
Cornerback – A prime time defensive back to replace All Pro Patrick Peterson. Peterson departs the desert after an amazing run where he covered and shadowed the opposition’s No. 1 WR every week.
Pick 16 gives them some hope of acquiring one of the top corner prospects in the draft.
Defence – The strange thing about Atlanta is the view that there is so much talent on this roster but also one that has enormous holes that must be filled.
Yes, Matt Ryan is 36 but I’d prefer to bank on him having a couple of quality season’s left and improving the atrocious defence. An edge rusher would be ideal, as the Falcons defence rarely made splash plays last season – or any of the seasons since their Super Bowl trip.
Wide Receiver – The Ravens draft unbelievably well on defence but locating an elite WR has been problematic. Sure, they’re a run-heavy offence with multiple rushing threats but Lamar Jackson needs a weapon on the outside.
Running Back – They’re different players and the Bills are not coming off a Super Bowl like Kansas City were but you just get the feeling the Bills will identify a RB at the end of round one and go bang… likely with Alabama standout, Najee Harris.
Receivers – Whether it’s a WR or TE, Carolina needs to add a reliable and dangerous pass catcher to make life as easy as possible for new QB Sam Darnold.
Christian McCaffrey is a quarterback’s best friend but a player like DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle or even Kyle Pitts (unlikely, I know) would be perfect.
Quarterback – For a team with plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, you’ve got to wonder whether they decide to blow things up or land the QB of their dreams… DangeRuss…
Short of landing Wilson, can the Bears somehow get up in the draft to land one of the fab four quarterbacks?
Offensive Line – I’m wrestling with this one so much. Of course, reuniting Joe Burrow with Ja’Marr Chase would be incredible (especially for an LSU fan) and Kyle Pitts would create so many headaches alongside Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon but Burrow needs protection – badly.
Go and get Ducks tackle, Penei Sewell. No questions asked.
Defensive Back – These Browns finally have a talented roster across the board. Baker Mayfield has proven good enough to lead the show so perhaps the last piece to the puzzle is improving the back end of the defence.
Denzel Ward is electric but often hurt. Picking late in the opening round may still see them land a talented corner or safety.
Defence – Defensive line, edge rush, defensive back… take your pick.
The once-formidable offensive line needs re-working as well but this defence is woeful. Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II looks an ideal and straightforward pick at 10, but will Jerry be seduced by offence and headlines instead of solidifying his squad?
Quarterback – The Broncos have been nowhere since The Sheriff left town, so it’s time to get the QB of the future. Pick nine may land the fourth of the star quarterbacks but you’d hate to commit to grabbing a QB only for them to be all gone by your selection. Aside from QB, anything on either side of the line of scrimmage would be useful.
Receivers – Matthew Stafford always had a decent receiver or two throughout his career in Detroit.
Now, Jared Goff is in town yet Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay are gone. For Goff to have any chance of success in Michigan, using pick 7 to land one of the three outstanding wideouts is simply a must!
Wide Receiver – It’s only just inside the first round but perhaps the Packers finally use their top pick on an offensive weapon. With Aaron Jones returning and the Pack improving the defence last season, pairing a receiver alongside DaVante Adams could be the order of business.
Wherever you like – Where do we begin? The quarterback could be sidelined. There’s no cap space. No picks.
No hope? The Texans really need to strike a few lucky blows with the picks they do have… and then hope Deshaun Watson is cleared of all wrongdoing and can play moving forward.
Wide Receiver – This is a quality football team. With any type of upshift in performance from Carson Wentz, then this squad has a real chance to compete for the Lombardi.
To assist CW, it’d be handy to have another reliable and craft receiving threat. At 21, the Colts might be able to grab the best WR of the second-tier group in a deep crop of pass-catchers.
Offensive Line – We know the quarterback situation will be addressed, but Urban Meyer and his scouts needs to keep Trev Lawrence upright. With the Jalen Ramsey round one pick they received, a big strong tackle is the way to go.
Offensive Line – You could argue KC were a healthy O line away from going back-to-back. Sure, Tampa smoked them but Pat Mahomes had no chance after the team lost two starting lineman for the SB, then released them after the season. It’s not a sexy pick but a quality guard would serve this squad well.
Linebacker – Most of this defence needs work but a linebacker who can make tackles and be impactful would really kickstart this defence. Think Devin White or Deion Jones.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
Offensive Line – I’d be happy to see a tight end land in LA but the offensive line could also use some work. Andrew Whitworth is a warrior but a succession plan could be on the cards.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Offensive Line – The QB is locked, now we can protect him and see just how good he may become. There are weapons on the outside and talent on defence. Get a gun lineman at 13 and the sky is the limit for Justin Herbert – and the Chargers as a whole.
Wide Receiver – Their last round one receiver worked out pretty well (DeVante Parker) and they again have an opportunity to select a sensational wideout. Ja’Marr Chase looms large at six. At 18, they can take an O lineman to keep Tua safe and allow him to get the rock to Chase and Parker.
Defensive Back – Justin Jefferson was a major major hit last season. Here’s hoping they can strike an equally accurate blow with a defensive back at pick 14. Players like Jaycee Horn would work.
Quarterback – Yes, Cam Newton has been brought back. No, he’s not the long term answer for them. Could Cam be coming back to carry the torch until a young QB such as Justin Fields or Trey Lance is ready?
Cornerback – They have nailed at one CB slot with Marshon Lattimore, can they nail another one and give them team a pair of lockdown corners?
There are always quality players at any position towards the bottom of the opening round.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Offensive Line – They splashed in free agency and last season’s No. 4 overall pick, Andrew Thomas, was an instant starter on the O line. Go again, get another roadblock to go alongside Thomas.
NEW YORK JETS
Everywhere – Zach Wilson is coming to town but man this roster needs work. A solid tight end, running back or almost anywhere on the defence. Take your pick, just make sure it counts.
Receivers – The Eagles moved off a position where they may have been able to bring in a QB so Jalen Hurts is the man for them – for now.
With Zach Ertz gone and barely a recognisable wideout on the roster, the Eagles need to pounce on a pass-catcher however it’s expected Chase, Pitts, Waddle and Smith will be gone before their pick 12. Interesting times!
Quarterback – The Steelers have been defence-heavy in drafts of the past and could easily go that way again this year however the elephant in the room is what this team looks like post-Big Ben.
Moving up from 24 seems unlikely but they could pounce on the next best QB, with Kyle Trask (Florida), Kellen Mond (Texas A&M) and Davis Mills (Stanford) all potential picks.
Quarterback – Their bold move up to pick three means they’re going after a QB, likely Mac Jones but with pick 43, you’d think a cornerback could be on the cards with Richard Sherman long gone.
This is a highly talented and well coached squad who owned a fourth quarter Super Bowl lead before Mahomes went Mahomes.
Offensive Line – This defence needs work but Russell Wilson has made significant noise about the lack of consistency from the offensive line so IF – and it’s a genuine IF – the ‘Hawks are desperate to keep Wilson, addressing that need will be priority one.
The Seahawks’ personnel department will need to land a few value blows after handing out two round one picks for Jamal Adams.
Defensive Line – Suh and Pierre-Paul are ageing stars across the defensive front, so the champs could look to improve in that position but being the reigning champions that they are, a luxury pick for the offence could also be on the cards. Perhaps Kadarius Toney or speedster Tutu Atwell, who reportedly broke 4.3 for his 40.
Edge Rush – Tennessee is a solid squad but under Mike Vrabel, they were last in the NFL for sacks last season. You’ve got to think that makes a coach like him fume. They do lose Corey Davis in free agency but the need for a quality pass rusher has to be their number one desire.
Offence – Looks like Ryan FitzMagic will steer the ship this season so quarterback remains a fix of the future however upgrading the remainder of the offence is also on the to-do list. Terry McLaurin is a young star but he’d be best served as an elite No. 2 so the Football Team would love to secure a future No. 1 WR with pick nineteen.
Tell me what your team needs…