The 2013 NFL combine took place from February 20-26 as many of the nation's top college prospects showcased their skills for NFL teams. With these performances now in the books, NFL teams must decide which players can fill their problem areas in anticipation for the 2013 NFL draft.
A few teams have some burning issues they need to address in the Draft. Unfortunately, many were still left with questions after some disappointing combine performances.
The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have had their time to bask in the glory of a victorious season. Their concern now shifts towards next season as they attempt to replace one of the best linebackers in the history of the game in Ray Lewis.
The Ravens were hoping to pick up Manti Te'o to serve as a replacement, but following his recent girlfriend drama and a slow 40-yard dash time, Baltimore may be having doubts about their potential successor for Lewis. The Ravens may now be reconsidering their potential choices for their first round pick.
One of the worst teams in the league in 2012, the Jacksonville Jaguars will likely look to rebuild their team starting at the most important position: quarterback. Their starter at the beginning of last season, Blaine Gabbert, struggled mightily and might not be a good fit for franchise QB.
Unfortunately for Jacksonville, this year's draft class is quite light on quarterback talent. Geno Smith is a viable option for the Jags, but many experts anticipate the team selecting a talented offensive lineman in the first round. If this happens, the Jags may not have many choices at quarterback by the time the second round comes along.
New England Patriots
The Patriots undoubtedly boast one of the league's best passing attacks. But with Wes Welker expected to become an unrestricted free agent, the Pats may not have the receiving core they are hoping for in 2013.
There are quite a few talented wide-receivers (i.e., Cordarrelle Patterson, Keenan Allen) in this year's draft class, but chances are they will be picked up early in the first round. Seeing as the Pats have the 29th pick in the draft, they may not see a big-time receiver still available by the time their pick comes in the first round.
The Pats may choose to opt for a defensive back rather than a receiver, but regardless they face a sizable dilemma in the upcoming draft. Time will tell if they chose a defensive or offensive player with their first pick.