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NFL Draft 2013: Teams Under the Most Pressure to Draft Well

Ray Lewis left a big void the Ravens must fill in the draft.
Ray Lewis left a big void the Ravens must fill in the draft.Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Charlie PotterContributor IIIApril 19, 2013

The 2013 NFL draft is less than a week away, and there are many teams that are scrambling to put together a solid draft to improve their records from last year.

They are under pressure from owners and fans to obtain quality players that can come in and immediately contribute next season.

Here we break down the NFL teams that are under the most pressure to draft well.


New York Jets

The Jets are a mess. They finished last year with a 6-10 record and found themselves in a giant hole dug by Mark Sanchez and the signing of Tim Tebow.

New York needs help at several positions in order to improve in 2013, and it all starts on defense. The Jets could use an edge rusher or safety in the first or second round.

But the real help needs to come on offense. New York could use help at every offensive position, especially quarterback. But with Shonn Greene leaving via free agency, the Jets desperately need a running back.

New York doesn't own enough picks to pull itself out of this whole, but addressing the offensive side of the football early and often in the draft could certainly start the climb.


Baltimore Ravens

The defending Super Bowl champions lost a lot this offseason. Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin left Baltimore, along with key contributors such as Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe. However, the Ravens and general manager Ozzie Newsome have done a solid job of filling voids left by these players.

But there are still voids that need to be addressed from veteran departures.

Baltimore needs to find Lewis's replacement with its first pick and fill in its offense at tackle, wide receiver and tight end.

Newsome has shown he is one of the best GMs in the business, but there is a ton of pressure to defend the program's second Super Bowl title.



St. Louis Rams

The Rams lost almost all of its offense this offseason with the departures of Steven Jackson, Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson.

Aside from Sam Bradford, St. Louis is barren on offense and needs as much help as it can get.

The Rams have two, first-round picks and need to snag an elite receiver and running back in the first day of the draft.

Bradford needs help to move the chains, and the Rams must be wise and surround him with young weapons.

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