While free agency allows teams to upgrade their rosters by adding experienced veterans who can help their teams, the primary method for addressing team needs remains the annual NFL draft.
While every NFL team varies in the emphasis it puts on need versus value in the draft selection process, every team will have needs it is looking to address at one point or another in this year’s draft.
In the following 32 slides, we highlight one need that might be most pressing for each NFL team, along with one possible early-round selection who could be the right choice to address a specific need.
The players selected as possible answers to each team’s primary need could all reasonably be available and be worthy value with one of that team’s first- or second-round draft picks. Some of them will not be available while there are many other players not included in this slideshow who will factor in the first-round conversations, but all of these players could make an immediate impact on teams with needs at their positions.
Note: Teams are listed in alphabetical order. This slideshow is not intended to be a mock draft—players who are on this list are not necessarily expected to be selected ahead of who are off the list, as an emphasis has been made here on filling needs rather than drafting for the best value at any position.