Every NFL Team's Biggest Draft Need Coming Out of Free Agency

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Every NFL Team's Biggest Draft Need Coming Out of Free Agency
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The first major wave of free agency has passed with a thunderous flourish, and it's now time to assess every NFL team's biggest draft need coming out of it.

While every NFL franchise has made additions in free agency, it isn't the be-all, end-all of roster construction. Finding success in the draft is far more critical for a team's long-term success.

And with the vast majority of the top free agents having signed, there's now a clear picture as to where each team should look to upgrade in the draft.

The primary need for each team was chosen via a series of criteria, including its depth chart at that position, spot in the draft order, offensive or defensive philosophy and the strengths of the division it plays in.

For example, the Cleveland Browns are in obvious need of a quarterback, as one look at the depth chart would indicate. A team like the New England Patriots probably places more value on the tight end position than most teams, which fits its offensive philosophy. The Detroit Lions play in a division with quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler, so fortifying the secondary becomes a no-brainer.

Some of these needs can be filled with a first-round pick, while others are extrapolated across the later rounds. Those distinctions are made in each slide.

Without further ado, here is every NFL team's biggest draft need coming out of free agency.

 

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