Although prospects are often drafted for what they could become rather than what they already are, all 32 franchises will be looking for players who can make an immediate impact.
Among other needs, each team should specifically be looking for a player at the positions designated in this slideshow. Each team should not consider it an option to go into the 2014 season with only the players it already has on its depth chart at these positions.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that teams should use their first-round picks to fill these specific needs. Successful drafting is all about balancing value versus need, and if there are better players on the board at other positions, teams shouldn’t panic and draft simply to fill needs if they believe they can address them in later rounds.
Nonetheless, every team in the NFL has at least one pressing need that it should be looking to address sooner than later in the draft.