No roster in the NFL is perfect. Good players move on if they don’t get paid as much as they would like, draft picks don’t always meet expectations and there’s a cap limit because of which teams don’t have the money to invest equally in every position. So it’s not only the teams who select early in the draft who would like to upgrade some position groups. All of them would benefit from that. So here are the biggest holes on some of the NFL’s rosters.
With the first days of training camp in full swing every NFL organization has to look at their roster and point out the biggest positional needs for their team to have as much success as possible. And that’s what I did for each team in the league. This list is not about building depth or planning for the future, but rather which positions have to be upgraded for them to win this year. Without any further ado, here it is:
So with a crazy Draft weekend in the books and a chance for me to evaluate every team’s draft class, I decided to determine who really helped themselves and who was hurt by some moves made. In addition to that I’ll name the biggest surprises that came up and which players were the greatest value-picks. Let’s dive right into it:
With the Draft just three days from now I want to take a look at three possible players each time could target with their first pick. There’s no guarantee those guys will be available, but if they are I see a good chance for each team to take either one of them. Certainly Draft day trades and surprise picks can change the complexity of the entire process, but still there are a few prospects out there I assume are high on the respective team’s big boards.
With just over two weeks until the Draft I decided to put together a part of my draft board. Like every team’s scouting department I listed my top prospects regardless of position. Usually the next step would be to look at my team’s needs and who could fill them. But when you think of the best teams in the league they are smart enough to only look at the holes on their roster secondly and take the best player available. To me the best general manager to do so is the Baltimore Ravens’ Ozzie Newsome. I didn’t go through all the players available, but with a hundred of them listed I at least have myself covered for the first three rounds.
I already talked about my top ten prospects for each position on offense and defense, so I decided to take a look at some players who might not be on everybody’s radar, but whom we should really keep an eye on. Of the twelve names mentioned you probably won’t hear any called before the third day of the Draft, but they could become impact players at some point.
In addition to my piece on the NFC here is my segment on all 16 AFC teams. Once again this is what I think teams should do to improve from where they were last year with a couple of names being real possibilities to bring in via the draft or free agency. They might not be available and they aren’t just the best guys out there, but rather what would make sense to me. And it’s about what should be on top of their list for this offseason.
Here it is: