As the window for teams to franchise tag players closes we take a closer look at NFL teams needs for free agency and the draft.
Green Bay Packers - Pick #26
The draft gurus are telling us that the Packers are really looking for a 3-4 end, the problem here is that with the 26th overall pick, the premier names at end in the draft are most likely going to be off the board and the Packers might look to trade back for extra picks and take a project of just pull the trigger on the highest rated player on their draft board.
The next biggest need is the running back spot and despite this hole the Packers have still managed to win so many games, so what would happen if they get a legitimate back? Current draft grumblings would indicate that using the 26th pick on one of the drafts backs could be a little rich, but the Packers might feel the need so bad that they go ahead with it anyway.
Team Needs - DT, OL, RB
Minnesota Vikings – Pick #23
Running back, just joking!! The Vikings do need more offensive help but at another skill position, wide receiver. There’s going to be a Percy Harvin shaped hole in the teams offense because of his desire to leave due to football reasons so hitting on a receiver at some point is going to be vital.
The next position the team will be looking at, but probably not in the first round, is a linebacker that has good coverage skills due to the Vikings defense running a lot of nickel as well as Jasper Brinkley and Erin Henderson becoming unrestricted free agents.
Team Needs - CB, S, WR, LB
Chicago Bears – Pick #20
Even though I’m not a Bears fan it will pain me to see the Bears likely using their pick on a target for Jay Cutler seeing as he will likely just throw it into traffic anyway.
Tight end is the most pressing need and probably the direction that Chicago will go, but don’t rule of the potential of the Bears drafting a speed receiver to complement Brandon Marshall.
Team Needs - CB, OL, WR, TE
Detroit Lions – Pick #5
NEWS FLASH!! Lions have a top 5 pick and will take a wide receiver! *All Lions fans bury their heads in hands*
With six defensive linemen set to become unrestricted free agents the Lions will probably make the smart choice and draft a young lineman to bolster the ranks. Cliff Avril is the key party to keep an eye on in all of this because if he gets re-signed then drafting an end becomes slightly less pressing and the focus could shift to corner back.
Team Needs - OL, S, DL, CB