The 2020 NFL Draft is a little more than three weeks away and will go on as scheduled, despite the coronavirus pandemic forcing the event to be canceled in Las Vegas.
Still, the NFL has tried to keep its offseason on schedule the best it can through all of this, which included the start of free agency a couple of weeks ago.
While there are still some big names available to sign, the roster complexion of most teams has changed with many different additions, but also voids left by veterans who signed elsewhere in free agency.
With a good chunk of free agency in the rearview mirror, let's take a look at the remaining needs for each team in the league as it gears up for the NFL Draft:
Arizona Cardinals - EDGE, LB, OT
The Cardinals made the big splash of the offseason by trading to acquire DeAndre Hopkins from the Houston Texans. While they have fine-tuned their offense, the defense still needs some work following a 2019 season in which it allowed the most yards in the league.
Chandler Jones is the anchor on the defense as one of the best pass rushers in the league, but help is needed within the rest of the unit. Finding another pass rusher to complement Jones would go a long way, or they could find a versatile linebacker. With the No. 8 pick, someone like Isaiah Simmons is unlikely to fall, though, and pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson could be a reach at that pick. Perhaps Arizona trades back, or it could settle for an offensive tackle to add some protection for dual-threat QB Kyler Murray.
Atlanta Falcons - CB, EDGE, RB
The Falcons’ addition of Todd Gurley certainly comes with plenty of question marks, but the offense is filled with weapons that had the fifth-most total yards in the league last year. The defense, however, is another story.
Atlanta’s decision to release Desmond Trufant as a cap casualty leaves a glaring hole at cornerback. Florida corner C.J. Henderson, who had an impressive combine with a 4.39 40 times, could be the pick if he’s available at 16. Chaisson could be another option for Atlanta if they want choose to bulk up the pass rush instead.
Baltimore Ravens - LB, OL
With Marshal Yanda announcing his retirement, the Ravens certainly have a void to fill at guard, especially with the run-heavy offense they employ. However, many mock drafts are projecting Baltimore to add a linebacker or defensive lineman, despite franchise tagging Matthew Judon and trading for Calais Campbell. While those moves give Baltimore one of the best pass rush combos in the league, finding an interior linebacker to pair with them seems to be the most ideal fit.
Buffalo Bills - EDGE, CB
The Bills’ most urgent need — adding a wide receiver — was already addressed with the trade for Stefon Diggs, so now the focus likely turns toward the defense. The Bills lost interior tackle Jordan Phillips to free agency, but adding a pass rusher may be the preference. Mario Addison and Jerry Hughes are 32 and 31 years old, respectively, and their window in Buffalo could be short-lived which makes drafting a young pass rusher ideal.
The Bills, who also signed Josh Norman to complement Tre’Davious White, could also go for a cornerback as Norman is far from his Pro Bowl self.
Carolina Panthers - LB, TE, OL, DL, CB
The Panthers are in a bit of a rebuild mode with a new coach, new quarterback and veterans Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly, Greg Olsen, James Bradberry, Donatri Poe and Gerald McCoy are no longer on the team. Perhaps the greatest loss is Kuechly, who retired this offseason. Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons falling to the No. 7 pick would be a dream scenario for the Panthers.
Of course, Carolina has plenty of needs to address, so even if they cannot find the perfect replacement for Kuechly with the seventh pick, they could focus on the defensive line with someone like Auburn’s Derrick Brown or the offensive line with Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs.
Chicago Bears - CB, S, TE, OL
The Bears lost two key pieces of their defense to free agency in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Prince Amukamara, leaving glaring holes in their secondary. However, the Bears may be hard-pressed to find one of the top tier defensive backs in the draft as they do not hold a first-round pick. Some mock drafts predict that LSU safety Grant Delpit could fall to Chicago at the No. 43 pick.
With Kyle Long’s retirement, the Bears also need to upgrade their interior offensive line, and could not hurt adding another tight end despite signing 33-year-old Jimmy Graham.
Cincinnati Bengals - QB, OL, LB
We all know that LSU QB Joe Burrow will, more likely than not, be taken by the Bengals with the first overall pick. But what else do the Bengals need to address? After allowing 48 sacks last season, the Bengals will surely need to bolster the offensive line in order to protect Burrow. On defense, the addition of D.J. Reader should improve its run defense, which allowed a league-worst 148.9 yards per game last season. Finding a linebacker to add behind Reader would not be a bad idea, either.
Cleveland Browns - OT, S, LB
The Browns inked Jack Conklin as a free agent signing this offseason, and while he helps shore up the offensive line, it still leaves the Browns with a void at protecting Baker Mayfield’s blind side at left tackle. Cleveland holds the 10th overall pick and could be in position to land the to left tackle in the draft in Louisville’s Mekhi Becton.
Safety is another position the Browns need to invest in with Damarious Russell still unsigned and Andrew Sendejo and Karl Joseph only locked in through the 2020 season.
Dallas Cowboys - CB, EDGE, TE
The Cowboys have spent much of their energy on Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper this offseason, but in doing so they lost CB Byron Jones to free agency, making cornerback the top priority for the draft. Dallas holds the No. 17 pick and could end up with either C.J. Henderson or Jaylon Johnson, whichever one is available.
Of course, the Cowboys also need pass rushing help after losing Robert Quinn, too. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan runs a blitz-heavy scheme, so adding a pass rusher off the edge will be key. Chaisson would be the best first-round option in this scenario, if he is there.
Denver Broncos - OL, WR, CB
Denver's primary focus on the draft should be surrounding Drew Lock with talent to receive. That means finding someone who can play opposite Courtland Sutton in the receiving corps and also bolstering the offensive line to give him the protection. There are potentially four or five first-round wide receivers in this year's draft, although at 15 the Broncos we'll have to evaluate who is left of that group.
While Garrett Bolles is still slated to be the Broncos' left tackle, he has been mostly a bust. If someone like Georiga's Andrew Thomas that could very well be the course Denver chooses to go in Round 1.
Detroit Lions - CB, RB, EDGE
The Lions have spent much of its offseason resources on rebuilding the defense, highlighted by the signing of Desmond Trufant in the secondary and Jamie Collins at linebacker. Yet, Detroit still should not stop improving its defense.
With the No. 3 overall pick, they are in prime position to land the top corner in the draft, Ohio State's Jeff Okudah. And despite the additions made this offseason to the defense, the Lions are still lacking a true pass rush after producing 28 sacks in 2019.
Green Bay Packers - WR, TE
Davante Adams cannot do it all, and with the release of Jimmy Graham, the Packers need not just another receiver, but also a tight end who can make an impact in blocking and in the pass-catching game. With the 30th pick in the draft, Green Bay may not have one of the top tier wide receivers fall to them, but could eye someone like Brandon Aiyuk of Arizona State or Jaelen Raegor of TCU.
Houston Texans - EDGE, OL, WR
Nobody seems to be quite sure what is going on in Houston lately. They traded away DeAndre Hopkins, are poised to lose Laremy Tunsil in free agency, need help with the pass rush and do not have a first-round pick to use in order address one of these problems. It's hard to pinpoint which of these problems is more pressing to address, as the Texans ranked 29th in pass defense and had the sixth-fewest sacks in the league, but also have taken away Deshaun Watson's top weapon and he potentially loses his best offensive lineman.
Indianapolis Colts - WR, QB, TE
The Colts brought in Philip Rivers on a one-year deal, but that does should not exclude them from being in on a quarterback. The Colts also don't have many weapons around Rivers aside from T.Y. Hilton, so finding a wide receiver and pass-catching tight end is also a priority.
Jacksonville Jaguars - DL, CB, S
In the last year, the Jaguars have traded CB Jalen Ramsey, DE Calais Campbell while edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue could be next. To say they need to rebuild the defense is an understatement. The Jaguars hold the ninth and 20th picks in the draft, as well as the 42nd overall pick in the second round, which should set them up quite well for a rebuild.
Kansas City Chiefs - CB, RB
The Chiefs' priorities and needs could change if they decide to trade Chris Jones, whom they placed on the franchise tag earlier this season. Assuming he comes back, the Chiefs will likely still focus on improving the defense, particularly the secondary where they have lost both Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller. LSU safety Grant Delpit is being projected as a late first-rounder, early second-rounder — which could be a good fit for the Chiefs.
They could also target an athletic linebacker, such as Oklahoma's Kenneth Murray in that spot, too. While the Chiefs offense is just fine as long as Patrick Mahomes is healthy, they could use some depth in the running game behind Damien Williams by targeting a running back later in the draft.
Las Vegas Raiders - WR, CB
Jon Gruden and the Raiders have been busy this offseason, adding pieces to the defense, as well as a backup quarterback in Marcus Mariota, but they are still lacking a true No. 1 wide receiver. With the No. 12 overall pick, the Raiders could find themselves in solid position to land someone like Alabama's Henry Ruggs or Clemson's Tee Higgins.
Even with all the free agency moves on the defensive side of the ball, the Raiders will still likely eye adding another cornerback to help a pass offense that allowed 256.7 yards per game last year — eighth-worst in the league.
Los Angeles Chargers - QB, OT, CB
Unless the Chargers sign either Jameis Winston or Cam Newton, they will most likely be using their first-round pick on finding their next franchise quarterback. That could mean outmaneuvering the Dolphins to trade up for Tua Tagovailoa, or taking Oregon's Justin Herbert with the sixth overall pick.
In addition to finding a quarterback, the Chargers will need to find someone to protect whoever is under center after the team traded away Russell Okung to the Carolina Panthers.
Los Angeles Rams - LB, EDGE, RB
For a team that is two years removed from reaching a Super Bowl and went 9-7 last season, the Rams seemingly have a lot of holes to still fill. They need an edge rusher to replace Dante Fowler Jr. and a linebacker to replace Cory Littleton — two key cogs in the Rams' defense.
While they have some glaring needs on defense to fill, the Rams also waived Todd Gurley, leaving them with Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson in the backfield, which leaves much to be desired. The Rams will have their work cut out for them, too, as they have no first-round picks and do not select until the 52nd overall pick in the draft.
Miami Dolphins - QB, OL, S
The Dolphins will undoubtedly draft their new franchise quarterback in this draft, and all signs point to that being Tua Tagovailoa, unless there are some new developments that happen within the next few weeks. Miami has some more work to do, as well, and it has three first round picks to address those other needs.
Among them is adding another offensive lineman. The team signed Ereck Flowers, but adding an otherwise bust of a right tackle off one good season is not going to solve the issues of an offensive line that allowed a league-high 58 sacks last season. Miami also could use a safety after trading Minkha Fitzpatrick last season. They signed CB Byron Jones and LB Kyle Van Noy, but another piece in the secondary would go a long way, as well as adding some weapons on offense, like a receiver or running back, for the new franchise quarterback.
Minnesota Vikings - WR, CB, EDGE
The Vikings just traded Stefon Diggs to the Bills, putting the weight of the receiving corps on Adam Thielen. The Vikings will certainly need to add some help for him as Diggs leaves a big hole in the passing game
Minnesota also needs a lot of help in restoring its defense. Corners Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes, DT Linval Joseph and edge rusher Everson Griffen are all free agents, with Joseph and Waynes already signed with other teams.
New England Patriots - QB, WR, TE, EDGE, OL
This may be the most challenging draft the Patriots face in a long, long time. The Patriots are not only in search of replacing their Hall of Fame franchise quarterback, but they also had several key pieces of the defense in Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy leave in free agency as well.
It will be difficult for the Patriots to trade up for any of the big names, like Burrow, Tua or Herbert, but it will be worth monitoring if they have any interest in QBs such as Jacob Eason, Jordan Love or Jake Fromm. Remember, Tom Brady is not the only QB Bill Belichick hit on, as he found Jimmy Garropolo in the second round in 2014 out of Eastern Illinois.
The Patriots also have issues to address on the offensive line, and are still looking for a tight end to fill the void left by Rob Gronkowski two seasons ago.
New Orleans Saints - LB, CB, WR
The Saints brought back Drew Brees on a two-year deal, now they need to get him some help outside of Michael Thomas. New Orleans could really use a reliable second option in the receiving corps in what is already a dangerous offense, and there are plenty of receivers available in this draft.
On the defensive side, the Saints lost Eli Apple and P.J. Williams is also expected to leave in free agency, leaving New Orleans in need of cornerback depth.
New York Giants - OT, LB, EDGE
The Giants have touched up the defense with the additions of James Bradberry in the secondary and Blake Martinez at linebacker, but still have two glaring needs in adding a pass rusher and a right tackle. With Nate Solder's deteriorating play, the Giants may want to consider drafting someone they can eventually swing from the right side to left, such as Tristan Wirfs or Mekhi Becton.
With the fourth overall pick, the Giants are going to miss out on premier edge rusher Chase Young, but could target Isaiah Simmons as a consolation prize as someone whose versatility at linebacker allows him to be a threat in the pass rush, as well as dropping back into coverage.
New York Jets - WR, EDGE, OT
The Jets lost top receiver Robby Anderson in free agency, and will have Quincy Enunwa attempting to return from a neck injury, so it is quite clear that finding a receiver is a priority for the Jets. With the 11th overall pick, the Jets could find themselves in a position to land top receivers Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb or Henry Ruggs III.
The Jets have spent much of the offseason targeting offensive linemen and will need to find a long-term answer at left tackle. On defense, the Jets had just 35 sacks last season and could also use a pass rusher.
Philadelphia Eagles - WR, LB, CB
The Eagles addressed their secondary by trading for Darius Slay and re-signing, but they could still use some depth after also losing Malcolm Jenkins and Ronald Darby. The Eagles also have a pressing need to improve their receiving corps, especially with Nelson Agholor gone and injury concerns that swirl over DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery. The Eagles hold the No. 21 pick in the draft, which could land them someone like Justin Jefferson out of LSU, or they could focus on the defense and grab another LSU player in linebacker Patrick Queen.
Pittsburgh Steelers - DL, OL, QB
The Steelers have been cap-strapped this offseason and will turn much of their focus to the draft, where they do not have a first-round pick. There will be a lot of call to find the heir to Ben Roethlisberger after Mason Rudolph did not appear to be the answer last year.
With the expectation that Roethlisberger will still start this season, shoring up the offensive line in front of him will likely be a priority, especially after guard Ramon Foster retired.
San Francisco 49ers - CB, WR, OL, DL
The 49ers' trade for Emmanuel Sanders proved to be a crucial addition for the offense as it made a Super Bowl run, but with Sanders gone, San Francisco ought to seek another receiver to pair with Deebo Samuel. Cornerback Richard Sherman is also on his final year of his contract and finding another corner to fill his shoes for the future should be worth the investment.
The Niners also lost a key part of the defensive line in the DeForest Buckner trade, but it netted them a top-15 first-round pick in addition to the 31st overall pick.
Seattle Seahawks - EDGE, OL, CB
Whether or not the Seahawks are able to bring back Jadeveon Clowney will play a significant factor into their draft plans. Obviously, if they do not re-sign him then finding an edge rusher will be a top priority in the draft.
With or without Clowney, the Seahawks are still likely to turn to their offensive line, which has been mediocre at best for a couple of seasons now. They also still need to address problems within the secondary, too, which allowed 263.9 yards per game — the sixth-most in the league last year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - OT, RB
The Bucs have a new quarterback in Tom Brady and one of the best receiving duos in Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, but the offense is lacking in the backfield, which is going to be important to keep the 43-year-old Brady fresh throughout the season.
What also is going to be important is protecting Tom Brady, as well. Bruce Arians likes to air the ball out, which means Brady is going to need time in the pocket. The Bucs lost right tackle Demar Dotson, so they could use an improvement in that regard.
Tennessee Titans - EDGE, DL, OT
One of the biggest losses for the Titans this offseason was Jack Conklin signing with the Browns in free agency. Conklin was a key part of Derrick Henry's success and the Titans will need to find someone to replace him on the right side of the offensive line. The Titans will also need to find an edge rusher after they waived Cameron Wake following one season of a three-year deal.
Washington Redskins - EDGE, OL, WR, TE
Washington has shown interest in the quarterbacks of this draft, but with the No. 2 pick at their disposal it could be a smoke screen and bargaining ploy for any potential trade offers their way. If the Redskins are truly believers in Dwayne Haskins, though, then they must surround him with weapons.
Terry McLaurin showed flashes of what he can do as a rookie last season, but there isn't much behind him in the receiving corps. There is also a need for a pass-catching tight end without Vernon Davis or Jordan Reed.
Of course, the Redskins do not necessarily need to upgrade their defensive line, but if they hold onto the No. 2 pick it is most obviously Chase Young. As the 49ers showed last year with Nick Bosa, adding a can't-miss edge rusher will pay dividends and make an immediate impact.