The league’s 2024 NFL Draft team needs will be incredibly fluid throughout the offseason. Free agency will be the time that teams spend their money on their most pressing needs. That way they can be free to maneuver in the NFL Draft, selecting the best players available.
NFL Draft Team Needs
- CB, WR, DT, OT, G, EDGE
Indications have pointed toward the Cardinals keeping Kyler Murray at quarterback for now, leaving the team’s resources available to target other needs on the roster.
On defense, the defensive line and cornerback room both need major reworking. Arizona has several young CBs, but needs a bona-fide CB1. On the line, meanwhile, a quality nose tackle and another disruptor are both required, as is more EDGE depth.
On offense, tackle and guard loom as needs on the line, with D.J. Humphries’ long-term future uncertain, and wide receiver remains a precarious spot. If the team can add Marvin Harrison Jr., it’ll go a long way.
- QB, WR, EDGE, CB, DT
The Falcons did their due diligence with Desmond Ridder, but now, the No. 1 priority is using their top-ten pick to acquire a franchise QB. For a roster that’s fairly solid across the board, that’s the next step toward contention.
That said, even while the roster is solid, there are other non-QB needs to address. Drake London could use a running mate at WR. The EDGE room could use more proven disruptive ability, and a third CB alongside A.J. Terrell and Clark Phillips III would hold weight.
- RB, WR, DT, CB, EDGE
The Ravens have shown they can reload no matter the circumstances, and the presence of Lamar Jackson only makes things easier. But there are a few needs on tap for Baltimore to address in the 2024 offseason.
On offense, a more reliable RB could be pursued, as could another long-term WR option alongside Zay Flowers. On defense, contract situations at DT and EDGE make both positions tentative needs, and while the Ravens can coach up CBs, that spot could be insulated further as well.
- WR, EDGE, S, DT, CB
The priority for the Buffalo Bills is finding a quality No. 2 WR for Stefon Diggs. The 2024 NFL Draft is flush with potential options. In mock drafts, prospects like Brian Thomas Jr., Adonai Mitchell, Keon Coleman, Ja’Lynn Polk, and Devontez Walker have all sufficed.
Once that WR is found, the focus should shift to the defensive side of the ball. The Bills didn’t get the returns they were hoping for from Von Miller, and could use a dynamic speed rusher. Outside of that, CB, S, and DT all have long-term questions.
- WR, EDGE, CB, DT, G, TE, RB
The Carolina Panthers aren’t in a position where they should be selective. Very few positions on Carolina’s roster are impossible to upgrade, but WR, EDGE, and CB take precedence as the most pressing needs, at premium positions nonetheless.
Past those spots, a new TE, RB, and G could all go a long way toward adequately supporting Bryce Young. And on defense, while Derrick Brown has proven himself a staple, the Panthers could use more talent in the rotation alongside him.
- QB, WR, EDGE, C, S, CB
Given his contract situation, it seems more likely than not that the Bears will move on from Justin Fields and use the No. 1 overall pick to reset the clock at the QB position. Either Caleb Williams or Drake Maye would serve as an excellent succession plan.
After they get QB settled, the Bears still have work to do. The WR room is very uncertain past DJ Moore and could use a bigger X-receiver, in particular. Rome Odunze, Brian Thomas Jr., and Keon Coleman could all garner consideration in that role.
Chicago’s trade for Montez Sweat has already proved fruitful, but they need more in their EDGE rotation. Center remains a top need on the offensive line, and in the secondary, playmaking safety Eddie Jackson may be in the twilight of his career.
- DT, OT, WR, TE, CB, RB
A lot depends on how the Bengals approach Tee Higgins’ situation. If they franchise tag him, they can breathe easy at least for the next year. If they let him walk, WR vaults up to the top of the needs list.
Regardless of what happens at WR, however, DT and OT are severe needs in Cincinnati. D.J. Reader likely won’t be retained after an injury-riddled season, and the Bengals need disruptors beyond the nose tackle spot, too. Meanwhile, Jonah Williams’ likely departure creates a void at RT.
CB isn’t quite as urgent as other needs. If DJ Turner can take the next step, he and Cam Taylor-Britt can man the boundaries. But slot CB Mike Hilton is a free agent in 2025, along with Joe Mixon on the other side of the ball.
- DT, WR, OT, LB, QB, RB
Deshaun Watson has not shown nearly enough to take QB off Cleveland’s needs list, but considering their relative dearth of early-round capital, it might be difficult to make a meaningful move there.
Across the rest of the roster, DT, WR, and WR stand out as the top needs. Dalvin Tomlinson is the only starter at DT under contract in 2024. Past Amari Cooper, the Browns have almost no proven depth. And at tackle, Jedrick Wills regressed, while Jack Conklin tore his ACL.
LB could be a position to target later on with multiple free agents, but the more pressing secondary need, after Nick Chubb’s injury in 2023, is RB. Jerome Ford proved himself as a competent relief back, but the Browns could still solidify their rotation.
- OT, LB, CB, RB, DT, S, C
Tyron Smith just had one of his best professional seasons ahead of free agency, but the Cowboys have more than a few pricy contracts coming up the cue, and locking up money in an injury-prone 33-year old tackle could be a recipe for disaster.
As a result, tackle is a need for Dallas, and LB, CB, and RB are right behind OT in terms of priority. The Cowboys need upgrades across the board at the second level. They need a long-term option to succeed Stephon Gilmore, and they need a new workhorse back.
With Jayron Kearse and Tyler Biadasz both approaching free agency as well, S and C can’t be ignored. And after watching the team’s interior defensive line get bullied in the playoffs, more DT help would be most welcome.
- EDGE, DT, QB, CB, WR, TE
The marriage between Russell Wilson and Sean Payton predictably failed. Wilson is a highly volatile QB and Payton wants Drew Brees under center to operate the offense on schedule. If the Broncos decide to use the 12th pick for that purpose, Bo Nix could be a fit.
The Broncos can’t seem to keep wide receivers healthy, and Jerry Jeudy will be in the final year of his rookie deal in 2024. Their offensive line seems relatively settled, but the same cannot be said for the other side’s trenches.
Denver’s interior defensive line has almost no disruptive utility, and while there is talent in the EDGE room, reliability is an entirely different story. If the Broncos can upgrade their DL and find a good CB2 opposite Patrick Surtain II, they could see a facelift in 2024.
- CB, EDGE, DT, G, WR
Guard is likely a position that Detroit addresses in free agency, but it’s a critical key to the Lions’ offensive success. Jared Goff can play efficient football, but he needs an offensive line that can pass-protect for him at a high level to maximize his efficiency.
Getting a legitimate complement to Amon-Ra St. Brown could also play a critical role in the Lions’ offensive efficiency. However, they already have Sam LaPorta to help that cause as well.
A defensive end who can free up Aidan Hutchinson on pass-rushing downs would be a huge benefit to this defense, which has fallen apart in the second half of the 2023 NFL season. But cornerback is the more significant issue because they have neither the talent nor depth on the outside to remain successful defensively.
Green Bay Packers
- S, RB, OT, CB, G
The Packers are in a great spot overall with a young and ascending roster, but the safety position is a major need heading into the offseason, with multiple underperforming players on expiring deals.
Past safety, the Packers should have their eyes on the future at offensive tackle and running back. David Bakhtiari appears to be nearing the end of his Packers career. A.J. Dillon is a free agent in 2024, and Aaron Jones’ contract expires in 2025.
Carrington Valentine showed promise at CB opposite Jaire Alexander in his rookie season, but there’s still room for Green Bay to further address that position. Meanwhile, on offense, another athletic, physical guard would help solidify the trenches.
- DT, WR, CB, OT, EDGE
DeMeco Ryans got career-best football from a lot of players on the defensive side, but Sheldon Rankins, Jonathan Greenard, and Steven Nelson will all be free agents in 2024, among others. Adding more in the trenches and the secondary alongside Will Anderson Jr. and Derek Stingley will be imperative.
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On offense, Nico Collins is a legitimate WR1 and Tank Dell is a dynamic weapon, but Houston needs a true WR3 and more WR depth. Meanwhile, on the offensive line, potential questions loom at both guard and tackle, and Tytus Howard could be used to fill the gap with his versatility.
- WR, CB, DT, S, EDGE
Not dissimilar to the Bengals, there’s one big WR decision underpinning the Colts’ offseason needs, and that’s what they choose to do with Michael Pittman Jr. Even if they re-sign Pittman, they could use another vertical presence alongside Josh Downs.
Once WR is addressed, or if the Colts can add a weapon like Brock Bowers, defense becomes the sole focus. Youth at CB and S shouldn’t stop the Colts seeking upgrades at both positions. At DT, Grover Stewart is a free agent, and DeForest Buckner leads a weaker rotation.
- DT, WR, G, C, EDGE, CB
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a good football team, but they have significant flaws. On the offensive line, Luke Fortner has underwhelmed, and a midseason trade for free agent Ezra Cleveland proved fruitless. Their interior may need an overhaul, and that goes for both offense and defense.
Elsewhere, WR remains a need — specifically, a big WR who can dictate coverages and serve as a playmaking presence for Trevor Lawrence. At cornerback, the Jaguars have very good starters in the immediate timeline, but they may want more competition in the slot.
Kansas City Chiefs
- WR, OT, LB, DT, CB
The Chiefs need a wide receiver or three. Patrick Mahomes is the best player on the planet and Travis Kelce is the best tight end in the world, but they need some reliability on the outside. Staying on the offensive side of the ball, a Donovan Smith replacement should be at the front of Brett Veach’s mind as well, and Wanya Morris hasn’t locked down the job.
Defensive tackle may or may not be a need depending on the Chris Jones extension ordeal, but it wouldn’t hurt to add to the defensive interior either way. Jones’ extension saga goes hand-in-hand with CB L’Jarius Sneed, who’s due for a massive contract as well. At LB, Drue Tranquill and Willie Gay Jr. are free agents.
Las Vegas Raiders
- OT, QB, DT, RB, CB, LB
It speaks to Antonio Pierce that the Raiders were able to achieve as much success as they did late in 2023. The coaching change helped precipitate improvements in play at CB and DT among other positions, so those spots might not be massive needs if Las Vegas can get players back cheap.
However, pressing needs still remain, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. The right tackle position is a big hole that needs to be filled, and at quarterback, Aidan O’Connell is only a stopgap. Josh Jacobs is also a free agent, leaving a need for a new workhorse.
Los Angeles Chargers
- CB, OT, C, DT, TE, WR, LB
Right tackle has been an issue for the Chargers for years now, and there are multiple high-end options in the draft to replace Trey Pipkins. As pressing as RT is, Los Angeles’ defense needs a major facelift at CB, DT, and LB — and maybe even S.
Elsewhere, Corey Linsley’s likely impending retirement leaves a void at center, leaving another OL spot to address with Justin Herbert’s health at risk. Staying on offense, the Chargers could still use more weapons. Brock Bowers, Malik Nabers, and Rome Odunze have been popular top-ten mock draft selections.
Los Angeles Rams
- CB, EDGE, OT, TE, LB, S
The Rams drastically surpassed expectations in 2023, largely in part to the stellar play of Matthew Stafford, the coaching of Sean McVay and Raheem Morris, and the incredible performance of the team’s 2023 rookie class, headlined by Puka Nacua.
The Rams still need a CB1, a more powerful and authoritative EDGE presence, long-term security at LB, S, and TE, and they could use competition for Alaric Jackson at LT. But overall, the Rams are in a good spot with the capital they have.
- C, G, EDGE, S, WR, DT
With expiring contracts and injuries muddying the interior offensive line, center and guard should be at the top of the Dolphins’ needs in the 2024 offseason. They could also use more EDGE depth with Bradley Chubb aging, Jaelan Phillips coming off an injury, and Andrew Van Ginkel entering free agency.
Beyond those needs, Miami needs more stability at safety alongside Jevon Holland. And at WR, while Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are stellar, there’s a serious void at WR3 in Miami’s offense. A bigger receiver with proven blocking utility would be useful.
- DT, EDGE, RB, WR, CB, QB
Until Kirk Cousins’ contract situation is resolved, QB can’t be taken off the board as a need. But Cousins was a top-ten QB when healthy in 2023, and there are indications that re-signing in Minnesota could be on the table.
Danielle Hunter is in the final year of his deal, and there isn’t much to feel confident about on the edge aside from him, or on the interior beside him. The need is a bit mitigated by Brian Flores’ complex pressure packages, but having talent on the defensive line is critical.
Running back will rarely be a team’s most significant need considering its relative value, but the Vikings absolutely need more talent back there. They could also use an upgrade at slot WR over K.J. Osborn to complete their weapons core.
New England Patriots
- QB, WR, OT, CB, EDGE, TE
The Patriots need a quarterback more than anything, but that’s only because of the value that position holds. They’re arguably even less talented at wide receiver, which is completely irredeemable.
The offensive tackle position isn’t much better. With expiring contracts at both spots and a rookie QB on the way, the Patriots can’t afford to cut corners in the trenches. They reasonably could start out the 2024 NFL Draft with picks at QB, WR, and OT.
A pass rusher will be another need for New England because Josh Uche is a free agent and Matthew Judon will be coming off a serious injury. CB is also a question past Christian Gonzalez.
New Orleans Saints
- OT, G, DT, EDGE, QB, WR
Trenches, trenches, trenches. That’s where it starts with the Saints. Trevor Penning hasn’t morphed into the long-term tackle they’d hoped, and Andrus Peat — who shifted over to left tackle from guard in 2023 — has his contract set to expire in 2025.
On defense, the Saints could use more depth and playmaking utility at both defensive tackle and edge. And though Derek Carr provided decent QB play in 2023, there’s reason to wonder if the Saints will max out with him.
New York Giants
- WR, OT, G, CB, QB, RB, EDGE
The Giants could begrudgingly stick with Daniel Jones through most of the offseason, but there’s no way QB isn’t completely off the table with the way he performed in 2023. For whoever plays QB, right tackle must also be considered a need after Evan Neal’s regression.
Past those premium positions, the Giants could use a talented pass-catcher who is tall enough to ride big roller coasters, two new offensive guards, and more EDGE depth on defense. They also have potential questions at CB outside Deonte Banks.
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A luxury for the Giants is RB, with Saquon Barkley’s contract expiring. But they should spend capital on that until other needs at premium positions have been addressed.
New York Jets
- OT, WR, S, DT, QB
The Jets need health more than anything in 2024, particularly on the offensive line. But they absolutely must address both offensive tackle spots in the offseason. New York also should look into adding another WR who can separate and generate chunk plays outside of Garrett Wilson.
With Aaron Rodgers aging and coming off a torn Achilles, QB can’t be ruled out, but the Jets might only be able to supplement the roster in the short-term around him, rather than add a legitimate succession plan.
- CB, S, G, WR, RB, LB
Offensive tackle isn’t a pressing need unless Lane Johnson retires, but the Eagles are no stranger to planning ahead in the NFL Draft. They’ll never consider a linebacker high in the draft, but the Eagles could use a spark at the position.
The most demanding needs for the Eagles exist at cornerback and safety. James Bradberry has hit the cliff, and it’s coming for Darius Slay, too. Flipping back to offense, a new WR3 with speed and reliable hands could be valuable, as could more interior line help.
- CB, OT, C, QB, S, WR
The Steelers still need to improve their offensive line. Center has been problematic for a long time now, and left tackle has been an issue all season. But Pittsburgh has some freedom between sides there because Broderick Jones could end up being the left tackle of the future for them, and there are a few awesome right tackles in this class.
At CB, the Steelers still need a playmaker with speed and ball skills opposite Joey Porter Jr. And although the Steelers may have trouble admitting it, Kenny Pickett hasn’t done nearly enough to preclude them from considering a QB.
San Francisco 49ers
- OT, EDGE, DT, CB
Right tackle is still a need for San Francisco, and Trent Williams isn’t getting any younger. Cornerback has always been an afterthought for the 49ers, and for good reason. They’ve always built their defensive front front to back. But adding talent there is never a bad decision.
A safety to pair with Talanoa Hufanga and play on the back end could be a nice way to round out this defensive backfield if they don’t attack cornerback. And considering Chase Young is in the final year of his deal, they should look to address that position in the draft if they do not come to an extension agreement with him.
- G, C, LB, DT, CB, EDGE
The Seahawks have expiring contracts at all three interior spots. Defensive tackle is also a need on the interior of the defensive line, especially if Leonard Williams walks in free agency. A third CB could be added alongside Devon Witherspoon and Tariq Woolen, and more EDGE depth is also a possibility.
At LB, Bobby Wagner is at the end of his road, and Seattle should look to replace him moving forward. Jordyn Brooks is also in the final year of his deal, multiplying that particular need.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- C, EDGE, G, S, RB, WR
A strong season from Baker Mayfield took QB off the Buccaneers’ needs list, and it’s also likely that Mike Evans re-signs in Tampa Bay. Still, WR can’t be counted out as an ancillary need with Chris Godwin’s contract expiring in 2025.
Elsewhere on offense, left guard could use an upgrade, as could center with Ryan Jensen’s future very uncertain — and if there’s a difference-maker at RB, that could be hard to pass up.
Tampa Bay also needs a pass rusher on the outside. Although YaYa Diaby shined as a rookie, Shaq Barrett is getting older, and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka has stagnated at times. Strong safety is also a need across from Antoine Winfield Jr.
- OT, WR, RB, CB, DT, S
While there is uncertainty on the horizon for the Titans this offseason, they at least know they might have something in 2023 second-round pick Will Levis at QB. The top priority should be adding a left tackle to protect him — and right tackle isn’t untouchable, either.
Even after strengthening the trenches, the Titans could have voids to fill at WR and RB on offense. And on defense, expiring contracts at CB could force Tennessee to dip into a talented 2024 NFL Draft CB class.
- QB, EDGE, OT, LB, CB, S, TE
The Commanders have a lot of work to do under Adam Peters. Sam Howell is not the franchise QB, and the second pick in the NFL Draft should be used to select one of Drake Maye, Caleb Williams, and Jayden Daniels.
The problem is, Washington needs help almost everywhere else, too. After trading their two starting defensive ends, they need a complete reboot at the position. They could use more competency at CB, S, and LB, too, and the offensive line should demand some attention.
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