Every team has needs, a draft board and a plan of attack when it comes to the NFL Draft. As we get closer to the draft, I will take a look at each team needs and who they could be targeting. Up next, the NFC North.
Remaining Team Needs: RB, RT, SS
Needs for Depth: Interior OL, DL, OLB, SS
Potential Draft Haul:
- Round 3, Pick 87: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State – Versatile, well-rounded running back to complement Tarik Cohen.
- Round 4, Pick 126: Will Harris, S, Boston College – Smart player who can be a solid backup and help fill the void left by Adrian Amos.
- Round 5, Pick 162: Kendall Sheffield, CB, Ohio State – Developmental prospect at a position that needs depth who has all the tools to be a solid starter down the road.
- Round 7, Pick 222: Paul Adams, OT, Missouri – Solid player who can backup either guard or tackle positions.
- Round 7, Pick 238: Shareef Miller, EDGE, Penn State – Adequate all-around player who can provide solid depth as a pass-rusher.
Summary: Luckily, the Bears don’t have many needs because they only have five picks in this draft (none in the first two rounds). Because of that, they will likely be looking for players that fall a little bit or that fit their schemes as backups or complementary role players. Offensively, they will look to add a complementary piece at running back and depth along the offensive line. Defensively, they have solid starters at every position so depth will be the focus on that side of the ball.
Remaining Team Needs: WR, OG, DE, DT, OLB
Needs for Depth: RB, DL, LB
Potential Draft Haul:
- Round 1, Pick 8: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston – Unbelievable athlete and pass-rusher inside at defensive tackle.
- Round 2, Pick 43: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina – Solid all-around receiver who adds some much needed speed to wide receiver corps.
- Round 3, Pick 88: Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston – Long and athletic cornerback who can provide depth initially while developing into a possible upgrade at the position opposite Darius Slay
- Round 4, Pick 111: Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion – EDGE rusher who plays the pass and run equally well.
- Round 5, Pick 146: Trevon Wesco, TE, West Virginia – Versatile tight end, H-Back type player who can do it all as a backup.
- Round 6, Pick 184: Emeke Egbule, LB, Houston – Athletic player who is perfectly suited for the outside linebacker position in that defense. Can also help on special teams initially.
- Round 6, Pick 204: Isaiah Buggs, DT, Alabama – Adequate all-around for depth and rotation along the defensive front.
- Round 7, Pick 224: Alex Bars, OG, Notre Dame-– At best, becomes eventual starter at guard. At worst, is a solid backup inside.
- Round 7, Pick 229: Carl Granderson, EDGE, Wyoming – Another solid EDGE player who can provide depth at the position.
Summary: The Lions were very active filling their most glaring holes in free agency by signing Trey Flowers, Jesse James, Rashaan Melvin and Justin Coleman. That being said, there are still some question marks on this roster. Offensively, adding more speed to the wide receiver unit with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones would be a big help. Also, filling the hole left by the release of T.J. Lang at guard should be a focus. Defensively, adding more explosiveness and pass rush along the defensive front is the top priority. Detroit could also look to upgrade at outside linebacker, cornerback and depth along the defensive line.