NFL Free Agency, trades and NFL Pro Days are all in full effect, making the 2021 NFL Draft process chaotic. All 32 teams have to evaluate their potential prospects carefully without full physical evaluations. One month away from the draft, there have been several trades from teams moving up likely to select some of the top quarterbacks. The biggest move, so far, is the San Francisco 49ers trading from the 12th-overall pick to third overall. The Miami Dolphins also made big moves to help their franchise quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. More transactions should be anticipated going into late April.
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Jacksonville securing Lawrence with the first overall pick seems like it is a 99.9% lock.
The Falcons will make the trade for their new franchise quarterback of the future with the New York Jets. They will give two first-round picks (2021 & 2022) and two second-round picks (2021 & 2022) to give the Jets more talent.
San Francisco takes a big risk trading from 12th overall to the third pick. This will likely be their new franchise quarterback for head coach Kyle Shanahan to groom.
Bengals franchise passer Joe Burrow took too many hits during the 2020 NFL season. They need to protect him from another major injury.
The Dolphins made two moves this pre-draft process to get more first-round picks and still have a number-one receiver for Tagovailoa.
While Jones may not be the best quarterback remaining in this draft, the Panthers feel comfortable with him considering they coached him in the 2021 Senior Bowl.
With high-profile quarterbacks off the board, the Patriots have to make a trade for their quarterback of the future.
The Cowboys had one of the worst deep passing game defenses in the NFL this past season. A number-one cornerback will solve this problem.
The Giants made one of the biggest splashes in the entire NFL Agency market so far this offseason. They could use more support in the middle of the defense.
While Philadelphia pushes their quarterback concerns for next season, they still need a number-one receiver.
The offensive line is the biggest concern left for their potentially-explosive offense in 2021.
Minnesota has a serious void of talent in the interior of the offensive line.
While the Broncos are potentially in the quarterback market, they need to address their offensive line that gave up 32 sacks last season.
Farley will be the replacement for Patrick Peterson for the Cardinals new electric secondary.
The Raiders once again continue to make moves to address their defensive line.
Miami needs a legitimate first-string running back as well as more weapons for their offense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is a reliable short-team quarterback, but their offensive line gave up 50 sacks last season, tied for third-most in the league.
The Bears have a serious problem at quarterback, but they have a much bigger issue with their offensive line.
Defensively, the Colts have some serious piece to make a top-five defense but one more piece on the edge should help.
With the pass rush taken care of, the Titans must replace the departing free agents in the secondary.
The absence of middle linebacker C.J. Mosley was highly significant for the Jets this past season.
Pittsburgh had the least-productive running game this past season as James Conner is now a free agent.
The Jaguars have their franchise quarterback in Trevor Lawrence. They can upgrade their passing game by giving him another dominant wide receiver in Rashod Bateman.
Defensively, the Browns could use more support in the middle of the defense, especially in zone coverage schemes.
The Ravens will give Lamar Jackson a unique and dynamic weapon that helps their other receivers play deep routes.
The defensive scheme for the Saints along with the departing interior defensive linemen makes Barmore a potential instant starter.
The Packers need to give their quarterback Aaron Rodgers his wish of more reliable receivers to contend for a Super Bowl title.
The Bills made significant free-agent signings this offseason. The secondary is one of the last pieces they need to address for them to make that last hurdle for a Super Bowl appearance.
Kansas City’s Achilles Heel was the lack of solidity of the offensive line in Super Bowl LV. While they added efficient new starters, they still need more solid first teamers.
With Deone Bucannon as a free agent, the Bucs can add a versatile player in the middle and outside of the defense.
After selecting a quarterback and a receiver, the Jaguars need to address their offensive line. The Jaguars surrendered 44 takedowns this past season (tied for seventh-most in the league).
The Jets need to add talent at every position possible. The defense only accounted for 31 sacks this past season.
Their trade with the Falcons in the first round gives them more room to make high-level picks. Last season, the Jets had their 28th-ranked passing defense (275.6 yards per game) in the league.
Miami was not able to retain some of their more consistent pass rushers at the outside linebacker position. They can address this early in the second round.
The Eagles are at a point where they have to draft the best player available. Moerhrig will address immediate support in the secondary.
The offensive line for the Bengals is more inconsistent in the interior of the offensive line. It was the terrible play of left guard Michael Jordan that injured Burrow.
Whoever is under center for the Panthers in 2021 will need solid protection from opposing defenses.
The Broncos need help in the middle of the defense as they were ranked 25th in the league in rushing yards, allowing 130 yards per contest.
Detriot only has three cornerbacks on their active roster. They lost their starting cornerback in Desmond Trufant as well.
The Giants added support at the middle linebacker and retained defensive lineman Leonard Williams. Now they will garner support on the edge.
The 49ers have one middle linebacker on their active roster and need versatile talent in the middle of their defense.
Placing 31st in rush defense for the 2020 campaign, Dallas will need solid run stoppers at the interior defensive line area.
Jacksonville made significant upgrades on the offensive side of the ball. Now they have address concerns on defense.
The Broncos still need to address huge concerns with their offensive line despite drafting a tackle in the first round.
The Chargers need to find a replacement for their main edge rusher Melvin Ingram with him going to free agency.
The Raiders have more concerns on defense at the linebacker and need to select the best defensive player available.
Quarterback Kyler Murray continues to accelerate to a new level of productivity with a new dynamic tight end.
Having two excellent edge rushers can add depth and versatility to the veterans that were let go in free agency.
With Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback, Washington can bring in a potential project for him to train.
The Bears could use any significant boost on the offensive side of the ball as possible.
Even if Taylor Lewan completely recovers from his torn ACL injury, the Titans need solid protection at the edge.
Last season, the Colts had the 20th-ranked pass defense (241.6 passing yards allowed per game). They will need more consistency in the secondary.
Cornerback is the biggest position need available on the defensive side of the ball for Pittsburgh.
With only five picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Seahawks need several big splashes including a significant pass rusher.
The Rams allowed 25 sacks last season and will face more aggressive pass rushers in the NFC West in 2021.
With a depleted backfield, the Ravens fill a need of depth and talent with a versatile defender.
Adding a dynamic playmaker like Moore will help relieve the pressure off the Browns main receiver corp.
With the Saints having to release Emmanuel Sanders due to salary cap hell, they need a reliable number-two target.
Buffalo will fill the void of departed free agent pass rushers with fresh, young players.
There are three offensive tackles on the active roster as a result of managing the salary cap.
The lack of depth and youth at the middle linebacker position was highlighted in Super Bowl LV.
Depth isn’t a huge concern for the Buccaneers as it is with consistency.
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