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For the Bears...

OT...No point drafting a QB #2 Overall if you can't keep him upright...we have one of the best interior OLs in the NFL but we need to improve both OT spots.

OLB...Pass rush is king in todays NFL...we need to find someone across from Leonard Floyd who is talented and most importantly can stay healthy.

WR...Again taking a QB who you see as the future of the franchise and not giving him the weapons to throw too is a waste of time...we look solid at WR/TE but we need that one explosive playmaker.

DL...Depending on Jaye Howard's play & Akeim Hicks contract we could be looking at finding two DEs...even if both play well and are extended we still need depth and young talent.

DB...Ton of guys at both the CB & S spot right now...we need to find our best guys and maybe we find quality depth but you can never go wrong adding more.

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For the Detroit Lions:
Ezekiel Ansah is a free agent after the season and Kerry Hyder's contract is also up (although he will be a restricted free agent). The pass rush will already be a likely issue for the Detroit Lions in 2017, the issue will be even larger if they can't retain both Ansah and Hyder.
DT: Haloti Ngata won't be on the team next year (likely he retires) and the Lions don't have much else at DT. A'Shawn Robinson has some potential, and they might have a few other guys that could turn into decent backups. The Lions need to add one starting level DT this offseason, and potentially another for depth.
S: Both starting safeties are on expiring contracts. Glover Quin will hopefully receive a contract extension, though it is time to start grooming his replacement. Miles Killebrew will hopefully take over at SS, but it wouldn't hurt to add some competition for him. 
LG/C: Travis Swanson is a free agent after the season, if he doesn't re-sign he will need to be replace. Graham Glasgow has the flexibility to play LG and C, so he could potentially be replaced with a LG with Glasgow moving to center. Or they could add another center with Glasgow remaining at LG.
NB: Nevin Lawson and DJ Hayden are on expiring contracts, they will need to be replaced if they aren't brought back.
RB: If Ameer Abdullah can produce well and stay healthy, then RB won't be much of a need. If he doesn't prove to be a #1 back, the Lions should be in search of another RB to add for competition at the least.
LB: Tahir Whitehead and Paul Worrilow are on expiring contracts. Jarrad Davis, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, and Antwione Williams are young guys at the position that hopefully can be quality starters for the Lions, though it wouldn't hurt to have an additional veteran presence that is a little more proven.
WR: Marvin Jones and Golden Tate aren't a bad duo, but neither player is a true #1 WR. Kenny Golladay should be a solid #3, but the Lions could stand to add another starting level WR, especially with Tate's contract expiring in 2019.

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For the Bengals..


It all stats with the offensive line.  Ogbuehi has been bad, Fisher has been shaky at times, and Bodine gets over-powered far too much.  Andre Smith is an unproven RG.  But we do have Westerman waiting in the wings.  So it will depend on how they play this year.  But as of now,

1.  LT

2.  Center

3.  RT?

4.  Backup QB, assuming McCarron somehow wins his battle next season to become an UFA.  he spent at least 10 games on PUP, plus he didn't become active until week 12 or 13.  Not enough games for an accrued season.  But his agent was said to be looking into loopholes.  Since Mike Brown is an Ivy League Law graduate (dartmouth), I'm going to say McCarron's agent doesn't win that one.

*** Little known fact outside Cincy- the dark ages of the 1990s are partly due to Mike Brown's ongoing fight with the IRS after his father's passing.  Brown won.  He does not possess his father's football acumen, but the man knows his way around a legal/contract situation.


Possible need:  QB  This really looks like Marvin's last season, barring a miraculous turnaround.  So it will be interesting to see if they go outside the organization for a head coach, and if they do, Dalton's time might be up. But this owner loves loyalty and continuity, so we probably promote from within.  That was Marvin and Hue Jackson's plan before Brown refused to commit to paying him two years in advance.

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On 7/28/2017 at 8:56 PM, IDOG_det said:

For the Detroit Lions:
S: Both starting safeties are on expiring contracts. Glover Quin will hopefully receive a contract extension, though it is time to start grooming his replacement. Miles Killebrew will hopefully take over at SS, but it wouldn't hurt to add some competition for him.

And just like that Quin signs an extension. At least one safety spot will be covered for a few years, now we have to wait and see if Miles Killebrew is good enough to have the other safety spot long term. Though, depth at safety will still be a need for the Lions, it is probably close to RB and LB as far as needs go now.

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This early, I would say it looks like this for the 49ers

QB: Whether or not Brian Hoyer plays well, we'll almost certainly want a quarterback at some point. 

Edge Rusher: Arik Armstead is currently slotted to start at our LEO position and looks to be adapting very well. He might be a guy that does very well for us, but I don't envision him as a 10 sacks/year kinda guy. 

Offensive Line: Joe Staley is still a good LT, but he's on the wrong side of 30. Every other position on the line is probably able to be upgraded. We put a lot of effort into revamping many different positions, and I have a feeling the offensive line is going to get a major revamp next season. 

CB: Rashard Robinson seems good enough to be one of the starters, but the other spot is completely up for grabs and will likely be won by someone who should not be starting. 

WR: We may or may not need this depending on how Marquise Goodwin plays this year (he's having an impressive camp). With Garcon signed for 5 years, we probably have at least one starting WR set. 

Also, depending on how the year goes, we may also need a HB, TE, FS, SS, K, and/or P. So...essentially anything but DL and LB. But even maybe a strong-side backer. 

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Edited after week 4.

EDGE: We're getting no production at all from our OLB in Wades 3-4. Quinn isn't worth his contract any more and Barwin hasn't done much either. We have a couple nice pieces in youth behind them but we need an upgrade at the position.

ILB: Ogletree and Barron spend too much of the game taking bad angles, failing at tackling and generally getting run over. There are a couple very intriguing options in free agency but I could see us spending a pick or two here also. Edge is #1A this is #1B.

OT: We signed Whitworth to a three year deal and while he's been healthy he is 35 and the deal was designed that we could get out of it after 2 years. We need his successor also Rob Havenstein is only signed through 2018. 

CB: With TruJo and NRC free agents after this season we could be looking for somebody to replace both. This is so hard to gauge right now. TruJo has moments of good play and moments where he's worked over by the other teams #1. If a valid #1 is available in the first this could be a coin toss IMO with an Edge pick.

G and C: Sullivan is signed for one year but we signed an UDFA that Kromer is reported to love in Jake Eldrenkamp so Center might be taken care of. At Guard Jamon Brown has been inconsistent and had some injury issues. At the other Guard we have Glass Rob Saffold who is signed for a decent chunk of change, has a long injury history and is only signed through 2018. Austin Blythe played well in his limited snaps when Sully went down.

Saftey: LaMarcus Joyner is a free agent. This is his first year at FS after spending most of his time with us at CB. Mo Alexander has been largely a disappointment after a great year at FS last year. John Johnson has been good in limited snaps so he could be the answer at SS if we resign Joyner at FS.

NT: Brockers has been a beast for us this year. But this week Wade used him at DE and Tanziel Smart at NT. A permanent change to DE could be in the cards for Brockers next year with Smart being a rotational piece at NT and DE.

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For the Vikings:

LT - We did sign Riley Rieff, but if we could move him to RT next year, that would be amazing.

OG - Offensive line is a big need.

RT - See Above. If Rieff does a solid job at LT, we could look for improvement at RT as well.

UT - Shariff Floyd is likely going to miss significant time/the year again for non-football injuries, time to draft his replacement.

LB - If Barr isn't going to be kept long term or if Edmond Robinson or whomever starts at WLB doesn't do well.

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I'll give Buffalo an early shot here. We look to have an extremely exciting draft in 2018 having 2 picks in each of the first three rounds. 

QB - Tyrod is not believed to be a franchise QB. By the looks of recent trades our FO is looking to acquire draft capital to make a move for one. About damn time. 

S - Micah Hyde is our only respectable guy right now. Could end up becoming our top need.

CB - Drafting Tre White was a great move, but then we traded Darby for a small injury prone CB who is probably better fit as a #3 corner. I think we'll look to fill Darby's void early (ugh, again).

WR - After trading Sammy, we need a true #1 WR. I hope Zay Jones (more of a #2) is that guy, time will tell. For now, I see it as a need.

LB - Preston Brown is an upcoming FA, Lorenzo Alexander is not getting any younger and we still haven't solidified the WLB position. Not to mention highly touted pick Reggie Ragland doesn't seem to fit McDermott's scheme (so far). So it looks like all 3 positions could use an upgrade or depth.

DT - Marcell Dareus is looking to rebound to his elite form, but we are going to lose veteran Kyle Williams soon to retirement (also a FA in '18). Word out of camp is 2016 3rd round pick Adolphus Washington is struggling. I'd expect us to take one in the first 3 rounds even if Washington continues to struggle. Depth is needed.

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Buffalo Bills

1) qb , rudolph, or Rosen

2) wr, need for speed, and depth

3) dt, Williams retires after this year.

4) cb, bills play zone, need depth

5) rb, McCoy is 29y/o

6) MLB,  who's the next Khalil mack?

7) best available offensive weapons, te would be a high priority.

bills have 2 firsts, 2 seconds, 2 thirds.

short on impact offense players. our defense will be top 5 again, because of 4 3 defense, and rex Ryan disaster is gone.

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A lot of this is subject to change, but here we goes...


Defensive Tackle: A bigger NT type. We have nothing proven next to Suh. We drafted guys late this past draft. We'll see how that goes. 

Linebacker: We have Kiko, an aging Timmons, and the rookie McMillan tore his ACL

Defensive End: A well-rounded base 4-3 DE - like 6-4 275lb. Wake ain't getting younger, Harris is a rookie pass rusher, and Branch is just OK.

Right Tackle: Juwaun James is in a contract year. 

Right Guard: No real talent there for awhile now. Rookie Asiata is getting the LG spot, most likely.


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FS - Need young blood behind Kurt Coleman so they can learn the tricks he knows.

SS - Mike Adams is not a spring chick anymore also need some depth.

DE - Peppers and Johnson are both probably done after this year. So we need some more young blood here as well.

C - Ryan Kalil has been a force for many years for us but it's time to find his replacement.

TE - Like above Greg Olsen has been very good for us but we have no depth behind him. It's way past time for us to get his replacement when the time comes or even depth.

OT - Matt Kalil signing may work or it may blow up but we need atleast one more good OT for depth.

WR - Will Benjamin and Funchess breakout this year? More than likely yes. It never hurts to have more depth behind them and Curtis Samuel though.

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Almost certainly to be a need:

RT - Austin Howard was signed as a stop-gap more than anything, and he's below average when he's healthy anyway.  

C - Will either be an unproven upcoming FA in Ryan Jensen or the horrible Jeremy Zuttah (who is rumoured to be re-signing after being cut by the 49ers).

RB - Basically, all the Ravens RBs are mediocre.

Likely to be / Possibly a need:

TE - Ravens have gone from an overly full position, to one of weakness.  Pitta retired, Crockett Gillmore sustained a season ending injury in the final year of his rookie contract and Darren Waller got suspended for the year.  Nick Boyle, the likely starter at this stage, is one screw up from a year suspension himself.  Then we have Maxx Williams, who is coming off a knee so nasty that the surgery he underwent had never been done on an NFL player before, and an old Ben Watson.  Mid round pick would not be unsurprising

ILB - At this stage, the contenders to line up next to CJ Mosley are a 2nd year OLB convert who didn't play in his rookie season or a former UDFA who also barely played.  If neither show any quality play this season, ILB could be a need. Would be a mid to late round pick if at all.

WR - Depends on the progression of Breshad Perriman mostly.  Maclin was signed for 2 years, so should be around in 2018. Mike Wallace is in the final year of his contract.

FS - Could do with a prospect to be the deep safety considering Lardarius Webb's age

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