What are the biggest remaining needs for all 32 NFL teams? O-line, QB, CB top list

The first waves of NFL free agency have come and gone with some teams significantly augmenting their rosters (hello, Texans, Titans and Commanders) while others have largely stood pat (Cowboys, Broncos and Chiefs).

That means as the NFL Draft approaches — we’re now just three weeks away — team needs have become that much clearer. And if there are still glaring holes on the roster, odds are, they’ll be addressed during the draft.

So with that in mind, we take a look at the biggest remaining needs for all 32 NFL teams.

Arizona Cardinals

Biggest remaining need: Wide receiver

General manager Monti Ossenfort has done a nice job addressing Arizona’s needs, adding help on the offensive and defensive lines, as well as at cornerback. He even brought in a backup quarterback, trading with Atlanta for Desmond Ridder. The Cardinals still could use a pass rusher, but their biggest need remains at wide receiver. Since the end of last season, they have lost free agent Hollywood Brown (Kansas City) and traded Rondale Moore (for Ridder.) Arizona has promising Michael Wilson and dependable Greg Dortch, but the Cardinals lack a playmaker who strikes fear in defenses. With the No. 4 pick in this month’s draft, which is stocked with receiver talent, Ossenfort is positioned to add a difference-maker, one way or another. — Doug Haller

 

Atlanta Falcons

Biggest remaining need: Pass rusher

Over the past three years, the Falcons are last in the NFL in pressure percentage (27.5) and sacks (81). In the last five years? Same. Ten years? Same. On top of that, the two players who tied for the team lead in sacks last season — defensive ends Bud Dupree and Calais Campbell (6.5 each) — remain free agents. That’s why many draft analysts expect the Falcons to target edge rusher Dallas Turner out of Alabama in the first round of the draft, but it’s going to take more than one player to fix this long-standing issue. — Josh Kendall

Baltimore Ravens

Biggest remaining need: Offensive line

With the trade of offensive tackle Morgan Moses and the free-agent departures of guards Kevin Zeitler and John Simpson, the Ravens have three vacancies up front. They signed veteran Josh Jones, and they figure to fill at least one of the spots with a young offensive lineman already on their roster. Still, the Ravens probably need to add two linemen who would be considered frontrunners to start in Week 1. The Ravens have other frontline needs, including at cornerback and edge rusher, but protecting Lamar Jackson and blocking for Derrick Henry should be the priority. — Jeff Zrebiec

Buffalo Bills

Biggest remaining need: Wide receiver

Following the Stefon Diggs trade, the Bills are left with only Khalil Shakir, Curtis Samuel and Mack Hollins on their depth chart, which makes their need for a receiver one of the worst-kept secrets in the NFL. With Diggs now in Houston, the Bills lack a pair of important things: They don’t have a true starter at X-receiver, and they don’t have someone to take over as quarterback Josh Allen’s new top target. That makes adding a receiver a high priority in this year’s draft, whether it’s in the first round or on Day 2. — Joe Buscaglia

 

Carolina Panthers

Biggest remaining need: Cornerback

The Panthers entered the offseason looking to surround Bryce Young with more playmakers and did that by trading with Pittsburgh for wide receiver Diontae Johnson. The Panthers could still use another wideout, but they traded starting corner Donte Jackson (they planned to cut him anyway) to the Steelers, and to this point have only signed Dane Jackson, who was mostly a backup/special teams guy in Buffalo. Newly acquired edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney is trying to recruit Stephon Gilmore, his high school and college teammate, to Charlotte. If Gilmore reunites with the Panthers, the greatest need becomes either another receiver, pass rusher or center. — Joseph Person

Chicago Bears

Biggest remaining need: Defensive line

The Bears added a pair of reserves to their defensive line in free agency but otherwise haven’t made any moves for a defense that ranked last in the NFL in sacks per pass. Defensive tackle Justin Jones signed with the Cardinals, so depth is needed at three-technique tackle — a critical position in coach Matt Eberflus’ defense. Right now, DeMarcus Walker is the starter opposite Montez Sweat, but the Bears could upgrade the edge rush via the draft. Depending on how one views left tackle Braxton Jones, offensive line could be the answer here, but four starters return alongside new center Ryan Bates. — Kevin Fishbain

Cincinnati Bengals

Biggest remaining need: Defensive tackle

Even with the signing of Sheldon Rankins to a lucrative contract, a DJ Reader-sized hole remains at the center of a defensive line that needs a significant infusion of disruption and run-stopping. The Bengals dabbled with a few second-wave free agents (Teair Tart visited) but didn’t feel the market provided the right combination of talent and value. It has left them in a tough spot needing to find one — and more likely two — of those answers in a draft notably short on them. If they can’t, perhaps then they entertain remaining free agents or other creative options. — Paul Dehner Jr.

Cleveland Browns

Biggest remaining need: Defensive line

The Browns need reinforcements. Specifically, they need young legs across the defensive front after using March to bring back Za’Darius Smith (32 in September) and Shelby Harris (33 in August) and add Quinton Jefferson (31). All the big spending the Browns have done over the past two seasons has built an experienced roster that’s focused on the present. General manager Andrew Berry prefers to draft for the future over drafting for need, but adding younger players to a talented defensive front has become a must. — Zac Jackson

Dallas Cowboys

Biggest remaining need: Offensive line

Left tackle Tyron Smith signed with the Jets, and center Tyler Biadasz signed with the Commanders, making left tackle and center two of Dallas’ biggest needs. The Cowboys seem confident they can find a starting-caliber center in the middle of the draft, as they did with Biadasz, a fourth-round pick in 2020. A starting left tackle should be the top priority in the first round later this month. Dallas agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran offensive lineman Chuma Edoga on Wednesday, and he can play left tackle, but he’s not the long-term answer at the position. The Cowboys could move left guard Tyler Smith out to left tackle, but guard is his best position. The best-case scenario for Dallas is that one of the top tackles is still available at No. 24. — Jon Machota

 

Denver Broncos

Biggest remaining need: Quarterback

No team has done less this offseason to address an obvious hole at quarterback than the Broncos, who have made no moves at the position after the release of two-year starter Russell Wilson in early March. Denver could still add a free-agent quarterback or trade for a veteran and put that player into a training camp competition with Jarrett Stidham, who has four career starts to his credit. But Denver clearly plans to address the quarterback spot in a meaningful way in the NFL Draft. Acquiring the quarterback they want, though, may be difficult because the Broncos are slotted to pick 12th and have no second-round pick in this year’s draft to offer in a move-up scenario. — Nick Kosmider

 

Detroit Lions

Biggest remaining need: Offensive line

The Lions don’t have many immediate needs. They traded for cornerback Carlton Davis III, signed cornerback Amik Robertson in free agency and re-signed cornerback Emmanuel Moseley. They added defensive tackle DJ Reader and edge Marcus Davenport. You can point to a few positions that could use more for the future, but perhaps none more than the offensive line. Excluding Penei Sewell, Detroit’s starting offensive line will have an average age of 31.25 by September. Taylor Decker and Kevin Zeitler are free agents in 2025, and Frank Ragnow has played through countless injuries over the years. Keeping an elite unit elite is of the utmost importance. — Colton Pouncy

Green Bay Packers

Biggest remaining need: Safety

The Packers addressed one of their vacancies at safety by backing up the Brinks truck for the top safety on the market in free agency, former Giant Xavier McKinney, but they still have another starting spot to fill. They have already lost their top two safeties from last season, Darnell Savage Jr. and Jonathan Owens, to other teams in free agency, while No. 3 safety Rudy Ford remains unsigned. General manager Brian Gutekunst said at the annual league meeting that he’d rather pair a young player with his best football ahead of him with McKinney than one of the proven veterans still on the market, but that he would explore all options. — Matt Schneidman

After their acquisition of wide receiver Stefon Diggs, the Texans can now focus on fortifying DeMeco Ryans’ defense. (Gregory Fisher / USA Today)

Houston Texans

Biggest remaining need: Defensive line

Having filled a big need at wide receiver with the acquisition of Stefon Diggs, the Texans can focus their draft efforts on further fortifying their defensive front. Defensive tackle is a need because of the departures of 2023 starters Maliek Collins and Sheldon Rankins. So, Houston GM Nick Caserio, who used free agency to address needs at edge rusher and linebacker, could spend an early round pick to help replace those two departed space-eaters. — Mike Jones

Indianapolis Colts

Biggest remaining need: Cornerback

Indianapolis re-signed Pro Bowler Kenny Moore II in free agency, but beyond that, the team hasn’t made any upgrades or added any experience to its cornerback room this offseason. GM Chris Ballard remains high on 2023 second-round pick JuJu Brents, 2023 seventh-round pick Jaylon Jones and Dallis Flowers, who went undrafted in 2022 and is recovering from a torn Achilles. However, none of those three has proven to be a reliable starter. Assuming Moore and Brents start in 2024, it would be wise for the Colts to consider signing a veteran as their third starting cornerback to fortify a defensive secondary that routinely surrendered big plays last year. — James Boyd

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Biggest remaining need: Edge rusher

The Jaguars still have needs at pass rusher, cornerback and wide receiver, and the order of priority is debatable. However, if they’d like to add a quick fix as a third edge rusher, someone like Bud Dupree could do the trick. At corner, Stephon Gilmore is still a free agent. The question? How eager are those veterans to sign a deal now as opposed to training camp? And do the Jaguars offer a clean enough path to contention over other potential suitors? At receiver, the Jaguars should shift their focus to the draft where a longer-term answer should be preferable at this point in free agency. — Jeff Howe

Kansas City Chiefs

Biggest remaining need: Left tackle

After the L’Jarius Sneed trade, the Chiefs are projected to have around $25 million in salary-cap space, according to Over the Cap. The biggest hole on the roster is at left tackle, the lineman responsible for protecting the blind side of quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Of course, the Chiefs could make a call to Donovan Smith after the draft and potentially re-sign him to another one-year deal. But they could also trade up in the first round of the draft to acquire a prospect they believe can be a plug-and-play left tackle. — Nate Taylor

 

Las Vegas Raiders

Biggest remaining need: Offensive line

We have been saying quarterback all offseason, and it still keeps coach Antonio Pierce up at night, but the signing of Gardner Minshew at least gives the Raiders an insurance policy if they can’t trade up or draft an impact thrower in the first round. The Raiders also would love to add a No. 1 cornerback, but the most glaring hole on the depth chart is on the right side of the offensive line. Third-year player Thayer Munford Jr. will get a shot to replace the departed Jermaine Eluemunor at tackle (as well as getting a look at right guard, according to GM Tom Telesco), but the Raiders need to add a free agent and/or a couple of draft picks at those spots. — Vic Tafur

 

Los Angeles Chargers

Biggest remaining need: Wide receiver

The Chargers moved on from their top two receivers for cap reasons. They cut Mike Williams ahead of the new league year. A few days later, they traded Keenan Allen to the Bears for a fourth-round pick. The Chargers are now lacking talent and depth in this position group. They could potentially add both a free agent and a high draft pick to try and rebuild the room with Williams and Allen gone. The current starters: Joshua Palmer, Quentin Johnston and Derius Davis. Palmer is a solid player. Johnston struggled in his rookie season. Davis was a standout returner as a rookie in 2023 but played fewer than 150 offensive snaps. — Daniel Popper

Los Angeles Rams

Biggest remaining need: Defensive line and edge

I am naming two positions because the all-time great Aaron Donald played both at the highest level for two seasons — and Donald retired last month. The Rams need to improve their pass-rushing partners on the outside and inside of the defensive line for second-year players Byron Young and Kobie Turner. There are other needs, sure, but after an offseason so far spent investing in their offensive line and secondary, this need remains the most glaring. They aren’t ever 1:1 replacing Donald, but rebuilding a cost-controlled defensive front that can get pressure will be a priority. — Jourdan Rodrigue

Miami Dolphins

Biggest remaining need: Offensive line

Defensive tackle was a consideration after losing Christian Wilkins in free agency, but GM Chris Grier did a nice job restocking the cupboard with low-cost veterans Benito Jones, Neville Gallimore and Jonathan Harris. None will replace Wilkins’ production, of course, but they keep defensive tackle from becoming a gaping hole on the roster. So our attention turns to the O-line, which Grier also addressed by adding Aaron Brewer and Jack Driscoll while retaining Kendall Lamm, Robert Jones and Isaiah Wynn (after losing Robert Hunt). Outside of Brewer, however, those were one-year deals. Stopgap solutions. The Dolphins need some long-term answers up front. This draft class is loaded with offensive line talent and even boasts players with the versatility to play multiple positions. With left tackle Terron Armstead nearing the end of his career, finding his successor, who could perhaps play guard in the interim, seems like a good target in the first round. — Jim Ayello

Kirk Cousins is off to Atlanta. Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell is likely to ride with Sam Darnold at quarterback to start the season, but will Minnesota make a big move up the draft to secure their future at the position? (Adam Bettcher / Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings

Biggest remaining need: Quarterback

The Vikings are likely to ride with Sam Darnold in the early portion of the season no matter what they do in the draft. But the future at the position remains Minnesota’s biggest question mark. Coach Kevin O’Connell is buried in evaluation at the moment, meeting with many of the top prospects via private workouts. The Vikings also have the draft capital (Nos. 11 and No. 23) to make a massive move up the board. The issue is, that involves major risk, and Minnesota has plenty of other needs, including interior defensive line, cornerback and guard. Filling those voids later on is fine if you can land a franchise-changer at the QB position, especially in an era when you have to beat the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen to win. — Alec Lewis

New England Patriots

Biggest remaining need: Quarterback

The Patriots’ three biggest needs didn’t change after free agency, and they remain quarterback, left tackle and wide receiver. But we’ve got to give the nod here to the most important position. The Patriots signed Jacoby Brissett to a one-year deal, but the plan remains to select a quarterback in the draft (and likely with the No. 3 pick), then let that rookie compete with Brissett for the starting job. After likely picking a quarterback at No. 3, the Patriots will have to decide whether to prioritize a left tackle or a wide receiver with their second-round pick. — Chad Graff

 

New Orleans Saints

Biggest remaining need: Offensive tackle

Dennis Allen revealed some discouraging news on right tackle Ryan Ramczyk during the owners’ meetings last week. The Saints coach said he’s not seeing as much progress with Ramczyk’s injured knee as he would’ve hoped to this point. It’s an injury that could be a career-ender. This places an even bigger emphasis on offensive tackle than before, especially because Trevor Penning, a 2022 first-round pick, hasn’t panned out at all at left tackle. The Saints made no moves to address the tackle spot in free agency, so it’s easy to assume the team will have to draft at least one tackle, likely a first-round pick, given the amount of talent lurking near the top of the draft. — Larry Holder

New York Giants

Biggest remaining need: Cornerback

The Giants still have plenty of needs despite spending the fourth-most money in the league during free agency. The most glaring holes are in the secondary, with cornerback slightly edging safety because the Giants at least signed veteran safety Jalen Mills in free agency. The Giants haven’t made any additions at corner, so they’re left with the young trio of Deonte Banks, Nick McCloud and Cor’Dale Flott as the projected starters. There’s hope that Banks, a first-round pick in 2023, can develop into a No. 1 corner, but that’s not a given. And the other two spots could use upgrades. The Giants need to add a capable veteran before the start of the season. — Dan Duggan

New York Jets

Biggest remaining need: Insurance policies

The Jets filled most of their needs through free agency and trades, namely on the offensive line (Tyron Smith, Morgan Moses, John Simpson) and at wide receiver (Mike Williams). That should give Joe Douglas some flexibility to add the best player available at No. 10, preferably on offense. But there’s a catch: Most of the Jets’ new additions come with risk attached. Smith has missed 37 games the last four years; Moses is coming off pectoral surgery; and Williams (ACL) won’t be ready for training camp. So the Jets will still need help at both spots, which is convenient considering those might be the two most talented positions in this draft class. — Zack Rosenblatt

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Biggest remaining need: Cornerback

If the 2024 season started today, the Eagles could comfortably field Darius Slay and James Bradberry as their starting cornerbacks. But is that their best possible combo? There’s little to doubt other than health for Slay, 33, who earned his third straight Pro Bowl selection despite missing five games with a knee injury last year. But Bradberry largely regressed and was too often beaten in critical one-on-one scenarios. GM Howie Roseman addressed all of the defense’s other positional shortfalls during free agency, particularly linebacker (Devin White) and safety (C.J. Gardner-Johnson). The Eagles signed Tyler Hall, a practice squad journeyman, but a front office that often weighs the midrange and long-term future still has not made a significant investment to insure the team’s stock at cornerback. — Brooks Kubena

Pittsburgh Steelers

Biggest remaining need: Center

While you could easily list wide receiver as the Steelers’ biggest need as they traded Diontae Johnson and cut Allen Robinson in the offseason, but if the season started today, at least they could line up somebody at receiver. Center would be much more of a question mark as the only players with snapping experience in the roster are Nate Herbig (56 career snaps), James Daniels (hasn’t played there since 2019) and Spencer Anderson (played five career games there in college). The Steelers cut their two-year starter Mason Cole right after the Super Bowl and have yet to adequately replace him. Free agency proved to be either too expensive or not worth it, which leaves them pretty much reliant on an early round pick to fill that void. With few plug-and-play centers in this year’s draft, the Steelers could be left scrambling at a key position. — Mark Kaboly

San Francisco 49ers

Biggest remaining need: Offensive tackle

The 49ers’ biggest need happens to coincide with one of the strengths of the draft — offensive tackle. Left tackle Trent Williams will be 36 when the season starts, while Colton McKivitz is a serviceable, but not elite, right tackle. There’s no clear heir apparent on the roster. The question is whether a tackle the 49ers like will still be around at No. 31 or whether they’ll need to maneuver on draft day. The team also could use a punt returner and a veteran safety to backstop 2023 rookie Ji’Ayir Brown and Talanoa Hufanga, who’s coming off a torn ACL. — Matt Barrows

Seattle Seahawks

Biggest remaining need: Interior offensive line

If the season began today, the Seahawks’ starting left guard would probably be Tremayne Anchrum Jr., a career backup. The starting center would either be veteran Nick Harris, who spent most of his time in Cleveland as a backup, or Olu Oluwatimi, a 2023 fifth-round pick with one career start. The right guard would be 2023 fourth-round pick Anthony Bradford, who made 10 starts last season. Fortunately for Seattle, the season doesn’t start tomorrow, so the front office must use all the time available between now and Week 1 to upgrade the front line. — Michael-Shawn Dugar

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Biggest remaining need: Edge rusher

The Bucs are positioned well because they don’t have a crying need that could force a selection that doesn’t represent good value. They could go offensive line, cornerback or wide receiver. Their biggest need, however, probably is edge rusher after releasing Shaq Barrett. The Bucs have tried to improve their edge rush in each of the last three drafts, picking Joe Tryon-Shoyinka in the first round in 2021, Logan Hall in the first round in 2022 and Yaya Diaby in the third round last year. Diaby led the team in sacks as a rookie, but Tampa still could use more juice off the edge. — Dan Pompei

Tennessee Titans

Biggest remaining need: Offensive tackle

The answer is the same as it was entering free agency, but that’s no surprise because the draft was always the better option for finding protection for quarterback Will Levis. Left tackle is the more pressing need, though if the Titans take a left and right tackle in this draft, it’d make sense. But new offensive line coach Bill Callahan does have some options on the right side, starting with Nicholas Petit-Frere. The left side, however, is a gaping hole after two lost seasons at the position. At No. 7, the Titans may end up with their choice of all viable candidates. If they choose wisely, it could be a transformative offseason with offseason additions L’Jarius SneedCalvin RidleyChidobe Awuzie and Lloyd Cushenberry already doing much to juice up the roster, albeit at a high cost. — Joe Rexrode

Washington Commanders

Biggest remaining need: Long-term talent

The new regime led by GM Adam Peters and head coach Dan Quinn spent free agency largely patching up roster holes with 20-plus agreements with external and internal free agents, particularly on both lines. The vast majority of those deals were one-year contracts. Some risk-reward moves aside (Austin EkelerJeremy Chinn), the players lack upside. The biggest injection of potential will come in the draft. Beyond a likely QB with the No. 2 pick, Washington could seek fixtures at edge rusher, left tackle and cornerback. This “recalibration,” as Quinn says, won’t occur in one offseason, but the need for impact talent exists now. — Ben Standig

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