1. Quarter Back
The Broncos have relied on the likes of Trevor Simian and Brock Osweiler this season with predictable results. Meanwhile while former first round pick Paxton Lynch has failed to even get on the field. The Broncos need to upgrade the position if they want to take advantage of their loaded defense.
2. Offensive Tackle
Last year’s first round pick Garrett Bolles has the left tackle position locked down for the foreseeable future but opposite him the right tackle position has been neglected for too long. Current starter Donald Stephenson is an average player at best a high draft pics Ty Sambarillo and Michael Schofield have been big disappointments.
3. Offensive Guard
– While Ronald Leary has played well at one guard position the other has been in a state of flux for some time. Continued investment in the offensive line is needed as current starter Max Garcia is not performing at an acceptable level. Finding a suitable replacement should be in the cards for the Broncos.
1. Wide Receiver
The Chief offense has gone cold in recent weeks after a strong start to the season. A big reason why is the lack of weapons at the receiver position. While Tyreek Hill is an explosive talent but is best when not used in a traditional manner and after him there is big drop off in talent. Finding some more targets for Alex Smith or Pat Mahomes in the future would be in the Chief’s best interest.
2. Corner Back
The Chiefs just signed Darrell Revis off the street, this should speak volumes to the state of their cornerbacks. Marcus Peters is a stud but after him the likes of Steven Nelson and Terrance Mitchell are merely average NFL starters so adding a talented player opposite Peters would do wonders for their pass defense.
Eric Berry is as talented a safety as there is in the NFL and his absence this season has been visible. Even if Berry returns to his pre-injury form finding a partner in the secondary would be a wise move as their safety play has left a lot to be desired.
Philip Rivers is getting up there in age and while he is still playing at a high level the organization should start looking for an eventual successor. The plus side for Los Angeles is the fact that they have a pretty talented roster already in place and they could afford to spend some resources on finding their next quarterback.
2. Offensive Tackle
After upgrading their guards last season by drafting Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney the Chargers should continue their offensive line rebuild by grabbing a tackle. Russell Okung is a solid player at left tackle but is not a reliable long-term option. Bringing in a tackle to either replace Okung immediately or to man the right-side before eventually taking over down the road would be a smart move.
3. Defensive Tackle
The Chargers currently have a very talented front seven on defense led by the likes of Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram and Denzel Perryman. The last major need in this unit is a big run stuffing defensive tackle to man the middle of their 3-4 defense. Adding one would allow their athletic linebackers to be free to make plays in space.
1. Defensive End
Khalil Mack is one of the best defenders in the entire NFL but he could use some serious help getting after opposing quarterbacks. Opposite him Mario Edwards is talented but has been often injured and is more of a run stuffer than a pass rusher. Finding an athletic pass rusher would potentially free up Mack and allow Edwards to move inside on passing downs.
2. Inside Linebacker
The Raiders’ defense has lacked a difference maker at inside linebacker for some time and while they signed Navarro Bowman this season he is more of a stop gap player at this point in his career. Finding a rangy linebacker who can play sideline to sideline and bring stability to the heart of their defense should be a high priority in the Raiders’ off-season plans.
3. Corner Back
Pass defense has been the Achilles heel of Oakland’s defense for several seasons. Compounded by their ineffective pass rush the Raiders have had to rely on average veterans at the position like David Amerson and Sean Smith. Adding Gareon Conley last year in the draft was a good first step but finding a long-term player opposite him would be a smart move.