Wide receiver has to be the top need for the Bears this offseason as they lack any true go to treat as guys like Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright and Kevin White are not getting the job done. Mitch Trubisky’s continued development is contingent on the front office surrounding him with talented and reliable weapons. Expect them to address the receiver position with multiple additions.
2. Corner Back
In the secondary the Bears have a pair of talented young safeties in Adrian Amos and Eddie Jackson but are going to need to address their corner position this offseason. Both Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara have battled injuries and inconsistency during their careers. On top of that both are pending free agents this off season making cornerback a position that will have to be dealt with.
3. Edge Rusher
The Bears recently invested a high first round pick on Leonard Floyd and signed Pernell McPhee to a big deal a couple seasons ago but both have been hampered by injuries. Finding a consistent, long term pass rusher should be one of the Bear’s highest priorities as it would help take some pressure off of their ailing cornerbacks.
1. Defensive End
The Lion’s pass rush has been a major issue for several seasons despite the presence of stud DE Ziggy Ansah. While Anthony Zettell has put together a breakout season the Lions are still in the bottom part of the NFL in QB hurries and sacks. Adding another dynamic pass rusher should be the next step the Lions take in upgrading their defense.
2. Running Back
The Lions currently have a collection of change of pace backs on their roster including Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington. While all are nice players the fact remains that Reggie Bush was the last Lion to rush for 100 yards in game all the way back in 2003. Adding a physical runner would suit the Lions well especially in NFC North late season weather.
3. Outside Linebacker
After grabbing MLB Jarrad Davis with their first-round pick last year the Lions could stand to upgrade his running mates at OLB. Adding an athletic sideline to sideline tackler would be helpful to a defense that ranks in the bottom third in rushing yards allowed.
1. Corner Back
The Packers selected Kevin King in the first-round last year but could stand to add another quality player at the cornerback position. Quentin Rollins has been inconsistent and injured while Demarious Randall has never started more than nine games in a season. In a league where you can never have too many corners the Packers could definitely stand to add another talented player.
2. EDGE Rusher
Nick Perry has come along nicely after a slow start to his college career but Clay Matthews has really started to slow down as an impactful pass rusher. While they have some intriguing young players at the position in Kyler Fackrell and Vince Beigel neither should stop the Packers from jumping at the chance to add a dynamic rusher.
3. Offensive Line
This season showed just how important quarterback Aaron Rodgers is to the success of the Packers and highlights the need to upgrade his protection. David Bakhtiari is an excellent player but recent years have seen the Packers lose TJ Land and Josh Sitton through free agency and Bryan Bulaga has failed to finish five of the seven NFL seasons healthy. With Rodger’s getting older the Packers need to upgrade their protection if they want to get the most out of his remaining years.
1. Corner Back
Xavier Rhodes is among the leagues best cornerbacks but after him there are a lot of questions marks at the position. Terrance Newman has been serviceable but is likely in his last season while high draft picks Trae Waynes and Mackenzie Alexander have yet to live up to their draft positions. Adding a potential starter or at the very least some depth at the position should be a high priority for the Vikings.
2. Offensive Line
While the Vikings offensive line has been markedly better this season they still could use some more upgrading. Pat Elflein has locked down the center position but both Joe Berger and Nick Easton could easily be upgraded on the interior while the same could be said of Mike Remmers at right tackle.
3. Defensive Tackle
Finding a running mate next to Linval Joseph should be a high priority as Shariff Floyd has been unable to stay healthy and Tom Johnson is getting up there in age. Adding either a pass rusher to line up next to Joseph or a nose tackle to be Joseph’s understudy would be wise investments for the Vikings.