1. Wide receiver
The Miami Dolphins have survived with Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, who have developed into quality second and third options. But Ryan Tanneshill needs a true No. 1 receiver to help him develop into the quarterback the Dolphins believe he can be. Ideally, the Dolphins can land a tall, outside receiver to complement Bess, who excels in the slot.
2. Defensive end
The Dolphins have been playing Jared Odrick out of position at defensive end when he would be better suited to play the three-technique tackle position. Cameron Wake is an elite pass rusher, but replacing Odrick with a more traditional end.
3. Offensive line
If Jake Long isn’t re-signed, this need jumps to No. 1. Jonathan Martin struggled as a rookie at right tackle and the Dolphins can’t afford to shift him to left tackle. In fact, they should probably consider a shift inside to guard.
1. Offensive Line
The San Diego Chargers offensive line is in critical condition, and it’s only going to get worse if they part ways with Jared Gaither. The Chargers first-round pick is all but guaranteed to address the offensive line. Chance Warmack, Lane Johnson and Eric Fisher are all possibilities.
2. Nose Tackle
Aubrayo Franklin is an unrestricted free agent and Cam Thomas has failed to live up expectations through his first three years in the league. The Chargers need to find a solution at nose tackle in order to effectively run John Pagano’s defense.
3. Wide Receiver
Malcolm Floyd remains a reliable target for Philip Rivers, but the Chargers clearly missed Vincent Jackson this past season. The could use someone capable of playing in the slot, and also a guy who stretch the field.
1. Offensive Guard
The Tennessee Titans running game has stalled over the past few years, and while some of the blame should fall on Chris Johnson, he hasn’ t been supported by the offensive line. Steve Hutchinson is a Hall of Famer, but he’s 35 and doesn’t have much left in the tank. Chance Warmack could be an option in the first round.
2. Strong Safety
Jordan Babineaux has been a weak link in the secondary for the past few years and it’s time for the Titans to bring in some competition. Matt Elam would be an ideal replacement in the second round.
3. Tight End
Jared Cook is an unrestricted free agent and never really lived up to expectations in Tennessee. If the Titans are hoping for Jake Locker to take the next step, they need to upgrade the supporting cast around him.
The Buffalo Bills have to end the carousel at quarterback. But is this the year? Geno Smith will likely be off the board before the Bills are on the clock, which would force them to reach to fill the need. Perhaps the right move will be to wait until the second or third round and bring in a low-risk prospect to compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick.
2. Inside Linebacker
The Bills need a new leader in the middle of the defense after a disappointing year by Kelvin Sheppard. This could be a position they try to fill with a veteran free agent. If they address it early in the draft, Alec Ogletree could fill the need in the first round. Arthur Brown could be a second-round target.
3. Right tackle
The Bills offensive line was much improved in 2012, especially on the left side with Cordy Glenn showing promise as their new franchise left tackle. But the ride side of the line still needs some work, and veteran Erik Pears may have to battle a rookie for the starting job. Dallas Thomas and Justin Pugh could be second or third-round options.
It’s time for the New York Jets to move on. Mark Sanchez has been given plenty of opportunities to prove himself and he’s failed time and time again. While he will probably be on the roster in 2013, the Jets will likely bring in someone to compete for a starting job. In the second round, Tyler Wilson and Mike Glennon could be options.
2. Outside Linebacker
Rex Ryan’s defense has gotten progressively worse during his tenure in New York. And the primary reason for the struggles has been the lack of a pass rusher. This could be the Jets target in the first round. Barkevious Mingo and Dion Jordan both have the potential to offer an immediate threat, even if only in a specialist role.
3. Wide Receiver
Stephen Hill will be expected to take the next step in 2013, but the Jets clearly need another weapon. Since they need immediate help and are unlikely to address this need in the first round, the Jets may push to solve this issue in free agency.