NFL Draft 2017: Breaking down your team's picks and biggest needs

What positions of need will your team be targeting during the 2017 NFL Draft?

What positions of need will your team be targeting during the 2017 NFL Draft?

Organized by first-round draft selection order (and slightly beyond), here's a look inside the mindsets of all 32 teams.

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NFL Draft 2017: Your team's pick & biggest needs

1. Cleveland Browns

Top needs: QB | DE/OLB | CB

Cleveland is sitting on two first-rounders that line up well with what could help the team most, starting with Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett from the top. The Browns can't afford to wait too long before they address quarterback.

IYER: Browns need to stick with Garrett plan

2. San Francisco 49ers

Top needs: QB | DE/OLB | OT | S

San Francisco has its backup quarterbacks in place, but it could use dynamic athletes on both fronts before thinking about taking its franchise passer. GM John Lynch will also look for a hammer at his old position in the secondary.

IYER: 49ers don't need to force QB

3. Chicago Bears

Top needs: WR | OT/G | LB | DB | QB

Chicago might play the waiting game at quarterback with Mike Glennon as the stopgap, but it desperately needs to get him some better protection and playmakers. The back seven of the defense needs more rebuilding, too.

IYER: Bears can think safety, o-line first over QB

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Top needs: RB | OT | DT/DE | TE

Jacksonville can no longer consider a workhorse back or a game-changing tight end as a luxury, but rather necessary keys to get Blake Bortles back on a track. An offensive lineman can help both the run and pass to that end. Another big body on defensive front wouldn't hurt, either.

5. Tennessee Titans

Top needs: WR | CB | ILB | DE/DT

Tennessee doesn't need to sweat its offensive line or backfield anymore, but it needs to make an outside playmaker for Marcus Mariota a priority. Defensively, getting someone to solidify its pass coverage is the primary goal, but not far ahead of getting stronger on the front seven.

6. New York Jets

Top needs: CB | QB | OLB | TE | RB

New York needs to think cornerback ahead of quarterback early, but both positions are well ahead of the luxuries it could pursue for a "move" tight end or workhorse back. With the mass overhaul of Gang Green, almost every position could be addressed at some level.

IYER: Jets should eye Deshaun Watson

7. Los Angeles Chargers

Top needs: S | OLB | WR | OT/G | QB

It will be hard for Los Angeles to pass on a safety who fits perfectly with the rest of its secondary in Round 1, but after that, it's mostly about helping Philip Rivers in the short term and, maybe, lining up his successor.

8. Carolina Panthers

Top needs: OT | RB | WR | DE

Carolina defaults to pass protection and pass rush, but it can't ignore how much more playmaking pop Cam Newton needs around him. A gamebreaking back and/or a speedy wideout must be on the radar.

9. Cincinnati Bengals

Top needs: DE | OT | G | LB

Cincinnati needs to get busy rebuilding both of its lines in order to get back on track as a potential playoff team. Speed and quickness overall in the defense are necessary upgrades.

10. Buffalo Bills

Top needs: WR | QB | T | CB | TE

Buffalo can think about quarterback early if all the options are on the board, but it also has pressing needs at wideout, offensive line and cornerback. There should be good values here at all those positions.

IYER: Bills need to think pass-catcher, tackle early

11. New Orleans Saints

Top needs: DB | DE | LB | WR | TE

New Orleans will likely go offense-defense with its two first-round picks in some order. Whether it goes corner or safety vs. more front seven help on the edge depends on the fit. That's why it could go for a stud wideout or a tight end instead early.

12. Cleveland Browns

Top needs: QB | DE/OLB | CB

It would be shocking to see Cleveland come out of Round 1 without an elite pass rusher and a franchise passer, but that could change if there's a good trade down opportunity for a corner.


13. Arizona Cardinals

Top needs: CB | DE | QB | ILB

Arizona could use a No. 2 corner, an end to help replace Calais Campbell and a thumper in the middle of the second level. But none of those are dire defensive needs, and best player available might dictate going quarterback first.

14. Philadelphia Eagles

Top needs: RB | CB | DE | DT

Philadelphia's priority is upgrading the backfields, raising the big-play ability at both running back and corner. The first position ties with the team's offensive-minded offseason theme. The Eagles also could use a boost up front on both sides of the ball.

IYER: Eagles can't pass on Christian McCaffrey for a corner

15. Indianapolis Colts

Top needs: ILB | DT | RB | G/OT

Indianapolis still needs to round its offensive line for Andrew Luck, but that unit is not as pressing as one might think. Getting stronger in the middle defensively takes precedence, but the Colts' first pick might be more in the wheelhouse of a workhorse back.

16. Baltimore Ravens

Top needs: CB | WR | S | OLB

Baltimore has an interesting initial choice in the first round — go for either the ace in pass coverage or the gamebreaker in the passing game. Otherwise, the Ravens won't mind stocking up on another edge rusher. Safety is a position they can fill later.

17. Washington Redskins

Top needs: ILB | S | DE/DT

Although running back and wide receiver are needs, those positions are on the back-burner, like every other part of the Redskins' offense. Washington must solidify the middle of its defense on every level first, and it likely will go for the best playmaker available.

18. Tennessee Titans

Top needs: WR | CB | ILB | DE/DT

Tennessee won't ignore linebacker or defensive line if the right, versatile player is available. But it's most likely to come away with a corner-wideout combination for immediacy.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Top needs: DE | RB | S | TE

Tampa Bay needs some defensive line help to flank Gerald McCoy. It could also use someone to clean up in the secondary. But, if the value merits, the Bucs will be in the market for a three-down back and/or an athletic, pass-catching tight end.

20. Denver Broncos

Top needs: OT | G | LB | DE/DT

Denver in the first round won't be diving into quarterback again. Its priority will be improving protection for its current young passers and boosting its run blocking. Other than that, front-seven rebuilding for new coach Vance Joseph will dominate Denver's draft.


21. Detroit Lions

Top needs: DE | CB | OLB | S | WR

Detroit has some things it could address offensively, but they take a back seat to upgrades every level of the defense. The plan should start with an impact edge player or cover man.

22. Miami Dolphins

Top needs: DE | CB | ILB | G/OT

Miami should think about upgrading its pass defense first, but it can go best defensive player available early. The Dolphins also could use more offensive line help, even after landing Laremy Tunsil a year ago.

23. New York Giants

Top needs: OT | ILB | TE

New York's pressing need is a left tackle so it can move Ereck Flowers to the right side. But the Giants still could fill its one remaining defensive hole, inside linebacker. Tight end also lines up well with the value of this first-round selection.

24. Oakland Raiders

Top needs: DT/DE | ILB | CB | OT

Oakland gave Khalil Mack some help last season, but it needs to prioritize defensive line in order to improve its overall ability to beat blockers and get to the quarterback. A rangy linebacker and speedy cover man are right up there as options. Right tackle also will be on the radar.

25. Houston Texans

Top needs: QB | LB | T/G

There's no Brock Osweiler, and there will be no Tony Romo, which makes quarterback almost a first-round must for Houston. It can wait to get help vs. the run at linebacker and improve its overall blocking later in the draft.

26. Seattle Seahawks

Top needs: OT | CB | DT

Seattle will make a physical, all-around offensive lineman its priority, but it's also time to rebuild its defensive depth to stay strong at cornerback and on the line.

27. Kansas City Chiefs

Top needs: LB | CB | RB | DT

Kansas City needs a versatile, second-level player at some point to address its age issue in the middle of its defense. It also could use a steady No. 2 corner to pair with Marcus Peters. Expect a running back and/or quarterback selection at some point, as well as more defensive line depth.

28. Dallas Cowboys

Top needs: DE | DB | TE

Dallas is still in the market for some pass rush and coverage help, especially after more hits in free agency. Early on the board, however, a fine pass-catching tight end to groom alongside Jason Witten might be the best value. Offensive line will get a long look at some point in the draft.

29. Green Bay Packers

Top needs: G | OLB/DE | DB

For immediacy, Green Bay could use an interior blocker to offset the loss of T.J. Lang. Otherwise, it's more of the same, with Ted Thompson looking for more pass-rush pop up front and playmaking potential in the secondary.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

Top needs: ILB | DB | WR | OT/G

Pittsburgh is much like Green Bay, always thinking about the edges and corners of its defense during the draft. This time, however, the priority for the Steelers on that side will be more about the middle. Wideout and line will see some stocking in later rounds. A QB before Day 3 is the wild card.

31. Atlanta Falcons

Top needs: DE | OLB | DT

Atlanta will think defense first and foremost as it builds on being an offensive-minded NFC champion. Vic Beasley Jr. needs more versatile, edge rush help. The team also must beef up inside to boost Grady Jarrett.

32. New Orleans Saints

Top needs: DB | DE | LB | WR | TE

New Orleans likely will get off to a good start by addressing both sides of the ball early. A second first-rounder gives the Saints some flexibility to go luxury for best player available with either pick.

37. Los Angeles Rams

Top needs: CB | OLB | S | WR

L.A. is one of three teams that will be without a first-round pick, barring a trade back up, for '17. The emphasis will be on defense, both in finding some more edge pass rushers and stronger single cover men. They also need to get more playmakers for Jared Goff in Sean McVay's offense.

48. Minnesota Vikings

Top needs: OT | G | RB | S

Minnesota will need to wait until the second round to start addressing its weaker spots. Upgrading the offensive line comes first. A running back to help replace Adrian Peterson and a safety to complement Harrison Smith will be later-round targets.

72. New England Patriots

Top needs: DE | OT | RB

New England doesn't have any glaring needs after trading well for offense and spending well on defense. Now with only later picks, it will concentrate on rounding out the edges of its offensive and defensive lines.


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