May
05
2021

Biggest Needs After The Draft: AFC East And AFC West

The NFL draft has come and gone. Some teams, like the Miami Dolphins, had incredible drafts and are continuing to build a viable franchise that looks like it is going to compete for a division championship this year. And really, when you like at both of the divisions, all these teams had pretty solid drafts. There were some head-scratching moves, however. The Las Vegas Raiders seemed to really overdraft Alex Leatherwood and the Buffalo Bills going back-to-back edge rushers after already investing in the position last year a couple of them.

None of these teams, like the rest of the teams in the NFL, are complete even after the draft. There are still moves that need to be made. The Raiders already went out and signed veteran DB, Casey Heyward. So, where are these teams’ biggest needs? Let’s take a look.

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: Cornerback

The Bills did draft a CB, but not until the 6th round. Rachad Wildgoose may have an incredible name, but that shouldn’t stop the Bills from adding some veteran depth.

Possible Options: Richard Sherman, Steven Nelson

Miami Dolphins: Safety

Jevon Holland was added to the roster early in the second round by the Dolphins. He is added to a group that includes, Eric Rowe, Bobby McCain, and Brandon Jones. Adding depth to this position could make this defense even better.

Possible Options: Tre Boston, Malik Hooker

New England Patriots: Wide Receiver

The Patriots may have gone out and signed two new WRs in free agency already in Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, but the group as a whole is still lackluster at best. They didn’t add a WR in the draft until the seventh when they took Tre Nixon out of UCF.

Possible Options: Kenny Stills, Alshon Jeffery

New York Jets: Cornerback

Playing in a division with the pass-happy Buffalo Bills should make DB a priority for any team. Right now, the Jets are lacking at the CB position. They did add Michael Carter II out of Duke in the fifth. However, you can never have enough secondary players.

Possible Options: Richard Sherman, Nickell Robey-Coleman

AFC West

Denver Broncos: Linebacker

The Broncos made a couple of mistakes this offseason: 1) passing on Justin Fields at pick nine 2) releasing Philip Lindsay only to draft an RB in the second round. The first point won’t matter if they end up trading for Aaron Rodgers, but they could have used the second-round pick to draft a linebacker, where they are very weak. They did take one in the third in Baron Browning of Ohio State University, however.

Possible Options: KJ Wright, Kwon Alexander

Los Angeles Chargers: Cornerback

They had one of the best drafts of any team and have built one of the best rosters in the NFL. The Chargers should be considered serious contenders next year as long as Justin Herbert continues to play as he has. They did lose Casey Heyward in the secondary but drafted Asante Samuel Jr. in the second. You can never have enough corners when you have to face Patrick Mahomes twice a year though.

Possible Options: Richard Sherman, Jason McCourty

Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback

This offseason, GM Brett Veach said offensive line and linebacker were going to be a priority, and he wasn’t lying. They completely revamped their OL and drafted an LB with their first pick of the draft in the second round. They didn’t draft a CB, however, which was a little surprising.

Possible Options: Beshaud Breeland, Darqueze Dennard

Las Vegas Raiders: Defense

The Raiders’ defense was flat terrible last year and it showed with how they drafted. They overdrafted Alex Leatherwood with their first pick but then went secondary with four out of their next five and an edge rusher with the other pick in there.

Possible Options: Sheldon Richardson, Richard Sherman