Division-by-division look at each NFL team’s needs before the draft: AFC North

Division-by-division look at each NFL team’s needs before the draft: AFC North

Analysis: The Ravens don’t have many holes and their trade of tight end Hayden Hurst for second- and fifth-round picks enabled one of the NFL’s deepest teams to stockpile more assets. They have five draft selections in the first three rounds. They can use their first-round pick on an off-ball linebacker, where they could certainly use a premium talent. And with three edge defenders set to become free agents in 2021, it also wouldn’t be a surprise to see Baltimore invest in a draft-thin position early, all with an eye toward the future. Beyond those two spots, giving Lamar Jackson more to work with is always a good plan. So taking another receiver — perhaps of the slot variety, someone who can be groomed behind Willie Snead IV — would work, and so would taking another power blocking guard with starting potential who could replace future Hall of Famer Marshal Yanda, who retired this offseason.’ data-reactid=”20″>Analysis: The Ravens don’t have many holes and their trade of tight end Hayden Hurst for second- and fifth-round picks enabled one of the NFL’s deepest teams to stockpile more assets. They have five draft selections in the first three rounds. They can use their first-round pick on an off-ball linebacker, where they could certainly use a premium talent. And with three edge defenders set to become free agents in 2021, it also wouldn’t be a surprise to see Baltimore invest in a draft-thin position early, all with an eye toward the future. Beyond those two spots, giving Lamar Jackson more to work with is always a good plan. So taking another receiver — perhaps of the slot variety, someone who can be groomed behind Willie Snead IV — would work, and so would taking another power blocking guard with starting potential who could replace future Hall of Famer Marshal Yanda, who retired this offseason.

Analysis: The Browns are essentially one offensive tackle away from having a potentially terrific offense. The free agent additions of tight end Austin Hooper and right tackle Jack Conklin are excellent choices for new coach Kevin Stefanski’s play-action offense that features lots of two-tight end sets. Still, there’s a need for increased depth at wide receiver behind Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., and perhaps a guard who can push Wyatt Teller. Defensively, the Browns fortified their tackle spot with the addition of Andrew Billings, but he’s only on a one-year deal and a difference-maker inside would go a long way to making the front four fearsome. The biggest hole on defense is actually at off-ball linebacker, where Cleveland parted ways with Christian Kirksey and watched Joe Schobert land in Jacksonville. There are some talented young players (Sione Takitaki and Mack Wilson) in the mix, but there is absolutely a need for a bonafide playmaker on the second level.’ data-reactid=”34″>Analysis: The Browns are essentially one offensive tackle away from having a potentially terrific offense. The free agent additions of tight end Austin Hooper and right tackle Jack Conklin are excellent choices for new coach Kevin Stefanski’s play-action offense that features lots of two-tight end sets. Still, there’s a need for increased depth at wide receiver behind Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., and perhaps a guard who can push Wyatt Teller. Defensively, the Browns fortified their tackle spot with the addition of Andrew Billings, but he’s only on a one-year deal and a difference-maker inside would go a long way to making the front four fearsome. The biggest hole on defense is actually at off-ball linebacker, where Cleveland parted ways with Christian Kirksey and watched Joe Schobert land in Jacksonville. There are some talented young players (Sione Takitaki and Mack Wilson) in the mix, but there is absolutely a need for a bonafide playmaker on the second level.