by Craig Strachan
Last updated 6 May 2021
- CB – The Cowboys secondary, despite the addition of Trevon Diggs in round 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft, has continued to struggle. With Xavier Woods leaving as a free agent, drafting another corner early would definitely be something that would help this defense.
- EDGE – You could make an argument that any defensive line addition would likely be an upgrade, but adding an edge rusher to potentially replace free agents Tyrone Crawford and Aldon Smith would surely be the most significant improvement this unit could make.
- IOL – The Cowboys gave up a lot of sacks in 2020 and both Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton got hurt whilst playing behind this offensive line. Getting Tyron Smith and La’el Collins back will help, but upgrading at least one of the interior spots would no doubt help this group protect their signal callers.
New York Giants
- EDGE – The Giants teams that won the SuperBowl in 2008 and 2012 were both based on mean defenses that were able to consistently get to opposing quarterbacks – something this current squad cannot do right now.
- OL – The Giants clearly hope Andrew Thomas and Matt Peart, both of whom they drafted last year, can be key components of their offensive line going forward. However the current unit doesn’t afford Daniel Jones sufficient protection so they have to do something to make an upgrade or two here.
- CB – This secondary was pieced together after D’Andre Baker’s release and there’s no doubt that adding a player who could help look after half the field would be a real help to this defense.
- CB – This Eagles secondary needs help. Darius Slay hasn’t been anything like the player he was in Detroit and the rest of this unit lacks in the high level talent required to cover any half-decent wideouts.
- LB – Whilst the Eagles tend to rely on their defensive line to do a lot of the hard work, their group of linebackers are really limited in their abilities and a talent upgrade looks to be needed, especially with Duke Riley and Nathan Gerry having left as free agents.
- EDGE – Brandon Graham will be 33 next season and Derek Barnett has done a solid if unspectacular job opposite him. Adding someone with starting abilities who can get after opposing quarterbacks will likely be high on the Eagles agenda this offseason.
Washington Football Team
- QB – After starting Dwayne Haskins, Kyle Allen, Alex Smith and Taylor Heinecke at various points in 2020, Washington really needs to settle on its quarterback of the future. The signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick could either be for him to mentor Allen and Heinecke if Ron Riveria believes in one or both of those, or more likely for him to mentor whichever rookie they’ve got their eye on bringing in.
- OT – Washington was in the top 5 teams when it came to sacks given up by the offensive line. Upgrading at both tackle spots would undoubtedly help whoever ends up as their signal caller in 2021.
- TE – Logan Thomas is a solid, if unspectacular tight end who had a career year by a country mile in 2020 when Washington had only Terry McLaurin as a true receiving threat. With the addition of Curtis Samuel, adding a playmaking tight end who can run deeper routes and get yards after the catch would make this offense one to be feared.