by Craig Strachan
Last updated 21 March 2021
- CB – The Cardinals have major problems against the pass and with Patrick Peterson having departed for the Vikings, and both Dre Kirkpatrick and Jonathan Joseph free agents who are yet to sign anywhere, this absolutely has to be a high priority for Arizona this offseason.
- TE – The one weapon Kyler Murray would surely love the Cardinals to add to his arsenal would be a receiving tight end. Maxx Williams isn’t going to give defenses problems on a regular basis so having that threat over the middle would surely be an excellent addition.
- LB – The Cardinals may still not have settled on where last year’s first round pick Isaiah Simmonds is going to play, but even if he does end up playing more in the box as a quasi-linebacker this is still a unit that Arizona would like to upgrade.
Los Angeles Rams
- OL – Andrew Whitworth won’t be around forever, so even if he does return in 2021 drafting someone ready to slot in for him would be a wise move for a Rams team that also appears set to lose Austin Blythe who has yet to re-sign with the team after becoming a free agent.
- ILB – These guys don’t tend to need to do a lot of hard work in this Rams defense due to the strength of the front ahead of them, but imagine this group with a hard hitting, rangy Mike calling the shots – scary!
- WR – Los Angeles drafted Van Jefferson in the second round last year and will undoubtedly be looking for him to continue his development, but continuing to add quality to this group would be a boost to new QB Matt Stafford.
San Francisco 49ers
- CB – The 49ers have re-signed Emmanuel Mosley and Jason Verrett, but losing Richard Sherman means there’s still a hole to fill in the secondary.
- IOL – One of the biggest disappointments for the 49ers in 2020 was the run game, and that was driven by poor play from the interior of the offensive line which is another area this team to look to upgrade early in the draft. Bringing in Alex Mack will give them a high quality but short-term fix and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they looked to draft his successor.
- RB – Raheem Mostert remains in San Francisco but with Tevin Coleman and Jerrick McKinnon both on the outs and knowing how much Kyle Shanahan values his running game and having multiple options at the position, I expect this to be a position they look to address on draft weekend.
- OT – Duane Brown is 35 and Russell Wilson has been making plays to bail out this offensive line for far too long now. It’s time for the Seahawks to go about protecting him properly.
- CB – Adding Ahkello Witherspoon in free agency doesn’t take away from the fact that this group pales by comparison to the Legion of Boom that used to reign in the Seattle secondary. Look for the Seahawks to want to strengthen at corner.
- EDGE – The Seahawks didn’t get more than 6 sacks out of any of their pass rushers, relying instead on Jamal Adams getting to opposing quarterbacks. Adding some help here would be a boost to the Seahawks defense.