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One Roster Move Each NFL Team Needs To Make This Offseason

If these teams want to reach Super Bowl XLIII, they'll have to make a big splash this offseason. What will they do?

As the 2017 NFL season starts to drift away, we get to look at the fun, exciting offseason that has yet to come. Looking back at the 2017 season, it has shown many teams that you really need to create a team filled with depth in order to succeed. Seeing how teams like the Minnesota Vikings managed to go through the season being successful while losing some of their key players was absolutely incredible. With stories like that going on, many of these teams have to make some big decisions this offseason to be able to compete with a team with depth like that.

Some decisions that these NFL teams have to make could completely decide the future of this team. Many teams are closer than many may believe to success, while others need to make the proper decision moving forward. The decisions that have to be made to succeed might be quite shocking, but sometimes, what is least expected could benefit an organization the most. While the playoffs are still ongoing, there are some pretty bold decisions that clearly could be made to help each individual team. While some of these decisions may be more realistic than others, there’s no doubt that these decisions could help these teams.

32 Arizona Cardinals - Sign Kirk Cousins

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There’s so many potential landing spots for Kirk Cousins, but none of those spots seem better than the Arizona Cardinals. Now that it’s official that Carson Palmer is no longer their quarterback after his retirement, there’s speculation on who will be the next QB of the Cardinals.

The best possible answer for a veteran team like the Cardinals would be Kirk Cousins.

The Cardinals need a guy who can come in and run the offense immediately, a strength that Palmer had. Cousins is a guy that can move the football both with his legs and his arm. He has incredible arm strength, but also the ability to move around in the pocket and occasionally run to make the necessary plays with his legs. With Larry Fitzgerald still playing, and a healthy David Johnson coming back into the lineup next season, this could be the best possible fit for Cousins in the next stage of his career.

31 Atlanta Falcons - Sign Sheldon Richardson

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Even one of the most successful NFL teams of the past few years could use another star player to really solidify this team’s success. The Atlanta Falcons could use a dominant force at the defensive tackle position, and a great force by the name of Sheldon Richardson, will be a free agent this upcoming offseason. Rumors had it that Richardson would try to reunite with the New York Jets, but now there’s a possibility that he would also be willing to stay with the Seahawks. With his inability to commmitt to one team, the Falcons could easily come in and try and over him a decent contract with benefits of playing for a playoff team.

With Richardson having never really succeeded throughout his NFL career, the opportunity to play on a Super Bowl worthy team may be hard to pass up. And an opportunity for the Falcons to solidify their defense as one of the best in the league, may be hard to pass up.

30 Baltimore Ravens - Sign Taylor Gabriel

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The first move that may come to mind would be to find a way to get rid of Joe Flacco. But with such a hefty contract, no team is going to want to take on that type of salary for a player who hasn’t lived up to his expectations. So instead of releasing the quarterback, help the quarterback. This Ravens team has struggled to find a good wide receiving corps to help Flacco stretch the ball down the field. Depending on how the Atlanta Falcons decide to move on with their team next season, Taylor Gabriel could be a name that you hear throughout free agency.

After seeing spurts of Gabriel’s success, another team may offer him a nice, expensive contract to come join their squad. Gabriel would be the perfect target for the Ravens, giving them an explosive, quick wide receiver who can make plays with his speed.

29 Buffalo Bills - Draft Lamar Jackson

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Talk about a real shock in the 2018 NFL Draft. Lamar Jackson has been placed as the top quarterback in some mock drafts, while other mocks suggest he may drop down lower in the first round. even the 2nd. If he does drop down the first round, a great spot for him would be the Buffalo Bills. Clearly, the Bills are not happy with the play of current starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor. It does seem however, that Taylor’s ability to run with the football does in fact work with this offense. Jackson has the arm strength to throw the football, as well as use his legs to make big plays.

There is concern that he won’t be able to transition to an NFL system, but he also has a freaky type of talent, where he has incredible arm strength, as well as extreme athleticism that allows him to be dangerous with his legs. This would be an incredible upgrade for a playoff team that needs a spark in their offensive play. If the Bills are concerned about someone snagging up Jackson earlier, they can always trade up.

28 Carolina Panthers - Sign Prince Amukamara

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Maybe, just maybe, if this Carolina Panthers defense had a better secondary, we might have seen this Panthers team go deeper into the playoffs. The Panthers were ranked 18th in pass defense, opposed to their 3rd overall rank as a run defense. In the game they played the Saints, they managed to hold one of the best rush attacks in the NFL, to under 50 yards throughout the game. What killed this team was allowing Drew Brees to throw for 376 yards and two touchdown passes.

If you look at Prince Amukamara, he would definitely wouldn’t be the answer for the long run, but you could definitely get some good football out of him. Due to a disappointing 2017 season, he would probably be a lot cheaper too. Signing Amukamara would add some experience to this secondary.

27 Chicago Bears - Draft Calvin Ridley

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One lucky team is going to get a lucky Calvin Ridley. Ridley is a very interesting top wide receiver, opposed to past top wide receivers in past drafts. Usually, the top wide receivers are really big wideouts that have incredible hands. Ridley is tall, but isn’t this physically huge wide receiver that bodies other cornerbacks. But he has extreme athleticism, similar to what Dez Bryant looked like in his prime. Ridley has breakaway speed, as well as the ability to win battles with tight coverage.

Calvin Ridley really could go anywhere in this draft, depending on what teams are looking for early on in the draft. With the wide receiver, not being the greatest need for any team drafting in front of them, the Bears could possibly snag Ridley without even having to move up a spot. But if so, they may have to go consecutive years with moving up to find their guy. With all the uncertainty about Kevin White, it would definitely be smart to draft one of the best wide receivers the draft has let out in a while.

26 Cincinnati Bengals - Draft Mike McGlinchey

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Sometimes, making that bold move over the offseason requires going after a position that may not be very interesting for fans. Andy Dalton was sacked 39 times in the 2017 season, which is tied for sixth-overall by all quarterbacks, tied with Josh McCown of the New York Jets. The Bengals need to go after a premier offensive tackle, one that can defend their quarterback. It almost seems certain that they want to continue with Dalton going into the future, which means that you have to protect him. Not only is McGlinchey a great pass blocker, but he’s also a quality run blocker. Despite just helping protect Dalton, this offensive line needs to open up holes for Joe Mixon to run through. This team has the skill set to succeed, they just need to put some of the pieces together.

25 Cleveland Browns - Draft Josh Rosen

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There’s a lot of talk going on about Josh Rosen being drafted to the New York Giants, but there’s still one team ahead of the Giants, and that is the Cleveland Browns. Too often, the Browns decide to wheel and deal in the draft to receive more draft picks. Instead of doing that this year, they should go after what seems to be one of the best quarterbacks we have seen come out of the draft in years.

Rosen already is prepared to play in an NFL style offense.

He already is used to playing under center, and has great accuracy throwing the football in tight windows. His mechanics are also up to par, making him the best quarterback in this draft. Drafting Josh Rosen may be the best decision this organization would have made in years. After going 0-16, this team clearly needs to grab the best possible player to begin to turn this organization around.

24 Dallas Cowboys - Trade Or Cut Dez Bryant

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“America’s Team” should have the best of the best players and coaching staff in the NFL. Instead, they may have some great talent with poor coaching. For the past nine years this team has struggled to succeed under the leadership of Jason Garrett. Firing Garrett would've been one bold move, but it's too late for that, with many of the top coaching candidates already finding new jobs.

What isn't too late is for the Cowboys to move on from Dez Bryant.

Bryant has been declining in recent years, and hasn't found any chemistry with Dak Prescott the way he had with Tony Romo. The Cowboys have other needs and with Bryant's contract off the books, they could draft a new WR and use the money saved from Bryant's contract to address their secondary, which was dismantled last offseason.

23 Denver Broncos - Draft Quarterback Josh Allen

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When a team wins a Super Bowl one season, and then only wins 14 games over the course of the next two seasons, missing the playoffs twice, you know there’s got to be an issue. The way the Denver Broncos have treated the quarterback situation has been pretty poor, considering how poorly the play has been. The Broncos are in need of a young quarterback that can learn through the system and develop into the franchise quarterback.

Allen plays a lot like Johnny Manziel, albeit without the excess baggage. He has an incredible arm, but also has the ability to use his legs. Not only can he throw deep from inside the pocket, but he can also use his arm down the field while on the move. The best part about is deep ball, is that he’s pretty accurate too. Allen definitely would be an experiment, but for the Broncos, he would be an upgrade from Trevor Siemian.

22 Detroit Lions - Trade Up To Draft Saquon Barkley

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Ironically, the Detroit Lions have had issues in multiple generations of star players retiring due to the team's inability to win. Well, the only way to fix that problem, is by winning. The Lions have a team in place that is set to win in the future, but they have some positions that they need to improve on, and one of those positions would be the running back position. As good as Matthew Stafford can be, a great running game would help balance out this offense and help them be more successful.

Barkley is like no other running back we have seen before. He can do it all, from returning kicks, to running the football as well as even going out to catch passes. He has incredible footwork, and has the ability to use his skill set to make defenders miss. His speed makes him very hard to catch, and also allows him to use it to his advantage to run free with an open field ahead of him. If the Lions could trade up and get Barkley, we could be looking at one of the next most dangerous NFL teams ahead of us.

21 Green Bay Packers - Sign Alfred Morris

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Without Aaron Rodgers slinging the ball downfield, this Packers team really struggles to stay in games. There were times that Brett Hundley looked like a star, but also times he really struggled. This offense isn’t built to run without Aaron Rodgers, so they need to add some pieces to make this offense more complete, even to just help Rodgers out.

The last time the Green Bay Packers had a 1,000-yard rusher, was back in 2014, when Eddie Lacy rushed for 1,139 yards.

That same season, the Packers went 12-4, won the NFC North and made it to the NFC Championship Game and then lost. This season, their leading rusher was Jamaal Williams, who rushed for 556 yards and four touchdowns. This Packers offense could really use a spark in their lineup, and Alfred Morris would be a great fit. He wouldn’t be too pricey either, as he was a backup in Dallas. In a season where Morris only started six games and played 13, he rushed for 547 yards, averaged 4.8 yards per carry and rushed for one touchdown.

20 Houston Texans - Sign Nate Solder

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The Texans, a team with so much promise at the beginning of the season, lost all of its hopes as every week went on. The injury to Deshaun Watson proved that the Houston Texans have their franchise quarterback, but the Texans need to find a way to protect said top guy. Watson definitely makes some gutsy decisions on the field as a runner, but that is a part of his game. The Texans need to go after an offensive tackle that can protect him at all costs. There may not be a better person to go after than the starting offensive tackle of the New England Patriots. Nate Solder has had the pleasure of protecting quarterback Tom Brady.

In 2017, Solder only allowed four sacks for 25 yards. The only downfall to him, was that this season he was penalized a career-high of nine times. As that number was uncharacteristic for Solder, the Texans have to be optimistic about going after one of the best tackles in the league.

19 Indianapolis Colts - Draft Roquan Smith

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While there’s plenty of options to go with the third overall draft pick, this Colts defense desperately needs a leader. The best linebacker in this draft is Roquan Smith, inside linebacker from the University of Georgia. It really all depends on who the New York Giants select as the second overall draft pick. If Saquon Barkley is still available when the Colts are up, then the Colts will probably go after him. But if not, Smith would be a perfect addition for a Colts defense that has struggled.

In 2017, the Colts were ranked 26th overall against the run. They allowed an ugly 120.4 rushing yards per game. In 2017, Roquan Smith had a total of 137 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, and 6.5 sacks, along with two pass deflections. Smith can do it all, and would give this defense a huge boost moving forward.

18 Jacksonville Jaguars - Trade For Eli Manning

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There really is no downside to the Jacksonville Jaguars trading for Eli Manning. This team seems perfectly set to go after a championship, all they’re really missing is an elite quarterback. Now, there’s a bunch of great options at quarterback, even better than Eli Manning. But, Eli would fit the Jaguars perfectly with what they currently need.

Reuniting Manning and Tom Coughlin would be incredible, as the veteran quarterback can reunite with his former coach on the Giants.

Eli hasn’t had an offensive line or running game throughout his career that has been all that dominant. In Jacksonville, Manning would join a stable offensive line, with the best rush attack in the NFL. He would also be able to use his wisdom to help a young team around him. Which is why this scenario makes the most sense.

Everyone is talking about dropping Blake Bortles and moving on. In certain scenarios, it would make sense. But if the Jaguars can trade for Eli Manning without having to give up much, they can re-sign Bortles to a cheaper contract, and allow Bortles to sit behind Manning for a year or two. Remember, Bortles never had a mentor when coming into the NFL.

17 Kansas City Chiefs - Trade Alex Smith

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Alex Smith truly deserved better than he received in Kansas City. But now it’s time for the Chiefs to allow Smith to go pursue a football career in another city. If Smith were to stay in Kansas City, they would have to pay him $14.5 million. The Chiefs would save a ton of money going with the first-round draft pick, Patrick Mahomes, who is only set to make just over $1 million. Eventually the Chiefs are going to look to trade Alex Smith, and this season may be better than any other season.

Not only are there many quarterbacks to choose from this offseason, Alex Smith also just completed the best season of his career. Many teams may look to trade for a quarterback that are looking to win now, rather than later. The Chiefs would find the best value for Smith by trading him away after the best season of his career.

16 Los Angeles Chargers - Draft Derwin James

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The Los Angeles Chargers are going to see themselves in a sticky situation when it comes draft time. While Philip Rivers is still performing at a high level, he did just recently turn 36 years old. Don’t be shocked if the Chargers select a quarterback with their first round draft pick, but by looking at all the teams who need quarterbacks, don’t be surprised if none of the top five quarterbacks are still left in the draft by the time the Chargers come to draft.

The Chargers may have to trade up to make this move happen, but the Chargers desperately need a safety. Derwin James, safety from Florida State University, may be the best safety in this upcoming draft. According to PFF, James was rated as the top-graded FSU player from 2017, with a 92.1 grade. If the Chargers want to help this defense improve to become one of the best, Derwin James may be that missing puzzle piece.

15 Los Angeles Rams - Draft Braden Smith

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Surprisingly, the Los Angeles Rams turned it around in 2017 when Sean McVay took over as head coach, and became one of the more balanced teams in the NFL. While they had a ton of success this past season, there are some holes that need to be fixed for the Rams to go forward with a playoff run in 2018 once again. As the Rams would love to add another wide receiver to the mix, it’s not a need as they have plenty on the current roster.

When it comes to their offensive line, it has been really good. But with some uncertainty and some players going into free agency, this group may want to look into drafting another interior offensive lineman. The Rams could also go with a cornerback, which would help solidify their defense, especially if they lose Trumaine Johnson. But Braden Smith is currently ranked as one of the best interior linemen in this upcoming NFL Draft. He's good both against the run and pass, and would be a great day two draft pick.

14 Miami Dolphins - Draft Quenton Nelson

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There’s so many questions that need to be answered regarding the Miami Dolphins team. One question that remains unanswered year after year, is how the Dolphins will fix the offensive guard position. It’s a position that seems to be struggling year after year, and is never addressed, or not addressed properly. The best way to address this problem, would be by drafting the best possible fit. Quenton Nelson is ranked as the best offensive guard in this year’s draft. He’s 6-foot-5 and weighs 330 pounds.

Nelson can get drafted as early as in the top 10, or even as late as in the second round. As it may not be the most attractive draft pick, eventually the Dolphins have to address this issue. And with Ryan Tannehill coming back from an injury, the Dolphins are going to want to do everything in their power to protect their starting QB.

13 Minnesota Vikings - Re-Sign Case Keenum

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The Minnesota Vikings have the most unique quarterback situation that has been seen over the course of the past few seasons. After every quarterback, they have gone through due to injuries, the replacement has been just as good, if not better. Well, after Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford got hurt, we got erstwhile journeyman Case Keenum playing like a star in Minnesota. In 2017, Keenum threw for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdown passes. The team is very optimistic about Bridgewater and Bradford coming back, but the upside to Keenum is too great to pass up on.

As a backup quarterback, Keenum led the Vikings to a 13-3 season, clinching a bye week, and that is despite the fact they lost their starting running back, Dalvin Cook. Keenum has not just shown that he can overcome adversity, but that he can also remain healthy. While it’s great to see Bridgewater and Bradford recovering, you still don’t know exactly how the future with pan out for two stars who have dealt with injuries throughout their careers.

12 New England Patriots - Find Brady's Successor

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Though Tom Brady still plays at a high level, it’s starting to become clear that there is some regression occurring. Brady is currently 40 years old, and there’s only so much the body can handle being beaten week after week. Jimmy Garoppolo represented a new generation for the Patriots, but the Pats decided to trade him for just a 2nd round pick prior to the trade deadline, with reports of tension mounting between Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft.

It may be time to start looking at a future without Tom Brady.

Garoppolo technically is a free agent this March, but there's no way the 49ers are letting him hit the open market. With teams around the league looking for franchise QBs, nobody's going to be deadline with New England, so the Patriots will likely have to do what they did in 2014, and hope a QB prospect with Garoppolo's potential falls in their lap either late in the first round, or in the mid-rounds.

11 New Orleans Saints - Sign Julius Peppers

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It would be extremely hard to get, but incredibly interesting to happen, if the Saints signed defensive end Julius Peppers. Peppers has been around the NFL, but landed back where he started his career, with the Carolina Panthers. Peppers has proven that even at what will be the age of 38, he can dominate offensive tackles. In 2017, Peppers had 11 sacks and 33 combined tackles. It’s going to be hard to get Peppers out of Carolina, but would be a huge pick up for a team that desperately needs a defensive end.

Peppers is experienced and has proved that no matter what scheme he’s under, he can succeed. He has had at least 7.0 sacks in every one of his seasons, except 2007, when he only totaled 2.5 sacks. For a team that is really close to winning a championship, adding Peppers would be an incredible transaction.

10 New York Giants - Draft Sam Darnold

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Now this will only happen if the Cleveland Browns select Josh Rosen out of UCLA. If so, the quarterback position is still a need that the Giants need moving forward. The future of Eli Manning in a Giants jersey remains uncertain, and even if he stays, he’s still approaching the end of his career. The Giants really like Rosen going into the draft, but the question is if they will make the move to draft Josh Rosen. The talent between Rosen and Darnold is pretty comparable, which makes Sam Darnold an excellent choice too. In 2017, Darnold threw for 4,143 yards and 26 touchdown passes.

While we did see Darnold struggle in the Cotton Bowl this season, he showed that he can play under pressure last season in a 52-49 win against the Penn State Nittany Lions. In the win, Darnold threw for 453 yards and five touchdown passes.

9 New York Jets - Draft Baker Mayfield

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Imagine seeing two rookie quarterbacks getting drafted to New York this season. The Jets played a surprisingly good season under the lead of quarterback Josh McCown. McCown was great all season, but he will be turning 39-years-old before the 2018 season. The smart thing for the Jets to do would be by re-signing McCown back to the Jets for another season, but also drafting a young quarterback. Baker Mayfield would be an incredible fit for the Jets. Mayfield has four years of experience playing college football, one season with Texas Tech, and three with Oklahoma. In his senior year, Mayfield threw for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdown passes. His passer rating completing the season was 198.9.

Mayfield is very smart with the football. Of his four years playing college football, he never threw for 10 or more interceptions in a season. He also has the ability to run with the football and make plays. With the size that he has, he shouldn’t have a problem using his legs in the NFL either. Mayfield could be the future quarterback that this organization needs.

8 Oakland Raiders - Release Marshawn Lynch And Acquire Le'Veon Bell

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Many things could have gone wrong from 2016 to 2017 for the Oakland Raiders. But one thing that did occur that we know for sure, is that the run game suffered by adding Marshawn Lynch to the lineup. He had a decent season, but not necessarily the type of season the Raiders were hoping for. In 2016, the Raiders were ranked 6th overall in run offense. In 2017, that number dropped down to 25th overall. There were clearly more issues despite Lynch’s presence, but this team needs to start younger, with an elite running back.

One of the best running backs in the league is hitting free agency this offseason, and we're talking about Le’Veon Bell.

And with the news of Bell willing to retire if he gets franchise tagged again, it’s fair game for any NFL team to try and go after him. Lynch was alright this season, but he wasn't quite Beast Mode. Bell comes off of another great season, where he rushed for 1,291 yards and nine touchdown runs.

7 Philadelphia Eagles - Draft Chukwuma Okorafor

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There’s still plenty of time to see which offensive tackles will be the ones that are believed to be drafted early in the first round. But for offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor, it seems that he will see himself drop to later on in the first round, or early on in the second round. The Eagles still have Jason Peters coming back next season, but would love to protect the other side of Carson Wentz. The Eagles desperately needed an offensive tackle throughout this whole season, but never seemed to deal with the problem.

With the Eagles being pretty talented throughout their roster, the draft gives them a good opportunity to recognize this issue they have on the offensive line. Okorafor is very athletic, and has started for Western Michigan for the past three years.

6 Pittsburgh Steelers - Sign Malcolm Butler

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It’s going to be a fun offseason to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers to say the least. With Ben Roethlisberger getting closer to retirement, who knows if we may see him back on the field next season, especially with how this season could turn out for him. And now that Le’Veon Bell announced that he would retire he gets franchise tagged again, there’s a chance that he may not play again for the Steelers after this season either. With both of those possibilities happening, running back and quarterback may be positions that would want to be looked at in the draft. Because of that, they could look into free agency for a cornerback, one that they desperately need.

The Patriots may finally move on from Malcolm Butler, and Pittsburgh would be a great landing spot for a guy who is used to playing on such a talented team. Butler had another terrific season, where he had two interceptions and 12 pass deflections.

5 San Francisco 49ers - Draft Courtland Sutton

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The 49ers can also be a very fun team to watch this offseason, depending on the decision of Jimmy Garoppolo. If Garoppolo leaves, clearly quarterback would be another option. But, with so many quarterbacks that will be in free agency and on the trade block, the 49ers could probably find a young quarterback that is currently in the NFL. No matter what, this team needs some weapons to provide that quarterback with. Calvin Ridley will probably be off the table by the time the 49ers go to pick, so the next best wide receiver would be Courtland Sutton, from SMU.

Sutton has the perfect type of shape that you would want from a wide receiver. Sutton is strong, with the ability to make some incredible grabs. Sutton has the talent to play at a really high level in the NFL, and would help make this 49ers offense very strong moving into the future.

4 Seattle Seahawks - Draft Bryce Love

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The 2018 NFL Draft doesn't seem to have a deep running back class, but Bryce Love could definitely surprise some people. It may deter some teams considering he has only had one real year’s worth of work, but in that year, he played better than any other running back in the game. He rushed for 2,118 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. He also is good in the passing game, as he has been able to run out and catch the ball. No one else rushed for more yards except Rashaad Penny, out of San Diego State.

Love has incredible speed, which could help him in the NFL. While it will be tougher to compete against other guys who are faster than college football linebackers, as long as Love has the right offensive line, he can make defenders miss. Helping Love be successful would include having to upgrade the offensive line.

3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sign Frank Gore

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This may not be the year for the Buccaneers to draft a running back, while needing to help improve that defense. But there is a good amount of talent available in free agency when it comes to running backs. It’s time for the Buccaneers to move on from Doug Martin, and to find another consistent back that can help balance this offense, which will make Jameis Winston a better passer. A great addition would be the Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore.

As age would be a concern, it makes him a cheap target.

The Buccaneers have the roster to make a playoff run, but need to fill in the little gaps to help that become a reality.

Gore hasn’t rushed for under 850 yards since his rookie season, which should give the Buccaneers some hope that they can get immediate improvement at the running back position. To put it into context, the Bucs haven’t had a running back rush for 850 yards since 2015.

2 Tennessee Titans - Trade Up To Draft Bradley Chubb

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The Tennessee Titans won’t be able to draft anyone until later in the first round, but by looking at their team, many have to wonder how they aren't drafting higher. One of the weaknesses of this Titans team is the inability to rush the passer. While there is a ton of talent at the defensive line position, the Titans should make the bold move of trading up in the first round, to draft Bradley Chubb. In the past two seasons combined, Chubb has 20 sacks, more than 125 total tackles, and over 40 tackles for a loss. Chubb is strong and athletic. Unlike some other defensive ends that have come out of the draft over the past few years, Chubb puts maximum effort in every play. If the Titans could trade up and make this draft pick, they could have themselves the steal of the draft.

1 Washington Redskins - Trade For A.J. McCarron

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It no longer seems that there’s even the slightest chance that the Washington Redskins will retain Kirk Cousins next season. With Cousins leaving, the quarterback position becomes a huge need for the Redskins. While there might not be a quarterback worth drafting left in the first round by the time they are on the clock, there will be a ton of talent available through free agency and the trade block. The Bengals have been shopping A.J. McCarron, and this may be the season a trade finally happens. The Redskins could trade some later draft picks to pick up McCarron, who has some NFL experience.

This may not be the ideal scnario to replace Cousins, but McCarron did show a lot of great things in Cincinnati. But who knows, after Jimmy Garoppolo shocked San Francisco, anything can happen in Washington.

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