The NFL draft will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Chicago. Times NFL writer Sam Farmer examines team needs by division and in order of when they’ll select.
The North divisions:
RAVENS - Baltimore has the sixth pick, and that could be early enough to select Mississippi’s Laremy Tunsil, the top offensive tackle. With the injury issues of left tackle Eugene Monroe, the Ravens need a long-term answer to protect Joe Flacco’s blind side. They also gave up 30 touchdown passes last season, most in team history.
BROWNS - Cleveland has had 24 starting quarterbacks since re-launching as an expansion team in 1999 and Robert Griffin III probably isn’t a long-term solution. The Browns bailed out of the No. 2 pick and the top two quarterbacks will be gone by the time they pick at No. 8. They should be able to snag a defensive playmaker, though, or a top tackle.
BENGALS - With Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones leaving via free agency, Cincinnati needs a receiver to complement A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert, and the Bengals are in position at No. 24 to get one. The Bengals also are starting to gray at cornerback, so drafting for depth at the position could be in the cards in the later rounds. The Bengals have taken four corners in the first round since 2006.
BEARS - Chicago needs to improve its front-seven speed and should be able to do that with the 11th pick. That could mean taking an edge-rushing linebacker or an interior defensive lineman who can both stop the run and collapse the pocket. The Bears finished the 2015 season with only one active defensive lineman who was with them in training camp.
LIONS - Quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked 89 times over the last two seasons — the worst two-year stretch of his career — so Detroit probably will take an offensive tackle with the 16th pick. The Lions need help on the other side of the ball, too, considering they have only three edge rushers on the roster. They need to develop a bookend for Ziggy Ansah.
PACKERS - Defensive help is on the way for Green Bay, which has the 27th pick. The Packers are looking for a three-down inside linebacker who can stay on the field in passing situations, particularly with Clay Matthews moving back outside. The Packers might look for a tight end, and Hunter Henry of Arkansas didn’t drop any passes last season, which Aaron Rodgers has to appreciate.
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