Greater than 300 of the highest prospects have gathered in Indianapolis for the annual NFL mix, which begins Tuesday and runs by way of Monday. Gamers will endure medical testing and be put by way of on-field drills at Lucas Oil Stadium. Then it is on to interviews with workforce personnel and the media prematurely of the 2019 NFL draft, which can happen April 25-27 in Nashville, Tennessee.
We requested our NFL Nation reporters which one place their workforce ought to be targeted on on the mix. This is what they stated concerning a category that’s at its deepest and finest alongside the defensive position.
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Extensive receiver. Lengthy gone in Buffalo are Sammy Watkins (2014 first-round decide), Robert Woods (2013 second-round decide), Marquise Goodwin (2013 third-round decide) and Kelvin Benjamin (2017 commerce acquisition). The Payments are down to just about naked bones at huge receiver, with the group headlined by 2017 second-round decide Zay Jones and 2018 undrafted free agent Robert Foster. Each gamers confirmed promise at factors final season, however far more assist — particularly on the prime of the depth chart — is required for Josh Allen. Extra positions to look at: OL, RB, TE — Mike Rodak
Quarterback. Miami has loads of wants, however there’s none extra essential than quarterback because the workforce is predicted to maneuver on from Ryan Tannehill and has zero beginning choices at present on the roster. Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray seem like the highest two QBs on this draft class, and lots of mock drafts (together with these of Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay) have already got made the connection between Murray and Miami. In the event that they like both of the 2 QBs, the Dolphins have to be prepared to commerce as much as get their man. The Dolphins’ journey to flee mediocrity will not achieve success except they discover that franchise quarterback. Extra positions to look at: Edge rusher, OL, CB — Cameron Wolfe
When: April 25-27
The place: Nashville, Tennessee
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Extensive receiver. Julian Edelman is the one receiver who was on the lively roster for Tremendous Bowl LIII and is underneath contract for 2019, so there are a number of spots to fill. One theme in scouting circles is to ensure you have your house space notably well-covered, and that is why UMass’ Andy Isabella is of specific curiosity. It is not typically UMass has a prospect who appears to be rising at this level within the pre-draft course of, and Isabella is doing simply that after displaying nicely on the Senior Bowl. Whether or not he is a match for the Patriots stays to be seen. Extra positions to look at: QB, TE — Mike Reiss
Edge rusher. The Jets have not had a pure pace rusher for the reason that days of John Abraham (2000-05). In the event that they stick with a Three-Four scheme underneath new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, which now seems seemingly, the goal positions can be exterior linebacker and defensive finish. This could possibly be a historic defensive-line class, and the Jets can be trying exhausting on the prime edge gamers — Nick Bosa, Rashan Gary and Josh Allen (OLB), every of whom can be a consideration with the No. Three general decide. Extra positions to look at: OT, G, C, RB, WR — Wealthy Cimini
Inside offensive line. When requested concerning the items to place round Lamar Jackson, offensive coordinator Greg Roman positioned offensive line on the prime of the listing. “We speak about Lamar so much and his distinctive ability set and his expertise, however we have to have a powerful, highly effective offensive line,” Roman stated. “That is the place all of it begins — domination up entrance and management up entrance.” Baltimore must improve at left guard and heart. However the Ravens have not chosen an inside offensive lineman within the first spherical since Ben Grubbs in 2007. Extra positions to look at: WR, OLB, RB — Jamison Hensley
Linebacker. The Bengals’ three beginning linebackers, Vontaze Burfict, Preston Brown and Nick Vigil, by no means performed a sport collectively in 2018 as a consequence of accidents and suspensions. It rapidly turned clear that the Bengals want to vary the kind of linebackers they purchase after being gashed by groups with quick-passing offenses. As a substitute of the larger, run-stuffing sorts the workforce has lengthy most well-liked, the Bengals want to take a look at speedier linebackers who can cowl. Extra positions to look at: G, OT, TE — Katherine Terrell
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Defensive sort out. It is a good draft for the defensive inside, and the Browns will examine that place carefully. The workforce is thrilled with the play of Larry Ogunjobi however really feel he will be even higher with one other robust presence inside. The opposite advantage of an improved tandem inside to supply up-the-middle strain: It could free Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah on the surface and enhance the general move rush. Extra positions to look at: WR, LB, CB — Pat McManamon
Extensive receiver. Buying and selling Antonio Brown may immediate the Steelers to pick out a large receiver within the first two rounds for the third straight yr. The free-agent receiver class is taken into account weak, and the Steelers are among the many league’s finest at scoring wideout expertise by way of the draft, with JuJu Smith-Schuster the newest success story. Marquise Brown, Antonio’s cousin, could be an intriguing vertical menace. Extra positions to look at: ILB, CB — Jeremy Fowler
Offensive sort out. The Texans tried to repair their points on the offensive line final offseason by way of free company and the draft, however the group nonetheless struggled to guard quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was sacked an NFL-leading 62 occasions. Houston has younger choices at each sort out spots and introduced again Seantrel Henderson on a one-year deal. However with three picks within the first three rounds, it is anticipated that normal supervisor Brian Gaine can be conserving an in depth eye on this yr’s group of OTs. Extra positions to look at: G, C, RB — Sarah Barshop
Edge rusher. The Colts had a shocking protection that ranked 11th general final season. However they have been tied for 19th within the league in sacks with 38. The Colts will battle to get by with that sort of move rush as a result of they’re scheduled to face Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Derek Carr and Ben Roethlisberger subsequent season. Extra positions to look at: WR, LB, DL — Mike Wells
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Quarterback. The Jaguars are thought-about the favorites to land Nick Foles, however that is not assured, so quarterback can be their precedence. They decide seventh, so Dwayne Haskins and probably Kyler Murray are in play — particularly in the event that they transfer up to make sure they get their best choice (the Giants decide sixth and are anticipated to focus on a QB). If the Jaguars are content material to attend till the second spherical so as to add a QB (or commerce again late into the primary spherical), Daniel Jones and Will Grier could be potential targets. If the Jaguars land Foles, QB in all probability is off the desk in 2019, during which case they will go finest out there participant at No. 7. Extra positions to look at: TE, OL, WR — Mike DiRocco
Inside defensive position. Though their protection is without doubt one of the league’s prime models, the Titans are in determined want of somebody to pair with defensive sort out Jurrell Casey. Casey routinely makes performs within the backfield however will face double-teams, so it is important to seek out one other participant who can collapse the pocket and get fast penetration in opposition to the run. Austin Johnson, a 2016 second-round decide, and veteran DaQuan Jones haven’t been elements to this point. Extra positions to look at: OLB, Inside OL, WR, TE — Turron Davenport
Cornerback. Three gamers who noticed time at cornerback final season — Bradley Roby, Tramaine Brock and Jamar Taylor — are unrestricted free brokers, and not one of the three is predicted to attract a lot curiosity for a Denver return except it’s on the Broncos’ price ticket. That leaves Chris Harris Jr., who has an possibility bonus that’s due earlier than free company opens, and a variety of query marks. Free company could not provide a lot assist on the place, and although Isaac Yiadom, a rookie final season, seems prepared for extra taking part in time, the Broncos in all probability are going to have to make use of some draft capital to get a rookie adequate to step in and play instantly. Extra positions to look at: OL, WR, TE — Jeff Legwold
Security. The Chiefs can not rely upon Eric Berry, who hasn’t performed in 31 of their previous 34 video games, counting the playoffs. They should plan for all times with out him at a place the place the Chiefs are skinny, even when Berry performs a considerable portion of the 2019 season. The Chiefs suffered at security final season as they tried to get by way of with a group of lower-paid journeymen and lower-round draft picks. It is previous time for an improve. Extra positions to look at: CB, RB, TE, DL — Adam Teicher
Linebacker. The Chargers had three beginning linebackers end on injured reserve final yr in Denzel Perryman, Jatavis Brown and Kyzir White. Of these three, Perryman will turn into an unrestricted free agent in March. The Chargers’ lack of depth at linebacker is without doubt one of the causes they used seven defensive backs and struggled to cease the New England Patriots’ working sport within the AFC playoffs. Mix prospects who make sense embody LSU’s Devin White, Michigan’s Devin Bush and Alabama’s Mack Wilson. Extra positions to look at: DT, OT, QB — Eric D. Williams
Edge rusher. The Raiders had a league-low 13 sacks, or zero.5 sacks greater than Khalil Mack, who was traded away within the midst of his contract holdout. Certain, Mack would have helped, however even in case you add his 12.5 sacks to the Raiders’ 13, Oakland nonetheless would have had the fewest sacks within the NFL. The likes of Nick Bosa and Josh Allen match the invoice, however they are going to probably each be gone earlier than the Raiders choose at No. Four general. Extra positions to look at: S, WR, CB — Paul Gutierrez
Extensive receiver. With Cole Beasley set to hit free company and Allen Hurns’ standing up within the air due to a dislocated ankle suffered within the playoffs, the Cowboys have two receivers on the roster with greater than 20 catches in 2018 in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. The Cowboys shouldn’t have a first-round decide due to the Cooper commerce, however they could possibly be available in the market for a slot receiver if Beasley leaves — or, if he stays, one who can play all throughout the formation. Extra positions to look at: TE, DT, OT, RB — Todd Archer
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Quarterback. Eli Manning is 38 and the Giants could be negligent in the event that they did not focus their consideration on the highest quarterbacks, starting with Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray. They at present have the very best decide amongst QB-needy groups on this draft and never a ton of time to seek out Manning’s successor. Extra positions to look at: OL, LB, S — Jordan Raanan
Operating again. Lack of consistency within the backfield harm the Eagles final season, and with Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles each set to turn into free brokers, it is time to make investments. They’ve a pair of second-round picks. This could possibly be the primary time they draft a again that top since taking LeSean McCoy within the second spherical in 2009. Extra positions to look at: DE, S, OL — Tim McManus
Quarterback. Alex Smith is an extended shot to return after struggling a season-ending compound fracture in his proper leg. Washington should discover one other quarterback to pair with Colt McCoy, the one different QB on the roster. The Redskins do not feel they should draft one within the first spherical — and they’ll contemplate including a veteran by way of free company or a commerce. However they need to pay shut consideration to the quarterbacks to find out if any of them are value choosing. They produce other positions they need to fill, however quarterback is crucial, so that they have to be sure. Extra positions to look at: OLB, WR, G — John Keim
Security. Starter Adrian Amos is scheduled to hit the free-agent market, opening a spot reverse Professional Bowler Eddie Jackson. Amos produced two interceptions, 73 tackles and a sack in 2018. The issue for the Bears is, absent a commerce, they do not have a decide till the third spherical. They traded this yr’s No. 1 within the Khalil Mack deal (nicely value it) and the No. 2 to maneuver up in final yr’s draft to pick out WR Anthony Miller, from whom extra can be anticipated after offseason shoulder surgical procedure. Extra positions to look at: CB, OL, RB — ESPN
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Edge rusher. Detroit’s most vital want has been and continues to be a participant who can get strain on quarterbacks from the sting. Detroit’s two most explosive defensive ends — Ezekiel Ansah and Romeo Okwara — may not return. Ansah is an unrestricted free agent; Okwara is a restricted free agent. With this being a powerful draft for front-seven gamers, the Lions ought to be trying throughout all rounds to seek out edge-rush expertise that will match coach Matt Patricia’s scheme. The primary spherical will garner probably the most consideration, although, and gamers akin to Josh Allen and Clelin Ferrell can be gamers to take a look at within the No. eight spot. Extra positions to look at: TE, CB, WR — Michael Rothstein
Edge rusher. Clay Matthews is a free agent. Nick Perry may get reduce. And who is aware of if Kyler Fackrell can come near replicating his 10.5-sack season from 2018? Even when the Packers re-sign Matthews and/or maintain Perry, they want a long-term participant to hurry the quarterback from the surface, and with two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 30), there is a good likelihood GM Brian Gutekunst will take one early on. They in all probability would have favored to see Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson, who can be allowed to conduct restricted interviews and get medical analysis. He can’t participate in drills or testing as a result of he was discovered responsible of easy battery throughout his freshman yr after a struggle. They will take an extended, exhausting take a look at the edge-rushing class in Indy. Extra positions to look at: S, G/T, WR, TE, ILB — Rob Demovsky
Guard. It is troublesome to see the Vikings spending their first-round decide on something aside from an offensive lineman, with their greatest want being on the inside. The free-agent guard market is comparatively bleak, so as a substitute of shelling out for a veteran when cash is already tight, Minnesota can use the draft to assist bolster safety round Kirk Cousins. It additionally may use a number of excessive picks to construct up the offensive line. Although this yr’s class of offensive linemen is not as deep because the group from 2018, the Vikings ought to have a handful of intriguing prospects to contemplate at No. 18. Extra positions to look at: Edge rusher, DT, LB — Courtney Cronin
Defensive sort out. The Falcons want a playmaker subsequent to Grady Jarrett, a man who can end off performs after Jarrett will get penetration and a participant with sufficient pace and physicality to win his one-on-one alternatives. Houston’s Ed Oliver continues to be linked to the Falcons, and draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. had Oliver going to the Falcons with the 14th general decide in his newest mock draft. Extra positions to look at: OL, DE, CB — Vaughn McClure
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Edge rusher. The Panthers need assistance on the offensive line as nicely, however with the retirement of Julius Peppers and the protection transitioning to a mixture of Three-Four to go along with Ron Rivera’s conventional Four-Three scheme, an edge rusher looms as the largest want. Outdoors of Mario Addison and mission Efe Obada, the Panthers haven’t got one other finish on the roster, though Professional Bowl sort out Kawann Quick has the pliability to maneuver in and out. Extra positions to look at: C, LB — David Newton
Offensive line. The Saints have top-of-the-line offensive traces within the NFL, however they should begin growing some future replacements for left sort out Terron Armstead, heart Max Unger and perhaps left guard Andrus Peat (a free agent in 2020). The Saints need to assume long-term with this yr’s draft class, as a result of they have no picks in Rounds 1, Three or Four. They will have to make use of free company to deal with their extra rapid want for a pass-catcher at TE or WR. Extra positions to look at: DT, S — Mike Triplett
Defensive sort out. The Bucs really have wants at each degree of their protection, particularly as a result of they’re present process a scheme change underneath coordinator Todd Bowles. This can be a notably robust class of inside defensive linemen, and Tampa should put together for all times with out Gerald McCoy, given McCoy’s $13 million salary-cap hit in 2019. With the fifth general choice, the Bucs may actually have their decide with participant akin to Alabama’s Quinnen Williams and Houston’s Ed Oliver in the event that they keep put (GM Jason Licht has traded down two out of the previous three years). Extra positions to look at: OT, ILB, DB — Jenna Laine
Extensive receiver. Moreover Larry Fitzgerald, who can be 36 when the season begins and can be taking part in in his 16th yr, and second-year receiver Christian Kirk, the Cardinals have no different affect receivers on the roster. They usually noticed this previous season how an absence of receivers can affect an offense. Arizona wants so as to add depth to its receiving corps however, extra essential, the Playing cards want no less than one affect receiver and one large receiver to work the sidelines and corners of the top zone. Extra positions to look at: ILB, CB, TE — Josh Weinfuss
Edge rusher. It was a place of want in 2018 and stays as such this offseason. Although the move rush was dynamic at occasions, the Rams have been unable to create constant strain from the sting final season regardless of buying exterior linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. on the commerce deadline. Fowler is now a pending unrestricted free agent, as is Matt Longacre, whom Fowler changed. Reverse of Fowler was Samson Ebukam, a second-year professional and first-year starter, and after he produced three sacks in 18 begins, together with the playoffs, it is unsure whether or not he’s a long-term answer. Extra positions to look at: CB, S, OL — Lindsey Thiry
Edge rusher. Specifically, a Leo defensive finish, which is the spot within the Niners’ protection anticipated to be manned by the workforce’s finest pass-rusher. It is no secret the 49ers want a difference-making presence off the sting, and it is also well-known that this draft occurs to be loaded on the place. The mix can be essential for the Niners to get a really feel (and the medical info) for prime guys akin to Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Kentucky’s Josh Allen, but in addition to get a greater learn on gamers who could possibly be out there within the occasion of a commerce again. Extra positions to look at: DB, WR, LB — Nick Wagoner
Edge rusher. The Seahawks acquired a mixed 23.5 sacks out of Frank Clark and Jarran Reed, however Reed is an inside participant and Clark’s long-term future with the workforce is unsure. Plus, no different Seahawks defender had greater than three sacks. They want an affect edge rusher to line up reverse Clark. This draft is taken into account to be deep at that place, so there is a good likelihood the Seahawks will be capable of get one who’s able to contribute instantly though they’re slated to choose at No. 21. In addition they may commerce again to accumulate extra alternatives than the 4 they at present have. Extra positions to look at: OL, LB, WR — Brady Henderson