Chicago Bears: S, DT, CB
After adding to their defense in the off-season with the additions of Jared Allen and Lamar Houston, the Bears thought that their defense would improve in 2014. Not the case. Chicago ranked 30th in total defense, mainly because of how horrid their secondary was (30th against the pass). Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller had a nice first half, but was exposed in the second half when matched up with receivers like Calvin Johnson (in fairness, he was injured much of the season). The Bears need to bolster their secondary in this year’s draft. They could also afford to upgrade their interior defensive line, as it is more than likely that DT Stephen Paea will leave in free agency. With the hiring of John Fox, defense will more than likely be the focus of the Bears in this year’s draft. They have already begun to address their defense with the addition of Pernell McPhee in free agency.
Minnesota Vikings: WR, OL, CB, RB
The Vikings (7-9) performed better than most people thought they would in 2014 under first year head coach Mike Zimmer and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater had a solid rookie season (2,919 yds, 14 TD, 12 INT) and improved as the year went on. Bridgewater lacked protection and receiving help however, two needs in which the Vikings are desperate for. Depending on what happens with Adrian Peterson this off-season, running back may be a need for them too, as Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata are better suited to be change-of-pace backs rather than every down backs.
Detroit Lions: DT, OL, CB, RB
Detroit had a very successful first year under Jim Caldwell, exceeding many peoples’ expectations by going 11-5 and playing for a division championship in the last week of the season. Much of their success had to do with their 2nd ranked defense, which improved drastically from the previous year under first year defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Their offense was extremely disappointing, ranking 19th in the league despite the weapons at Matthew Stafford‘s disposal. In his defense, he was rarely on his feet, being sacked 45 times which was 4th in the league. An offensive lineman to help keep Stafford on his feet would be a good pick for them in the first round, or even a cornerback, given Rasheen Mathis‘ age and injury troubles this year. Ndamukong Suh took his talents to South Beach to join the Miami Dolphins on a record breaking deal, and was quickly replaced with former Raven DT Haloti Ngata, which was a great get for the Lions. However, the position is still thin as CJ Mosley, Andre Fluellen and Nick Fairley are all free agents, and it will be difficult to retain even two of them. DT needs to be addressed, whether that be in free agency or the draft. Another position to be on the lookout for is running back, given the fact that Reggie Bush was recently released. Don’t be surprised to see the Lions take a skilled position player in the first round, as they are known for doing that each year.
Green Bay Packers: LB, DT, CB
The Packers don’t need much help on the offensive side of the ball, especially with Aaron Rodgers returning to form with an MVP season. It helps that they were able to bring back Randall Cobb as well as Bryan Bulaga so the offense didn’t lose anyone. What they lack is help on the defensive side of the ball, where they ranked 23rd against the run in 2014. Some of that may be due to BJ Raji missing the entire season, but the defensive line could still use some help. With AJ Hawk being released and joining the Bengals, inside linebacker could be a priority for them as well. Another position to look out for is cornerback, as Tramon Williams and Davon House are both free agents