Biggest remaining roster hole for all 32 NFL teams

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With the bulk of free agency over, NFL Nation reporters pick one position group that still needs to be addressed for every team.

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Buffalo Bills


It's not even close. After spending to retain left tackle Cordy Glenn and guard Richie Incognito, the Bills didn't have the cap space left to re-sign linebacker Nigel Bradham. Not only do the Bills need to find a replacement for Bradham, but coach Rex Ryan said last week that he needs middle linebacker Preston Brown to "step up" this season. Ryan's defenses have been successful over the years because of linebackers such as Ray Lewis, Bart Scott and David Harris; the Bills don't have anyone like that on their roster. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins

Running back

The Dolphins still do not know which running back will get most of their carries in 2016. They lost leading rusher Lamar Miller to the Texans, and they have had multiple failed attempts (C.J. Anderson, Chris Johnson, James Starks) to land a replacement in free agency. Options are wearing thin. This week the Dolphins are meeting with Arian Foster, who is not 100 percent and is still recovering from an Achilles injury. Miami's best option might be to find a top tailback prospect in the draft. -- James Walker

New England Patriots

Running back

New England needs a power rusher, which could ultimately mean the return of unrestricted free agent LeGarrette Blount. The question the Patriots are asking: Should we invest in a 29-year-old big back coming off a season-ending hip injury, or go in another direction? The answer might not come until the draft. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets

Outside linebacker

The Jets need an outside linebacker -- badly. They have yet to address the area in free agency, so there's a chance they will go into the draft with a gaping hole in their front seven. Second-year player Lorenzo Mauldin will get first dibs at one outside spot in their 3-4, but Calvin Pace's old position remains open. Mike Catapano will get a look, but there will be competition ... eventually. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens

Inside linebacker

The Ravens cut Daryl Smith, their leading tackler from last season, and didn't replace him in free agency. So, who is going to start alongside C.J. Mosley? Baltimore has options on the roster but all are unproven: Zachary Orr, Albert McClellan and Arthur Brown. Coach John Harbaugh mentioned the possibility of moving a safety into that role like Arizona did with Deone Bucannon. The Ravens could certainly fill that void by drafting UCLA's Myles Jack with the No. 6 overall pick. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals

Wide receiver

Even with a couple key free-agency losses following the departures of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, the Bengals are in a relatively stable spot now from a depth standpoint. That said, the one place where the Bengals are comparatively thin is at receiver. They will be addressing the position's depth via the draft, likely adding a prospect in the first round and then maybe coming back with a Day 3 pick. Brandon LaFell's recent signing helped absorb Sanu's loss. It's all about replacing Jones now. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns


The signing of Robert Griffin III does not mean the quarterback situation is solved. The team still needs to do the deepest dive possible on Jared Goff and Carson Wentz to decide if one of them is worth the second overall pick in the draft. The Browns would serve themselves by fortifying the position as much as they can. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers


Easy choice. Cornerback, all day. This has been a need for a few years, it's a need now, and it needs to be addressed. Doesn't have to be with a first-round pick, but somewhere in the first three rounds of April's draft is preferable. William Gay is the only proven and healthy corner on the roster, and he's 31. The team has high hopes for second-round pick Senquez Golson, but he has to show he's up for the task after missing his rookie year with a torn labrum. After that, there's not much quality depth at this spot. The Steelers haven't been active with free-agent corners, so the draft is the primary spot for an upgrade here. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans

Defensive end

The spot opposite J.J. Watt is a glaring hole right now. The Texans could make do with what they have on their roster, but they would be downgrading from what they had last year when their goal was to upgrade. Jared Crick, the starter opposite Watt for the past two seasons, remains unsigned, and the Texans could still bring him back. There could also be options in the draft. -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts

Offensive line

After spending freely last offseason, the Colts have been quiet in this free-agency period. But they still need to figure out a way to strengthen the line to protect what will eventually become their biggest investment in quarterback Andrew Luck. -- ESPN.com staff

Jacksonville Jaguars

Defensive end

Specifically, someone to rush off the edge. The Jaguars weren't able to land Olivier Vernon and are going to rely on Dante Fowler Jr. He missed his rookie season with a torn ACL, so the Jaguars are gambling a bit that he'll be able to produce ample pressure off the edge. Only 12 rookie pass-rushers (which he essentially is) have had double-digit sacks since 2001. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans

Right tackle

The Titans re-signed Byron Bell, but need very much for him to be the third tackle option. Drafting Laremy Tunsil first overall would make him the left tackle and move Taylor Lewan to right tackle, solving the issue. If they draft someone else No. 1, or trade out of the spot, they need to draft a right tackle. -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos


Ask the average Broncos fan and the answer -- immediately -- is quarterback. Ask the team, and the decision-makers aren't nearly in that state of football panic, but both John Elway and Gary Kubiak say there is still work to be done behind center. Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler left in free agency, so at the moment Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian comprise the entire depth chart at the position. While Kubiak has said repeatedly he believes the team could win with those players at No. 1 and No. 2, the Broncos are still expected to use a premium pick in the draft at the position, and continue to look at adding a veteran as well. Denver had considered RG III and has been in discussions about a trade for Colin Kaepernick, but the Broncos' current cap situation limits their options, and Elway won't give more than a mid-round pick for Kaepernick. Kaepernick would also have to agree to a major contract restructure. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs

Defensive back

The Chiefs were thin at cornerback last season, and that was before losing starter Sean Smith to the Raiders in free agency. They have Marcus Peters coming off a spectacular rookie season and Phillip Gaines coming off a torn ACL that cost him most of last season. Otherwise, the Chiefs have mostly developmental prospects at cornerback, though safety Ron Parker plays some at nickelback. The Chiefs are thin as safety as well after Husain Abdullah retired and Tyvon Branch signed with the Cardinals in free agency. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders

Free safety

The retirement of Charles Woodson left a hole that appeared to be tailor-made for free agent Eric Weddle, but he chose the Ravens in free agency. Rookie Tevin McDonald and Dewey McDonald were Woodson's backups at the end of the season. -- Paul Gutierrez

San Diego Chargers

Defensive end

San Diego let underperforming defensive end Kendall Reyes walk in free agency. The Chargers signed run-stuffing nose tackle Brandon Mebane, but need to add an interior pass-rusher who can hold the point of attack on rundowns and be a disruptive force on passing downs. Ohio State's Joey Bosa or Oregon's DeForest Buckner are possible additions for the Chargers in the draft if they hold onto the No. 3 overall selection. -- Eric D. Williams


Dallas Cowboys

Defensive end

The Cowboys signed restricted free agent Benson Mayowa and have been in talks with Jack Crawford, but defensive end remains the largest hole on the roster that needs to be filled. It would be no surprise if the Cowboys took Joey Bosa with the fourth overall pick in the upcoming draft. The Cowboys were not going to pay big money for free agents. They have not spoken with Greg Hardy's agent, which tells you the interest in bringing him back. Pressuring the passer is the most important part of Rod Marinelli's defense, and the Cowboys need more players. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants

Free safety

The same thing happened last season, and the Giants' defense suffered for the lack of a true center fielder to handle the deep middle in their secondary. They believe they have three young players -- Nat Berhe, Mykkele Thompson and Bennett Jackson -- who could handle the role, but all three of them got hurt last offseason and missed all of 2015, so there's really no way to know. Last year's second-round pick, Landon Collins, is better in the box, where he can play the run and not get exposed in coverage. So while the Giants still need to add pieces on the offensive line and at wide receiver, free safety stands out as the biggest unanswered question on the roster. Once again. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles


The Eagles have unloaded starting cornerbacks Byron Maxwell, Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher in the past year. That could be a sign of poor free-agent decisions or a flawed defensive scheme (or both). While they have signed Nolan Carroll, Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks, the Eagles seem to have depth without a true No. 1 corner. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins

Defensive line

Specifically, someone who can play both nose tackle and be an interior rush threat out of their nickel package. The Redskins still haven't filled Terrance Knighton's spot at nose tackle, but they play their 3-4 base only about 25 percent of the time. Still, they must be effective during that time -- and still need more youth to build around up front. They have players who can fill this role, but not at the level they need it to be if they want to improve as a defense. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears

Edge rusher

Chicago greatly improved its front seven on defense with free-agent pickups Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman and Akiem Hicks, but sacking the quarterback remains an issue. The trio of Trevathan, Freeman and Hicks has just 24.5 combined regular-season sacks among them. The Bears tied for 22nd last season (35.0) in total team sacks, a number that has to dramatically improve in 2016 for the Bears to take the next step. Coach John Fox recently hinted that the club may look to add another pass-rusher via the draft, where the Bears currently have the 11th overall pick, plus eight additional selections. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions

Offensive tackle

The Lions still have a bunch of needs, but they entered the offseason knowing they needed to upgrade the offensive line, and that just hasn't happened. The Lions signed Lamar Holmes before free agency started, but that's not a guarantee to fix protection issues for quarterback Matthew Stafford. It makes tackle a potential high-priority target for the Lions during next month's draft. The Lions have said Riley Reiff is the left tackle for now, but a lot can change between now and September. Of course, if the Lions draft a tackle high, they might try to break the player in at right tackle while making a later decision about Reiff, who is entering a contract year. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers

Inside linebacker

Now that the Packers have added tight end Jared Cook, it leaves inside linebacker as their most glaring need. They could go with Sam Barrington and Jake Ryan as their two starters now that Clay Matthews is moving back to outside linebacker, but Ryan was inconsistent last season as a rookie, and Barrington lasted only one game before a foot injury ended his season. The Packers played an undrafted first-year player, Joe Thomas, as their dime inside linebacker for the better part of last season. They need an upgrade there. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings

Wide receiver

The Vikings still could use a big target for Teddy Bridgewater, and they have spent time scouting Mississippi's Laquon Treadwell and TCU's Josh Doctson before the draft. A resurgent year for Charles Johnson or a breakthrough for Cordarrelle Patterson could help solve the Vikings' problem. But at present, the team could benefit from a playmaker at the receiver position. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons


The Falcons, despite re-signing Sean Weatherspoon and Philip Wheeler, still need more speed at the position. That's why it wouldn't be a surprise if they target Ohio State's Darron Lee with the 17th overall pick in the draft, or if they look at Georgia's versatile Leonard Floyd to fill the void at inside linebacker. Adding more pass rush help and a strong safety are defensive priorities as well. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers

Defensive tackle

It was nickel corner until Monday, when free agent Brandon Boykin was signed to a one-year deal. Now the biggest hole is backup defensive tackle. General manager Dave Gettleman continues to talk to veteran Kyle Love about returning for another year. He also is looking at the draft, which is deep in tackles. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints

Defensive end

I ranked this No. 1 before free agency started, and it remains that way after the Saints didn't add any DEs in free agency. They finally addressed their need for an interior pass-rusher by signing defensive tackle Nick Fairley to a one-year deal Monday. And coach Sean Payton said second-year outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha will line up more at end on passing downs this season. But the Saints could still use another end who can disrupt the quarterback in their base defense across from Pro Bowler Cam Jordan. Expect it to be a top priority in the draft. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers


The Bucs added 32-year-old Brent Grimes, but he's certainly not a long-term answer. Josh Robinson isn't, either. Johnthan Banks and Alterraun Verner were spotty last year, too. The Bucs need an elite player at this position, and they may have to find it in the draft. Most mock drafts have them taking Vernon Hargreaves III at No. 9. -- Mike DiRocco


Arizona Cardinals


One spot is set for a long time with five-time Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson, but there is still a major question mark across for him with Jerraud Powers still on the free-agent market. Without Powers in the picture, the Cardinals' only option on the roster to fill that role is Justin Bethel, who struggled when he was given the starting job in Week 16 last season after Tyrann Mathieu's injury. Bethel is athletic but doesn't have the experience to be an effective every-down corner just yet. -- Josh Weinfuss

Los Angeles Rams


The Rams stuck to their plan throughout free agency, spending the bulk of their cap space to retain their own key players, mostly on defense. But they haven't done anything to alter the quarterback position after finishing last in the NFL in nearly every major passing category a season ago. While the Rams apparently didn't see any of the available quarterbacks as obvious upgrades or fits, it would still qualify as a surprise if they didn't add one at some point relatively early in the draft. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers


Sure, this all feels like paralysis by analysis, but the Niners have had a quiet free-agency period -- "We haven't done much," general manager Trent Baalke told me at the NFL owners meetings last week -- and the biggest hole on the roster is also the biggest question mark. Yes, quarterback, and if Colin Kaepernick is still on the roster come Friday, $11.9 million of his contract will become guaranteed, making him that much more untradable. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks

Left tackle

The Seahawks let Russell Okung go in free agency and have done little to replace him. They signed Bradley Sowell, but he hasn't started a game since 2013. And they brought on J'Marcus Webb, but he projects more as a right tackle. On the current roster, the most likely candidate to replace Okung is Garry Gilliam. But this is still an area where the Seahawks could make a move in the coming months, whether that means a signing, trade or high draft pick. -- Sheil Kapadia