The NFL teams who have the most work to do on Day 2 of the 2023 Draught are the Rams, Dolphins, and Cowboys
The first round of the 2023 NFL draught is in the books, with some players going where they were anticipated (like former Alabama quarterback Bryce Young being taken No. 1 overall by the Panthers) and others (such as former Kentucky quarterback Will Levis completely missing the first round) slipping down the board.
The Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, and San Francisco 49ers were among the five clubs without a first-round choice who had nothing to do on Thursday night but watch. For many teams, this means a busy Day 2 as they prepare for Rounds 2 and 3 of the draught.
The seven NFL clubs with the most work to do on Day 2 of the draught are listed below.
It may seem strange to see the Super Bowl champions from the previous year on this list, but Kansas City is not experiencing any huge off-season tailwinds. First off, Patrick Mahomes must be protected, and the Chiefs lost both of their starting offensive line tackles before adding Jawaan Taylor.
Kansas City must also consider the receiver position, where turnover has left the position understaffed. The Chiefs have a history of finding and developing receivers, making them one of the top teams in this regard. However, given that the Chiefs have the final picks in both the second and third rounds and that four receivers went off the board in the first round in a row from picks 20 to 23, they will need to look further down their board.
The 49ers of San Francisco
The 49ers, who had a chance to advance to the second round, now have to wait until the 36th pick in the third round, who is 99 overall, to make their first selection. However, San Francisco is well-equipped with draught capital thanks to compensatory picks and the proceeds from prior trades. When the Niners first go on the clock, they are really set to make three selections over the course of four picks – nos. 99, 101, and 102.
The 49ers will have room to be aggressive because they have 11 picks to make between Rounds 3 and 7. It should be taken into account to find a replacement for Mike McGlinchey, who has started at right tackle for the past five seasons. The NFC championship game’s Brock Purdy injury may have prevented the 49ers from going to the Super Bowl. Finding value and filling in the gaps is the key.
They went all-in with a series of moves, going back to the trading deadline from the previous year, after having to surrender their first-round pick due to a tampering charge. As a result, Miami will only be able to select Nos. 51, 84, 197, and 238 in the 2023 drought. The Dolphin’s roster is actually quite full after all the changes they’ve made, but there is still room to add depth to the linebacker, offensive, and defensive lines. Making the most of Miami’s four picks is crucial because there are only four picks available.
NFL – Rams of Los Angeles
At Lambeau Field during the third quarter of the NFL game against the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay reacts.
It wasn’t just that Los Angeles didn’t have a first-round pick in this draught; in fact, it had been seven years since the franchise hadn’t made a first-day selection. Therefore, the organisation is at least in a familiar location. The Rams are still coming off a disappointing 5-12 campaign that highlighted many of the team’s flaws, including a suddenly ageing roster, a pass rush that had lost its bite, an offensive line that gave up a lot of pressure, and quarterback Matthew Stafford, who just turned 35 and saw his performance decline in the face of increasing pressure.
After failing (again) in the NFC playoffs, the Cowboys’ window of opportunity may be beginning to close just a little bit. After deciding to take charge of the offence by dismissing coordinator Kellen Moore, coach Mike McCarthy will face intense pressure and may find himself on the hot seat. Dallas, which selected defensive tackle Mazi Smith from Michigan with the No. 26 overall pick on Thursday night, now undoubtedly needs to fill a significant need at running back after parting ways with longtime starter Ezekiel Elliott in March.
However, expect the Cowboys to target a running back, with prospects like UCLA’s Zach Charbonnet, Texas A&M’s Devon Achane, and Auburn’s Tank Bigsby among the best available. Tony Pollard is poised to soar in 2023 as he continues to recover from a fractured fibula.
The Broncos have a tonne of work to do because they will also have to wait until the third round to make their first pick, barring a potential trade. Denver will have the challenging chore of identifying players to fit the methods and philosophies of yet another head coach, in this case, Sean Payton, despite several positions on the roster being stocked with quality. Being the third head coach to lead Denver into a new season in as many years, his first priority may be identifying a starting centre, though having athletes at edge rushers and running back would undoubtedly fill other needs.
NFL – Titans of Tennessee
Tennessee, which dismissed last season’s top receiver Robert Woods in February after trading A.J. Brown in April 2022, has shed receivers more than any other team. Despite selecting Treylon Burks in the first round a year ago, Tennessee is incredibly inexperienced at the position. It seems logical that the Titans have not placed as much emphasis on the position as some others given their preference for a run-first offence, but Tennessee will still need to strengthen the position. The offensive line, where the team will have four new starters up front, may have the greatest need. Peter Skoronski of Northwestern was taken by the squad at pick No. 11, which may only be the beginning of their investment.