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With the New England Patriots defeating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, the NFL season was officially over in early February. That means the league’s entire focus has been on the 2019 NFL Draft to address their team’s biggest needs.

Congratulations to the Arizona Cardinals (kind of), they are now on the clock for the 84th annual draft from April 25-27 in Nashville, Tennessee. Have fun taking Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa or Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams with the No. 1 pick.

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This a deep draft, especially on the defensive side of the football, with a record number of players leaving college early to pursue their National Football League dreams.

Although it is fun to speculate who each team might select, this is only going to be about needs at that pick and not specific players. So without further ado, here is the official order for the 2019 NFL Draft and what each AFC and NFC team should look for in the first round:

1. Arizona Cardinals

2018 Record: 3-13

Biggest Needs: Defensive Line

Without a top-end offensive line prospect, the best defender and player in the draft will do. Then again, the Cardinals might pick a quarterback. Who knows at this point?

2. San Francisco 49ers

2018 Record: 4-12

Biggest Need: Defensive Line, Offensive Line

The 49ers need some serious help in the trenches.

3. New York Jets

2018 Record: 4-12

Biggest Need: Defensive Line, Offensive Line

Does anyone want to tackle the opposing quarterback in the Meadowlands?

4. Oakland Raiders

2018 Record: 4-12

Biggest Need: Defensive Line

A new defensive star, preferably a pass rusher, only solves a small part of the problem here.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2018 Record: 5-11

Biggest Need: Defensive Back, Offensive Line

The Bucs will take anything they can get.

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6. New York Giants

2018 Record: 5-11

Biggest Need: Quarterback

Eli Manning is getting old, so why not prepare for the future?

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

2018 Record: 5-11

Biggest Need: Defensive Line, Offensive Line

Drafting Blake Bortles turned out to be a disaster. Getting Nick Foles was an upgrade. Now it’s time to get some players to protect him.

8. Detroit Lions

2018 Record: 6-10

Biggest Need: Defensive Line, Defensive Back

The Lions needs a player to help stop other teams from scoring every possession.

9. Buffalo Bills

2018 Record: 6-10

Biggest Need: Offensive Line, Defensive Line

You took the gamble on Josh Allen. Now it’s time to protect him. Another defensive lineman wouldn’t hurt, either.

10. Denver Broncos

2018 Record: 6-10

Biggest Need: Quarterback, Defensive Line

Let’s just hope the Broncos don’t screw up another quarterback selection. Joe Flacco was only a temporary fix, not the future.

11. Cincinnati Bengals

2018 Record: 6-10

Biggest Need: Offensive Line

Andy Dalton or not, the player under center has to have some time to throw it.

12. Green Bay Packers

2018 Record: 6-9-1

Biggest Need: Defensive Line, Offensive Line

If only the next Khalil Mack were available here…

13. Miami Dolphins

2018 Record: 7-9

Biggest Need: Quarterback, Defensive Line

There isn’t enough gum in South Florida to fill all of Miami’s holes here.

14. Atlanta Falcons

2018 Record: 7-9

Biggest Need: Defensive Line, Offensive Line

It’s been a while since the Falcons took a high-end defender. They are due.

15. Washington Redskins

2018 Record: 7-9

Biggest Need: Wide Receiver, Offensive Line

This could go many ways, but a new offensive target for the future would be a nice start.

16. Carolina Panthers

2018 Record: 7-9

Biggest Need: Defensive Line, Offensive Line

The Panthers were quite old last year and need to get younger in a hurry.

17. Cleveland Browns

2018 Record: 7-8-1

Biggest Need: Offensive Line, Defensive Back

The talent is in place to turn the franchise around. Protecting Baker Mayfield at all costs is key, but so is finding the next best piece to boost the secondary even more.

18. Minnesota Vikings

2018 Record: 8-7-1

Biggest Need: Offensive Line

The Vikings really haven’t had a good offensive line in years. That has to change.

19. Tennessee Titans

2018 Record: 9-7

Biggest Need: Wide Receiver

Might as well give Marcus Mariota a fun target to throw to here, right?

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

2018 Record: 9-6-1

Biggest Need: Defensive Back

The team’s drama this offseason doesn’t change the fact they need another corner to come in immediately.

21. Seattle Seahawks

2018 Record: 10-6

Biggest Need: Offensive Line, Defensive Line

With so many teams looking to load up on defense, another protector for Russell Wilson wouldn’t hurt. However, if a player falls, it could be a good time to get the best player available.

22. Baltimore Ravens

2018 Record: 10-6

Biggest Need: Linebacker, Wide Receiver

Sorry, Lamar Jackson. This team has to get some quality linebackers if the front office can’t re-sign its defensive stars. A new target is in play here, though.

23. Houston Texans

2018 Record: 11-5

Biggest Need: Offensive Line

It’s about time the Texans get serious about keeping Deshaun Watson healthy.

24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago Bears)

2018 Record: 4-12

Biggest Need: Running Back, Defensive Back

For a team that didn’t want Khalil Mack, nothing should surprise you here.

25. Philadelphia Eagles

2018 Record: 9-7

Biggest Need: Defensive Line

It’s safe to say Philly is open to really anything here.

26. Indianapolis Colts

2018 Record: 10-6

Biggest Need: Wide Receiver

Give Andrew Luck another star target and the Colts will be insanely hard to stop.

27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas Cowboys)

2018 Record: 4-12

Biggest Need: Tight End

Why not? The more offense, the better.

28. Los Angeles Chargers

2018 Record: 12-4

Biggest Need: Offensive Line

Phillip Rivers has a large family and must be protected at all costs, too.

29. Kansas City Chiefs

2018 Record: 12-4

Biggest Need: Defensive Back

Well, it’s another piece to repair this broken secondary.

30. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans Saints)

2018 Record: 6-9-1

Biggest Need: Tight End, Wide Receiver

If you pay Aaron Rodgers that much money, you should probably give him another player to throw to.

31. Los Angeles Rams

2018 Record: 13-3

Biggest Need: Defensive Line

There’s just no way the entire defense comes back so it’s time to reload.

32. New England Patriots

2018 Record: 11-5 (Won Super Bowl LIII)

Biggest Need: Defensive Line

Bill Belichick doesn’t see needs. He sees opportunities and rings.

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With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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