Even top NFL contenders have glaring needs to fill

The 2020 NFL draft is two and a half weeks away and free agency has hit a near standstill.

Rebuilding teams and contenders alike will be looking toward the 85th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting to acquire players who can fill vital roles for a 2020 season that anybody associated with the NFL and its fans hope takes place if/when the coronavirus pandemic subsides. 

From Super Bowl LIV opponents — Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers — to non-playoff teams such as the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we take a look at the glaring draft needs for 16 expected 2020 contenders.

Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers could be on the lookout to pick a receiver high in the upcoming draft. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)

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  • Power rankings: After several marquee players moved to new teams in free agency, the NFL landscape has undergone a big shift.
  • How Cowboys can fill key positions in draft: It didn't take long for the gravity of free agency to hit the Cowboys.
  • Can Buccaneers find Tom Brady's right-hand man in draft? Brady has gravitated toward a very specific kind of player during the latter part of his career, and these draft prospects might fit the bill.
  • Bears have 'open competition' at QB: The Bears didn't merely acquire Nick Foles as an insurance policy.
  • Drafting from a brewery? Sean Payton says Saints' draft war room at a brewery might be the "safest setup" in the league.
  • First-year NFL coach leading team from different state: Kevin Stefanski delayed his move to Cleveland amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • NFL weighs changing future Super Bowl host city: The shift to a 17-game regular season could prompt the NFL to move the 2024 Super Bowl.

The Saints are reloading to give Drew Brees another shot at reaching the Super Bowl. (Photo: Derick Hingle, USA TODAY Sports)

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2020 NFL draft: Mocks, rankings, etc.

  • Latest mock draft: An updated first-round projection for #MockDraftMonday. Is there a big QB twist in store for the first round? 
  • Tua Tagovailoa gets positive medical outlook: The projected first-round QB has faced plenty of questions about his surgically repaired hip.
  • Pro day cancellations forcing changes to draft process: Gone are some of the numbers garnered at pro days that decision-makers like to crunch as they becoming increasingly reliant on advanced metrics.
  • Cowboys offer peek into pre-draft meeting with QB prospect: Teams have resorted to Zoom and FaceTime to interview players.
  • Position-by-position prospect rankings: How do the players in this year's draft class stack up following the events of the NFL scouting combine?
  • Meet the prospects: It's always draft season at Draft Wire, which is providing in-depth scouting reports on many of the key players in the 2020 draft. 

Could a team swing a trade to move up and draft Tua Tagovailoa? (Photo: John Glaser, USA TODAY Sports)

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