This is a look at the first-round order for the 2020 NFL Draft heading into Week 5, along with the top three needs for each team. The order is determined by record, using strength of schedule as the first tiebreaker (click here to see a full list of the draft-order tiebreakers). Keep in mind -- teams 21-32 would make the playoffs if the season ended today. The draft order for playoff teams is determined by the results of postseason play.
We feel like we know how our weekly journey in this space will end in a few months.
Most assume the Dolphins, winless and seemingly hopeless, will pick first when the Las Vegas strip becomes DraftTown on April 23. And many, via Twitter hashtaggery and other means, profess to know whom the team will select with that selection. Right now, though, Miami's not alone at the bottom. Five other squads have yet to learn what it feels like to win in 2019, which means the week-to-week maneuvering at the top of the draft order might be the most interesting part of the season in several cities across the league.
So, before we get too far ahead of ourselves -- a statement that will no doubt draw eye rolls given the subject matter of this piece -- let's remember that it's Week 5. Nothing has been determined yet.
The needs for each team listed below offer just a snapshot of the areas that project to require the most attention as of today. Draft needs for NFL teams don't crystallize until the spring, after free agency plugs some holes and creates others, but we are firm believers that it's not too soon to see what might be coming around the corner.
The order and needs will evolve as we go along. Stay tuned. It's going to be a rather inglorious ride.
**This week's game:** vs. Patriots
**Biggest needs:** OL, CB, TE
When your star left tackle no longer wants to play for you, your CB1 is in decline and your TE1 can't stay healthy ... we could go on. Troubling times.
**This week's game:** at Chargers
**Biggest needs:** CB, interior D-line, OL
The Broncos' top cornerback, Chris Harris Jr., will turn 31 in June and is an impending free agent. Three of their four starting defensive linemen ( Derek Wolfe, Shelby Harris and Adam Gotsis) are in the final year of their deals and Denver's leading receiver (Emmanuel Sanders) is due for free agency in 2020, too.
**This week's game:** vs. Cardinals
**Biggest needs:** QB, OL, WR
Andy Dalton seems like a nice man, but he probably shouldn't be an NFL team's QB1 anymore. This is another one of those teams with so many needs that it seems silly to list just three, but that's what we're doing. Sorry. </content:power-ranking>
**This week's game:** On bye
**Biggest needs:** QB, OT, edge rusher
I'm not at all certain that Josh Rosen isn't a QB worth building around, but I'm including the position as a need because it doesn't appear this is a franchise committed to him as the guy for 2020. Until a couple weeks ago, coaches viewed Ryan Fitzpatrick as the better option. There are needs everywhere here, though, as you might have heard.
**This week's game:** at Eagles
**Biggest needs:** OL, edge rusher, CB
The Jets haven't invested a first- or second-round pick in an offensive lineman since 2010. (Never forget Vlad Ducasse, who started five games in four seasons!) I think Sam Darnold would agree it's past time for the club to end that streak. There are several needs we could have mentioned here, and things get even more interesting if impending free agents Leonard Williams and Robby Anderson aren't re-signed.
**This week's game:** at Bengals
**Biggest needs:** OT, offensive playmaker, edge rusher
This is still one of the worst offensive lines in the league, and three of its five starters are ticketed for free agency in 2020. The focus, of course, has to be on giving Kyler Murray, who has already been sacked more this season than he was all last year at Oklahoma, a better supporting cast.
**This week's game:** at Texans
**Biggest needs:** DL, S, RB
It seems obvious that the Falcons and Vic Beasley (11.5 sacks in his last 34 games) are headed for a parting of ways. Beasley and fellow D-linemen Tyeler Davison, Jack Crawford and Adrian Clayborn are set to reach free agency in 2020. You wonder if a team that might need some cap relief will be ready to move on from Devonta Freeman, who has no guaranteed salary remaining on his deal after this season, per Over The Cap. Plus, will Keanu Neal be the same player after a second major injury in as many seasons?
**This week's game:** at Steelers
**Biggest needs:** Edge rusher, CB, OL
**This week's game:** vs. Jets
**Biggest needs:** S, edge rusher, CB
It's surprising to see a defense as talented as Philly's rank last in the NFL in pass D with a league-low three sacks through Week 4, but the team's issues in the secondary are a major culprit in the lack of production.
**This week's game:** vs. Broncos
**Biggest needs:** OT, CB, pass catcher
Philip Rivers is in the final year of the contract extension he signed in 2015, but it would be a shock if he's not under center for the Bolts in 2020. Assuming he's back, finding a left tackle could be at the top of the to-do list, given the uncertainty around Russell Okung (blood clots). </content:power-ranking>
**This week's game:** at Chiefs
**Biggest needs:** DL, OL, pass catcher
**This week's game:** vs. Bills
**Biggest needs:** OL, CB, RB
I still don't know if Marcus Mariota is the answer, but he's trending up, so I'm leaving QB off the list of the top needs for now. There's also uncertainty for other key contract-year guys like Jack Conklin (who had his fifth-year option declined), Derrick Henry and Logan Ryan. Edge rusher and tight end might need to figure prominently into the team's offseason plans, as well. There's a lot to sort out here.
**This week's game:** vs. Jaguars
**Biggest needs:** S, CB, pass catcher
This secondary, coming off a very nice outing against the Texans, might need some rebuilding in the offseason with James Bradberry due to hit the market and Donte Jackson yet to show he's a true CB1. A young playmaker for the deep middle would be an especially welcome sight at safety opposite Eric Reid.
**This week's game:** vs. Vikings
**Biggest needs:** WR, DB, edge rusher
**This week's game:** at Panthers
**Biggest needs:** CB, offensive playmaker, DL
The foundation of this defense could be shaken in the year (or possibly weeks, given Jalen Ramsey's trade request) to come. Yannick Ngakoue is six months away from reaching free agency after a brief holdout in training camp. Ramsey and Calais Campbell are due to become free agents in 2021, along with D.J. Hayden, Abry Jones and Marcell Dareus. Leonard Fournette, Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, Cam Robinson and James O'Shaughnessy? They could be hitting the market at the same time.
**This week's game:** at Giants
**Biggest needs:** QB, OL, CB
If Kirk Cousins keeps performing at his current level, it would be irresponsible for the team to NOT look for a young QB to groom this offseason.
**This week's game:** at Saints
**Biggest needs:** Edge rusher, OT, DB
Maybe I'm taking the bait here, but at this point, with Tampa Bay a missed field goal away from being 3-1 and Jameis Winston playing the best ball of his NFL career, I can't say the Bucs have to start over at QB after the season. As for edge rusher leading the list of needs, Shaquil Barrett could be in line for a massive payday given the start he's had to the season, and Jason Pierre-Paul, who is still rehabbing from a neck injury, is in the last year of his contract, too.
**This week's game:** On bye
**Biggest needs:** CB, WR, OL
Starting CBs Rashaan Melvin and Darius Slay are scheduled to reach free agency in consecutive offseasons and both will be over the age of 30 when they hit the market. The Lions also might be looking for help in the slot and outside at receiver, with Danny Amendola's deal expiring after this season and Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones due to become free agents after the 2020 campaign.
**This week's game:** at Seahawks
**Biggest needs:** CB, edge rusher, OL
Maybe it's recency bias, but after watching Jameis Winston torch the Rams, it seems like the pass defense is going to require some attention. Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, who haven't lived up to the hype since joining forces, are in contract years, as is edge rusher Dante Fowler. And Clay Matthews, signed through 2020, is in decline.
**This week's game:** at 49ers
**Biggest needs:** OT, S, interior OL
**This week's game:** vs. Bears (in London)
**Biggest needs:** Edge rusher, WR, interior OL
Mike Mayock was never going to fix this pass rush in one offseason, even with the draft selections of promising rookies Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby. Oh, are we going to play the Derek Carr game this offseason or nah? I'll say nah for now, but that could change (after all, there's very little guaranteed money left on his deal beyond 2019, per Over The Cap).
**This week's game:** vs. Rams
**Biggest needs:** Edge rusher, DT, OL
This defensive line could look a lot different next season, with Jadeveon Clowney, Ezekiel Ansah, Quinton Jefferson, Jarran Reed and Al Woods ticketed for free agency in 2020. John Schneider is likely going to need to invest some draft capital in his O-line, too, given the expiring deals at the position ( Germain Ifedi and Mike Iupati in 2020; Justin Britt, D.J. Fluker and Ethan Pocic in 2021).
**This week's game:** vs. Packers
**Biggest needs:** CB, S, pass catcher
As you know, there are some pressing contract situations in Dallas, even after DeMarcus Lawrence, Ezekiel Elliott and Jaylon Smith got paid in the offseason. Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and Byron Jones are in the final year of their deals. It's hard to imagine Jerry Jones letting any of them walk the way he's been handing out bags of money, but we certainly don't see Dak going anywhere.
**This week's game:** at Cowboys
**Biggest needs:** OT, WR, TE
**This week's game:** vs. Bucs
**Biggest needs:** CB, WR, QB
There are a lot of unknowns about the future at the QB position for the Saints as we sit here today. It's conceivable that Drew Brees will want to keep playing in 2020 and Teddy Bridgewater, a free-agent-to-be, will get an opportunity to start somewhere that he can't refuse this time. I'm intrigued by 29-year-old Taysom Hill and all, but it feels like Sean Payton will be searching for a QB to groom this spring. The No. 2s at receiver and corner and the starting left guard spot will be areas to watch, as well.
**This week's game:** vs. Browns
**Biggest needs:** CB, OL, S
With the contracts for Jason Verrett (2020), Jimmie Ward ('20), Richard Sherman ('21), Jaquiski Tartt ('21), K'Waun Williams ('21) and Ahkello Witherspoon ('21) expiring over the next couple offseasons, reinforcements will be necessary in the back end. It might be time to find whoever will be blocking opposite Mike McGlinchey once 35-year-old Joe Staley, who is signed through 2021, moves on.
**This week's game:** at Redskins
**Biggest needs:** Interior OL, pass catcher, S
It's fun to pretend like the Patriots have needs instead of mild inconveniences on the way to domination. The center and guard positions are ones to watch, though, with David Andrews out for the year with a blood clot and Joe Thuney in the final year of his contract. I don't think it would hurt to add another tight end or receiver -- or both -- to the mix, either. The shadow of Gronk looms, while Josh Gordon, looking to prove his troubles are behind him in 2019, and Phillip Dorsett are impending free agents.
**This week's game:** vs. Colts
**Biggest needs:** CB, LB, OG
This roster is the envy of just about every team but the Patriots, but there's certainly room for improvement in certain areas. Cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller are in contract years. Inside linebacker and left guard appear to be areas to target for an upgrade.
TEAMS WITHOUT A FIRST-ROUND PICK
Biggest needs: S, edge rusher, CB
I'm not going to put QB on this list. I'll just say I don't think Chase Daniel appearing to be a better option than even a healthy Mitchell Trubisky in Year 3 is what the Bears had in mind. Anyway, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is playing on a one-year deal and could price himself off the roster in 2020, and I have to think looking for an upgrade over Leonard Floyd will be on Ryan Pace's radar this offseason.
Biggest needs: Edge rusher, OL, CB
First things first: Jadeveon Clowney was sent packing at a time when the team couldn't replace him, and Whitney Mercilus is in a contract year. Now, I don't believe the work on Deshaun Watson's offensive line is done, especially with Laremy Tunsil a year and a half away from free agency. No QB has been sacked more than Watson (80 times) since the start of last season.
Biggest needs: Edge rusher, WR, OL
Pittsburgh will need a new complement to T.J. Watt if Bud Dupree doesn't have the type of year that convinces the team not to let him walk in the offseason (this play from Monday night will help his cause). Receiver ought to be a priority if a reliable No. 2 to JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn't emerge, and it would make sense to add a young piece or two to a veteran O-line that hasn't played up to its usual standard in 2019.