With the NFL's 100th season officially in the books, the order for the 2020 NFL Draft is set. Now the work of figuring out who will fill those slots takes center stage, with the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine on the horizon. Trades and the awarding of compensatory picks will alter the board, but in the immediate aftermath of Super Bowl LIV, here's the current draft order when the first round kicks off on April 23 in Las Vegas.
The order is determined by record, using strength of schedule as a tiebreaker. The order for playoff teams (21-32) is determined by the results of postseason play.
NOTE: Team needs in this post were updated on Feb. 24.
**Biggest needs:** QB, OL, front-seven playmaker
**Biggest needs:** Pass catcher, defensive playmaker, OL
Everyone is expecting Washington to address the second need mentioned above by picking Chase Young here, and that's the right play here if he's still available. This squad doesn't have another pick until Round 3, so what's the plan for upgrading Dwayne Haskins' supporting cast?
**Biggest needs:** CB, edge rusher, OL
Trade down, collect picks, patch up a horrendous defense -- seems like a fine strategy for a D that functioned as a turnstile for much of 2019. Then again, is anything more important to this team's success than keeping Matthew Stafford upright?
**Biggest needs:** Edge rusher, OT, DB
If the top corner in the draft falls into their lap here, it would be hard for them to pass him up. Barring that scenario, Dave Gettleman should have his gaze fixed on the edges, whether it's a player who can get after the opposing quarterback or protect his own.
**Biggest needs:** DB, DL, QB
Where do we start for a franchise that is in full transformation mode? QB rises to the top of the list if Cam Newton is sent packing by a team that already has to replace Luke Kuechly and Greg Olsen. Don't forget that the Panthers have seven other defensive starters due to hit the market this offseason. There's a lot to be sorted out in Carolina.
**Biggest needs:** OL, front-seven playmaker, pass catcher
**Biggest needs:** Front-seven playmaker, OL, CB
I don't see the Jags starting over (again) at QB this offseason, but just about every other position on the squad feels like it could be addressed. Dave Caldwell has said re-signing pending free agent edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue is his top priority.
**Biggest needs:** OL, S, LB
The first couple spots on the to-do list are pretty simple to identify: Left tackle, right guard (two spots that were thorns in the Browns' side all season) and safety, where Damarious Randall, Eric Murray and Juston Burris are pending free agents. Beyond that, will Cleveland re-sign top ILB Joe Schobert, and what does the future hold for TE David Njoku?
**Biggest needs:** OL, edge rusher, CB
The Jets should be prime players in the WR market, as well, if they are unable to re-sign Robby Anderson, but as of today, there are few needs more glaring league-wide than the the offensive line for Gang Green. If Joe Douglas ends up on the wrong side of an early OL run, perhaps he ends up drafting the edge rusher this franchise has long desired.
**Biggest needs:** WR, CB, LB
Maybe this offseason gets weird and suddenly Tom Brady is playing quarterback for the Raiders instead of Derek Carr. The rumors were spreading even before ESPN's report that the Silver and Black will indeed make a run at Tom Terrific if he's available. Whoever is under center for Las Vegas next year needs a new WR1. Jon Gruden could be in the perfect position to land one with this pick.
**Biggest needs:** QB, DL, pass catcher
**Biggest needs:** QB, DL, OL
Bruce Arians doesn't appear to be that into Jameis Winston, so the Bucs should be thinking QB in the draft even if the only 30-30 QB in NFL history returns on a short-term deal. Some of the other pending free agents that will dictate the needs outlook in Tampa: Right tackle Demar Dotson; edge rushers Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul; and DT Ndamukong Suh.
**Biggest needs:** DB, OL, interior DL
The conventional wisdom seems to be that John Elway's first order of business in the draft will be adding help for second-year QB Drew Lock. But keep in mind that defensive starters Chris Harris Jr., Justin Simmons, Derek Wolfe and Shelby Harris have expiring contracts. Shelby Harris has already signaled that there will be no hometown discount for his services.
**Biggest needs:** Edge rusher, DB, TE
Atlanta's leader in tackles (De'Vondre Campbell), leader in sacks (Vic Beasley) and second-leading receiver (Austin Hooper) are all pending free agents, so there's the potential for some significant turnover on this roster. That's not necessarily a bad thing given this squad's consecutive sub-.500 finishes.
**Biggest needs:** DL, DB, pass catcher
not going anywhere, but Jerry Jones can't bring 'em all back. The defensive line and secondary might need to be rebuilt, depending on what deals can be made. Dallas' list of 2020 free agents not named Dak includes
Christian Covington and
Kerry Hyder. The last five guys in the previous sentence are all defensive linemen.
**Biggest needs:** WR, DB, DL
**Biggest needs:** WR, DE, OL
Leading the to-do list is adding more receiving options for Josh Allen, who'd benefit from having a big outside target who can reel in throws that might not be right on the money. Brandon Beane might need to add more pass rush and interior O-linemen, as well, with Quinton Spain, Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips among the Bills' pending free agents.
**Biggest needs:** OL, pass catcher, S
While commercial-teasing tweets send hearts racing across the country, we're still going to operate with the expectation that Tom Brady will be the Patriots' QB next season. That leaves the O-line (top starter Joe Thuney's deal is up), WR/TE (a source of constant frustration in 2019) and safety ( Devin McCourty is a pending free agent while Patrick Chung is entering his mid-30s) as the top areas of need.
**Biggest needs:** WR, DB, interior OL
Yes, I'm aware the Saints don't have a quarterback under contract for next season, but Drew Brees isn't going anywhere, and it would be a little surprising if restricted free agent Taysom Hill isn't back. The more interesting question to me right now is which of their own position players are they able to keep, and who will be the receiver lining up opposite Michael Thomas in 2020? The list of walk-year players includes OG Andrus Peat and DBs Eli Apple, Vonn Bell, D.J. Swearinger and P.J. Williams.
**Biggest needs:** DB, DL, OL
It's looking like Rick Spielman will need to get creative to avoid a mass exodus from his secondary. He's right up against the salary cap, with Anthony Harris, Andrew Sendejo, Jayron Kearse (safeties), Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander (corners) due to hit the market and CB Xavier Rhodes a cut candidate.
**Biggest needs:** DL, OL, DB
Who's going to be on the line for Seattle next year? The Seahawks have to decide if they're willing to fork over the green to keep Jadeveon Clowney, but that's only the first domino for the unit. Jarran Reed, Quinton Jefferson, Al Woods and Ezekiel Ansah have expiring contracts. On the other side of the line, Germain Ifedi, Mike Iupati and George Fant are due to hit the market.
**Biggest needs:** Edge rusher, ILB, interior OL
There's no guarantee top edge rusher Matt Judon, a pending free agent, will be back, and Baltimore could still use a replacement for C.J. Mosley, who left town a year ago. Then there's the matter of whether perennial Pro Bowl selectee Marshal Yanda will retire or play for another year. Either way, the Ravens must find a guy who can eventually step in for him without incurring a gargantuan dropoff at the position.
**Biggest needs:** Edge rusher, OL, CB
It would be wild to see Tennessee part with free agents Ryan Tannehill or Derrick Henry after that majestic run to the AFC Championship Game. There are still some starters to make decisions about, though, even if the QB-RB tandem returns intact. The list includes RT Jack Conklin, CB Logan Ryan, CB Tramaine Brock and postseason standout LB Kamalei Correa.
**Biggest needs:** Pass catcher, OL, ILB
This seems like a good time to slay the Aaron Rodgers doesn't have enough weapons narrative that has lingered for years. And it might make sense to invest in more players who can protect the face of the franchise this offseason, with Bryan Bulaga due to hit free agency and David Bakhtiari and Corey Linsley a year away from doing the same.
**Biggest needs:** DB, OL, WR
The most obvious spot to target is the secondary, with Jimmie Ward a free agent this offseason and Richard Sherman among a handful of Niners DBs with deals that will expire after the 2020 campaign. Will San Francisco be able to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders, and what does the future hold for 13-year veteran OT Joe Staley?
**Biggest needs:** Front-seven playmaker, CB, RB
TEAMS WITHOUT A FIRST-ROUND PICK
Biggest needs: QB, OL, DB
I know GM Ryan Pace said in the direct aftermath of a massively disappointing 2019 season that he's sticking with Mitchell Trubisky as his QB1, but he has to find someone at the position who can help his team win games in the event that his prized former No. 2 overall pick continues to sputter. It's not listed here, but tight end help should be a priority, as well.
Biggest needs: DB, OL, front-seven playmaker
There's not going to be a lot of draft capital to work with here due to Bill O'Brien's wheeling and dealing. The defense -- last seen being gashed by the Chiefs for 51 points in three quarters -- is in need of some repair, but protecting the franchise (aka Deshaun Watson) should still be at the forefront of the head coach/GM's mind this offseason. Houston's O-line improved in 2019 thanks largely to the addition of Laremy Tunsil (who has only one year left on his deal). However, it still ranked 22nd in the league, per Football Outsiders.
Biggest needs: OL, edge rusher, LB
Biggest needs: Edge rusher, TE, OL