With free agency having reached a near standstill after two weeks, it's becoming easier to see what's missing from the NFL's contending class — as well as the teams hoping to make the jump into that tier.
For some, losing a key veteran or missing out on a marquee signing can portend a void somewhere on the roster that could become problematic if unaddressed. The NFL draft, however, offers teams several opportunities for remedies in the short run while also providing a framework for long-term growth.
Here's our breakdown of the most glaring need for 16 potential contenders and the draft options that could be available to them:
San Francisco 49ers
Glaring need: WR
First pick: No. 13
John Lynch created plenty of intrigue in sending away Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner for the Colts' top pick, which is situated at the expected beginning of a run on the draft's top wide receivers. After Emmanuel Sanders' departure, the defending NFC champs' passing game might hinge on finding a suitable replacement. Second-year standout Deebo Samuel is best served in a complementary role in which he can work the middle of the field, and giving Jimmy Garoppolo a surehanded target who can easily create separation might help get the quarterback back on track. Alabama's Jerry Jeudy sizes up as the best fit given his well-rounded skill set, but Crimson Tide teammate Henry Ruggs III and Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb are also prime candidates at No. 13. San Francisco, however, could use this pick to address another position and wait to capitalize on a deep class of receivers with its other first-round selection (No. 31).