Biggest need: Cornerback
The Cowboys have a major hole opposite Trevon Diggs and ideally would land a rookie capable of stepping into that starting role from Day 1. But the question is will Dallas want to use No. 10 to secure one, even it if means reaching? Or will the team once again use the best-player-available strategy, with elite talent likely to be pushed down due to the run of quarterbacks expected at the top? Patrick Surtain is arguably the only cornerback worthy of No. 10, but the next group will all likely be gone by the time the Cowboys pick again at No. 44.
Top early-round targets: Patrick Surtain, Jaycee Horn, Asante Samuel Jr.
New York Giants
Biggest need: Edge rusher
The Giants' pass-rush group isn't without talent. Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines flashed potential before both suffered season-ending injuries early in 2020, and New York bolstered the unit with Ifeadi Odenigbo and Ryan Anderson in free agency. But the NFC East team needs a centerpiece pass-rusher to build around. That said, taking the best player available at No. 11 would likely best serve the Giants due to the lack of obvious top-10 edge talents, and then the franchise could trade up from No. 44 to secure its desired pass-rusher.
Top early-round targets: Gregory Rousseau??????, Carlos Basham Jr., Joe Tyron
Biggest need: Wide receiver
If Jalen Hurts is going to succeed in his sophomore season, he will need a lot more talent at wide receiver than he had last year. DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery are gone, and Philadelphia can't bank on 2020 first-rounder Jalen Reagor after a poor rookie campaign. The Eagles likely gave up their chance at landing J'Marr Chase by trading down to No. 12 overall, but they should still have a solid shot at one of the other top receiver prospects.
Top early-round targets: Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith, Rashod Bateman
Washington Football Team
Biggest need: Linebacker
Washington could use its first-round pick on a left tackle or attempt a bold trade-up for a quarterback, but the move that could bolster its chances in 2021 the most is targeting a linebacker. Kevin Pierre-Louis, the team's best coverage linebacker, left for the Texans in free agency. Cole Holcomb is an emerging player, but fellow starter Jon Bostic will be 30 in May and is in the last year of his deal. Washington needs an athletic, sideline-to-sideline linebacker who can excel in coverage to take its talented defense to the next level.
Top early-round targets: Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah, Zaven Collins, Jamin Davis