It is how teams build and construct their rosters in whatever fits their vision. Some teams can make big strides in improving particular groups on their roster with precise drafting. Which is why I am here today. Here are the most improved units across the NFL thanks to the NFL Draft.
Denver Broncos wide receivers – The combination of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders totaled 130 receptions and seven touchdowns this past season, which is a little underwhelming for their talent. So what does general manager John Elway decides to do? He selects a 6’3 target in Courtland Sutton, who resembles Thomas, and a 6’1 possession receiver in DaeSean Hamilton, who has a skill set similar to Sanders. The two veterans along with the two rookies give Denver a very profound receiving corps for the present and the future.
Green Bay Packers cornerbacks – Coming into the draft, the cornerback position was an area of focus for Green Bay with a high level of importance. By taking the quick-footed Jaire Alexander in the first round, his talent level improved the cornerback spot for the Packers. Once they snatched Josh Jackson in the second, who led the FBS in interceptions, Green Bay inserted two talented corners to a depth chart that will look to depend on 35 year-old Tramon Williams as a starter possibly. Add an improved Kevin King to the mix entering his second year and Green Bay may be cooking with something here.
Baltimore Ravens tight ends – The Ravens saw veteran tight end Ben Watson lead the team in catches this past season with 61. Watson is no longer on the roster. Nick Boyle posted 28 receptions but he is more of a blocking tight end and has a very limited skill set. So Baltimore decides to draft former South Carolina tight Hayden Hurst in the first round and then selected third rounder Mark Andrews to give themselves a pair of big tight ends with athleticism and big play ability. Consider this position a strength going into the 2018 season for Baltimore.
Indianapolis Colts offensive line – The offensive line for the Colts has been an Achilles heel for Indianapolis for a few seasons but a lot of that is about to change. The team did have an anchor at center in Ryan Kelly prior to the draft but the addition of Quenton Nelson in the first round was one of the best picks in the draft and the selection of Braden Smith out of Auburn gives the Colts two rugged guards to improve the run game and bring plenty of toughness to a unit in need of it.
Chicago Bears wide receivers – A surprise move by the Bears saw the team sign free agent wide receiver Allen Robinson this offseason to add a #1 target. The signing of Taylor Gabriel gave the team much needed speed at at the position. After drafting the crafty Anthony Miller in the second round and the tall and athletic Javon Wims out of Georgia, the Bears have put together a very skilled wide receiving group around second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky.