AFC post-draft team needed: Chiefs, Bills in similar boat, while Steelers would do well to sign former division rival

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Now that the 2023 has come and gone and teams have settled some key needs, here are those that remain for each AFC team.

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Buffalo Bills: A Bonafide WR2

The Bills really don't have a reliable receiver outside of Stefon Diggs on their roster — and Buffalo needs one if it wants to compete with the Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC. Gabe Davis and Khaleel Shakir haven't been consistent enough to bolster this offense and the Bills didn't bring anyone into the to strengthen the free agency or group.

potential improvement:trade for DeAndre Hopkins

Miami Dolphins: Tight End

The offensive line is another big need for this team, but the tight end could be under more pressure. Durham Smythe, the presumptive starter after Mike Gecicki signed with the New England Patriots, finished with 15 receptions this past season. the dolphin reportedly Most traded for Darren Waller in 2022 Earlier, the sent him to the New York Giants this offseason. Miami also signed veteran Tyler Croft, known mostly as a blocking tight end. They know they need a quality tight end.

Possible Improvements: Sign a free agent like veteran Cameron Brett

New England Patriots: Coverage Security

Devin McCourty retired and the safety room is a bunch of mediocre veterans playing mostly in the box between Adrian Phillips, Jabril Peppers and Kyle Duggar. The Patriots brought back Jalen Mills, who can play safety and cornerback, but New England needs someone who can patrol the deep secondary as McCourty did for 13 seasons. They will need it when they play the rest of their divisional games.

Possible Improvements: Sign John Johnson III

New York Jets: Offensive Combat

The Jets acquired Aaron Rodgers to contest the AFC. Now they need to protect her. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York should have fixed this in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, but the Pittsburgh Steelers jumped ahead of the Jets to grab Broderick Jones of Georgia, which left the Jets in the lurch. Right now the Jets' tackle depth chart is Mekhi Becton, who hasn't played in nearly two years, nearly-38-year-old Duane Brown, 2022 fourth-rounder Max Mitchell, and 2023 fourth-rounder Carter Warren. The Jets need to protect Aaron Rodgers, and that group looks shaky.

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Possible Improvements: Sign Isaiah Wynn or Cameron Fleming

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Baltimore Ravens: Pass Rush Depth

Edge rusher Odafe Oweh was a bit of a disappointment in 2022 and the Ravens will certainly be missing defensive end Kallis Campbell, who was a salary cap casualty and signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Justin Madubuike could fill in nicely and edge rusher David Ojabo put in a solid performance after fully recovering from an Achilles tear in game two, but this still isn't a motivating group. The Ravens would do well to strengthen their pass rush before the season begins.

Possible Improvements: Sign Frank Clarke or Jadeveon Clooney

Cincinnati Bengals: Guard

Keeping Joe Burrow upright should be the Bengals' No. 1 priority in the offseason, and they made a huge move in signing Orlando Brown Jr. to protect Burrow's blindside. However, the guard spot remains a bit of a question mark, especially with 2022 fourth-rounder Cordell Volson at left. The Bengals are one spot away from having one of the better offensive lines in the NFL.

Possible Improvements: sign dalton risner

Cleveland Browns: Pass Rush Depth

Can you name a Browns pass rusher who is not Myles Garrett? Probably not. Despite the signing of Ogbonia Okoronkoe this season, depth here is a glaring weakness in Cleveland's defense, which needs as many capable linemen as possible in Jim Schwartz's scheme. The Philadelphia Eagles defense that Schwartz coached in 2017 featured five defensive linemen with at least three sacks and two-digit quarterback hits. The Browns had one in 2022.

Possible Improvements: Sign virtually any veteran pass rusher in free agency.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Nickel Cornerback

The Steelers have two ends of the cornerback spectrum with 12-year veteran Patrick Peterson on one side and rookie Joey Porter Jr. on the other. But they don't have a good nickel cornerback who can play in the pockets of space on the field that require a punt body. The Bengals have been an aerial threat with Joey Burrows, the Ravens have a better receiver unit than before, and Brown can turn the corner in the passing game as well. The Steelers should further strengthen that unit.

Possible Improvements: Signed Marcus Peters, One of the best slot cornerbacks in 2022

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Houston Texans: Linebacker

DeMeco Ryan can improve the Texans defense faster than their offense.  (AP Photo/Matt York)

DeMeco Ryan can improve the Texans defense faster than their offense. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The offense is still a work in progress with CJ Stroud, but not one thing that can turn the Texans around in one season. Head coach Demeko Ryan, however, can quickly fix the defense. Houston added Will Anderson in the 2023 draft with a monster trade-up, but otherwise didn't bring in too many big names. While there are no free agents on the market who can revolutionize the team, there are some veterans who can help the trio of Denzel Perryman, Corey Littleton and Christian Harris. The Texans should throw as many options into the lineup as possible and maybe something worthwhile will come out.

Possible Improvements: Sign a veteran like Dion Jones, Kwon Alexander or Kyle Van Noy

Indianapolis Colts: Right guard

If Anthony Richardson breaks out, the Colts have a lot of offensive potential, and that's only if the offensive line is good. The left guard is fine with Quenton Nelson and Bernhard Riemann, but the right guard spot is questionable. Jonathan Taylor also needs good blockers if he wants to bounce back from an injury-plagued 2022 season. Indianapolis would do well to grab a veteran guard to start Week 1.

Possible Improvements: Sign Gabe Jackson or AJ Cain

Jacksonville Jaguars: Cornerback

The offense is solid, but the defense still has holes, especially in the secondary. The Jaguars need another corner to replace Shaquille Griffin on the outside. Although Jacksonville signed Darius Williams, depth is still an issue for the AFC South champions. They can't come back from 27-0 every game.

Possible Improvements: sign Marcus Peters or Casey Hayward

Tennessee Titans: Wide Receiver

Whether it's Ryan Tannehill or Will Lewis under center at Tennessee, the Titans don't have many reliable pass-catchers on offense. Traylon Bucks and Kyle Phillips are still learning as they each enter their second seasons and Nick Westbrook-Ikine has a bottom floor. The Titans had consecutive failed seasons for Julio Jones and Robert Woods, but perhaps they will have better luck this year with someone who has played with Tannehill before.

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Possible Improvements: sign jarvis landry

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Denver Broncos: Box Safety

Patrick Sartain and Justin Simmons are the only reliable players in Denver's secondary. While the defense was one of the only bright spots in 2022, the Broncos must continue to add pieces to it by filling in the gaps. Vance Joseph, the defensive coordinator with the , had two solid safeties in his best defense, and right now Denver only has one.

Possible Improvements: trade to join budda baker to joseph

Kansas City Chiefs: Wide receiver

The Chiefs have a similar-but-different problem than the Bills: Neither has a good second pass-catching option for their rockstar quarterback. Kansas City's problem, though, is its top receiver, tight end Travis Kelce. The group behind him in wideout room includes Kadarius Toney, Marquez Valdez-Scantling, Skye Moore and second-rounder Rashee Rice. The Chiefs should add someone who will really turn the defense away from Kelce.

Possible Improvements: Trading for DeAndre Hopkins (or… Mike Evans?)

Las Vegas Raiders: Interior Offensive Line

NBC Sports' Peter King reported The Raiders' No. 1 draft target was Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson, who went a pick to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 6 before Las Vegas. The Raiders haven't addressed their need for the rest of the draft, which leaves a huge hole in the middle of the offensive line. Center should be the team's top priority, but guard is also a big need.

Possible Improvements: Sign center Ben Jones and/or guard Dalton Reisner.

Los Angeles Chargers: Running Back

The Austin Eckler problem is coming to a head sooner rather than later. And even if the Chargers don't deal with the veteran running back as they requested, they still haven't figured out a quality backup behind Ekeler or his successor after 2023. There are some quality veterans in free agency who could shore up the position and provide some relief if Eckler is gone.

Possible Improvements: Signe Ezekiel Elliott, Leonard Fournette