by Rivers McCown
Biggest Need: Wide receiver
The Bills did a lot of hole-filling in the draft, but remained with only John Brown, Cole Beasley, and Robert Foster in their projected three-wideout sets. It's a recipe that is going to make the offense extremely boom-or-bust, because Josh Allen's arm can hit deep throws, but his underneath targets are Beasley and Tyler Kroft and his completion rate underneath is going to make sustaining drives difficult. Allen had one of the two lowest expected completion percentages per NFL Next Gen Stats data in 2018 -- nothing the Bills have done is going to make the relative difficulty of his throws any easier for him in 2019.
Notable Undrafted Free Agents: One player expected to be drafted who fell into Buffalo's laps is West Virginia's David Sills, who caught 15 touchdowns to finish second amongst FBS receivers. Sills found $35,000 guaranteed to take his talents up north. He'll be joined by former Buffalo Bulls quarterback Tyree Jackson, who seemed to have Josh Allen's exact skill set and none of Allen's hype. The Bills paid him $75,000 guaranteed, a top-10 amount among reported UDFAs. Iowa's Nick Easley also merits watching given the state of Buffalo's wideout depth chart.
Biggest Need: Edge rusher
Miami's trade for Josh Rosen is, at worst, a credible stab at establishing themselves as a team with a franchise quarterback. That's a huge win for them considering how long they wandered the Tanneverse. However, in a rebuild, after letting Cameron Wake walk, they don't have much in the way of pass rush. Charles Harris might be able to rebound from a down 2018, but Tank Carradine and Jonathan Woodard aren't going to get this team 15 sacks next season. They might not even get 10.
Notable Undrafted Free Agents: One name to keep an eye on is Mississippi State's Deion "Shaq" Calhoun. Calhoun didn't have a body that appealed to NFL scouts, but he showed a lot of the tenacity and play style that offensive line coaches are invested in. The Dolphins still have a lot of offensive line slots up for grabs and Calhoun could not have picked a better landing spot. Colorado State's Preston Williams could also make an impact after putting up a 96/1,345/14 split in his junior season with the Rams. A transfer from Tennessee, Williams has the size to be an outside receiver if he can get better at breaking through press coverage.
New England Patriots
Biggest Need: Tight end
Patriots fans have got to be hoping that Rob Gronkowski will do an about-face on his retirement as we get closer to the season, because this current group is lacking. Nominally led by expert-at-losing-touchdowns-to-instant-replay Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the Patriots also have Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, and Ryan Izzo. It's a group that is not likely to make life at the goal line any easier for the Pats. Seferian-Jenkins had a -25.9% DVOA last year en route to losing playing time to James O'Shaughnessy. Come back Gronk!
(After this article originally appeared at ESPN+, the Patriots did get a veteran tight end to come back, but it wasn't Gronk. It was Benjamin Watson. Watson is down to a part-time player at age 39 but he was sixth in tight end DVOA with the Saints last year.)
Notable Undrafted Free Agents: With tackle -- especially depth at tackle -- still somewhat unsolved, former Longhorns blocker Calvin Anderson has the body to be a player out there. Multiple scouting reports talked about his need for a good offensive line coach to get the most out of his drive-blocking and agility outside; he couldn't have picked better than Dante Scarnechhia. The Patriots dropped a team-high $80,000 guaranteed to secure Terez Hall, a Missouri linebacker with the ability to cover and instincts that need to be unlearned. He could compete for a roster spot.
New York Jets
Biggest Need: Edge rusher
One of the biggest upsets of the offseason is that the Jets managed to come up empty in a free agency period rife with edge rushers like Demarcus Lawrence, Jadeveon Clowney, Frank Clark, Trey Flowers, and more. After picking Quinnen Williams over Josh Allen, the Jets remained extremely on-brand by only drafting one edge player: Jachai Polite of Florida in the third round. Polite had the lowest SackSEER rating (our college pass-rusher projection system) of any player pegged to be picked in the first two rounds. We will all be cold in the ground before the Jets have a good edge rush.
Notable Undrafted Free Agents: The Jets don't have a very highlight-heavy UDFA class, but one player who could stick is North Carolina State's Tyler Jones. Jones was projected to move from tackle to guard in the NFL, but will need to hit the functional strength bar to be worth watching. Jones has the athletic profile to be a good NFL guard. Greg Dortch out of Wake Forest is a probable kick and punt returner prospect for the Jets. At 5-foot-7, 173 pounds, the question will be if he can actually play slot receiver in the pros. The skill set may be there, but the body might not be. Regardless, he brought two punts to the house last year and will be given a tryout there.
Portions of this article originally appeared at ESPN+.