NFL draft plans for four teams

What Chicago, New York, Minnesota and Tampa should do in the draft

Updated: March 27, 2012, 3:14 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
KnoxThearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesThe Chicago Bears need another complementary WR with Johnny Knox out.

The early stages of free agency typically serve as the first step for teams to address their personnel needs.

Sometimes those moves are more than enough to solve a club's problems, but in other cases teams need to have a solid continuation plan for the NFL draft.

Here are four teams (Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings) that need a strong draft plan, as well as a suggestion as to what that plan could entail.

Chicago Bears

Area of concern -- Vertical passing productivity

Step 1: Trading for Brandon Marshall

Draft plan: Draft Stanford tight end Coby Fleener

Marshall is a great addition to the Bears' offense, but his acquisition is somewhat offset by the recent news that Johnny Knox, Chicago's best vertical receiving threat, will likely start the 2012 season on the PUP list due to his horrific back injury.


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