We’ve reached April, meaning the 2024 NFL Draft is just days away. There are a lot of NFL teams with needs and a lot of players hoping to hear their name called. Over the next few installments, I’ll be looking at NFL teams who might have a need in a certain area. Today, it’s teams that could—or should—be looking to get a boost at wide receiver. This is the fantasy-rich group in the 2024 NFL draft, and we could see a lot of teams changing their receiver room via the draft. The list below is grouped into Tiers and appears in alphabetical order.

The Desperate

Arizona Cardinals

On the Roster: Michael Wilson, Chris Moore, Greg Dortch, and Zach Pascal

About: The Cardinals are in deep need of a receiver. Marquis Brown left via free agency, and Rondale Moore was traded. It’s not like the Cardinals were deep before that. The team still has Wilson, who they hope to see take a step forward in year two, and veteran role players like Moore, Dortch, and Pascal. The team has the fourth overall pick, meaning they could get a top player at the position. Or they could trade back and pick one up later in the First or Second Round.
Prediction: I think the Cardinals will keep the fourth overall pick and snag Marvin Harrison, Jr.

Los Angeles Chargers

On the Roster: Quentin Johnston, Josh Palmer, Derius Davis, and Simi Fehoko

About: I debated about whether to put the Chargers here. It’s not that receiver isn’t a glaring need, because it is. It’s more a matter of not being sure how the team values adding a player to the position based on the offense. The Chargers released Mike Williams and traded Keenan Allen, leaving them thin. Last year’s First Round pick, Johnston, will be expected to step up. But they’ll need more. The Chargers hold the fifth overall pick, but I think they’re a great candidate to trade back and acquire more picks as Jim Harbaugh looks to overhaul the roster.
Prediction: The Chargers trade back from five but still use a First-Round pick to snag a receiver for Justin Herbert.

New England Patriots

On the Roster: Juju Smith-Schuster, Kendrick Bourne, DeMario Douglas, K.J. Osborn, Jalen Reagor, and Tyquan Thornton

About: The Patriots are in the midst of an overhaul. The team has the third overall pick, and it would be somewhat surprising if they don’t grab a franchise quarterback there—or trade back and obtain additional picks. If they don’t trade back or take a quarterback, a wide receiver would seem to be the next glaring need. Whether it’s up at the top of the draft or later, the Patriots figure to come out of the draft with at least one additional receiver. They need an alpha, and the draft could be a great chance to get one.
Prediction: I think the Patriots will go quarterback at third overall, but I suspect the team will grab a receiver in the Second Round.

New York Giants

On the Roster: Darius Slayton, Wan’Dale Robinson, Jalin Hyatt, Isaiah Hodgins, and Isaiah McKenzie

About: It feels like the Giants have had a glaring need at receiver for a few years. Will this finally be the year they make a move? I think it very well could be. The team added Hyatt in last year’s draft, but he feels more like a role player. So, too, are Slayton, Robinson, Hodgins, and McKenzie. The team has a long-term question at quarterback, with Daniel Jones not seeming like the answer he appeared to be last off-season. The team also had a need for a running back and offensive line, so there were plenty of holes to fill. If they don’t trade back, the Giants are sitting in a great position to get a big-time talent at pick six.
Prediction: I think the Giants will stay at six and land Malik Nabers to boost the offense.

Help Needed

Baltimore Ravens

On the Roster: Zay Flowers, Rashod Bateman, Nelson Agholor, and Tylan Wallace

About: The Ravens seem to be chronically on this list. Last off-season, the team drafted Flowers, who hit, and signed Odell Beckham, Jr., who was a solid contributor. The team let OBJ go in free agency, which leaves an opening. Could Bateman take another step forward? It’s possible. Regardless, the team seems to need to add some more to the wide receiver group to at least add some depth.
Prediction: I don’t think the Ravens will grab a receiver in the First Round, but I suspect they’ll add one between the Second and Fourth Rounds.

Buffalo Bills

On the Roster: Curtis Samuel, Khalil Shakir, Justin Shorter, and Mack Hollins

About: The Bills jumped up on this list after dealing Stefon Diggs to the Texans last week. That came after allowing Gabe Davis to leave in free agency. That leaves the Bills a bit thin at receiver. In fact, they were a consideration for the category above, but it seems with the shift in offensive philosophy that the lack of a receiver isn’t as big an issue. Still, the Bills could use some help for Josh Allen.
Prediction: I think the Bills will grab one or two receivers in the draft, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them wait until Round Two.

Carolina Panthers

On the Roster: Diontae Johnson, Adam Thielen, Jonathan Mingo, Terrace Marshall, and David Moore

About: The Panthers added Johnson via trade this off-season, giving the team a solid No. 1 receiver. The team also had a returning veteran in Thielen, who had a great 2023 season, and Mingo, who is poised to step forward in year two. That means they aren’t desperate. Still, this is a young team and a young offense, and it would make sense for the Panthers to grab another receiver, especially with Thielen nearing the end of his career.
Prediction: The Panthers don’t have a First-Round pick, but I think they’ll grab an additional receiver in the Third Round.

Kansas City Chiefs

On the Roster: Rashee Rice, Marquise Brown, Skyy Moore, Kadarius Toney, Justin Watson, and Justyn Ross

About: The Chiefs saw Rice step up as a solid contributor last season and added Brown this off-season. So, they should be in good shape, right? Well, given the current legal situation with Rice that’s pending and the uneven production from the rest of the roster, it still feels like a big need. The Chiefs will likely be looking for more in the 2024 NFL Draft as they look to make a third straight Super Bowl title run.
Prediction: The Chiefs could grab a receiver as early as the First Round, but I suspect they get one in the first three rounds at least.

New Orleans Saints

On the Roster: Chris Olave, Rashid Shaheed, Cedric Wilson, and A.T. Perry

About: The Saints have a great lead receiver in Olave and a great secondary target in Shaheed. Beyond that, there are more questions than answers. The team has a few options at tight end and running back, too. But it’s clear the team has a need and would be well served to add additional weapons for Derek Carr. Doubtlessly, snagging a receiver in the draft would be a boost to the offense.
Prediction: I think the Saints will grab a receiver in the Second or Third Round.

Pittsburgh Steelers

On the Roster: George Pickens, Van Jefferson, Calvin Austin III, Quez Watkins, Denzel Mims, and Marquez Callaway

About: The Steelers moved on from Diontae Johnson, leaving Pickens as the clear No. 1 receiver on the roster. They have some other complimentary pieces, including the newly signed Jefferson, but not much solid production and depth. The team has a pair of good backs and some good options at tight end, too. They’re not devoid of weapons but could certainly use an upgrade at receiver. I doubt the Steelers hammer the position early, but they should grab a receiver in the draft.
Prediction: I think the Steelers will grab a receiver in the Second or Third Round.

Looking For More

Chicago Bears

On the Roster: D.J. Moore, Keenan Allen, Tyler Scott, Collin Johnson, and Velus Jones

About: The Bears added Moore last off-season and traded for Allen this off-season. In addition to Cole Kmet at tight end, the team is providing a good group of weapons for the first overall pick. But the Bears have two First Round picks, and they likely have need and want for another receiver. I suspect they’re not done adding weapons.
Prediction: I think the Bears will stay at No. 9 and grab Rome Odunze to pair with Caleb Williams, Moore, Allen, and Kmet.

Detroit Lions

On the Roster: Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jameson Williams, Kalif Raymond, and Donovan Peoples-Jones

About: The Lions were in the NFC Championship Game in 2023 and are looking for more in 2024. The team has a great WR1 in St. Brown and an emerging player in Williams, along with a great tight end and two good running backs. But with veteran Josh Reynolds no longer on the roster, the Lions are looking for more depth. That could well come in the form of a draft pick.
Prediction: I think the Lions will add to their receiver room in the Third or Fourth Round, having had luck in that range before.

Jacksonville Jaguars

On the Roster: Gabe Davis, Christian Kirk, Zay Jones, Parker Washington, and Devin Duvernay

About: The Jaguars made a splash by adding Davis this off-season but missed out on Calvin Ridley, who went to the Tennessee Titans. While the Jaguars have a solid trio of starters, for now, the team is likely looking for more. That could well come in the draft as they add depth and options behind Davis, Kirk, and Jones.
Prediction: I think the Jaguars will draft a receiver early, possibly with a First-Round pick.

New York Jets

On the Roster: Garrett Wilson, Mike Williams, Allen Lazard, Xavier Gipson, Jason Brownlee, and Malik Taylor

About: The Jets are all in on 2024. That is why the team has added veterans this off-season, including Williams, on a one-year deal. The team also has a clear WR1 in Wilson. But last off-season’s addition, Lazard, hasn’t panned out. The team has an undrafted free agent in Gipson who shows promise, but they will likely be looking to build out the receiver group for the future. At the tenth pick, a receiver could be an option. So, too, could tight end Brock Bowers. Either way, I suspect the Jets will be looking to add a weapon.
Prediction: I think the Jets will add a receiver, likely in the Third Round or later.

Matthew Fox is a die-hard NFL fan and Broncos’ homer. He’s a member of the FSWA. You can find more from him on Twitter @knighthawk7734 or as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a part of the Campus2Canton Network.

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