For one team to capture a marquee free agent on the open market, another team has to lose one.

A host of NFL teams this offseason watched as key players departed for more money or better opportunities elsewhere, and will now be looking for replacements in April’s draft.

Here are five prospects who can fill the voids left by key departed free agents:

Ryan Ramczyk – Andrew Whitworth


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Even at 35 years old, Whitworth remains one of the league’s premier left tackles thanks to his flawless technique, superb balance, and elite strength. It was assumed he’d return to the Cincinnati Bengals and close out his career with the only franchise he’s ever known. But instead, he signed with the Los Angeles Rams and left the Bengals with a gaping hole at the most important position on the offensive line.

Whitworth was so consistent and such a key leader for the Bengals that any rookie is going to face an almost insurmountable task to fill his shoes from Day 1. However, if there’s one prospect that can come close, it’s Ryan Ramczyk out of Wisconsin.

Ramczyk will definitely be there at No. 9 overall. It may be a slight reach, and while the Bengals would be best-served trading down and hoping he falls further, he’d still fill the Whitworth-shaped hole as well as anyone could. Ramczyk is solid in both run blocking and pass protection, and dominates with technique rather than overwhelming athleticism – just like Whitworth. By selecting him, Cincinnati could lock down the left tackle spot for another decade.

Gareon Conley – Stephon Gilmore


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Though little will likely ease the Buffalo Bills’ pain at losing their No. 1 cornerback, Stephon Gilmore, to their AFC East rival New England Patriots, they couldn’t have picked a better draft in which to find a replacement. This year’s class is stacked.

So while the Bills could wait until the later rounds and still find a competent starter, they would be better off using their first-round pick (10th overall) to select Gareon Conley out of Ohio State.

Gilmore is a lengthy corner who excelled when left on an island. He also is adept at forcing turnovers, with 14 interceptions in five seasons. That’s basically Conley’s scouting report, too. The young corner would be an invaluable piece to new Bills head coach Sean McDermott’s Cover 3 scheme.

D’Onta Foreman – Latavius Murray


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The Oakland Raiders’ offense is all about the passing attack led by Derek Carr and Amari Cooper. Losing Latavius Murray was a blow, but they never appeared too interested in bringing him back – and rightfully so, this year’s draft has a host of mid-round guys who can make an immediate impact in a pass-first offense like Oakland’s.

Former Texas standout D’Onta Foreman maybe the best fit for the Raiders. Like Murray, Foreman is a physically imposing back who also knows that playing with power isn’t always the best option. His athleticism is top notch, and while the young runner wasn’t afforded many chances to make plays as a receiver, he has the agility and the vision to make plays in the open field.

Foreman will need to significantly improve as a pass protector if he’s to earn the trust of Oakland’s coaches, but that’s a criticism that can be leveled at nearly every running back prospect. He will not only be able to replace Murray, but it won’t be too long before he’s seen as a significant upgrade.

Tre’Davious White – A.J. Bouye


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The Texans tried to retain 2016 breakout star A.J. Bouye, but it quickly became clear the team couldn’t offer the cornerback the type of money other teams were. Now, the Texans need to find a worthy replacement or risk letting their league-best defense suffer a downturn in 2017.

Bouye was never an outstanding athlete, instead he relied on sound technique to become a shutdown corner last season, especially in the short-to-mid range of the field. LSU’s Tre’Davious White is a similar breed of player.

White has experience playing one-on-one coverage with little or no help, is advanced in terms of technique and patience in coverage, and is a smooth, agile athlete who has the speed to stay with top vertical threats. Like Bouye, he’ll take some time to adjust to the physicality of the NFL. White should be available early in the second round, meaning the Texans would have to trade up to snag him.

Zay Jones – Alshon Jeffery


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The Chicago Bears cannot afford to try and replace Alshon Jeffery by committee. They added the likes of Kendall Wright and Markus Wheaton in free agency to a wide receiver corps that already contained Eddie Royal, Cameron Meredith, and Kevin White. That’s a whole lot of depth guys and little proven talent.

With the No. 3 overall pick, the Bears should target some defensive help, but their picks in rounds two and three could be a landing spot for one of the intriguing second-tier receivers, and Zay Jones may be the best among that group.

The former East Carolina receiver would bring the physicality lost from Jeffery’s departure. Jones excels when using his frame to box out defenders and in 50-50 situations. He will definitely need time to develop, specifically his release and route running, but his experience playing in the slot and outside means he should be able to contribute from Day 1.

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