Draft Review – NFC North

Normally I write a lengthy review for each team’s draft.  This summer I had a couple of projects that really ate into my time and put me behind schedule.  I will instead just post some quick thoughts for each division.  My apologies for the lack of posts this summer.

Here is the NFC North …

CHICAGO BEARS

1 – DE Shea McClellin – Boise State – 6-3, 260
2 – WR Alshon Jeffrey – South Carolina – 6-3, 216
3 – SS Brandon Hardin – Oregon State – 6-3, 217
4 – FB Evan Rodriguez – Temple – 6-2, 239
6 – CB Isaiah Frey – Nevada – 6-0, 188
7 – CB Greg McCoy – TCU – 5-10, 181

The Bears wanted a pass rusher to add to the mix and grabbed McClellin in the middle of the 1st round.  He has the motor, athleticism, and skill set to thrive in the Bears defense.  Some people might have been surprised to see him go so high, but I don’t think it was a reach at all.  Jeffrey gives the Bears a big WR to add to the mix.  If he is focused, he could become a good NFL player.  If he plays like he did in 2011, he’ll be a bust.  Hardin is a really intriguing pick.  He could develop into a good SS.  At the least, he could become an impact STer.

DETROIT LIONS

1 – OT Riley Reiff – Iowa – 6-6, 313
2 – WR Ryan Broyles – Oklahoma – 5-10, 192
3 – CB Dwight Bentley – ULL – 5-10, 182
4 – DE Ronnell Lewis – Oklahoma – 6-2, 253
5 – LB Tahim Whitehead – Temple – 6-2, 237
5 – CB Chris Greenwood – Albion – 6-1, 193
6 – CB Jonte Green – New Mexico State – 5-10, 191
7 – LB Travis Lewis – Oklahoma – 6-1, 246

Reiff gives the Lions a really talented OT prospect.  Gosder Cherilus hasn’t panned out as hoped and Jeff Backus is 237 years old.  Reiff is a key pick.  The Lions really need him to live up to his potential.  Think the Lions watched any Sooners games?  They drafted 3 OU players.  I sure didn’t think Broyles would go in the 2nd round.  That seems early for a slot receiver with his injury situation.  I do think he can be a good pro.  Whitehead is a terrific athlete.  He must learn to be more physical.  Greenwood is big and fast.  Can he handle NFL receivers?  Travis Lewis could be a good fit for the Lions.  Lacks ideal speed, but he’s physical and plays with attitude.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

1 – LB Nick Perry – USC – 6-3, 271
2 – DL Jerel Worthy – Michigan State – 6-2, 308
2 – CB Casey Hayward – Vanderbilt – 5-11, 192
4 – DL Mike Daniels – Iowa – 6-1, 291
4 – SS Jerron McMillian – Maine – 5-11, 203
5 – ILB Terrell Manning – NC State – 6-2, 237
7 – OT Andrew Datko – Florida State – 6-6, 315
7 – QB B.J. Coleman – Tenn-Chattanooga – 6-3, 230

The Packers knew they needed pass rush help after 2011.  Perry will move to LB and can be a force off the edge.  He and fellow USC alum Clay Matthews can be a dynamic duo.  Worthy will play DE in the base and can shift inside in the Nickel.  He’s very quick off the ball and can be disruptive.  The Packers lacked that element after Cullen Jenkins left.  Daniels is a similar type of player.  Love the pick of McMillian.  He can hit and tackle.  Solid athlete.  Manning is a good fit at ILB.  Curious to see if Coleman can play QB in the NFL.  Doesn’t lack confidence or arm strength.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

1 – OT Matt Kalil – USC – 6-7, 306
1 – SS Harrison Smith – Notre Dame – 6-2, 213
3 – CB Josh Robinson – UCF – 5-10, 199
4 – WR Jarius Wright – Arkansas – 5-10, 182
4 – TE Rhett Ellison – USC – 6-5, 251
4 – WR Greg Childs – Arkansas – 6-3, 219
5 – CB Robert Blanton – Notre Dame – 6-1, 208
6 – PK Blair Walsh – Georgia – 5-9, 187
7 – LB Audie Cole – NC State – 6-4, 246
7 – DE Trevor Guyton – Cal – 6-3, 285

The Vikings made some good picks, but overall I’m not a fan of the class.  They took a couple of blockers from USC, a couple of pass catchers from Arkansas, and a couple of DBs from Notre Dame.  That just seems weird to me.  Kalil was a great pick and gives them the LT they needed.  Smith felt like a major reach to me.  I just don’t get that.  Robinson can be a starting CB, a spot where the Vikings need help.  Curious to see if Cole is able to make it in the NFL.  Times slow, but versatile, talented LB.  Guyton is a player to watch.  DT/DE tweener with a great motor.

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