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NFL Draft Recap: NFC North

I hope everyone enjoyed there Mother’s Day Weekend! We are back at you this Monday with our NFC North Recap which will take care of half of the league thus far. Sit tight enjoy and make sure you read the reminder about the rules of this recap below!

Rules: In order of top to bottom I rate the Best and Worst draft in order from top to bottom.

Detroit Lions Draft Picks:

  • Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
  • D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
  • Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
  • Jonah Jackson, OG, Ohio State
  • Logan Stenberg, OG, Kentucky
  • Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin
  • Jason Huntley, RB, New Mexico State
  • John Pensini, DT, Utah
  • Jahson Cornell, DT, Ohio State

Nothing not to love about this draft if you are a Detroit Lions fan. They secured the best players in the draft at their positions of need with Okudah at CB and Swift at RB. Okwara has a very high ceiling to be dominant in this league and then they followed it up with absolute maulers for offensive linemen in Jackson and Stenberg. Kerryon Johnson and D’Andre Swift will have a field day in that now dynamic backfield. Although Cephus had a slow 40-time, he has the ability to be a playmaker in that offense and that time does not define his skill set. Also, an incredibly under-the-radar pick made by the Lions was Jason Huntley out of New Mexico State. Click on his name to watch one of the most electric highlight reels you have ever seen! He will be a huge spark plug for a team that desperately needs one. Great draft by Matt Patricia & Co.!

Minnesota Vikings Draft Picks:

  • Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
  • Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
  • Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
  • Cam Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
  • DJ Wonnum, DE, South Carolina
  • James Lynch, DT, Baylor
  • Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
  • Harrison Hand, CB, Temple
  • K.J. Osborn, WR, Miami
  • Blake Brandel, OT, Oregon State
  • Josh Metellus, S, Michigan
  • Kenny Willekes, DE, Michigan State
  • Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa
  • Brian Cole II, S, Mississippi State
  • Kyle Hinton, OL, Washburn

The vikings had the most picks in this draft with a grand total of 15 selections. With those selections, they seemed to have addressed a bunch of their needs. After losing their top 3 corners in Mackensie Alexander, Xavier Rhodes, and Trae Waynes they proceeded to draft 3 corners in Jeff Gladney, Cam Dantzler, and Harrison Hand. Along with Mike Hughes that secondary is incredibly young, but will have the opportunity to grow together and under the guidance of veteran Harrison Smith and defensive mastermind Coach Zimmer, they have all the potential in the world to become dominant in this league in seasons to come. They also found defensive standouts late in the draft who were perennial starters and leaders for their teams in Josh Metellus and Kenny Willekes, who can far outplay where they were drafted. Justin Jefferson and Ezra Cleveland can come in and start right away for them. Although it was not a draft that the experts are gushing about, the Vikings were able to bring in a ton of talent and bodies and are sure to make the most of at least some of these picks.

Chicago Bears Draft Picks:

  • Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
  • Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
  • Travis Gipson, EDGE, Tulsa
  • Kindle Vildor, CB, Georgia Southern
  • Darnell Mooney, WR, Tulane
  • Arlington Hambright, OT, Colorado
  • Lachavious Simmons, OL, Tennessee State

The Bears went deep diving in the Group of 5 conferences, independents, and FCS for the talent they drafted in this draft. Only 2 players of the 7 players they selected were from a Power-5 conference was selected in their draft class. Cole Kmet was their first selection of this draft and 10th TE on the roster. Yes, 10 when teams typically only carry 3 or 4. Will Kmet see the field and learn from Jimmy Graham and become their starter? Probably, but there were other needs they could have addressed to further help their offense. Jaylon Johnson was seemingly their best pick of the draft. He will be able to fill right in for Prince Amukamara and be a valuable asset to that defense. Vildor and Gipson will also be impact players on an already stout defense, however I cannot say they drafted too many impact players where they needed them most, offense.

Green Bay Packers Draft Picks:

  • Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
  • AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College
  • Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati
  • Kamal Martin, LB, Minnesota
  • Jon Runyan, OT, Michigan
  • Jake Hanson, C, Oregon
  • Simon Stepniak, OT, Indiana
  • Vernon Scott, S, TCU
  • Jonathan Garvin, DE, Miami

The Packers stole the show opening night by choosing the heir apparent to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay with a polarizing QB prospect that is Jordan Love. Scouts say that he is perhaps the most talented QB in this draft but he also threw 17 interceptions in the Mountain West Conference. Rather than pick a player that can help get them over the hump as they were 1 game away from a Super Bowl, they chose to plan for the future with both Love and Dillon. Dillon was an excellent ball carrier for Boston College, but when you already have Aaron Jones who had an amazing season, that was a head scratcher as well. Josiah Deguara has a unique skill set and can be a great asset for this offense. They drafted a bunch of O-line depth as well to learn and grow into their system. However, it did not feel like any of these picks make this team better immediately, which has to feel frustrating on the cusp of a Super Bowl appearance.


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