NFL DRAFT PREVIEW: NFC NORTH

April 28, 2016

 

CHICAGO BEARS

TEAM NEEDS:

LT, LDE, CB, RB, TE, QB, SS, OLB/ILB

 

PROSPECT TRACKER

Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg, Ezekiel Elliott, Laquon Treadwell, Corey Coleman, Michael Thomas, Braxton Miller, Devon Cajuste, Hunter Henry, Austin Hooper, Cody Whitehair, Joshua Garnett, Spencer Drango, Ronnie Stanley, Germain Ifedi, Alex Lewis, Sheldon Rankins, Robert Nkemdiche, Jarran ReedRoy Robertson HarrisReggie RaglandDarron Lee, Jake Ganus, Joey Bosa, Shaq Lawson, Leonard Floyd, Emmanuel OgbahEric Striker, William Jackson III, Elijah Shumate

 

VISIT

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PROJECTED DRAFT:

(11)   CB VERNON HARGREAVES III

(41)   WR MICHAEL THOMAS

(72)   TE HUNTER HENRY

(106) CB WILL REDMOND

(127) RB JONATHAN WILLIAMS

(150) OLB ERIC STRIKER

(185) OT ALEX LEWIS

(207) QB JAKE COKER

(230) LDE ROY ROBERTSON HARRIS

 


The word on social media is that the Bears desperately covet Buckeyes RB Ezekiel Elliott, but the chances of him being available at 11 are slim. Leonard Floyd is reportedly in play if he makes it past the Giants at 10, but CB Vernon Hargreaves shores up a position of need opposite Kyle Fuller and should excel in Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense. In the second round, although wide receiver is not a huge need, Michael Thomas immediately starts out in the slot and gives GM Ryan Pace some leverage in case Alshon Jeffery cannot be re-signed to a long term deal (or gets "injured" again this season). The Bears are the only team that Hunter Henry has visited before the draft and they have a huge need at TE, so I'm just connecting the dots there. CB Will Redmond can be a great nickel corner in this defense, and former Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams could be a steal coming off of injury. Eric Striker is a player the Bears were high on in the pre-draft process and essentially fills the pass rusher role that Leonard Floyd would fill is he ends up being the Bears first round selection, which in this scenario, he is not. Alex Lewis adds competition to the offensive tackle position and Jake Coker becomes a developmental QB that John Fox can start grooming in the mold of Brock Osweiler. Lastly, defensive lineman Roy Robertson Harris is a popular name in the later rounds of this draft and has the ceiling to earn a lot of time on pass rushing downs. 

 

 

DETROIT LIONS

TEAM NEEDS:

ILB, RT, C, WR, DT, SS, DE, QB

 

PROSPECT TRACKER:

Kevin HoganJake Rudock, Josh Doctson, Bralon Addison, Jack ConklinShon Coleman, Caleb Benenoch, Germain Ifedi, Donovan ClarkJack Allen, Graham Glasgow, Alex HuettelShaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Matt Judon, Vernon Butler, A'Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed, Luther Maddy, Greg Milhouse, Deion Jones, Beniquez Brown, Jaylon Smith, Reggie Ragland, Mackensie Alexander, Daryl Worley, Ken Crawley, TJ Green, Su'a Cravens, Jeremy Cash, KJ Dillon

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(15)   LT TAYLOR DECKER

(46)   ILB JOSHUA PERRY

(95)   LDE CHARLES TAPPER

(111) RB ALEX COLLINS

(151) WR KENNY LAWLER

(169) DT WILLIE HENRY

(191) SS DERRICK KINDRED

(202) QB KEVIN HOGAN

(210) WR BRALON ADDISON

(236) DT GREG MILHOUSE

 

 

The Lions would like to improve their offensive line, and the rumors suggest that Alabama C Ryan Kelly is on the top of new GM Bob Quinn's wish list. I could see that, but only if the top four offensive tackles are off the board by then, which in this scenario is not the case. Ex-Buckeye Joshua Perry immediately fills the huge hole at ILB for the Lions between DeAndre Levy and Tahir Whitehead. Charles Tapper turned some heads with his Combine workout and is just the type of tall, lean DE the Lions have traditionally preferred. Alex Collins replaces Joique Bell's role on the roster and Cal WR Kenny Lawler is one of the most under-the-radar prospects in this draft who can give the Lions a vertical receiver on the perimeter. Michigan DT Willie Henry adds depth to the interior defensive line, and Derrick Kindred would have a shot to earn a starting spot at SS if he performs well in camp. Kevin Hogan has had a bevy of workouts with teams, but the Lions could pull the trigger before anyone else and groom him as a developmental QB behind Matt Stafford. Oregon WR Bralon Addison adds another WR and Campbell DT Greg Milhouse provides further competition at the defensive tackle position.

 

 

GREEN BAY PACKERS

TEAM NEEDS:

ILB, NT, ROLB, RB2, LDE, ILB, OT, CB

 

PROSPECT TRACKER:

Jay LeeChris Moore, Kolby Listenbee, Robby Anderson, Devin Fuller, Moritz Boehringer, Alonzo Russell, Mitch Matthews, Willie Beavers, Vadal Alexander, Austin Johnson, Chris Jones, Roy Robertson-Harris, Noah Spence, Bronson Kaufusi, Reggie Ragland, Jaylon Smith, James Bradberry, Kevin Byard

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(27)   NT JARRAN REED

(57)   RILB JAYLON SMITH

(88)   RB PAUL PERKINS

(125) WR CHRIS MOORE

(131) RT JOE HAEG

(137) ROLB KYLER FACKRELL

(163) LDE AZIZ SHITTU

(200) CB BRIE BODDY-CALHOUN

(248) LILB JOE SCHOBERT

 

 

It will be interesting to see if the Packers pull the trigger on Noah Spence if available, as they have been doing a ton of due diligence into Spence and his character. At 27, the Packers are in a sweet spot to get a premier nose tackle to replace BJ Raji, and it will really be their preference between Kenny Clark, one of the Bama DTs, or Andrew Billings. In the second round, I see the Packers as the winners in the Jaylon Smith sweepstakes, keeping Clay Matthews at ILB in 2016 and then moving him back to edge rusher in 2017 when Peppers retires and Smith returns to full health. UCLA RB Paul Perkins gives Mike McCarthy another option at RB in the event they aren't satisfied with Eddie Lacy's fitness. Cincinnati WR Chris Moore is a player who helped his stock immensely in the Senior Bowl and adds a different dynamic to this Packers WR corps. North Dakota State OT Joe Haeg just feels like a Packers offensive lineman and someone Ted Thompson would draft to develop behind Bryan Bulaga. Edge rusher Kyler Fackrell adds some more depth behind Julius Peppers this year and Aziz Shittu is a defensive lineman who will work himself to exhaustion. Brie Boddy-Calhoun adds another defensive back who can also contribute on special teams and Wisconsin Badger Joe Schobert becomes a popular late round depth selection.

 

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

TEAM NEEDS:

WR, SS, WLB, CB, RB, FB, WR, P

 

PROSPECT TRACKER:

Jake RudockLaquon Treadwell, Josh Doctson, Sterling Shepard, Rashard Higgins, Devon Cajuste, Daniel Braverman, Moritz Boehringer, KJ Maye, Glen Gronkowski, Germain Ifedi, Shon Coleman, Joe Haeg, Darrell Greene, Cody Whitehair, Rees Odhiambo, Denver Kirkland, Stephen Weatherly, Tyrone Holmes, Jarran Reed, Vernon Butler, Roy Robertson HarrisDarron Lee, Jordan Jenkins, De'Vondre Campbell, Terrance Smith, Steve Longa, Reggie RaglandRyan Smith, Karl Joseph, KJ Dillon

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(23)   WR JOSH DOCTSON

(54)   SLB JORDAN JENKINS

(86)   SS KJ DILLON

(121) CB HARLAN MILLER

(160) WLB DE'VONDRE CAMPBELL

(180) WR DEVON CAJUSTE

(240) P TOM HACKETT

(244) RB PEYTON BARBER

 

 

At this point, it really feels like the Vikings are enamored with Josh Doctson as the red zone wide receiver they desperately need, and I really like the fit. Although Jordan Jenkins has a similar skill set to Anthony Barr, the Vikings have been doing a lot of poking and prodding of the former Georgia Bulldog, so he is totally in play if still on the board at 54. West Virginia's KJ Dillon fills the need at SS and becomes a nice compliment to Harrison Smith. CB Harlan Miller comes into a nice situation, as he does not have the pressure to start early on in his career and could become the heir apparent to Terence Newman, who is likely in his final season. Local product De'Vondre Campbell adds some attitude to the WLB linebacker position and WR Devon Cajuste adds another tall WR to give Bridgewater a vertical receiving threat. Tom Hackett is the premium punter in this draft and would be a huge upgrade over Jeff Locke, who boasted one of the worst punt averages in the NFL over the last few years. Peyton Barber adds another body to the RB rotation behind Jerick McKinnon and and Matt Asiata.

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