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NFC NORTH: Looking back at the 2014 NFL Draft

Posted May 13, 2014

Senior writer Tim Twentyman takes a look at the NFL Draft for all four teams in the NFC North

The NFL Draft is over and the four teams in the NFC North all feel better about their football teams than they did last week.

No one knows how good these players will be until the pads come on this fall and the hitting starts, but there’s certainly optimism in Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota when it comes to the 2014 draft class.

Chicago Bears
RoundPickPlayerPositionSchool
1 14 Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
2 51 Ego Ferguson DT LSU
3 82 Will Sutton DT Arizona State
4 117 Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona
4 131 Brock Vereen DB Minnesota
6 183 David Fales QB San Jose State
6 191 Pat O'Donnell P Miami (FL)
7 246 Charles Leno OL Boise State

Best pick: Kyle Fuller – Some draft analysts liked Fuller more than Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert, who went No. 8 overall to Cleveland. Fuller is a tough-nosed tackler and physical cover man, which should suit him well in Chicago.

Good under-the-radar pick: David Fales – Fales started in all 45 games he played in during college, completing 65.9 percent of his passes for 12,727 yards, 101 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. He can come in and learn Marc Trestman's system under Jay Cutler, a system that seems tailor-made to Fales' skill set.

Wildcard pick: Ego Ferguson – A big, physical, three-technique tackle. Ferguson is a bit raw, but the Bears have some pretty big plans for him. There’s even talk he could play the two-technique over the guard, a different look for the Bears.

Detroit Lions
RoundPickPlayerPositionSchool
1 10 Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
2 40 Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
3 76 Travis Swanson C Arkansas
4 133 Nevin Lawson CB Utah State
4 136 Larry Webster DE Bloomsburg
5 158 Caraun Reid DT Princeton
6 189 TJ Jones WR Notre Dame
7 229 Nate Freese K Boston College

Best pick: Kyle Van Noy – He’ll be a jack of all trades in the Lions defense. He can play on the ball and in coverage. He’s the kind of finisher the Lions need on that side of the ball. A number of teams probably had a first-round grade on him.

Good under-the-radar pick: Caraun Reid – He’s a lot quicker than people might think for a 300-pound man. He's a three-technique penetrator and could get some opportunities to make plays in the backfield for the Lions.

Wildcard pick: Larry Webster – A super athletic edge rusher who has only been playing football two years after a successful college basketball career. He ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-range at 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds. The Lions had success with another raw edge rusher who didn't have a lot of football experience last year. It was Ziggy Ansah and he led all rookies with eight sacks.

Green Bay Packers
RoundPickPlayerPositionSchool
1 21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Alabama
2 53 Davante Adams WR Fresno State
3 85 Khyri Thornton DL Southern Mississippi
3 98 Richard Rodgers TE California
4 121 Carl Bradford DE Arizona State
5 161 Corey Linsley OL Ohio State
5 176 Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin
6 197 Demetri Goodson CB Baylor
7 236 Jeff Janis WR Saginaw Valley State

Best pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – The Packers really attacked a need with Clinton-Dix. Safety was arguably they’re No. 1 need heading into the draft and he can cover deep and also play in the box.

Good under-the-radar pick: Richard Rodgers -- Rodgers is Jermichael Finley’s replacement and a player who can split out and also play in-line. He was moved to slot receiver and briefly to short-yardage back, which shows his versatility and skill set.

Wildcard pick: Davante Adams – The Packers grabbed three receivers in this draft, which should make quarterback Aaron Rodgers happy. Adams caught 233 passes for 3,030 yards and 38 touchdowns in two seasons at Fresno State.

Minnesota Vikings
RoundPickPlayerPositionSchool
1 9 Anthony Barr LB UCLA
1 32 Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
3 72 Scott Crichton DE Oregon State
3 96 Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern
5 145 David Yankey G Stanford
6 182 Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech
6 184 Kendall James CB Maine
7 220 Shamar Stephen DT Connecticut
7 223 Brandon Watts LB Georgia Tech
7 225 Jabari Price CB North Carolina

Best pick: Anthony Barr – The Lions would have thought long and hard about Barr had he not been off the board to the Vikings a pick prior. He was one of the most gifted athletes in the draft and should make their edge-rushing capabilities instantly better.

Good under-the-radar pick: David Yankey – Yankey might have been a steal in the fifth round. He a big, powerful interior lineman with long arms. The two-time All-American could have gone in the third round without most people batting an eye.

Wildcard pick: Teddy Bridgewater – The Vikings moved back into the first round to get Bridgewater, a player who dropped because of a poor pro day, not bad film. The Vikings aren’t going to compete for a division title without more consistency at the quarterback position. Can Bridgewater supply that?