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.
|1||14||Kyle Fuller||CB||Virginia Tech|
|3||82||Will Sutton||DT||Arizona State|
|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.
|6||189||TJ Jones||WR||Notre Dame|
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|
|1||21||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||FS||Alabama|
|2||53||Davante Adams||WR||Fresno State|
|3||85||Khyri Thornton||DL||Southern Mississippi|
|4||121||Carl Bradford||DE||Arizona State|
|5||161||Corey Linsley||OL||Ohio State|
|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.
|3||72||Scott Crichton||DE||Oregon State|
|3||96||Jerick McKinnon||RB||Georgia Southern|
|6||182||Antone Exum||CB||Virginia Tech|
|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?