NFC North: How did the Bears, Lions, Packers and Vikings grade out?

Posted Apr 28, 2013 lead writer takes a look at the NFC North drafts and how each team fared following the weekend

The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books. How did the Bears, Lions, Packers and Vikings fare?


Round, Overall selection, Player

1, 20, Kyle Long, OG, Oregon

2, 50, Jonathan Bostic, ILB, Florida

4, 117, Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers

5, 163, Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech

6, 188, Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia

7, 236, Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State

ESPN grade: C

What head coach Marc Trestman had to say: "We're terribly excited about what we've done to our offensive line room. We've added talent. We've added competition. We've created a great group in there."

Best pick: Khaseem Greene -- Greene began his career as a safety before making the move to linebacker. Haven't the Bears had success with players like that in the past (Brian Urlacher)? Greene can play all three linebacker spots and gives the Bears some versatility at the position.

Sleeper pick: Cornelius Washington – Very resourceful player. Of his 25 starts at Georgia; one came at strong-side defensive end; eight as a strong-side outside linebacker; six as a weak-side outside linebacker; 10 as a weak-side defensive end.

Twentyman: The Bears took a calculated risk selecting a very athletic, but raw guard prospect in Kyle Long. He could either solidify the interior of the Bears' offensive line right away or a take some time to develop.


Round, Overall selection, Player

1, 5, Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

2, 36, Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State

3, 65, Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky

4, 132, Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina

5, 165, Sam Martin, P, Appalachian State

6, 171, Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech

6, 199, Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame

7, 211, Michael Williams, TE, Alabama

7, 245, Brandon Hepburn, LB, Florida A&M

ESPN grade: B

What general manager Martin Mayhew had to say: "I just think that they all sort of fit into the mold of what we said we wanted when we started this process. We were able to get some guys with some length on the defensive line, very athletic guys. We got some fast guys that can run for their positions. So we really have improved ourselves.

Best pick: Darius Slay -- The Lions, along with a number of other teams, had a first-round grade on Slay. There's a reason he was invited to New York for the draft. He fits the size (6-0, 192) and speed (4.36) profile the Lions are looking for in their secondary. It appears the torn meniscus in his knee is not an issue, either.

Sleeper pick: Corey Fuller – Like Ansah, Fuller doesn't have a whole lot of experience going from track star to receiver. His size and speed is exactly what the Lions are looking for opposite Calvin Johnson, though. With Johnson, Reggie Bush, Brandon Pettigrew and others, Fuller could find some opportunities to make plays down the field.

Twentyman: The Lions needed major help along the edge of their defensive line, and filled that need with Ansah and Taylor. Physically, Ansah is a beast. He's gifted in a lot of ways, but he's only been playing football since 2010. The Lions think he's ready to help them right away in 2013. They need to be right about that.


Eddie LacyEddie Lacy (AP Images)

Round, Overall selection, Player

1, 26, Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

2, 61, Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

4, 109, David Bakhtiari, T, Colorado

4, 122, J.C. Tretter, G/T, Cornell

4, 125, Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA

5, 159, Micah Hyde, DB, Iowa

5, 167, Josh Boyd, DT, Mississippi State

6, 193, Nate Palmer, OLB, Illinois State

7, 216, Charles Johnson, WR, Grand Valley State

7, 224, Kevin Dorsey, WR, Maryland

7, 232, Sam Barrington, LB, South Florida

ESPN grade: B

What head coach Mike McCarthy had to say: "We're an athletic football team. We're a tough football team. We're a versatile football team and I think we'll have more flexibility this year."

Best pick: Eddie Lacy -- The Packers needed a young running back to try and build a running game around. They actually got two with the addition of Jonathan Franklin as well. Lacy carried the load for Alabama last year and has terrific vision and feet for his size. The only real concerns are with his durability, which is why they might have thought it necessary to get Franklin.

Sleeper pick: Charles Johnson -- Johnson (6-2, 215) wowed at his pro day when he ran two sub-4.4 40 times and posted a vertical leap of 39.5. There's little pressure on him to produce right away in Green Bay, which means they can develop him.

Twentyman: The Packers did a nice job filling some needs at running back and pass rusher. David Bakhtiari is another sleeper pick with a high ceiling. Lacy and Franklin compliment each other very well and the Packers should head into 2013 with some semblance of balance in their offense.


Sharrif FloydSharrif Floyd (AP Images)

Round, Overall selection, Player

1, 23, Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

1, 25, Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

1, 29, Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

4, 120, Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State

5, 155, Jeff Locke, P, UCLA

6, 196, Jeff Baca, G, UCLA

7, 213, Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State

7, 214, Travis Bond, G, North Carolina

7, 229, Everett Dawkins, DT, Florida State

ESPN grade: B

What general manager Rick Spielman had to say: "If you were to say, in a normal draft, we had a first-round pick, a second-round pick and a third-round pick, is there any chance of us getting these three players? No way."

Best pick: Sharrif Floyd -- Considered by some to be a top-10 pick entering the draft, Floyd fell all the way down to the Vikings at No. 23. The first-team all-SEC performer is both a solid pass rusher and run stopper. Great value for the Vikings there.

Sleeper pick: Gerald Hodges – He was the leader of Penn State's defense that finished second in the Big Ten and 16th nationally in points allowed (19.1 per game).

Twentyman: The Vikings went for the home run, moving back into the first round at No. 29 to finish with three first-round picks. On paper, the Vikings picked up three players who should compete for starting spots at positions of need. The Vikings got bigger and more athletic at all three positions.