How the Chicago Bears' rivals did in the draft

Posted5/2/2016 5:30 AM

The Bears weren't the only team in the NFC North looking for more depth and players who can make an impact in the league. Here's a look at what the Lions, Packers and Vikings did with their draft picks:

Detroit Lions


Round 1, Pick 16: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

Round 2, Pick 46: A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

Round 3, Pick 95: Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan

Round 4, Pick 111: Miles Killebrew, S, So. Utah

Round 5, Pick 151: Joe Dahl, OG, Washington St.

Round 5, Pick 169: Antwione Williams, LB, Ga. Southern

Round 6, Pick 191: Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan

Round 6, Pick 202: Anthony Zettel, DT, Penn State

Round 6, Pick 210: Jimmy Landes, LS, Baylor

Round 7, Pick 236: Dwayne Washington, RB, Washington

Clearly the intention here was to protect embattled QB Matthew Stafford, but the Lions' three O-line picks will also improve their run game, which was the NFL's worst in 2015. Even though Decker was the fourth OT to come off the board, he's a Day One starter and makes the Lions better and tougher immediately. He may begin as a RT where he's a beast as a run blocker, but he has the skills to play LT as well. Robinson is an exceptional run-stuffer and was an absolute steal, as he was projected as a first-rounder and just turned 21. Glasgow is a Marmion Academy graduate who will compete for a starting job as a rookie. After his two alcohol-related incidents, he lived in an off-campus apartment with his grandmother, a condition mandated by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, which benefited all concerned. Killebrew is a beast as an in-the-box safety, where he can be an intimidating force vs. the run but not much help in coverage. Late picks brought O-line backup depth, a developmental backup QB, more help for the D-line still trying to replace Ndamukong Suh and a long-snapper. Missed opportunity to add a WR to help offset retirement of Megatron and RB help didn't come til way late.

Green Bay Packers

Round 1, Pick 27: Kenny Clark, NT, UCLA

Round 2, Pick 48: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

Round 3, Pick 88: Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State

Round 4, Pick 131: Blake Martinez, LB, Stanford

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Round 4, Pick 137: Dean Lowry, DT, Northwestern

Round 5, Pick 163: Trevor Davis, WR, California

Round 6, Pick 200: Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

Wasted no time in addressing the void left by the surprising retirement of NT B.J. Raji, though they may have reached a tad. Clark lacks stamina and range, but he can be dominant in a phone booth with strength and power, and he's just 20 years old. Jumped ahead of the Bears to nab Spriggs, who will be a welcome addition to an O-line that seems to have depth problems every year and has done a poor job of protecting A-Rod. Spriggs was a 4-year starter who cold be the opening day LT. Packers lacked depth at LB last year but used back-to-back picks to remedy that. Fackrell is over-aged (will be 25 as a rookie) and still raw but has intriguing athleticism and size-speed ratio. Could thrive playing across from Clay Matthews. Martinez is an instinctive tackling machine who plays better than he tests and should excel on special teams. Lowry, who won two state championships on undefeated Rockford Boylan teams, doesn't have ideal athleticism, but he's long and fast and will outwork almost anyone. He went much higher than most expected but could contribute early in a rotation based on effort and toughness. Davis has a rare size (6-foot-1) and speed (4.39) combination. Murphy projects as a possible backup swing tackle.

Minnesota Vikings

Round 1, Pick 23: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi

Round 2, Pick 54: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Round 4, Pick 121: Willie Beavers, OT, W. Michigan

Round 5, Pick 160: Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri

Round 6, Pick 180: Moritz Boehringer, WR, Germany

Round 6, Pick 188: David Morgan, TE, Texas-San Antonio

Round 7, Pick 227: Stephen Weatherly, LB, Vanderbilt

Round 7, Pick 244: Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson

Young QB Teddy Bridgewater needs more targets and better protection, and the Vikings added both, along with projects who have high upsides. Treadwell is a great target, even though he might not be able to blow the top off a defense with his speed. The Crete-Monee High School graduate is big, tough and physical, and he plays faster than his mediocre 40-time (4.63). Later the Vikings went back to WR and took a shot on German import Boehringer, who is raw but has unique physical tools that cold be developed. Alexander is a bit undersized, but he could still be a steal. He is supremely confident and has elite cover skills. Worst-case scenario, he steps in as the nickel immediately. Beavers has nice physical skills and athleticism and is a 3-year starter at LT, but he's raw and underdeveloped. Brothers lacks speed and is limited to playing inside, but he can be a factor vs. the run. Weatherly has a unique size-speed combination (6-foot-4½, 267 pounds, 4.54 40-yard dash) but is a major project and might be a better fit at DE in the Vikings' scheme. Kearse, a nephew of former sack master Jevon "The Freak" Kearse is big and athletic but needs refinement. Morgan is a workout warrior and a sleeper who could become a steal down the road.

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