2018 NFL Draft In Review, NFC North

Chicago Bears

Draft picks: Georgia LB Roquan Smith (No. 8 overall), Iowa C James Daniels (No. 39 overall), Memphis WR Anthony Miller (No. 51 overall), Western Kentucky LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (No. 115 overall), Delaware DE Bilal Nichols (No. 145 overall), Utah Edge Defender Kylie Fitts (No. 181 overall), Georgia WR Javon Wims

 

The people of Chicago have been spoiled with excellent linebacker play through the years and may have found another good one in Smith. Smith is a sideline to sideline player who will slide right into one of the inside positions in Chicago’s 3-4. Rookie of The Year candidate. The Bears seem set at center which means the very athletic Daniels will start his career at one of the guard spots most likely. Miller is an extremely competitive wideout that plays with an edge. Iyiebuniwe might have been drafted a round early but will add depth. Nichols and Fitts are more than capable of adding depth and seeing the field their rookie years in the front seven. Wims is a former basketball player who is still learning the game but has some upside potential.

 

Detroit Lions

Draft picks: Arkansas C/OG Frank Ragnow (No. 20 overall), Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson (No. 43 overall), Louisiana-Lafayette DB Tracy Walker (No. 82 overall), Alabama DT Da’Shawn Hand (No. 114 overall), Oregon OT Tyrell Crosby (No. 153 overall), San Diego State RB Nick Bawden (No. 237 overall). 

 

The Lions got more physical on the offensive line with the selection of Ragnow who can play center or guard and Crosby who can play either guard or tackle. Ragnow is a very smart and physical interior lineman who will push the pile. Crosby was an exceptional value at pick 153 and is going to be an asset in the run game. Sticking to the toughness theme RB Kerryon Johnson is a back that has a reputation of being able to play through pain and carry a workload. Walker was a very surprising pick at 82 as there seemed to be higher ranked corners at the position available. Hand will be a good piece in the new defense and is versatile on the line.

Green Bay Packers

Draft picks: Louisville CB Jaire Alexander (No. 18 overall), Iowa CB Josh Jackson (No. 45 overall), Vanderbilt LB Oren Burks (No. 88 overall), Missouri WR J’Mon Moore (No. 133 overall), Washington State OG Cole Madison (No. 138 overall), Alabama P J.K. Scott (No. 172 overall), South Florida WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (No. 174 overall), Notre Dame WR Equanimeous St. Brown (No. 207 overall), Cal DT James Looney (No. 232 overall), Mississippi State LS Hunter Bradley (No. 239 overall), Southeast Missouri LB Kendall Donnerson (No. 248 overall). 

The Packers came into the draft with a need at CB and somehow were able to manage to select two players at the position with first round grades. They were even able to land an additional 2019 first round pick. Alexander is not a large corner but is very athletic and is a good cover corner. Jackson, who somehow dropped to pick 45, is a ballhawk who is a converted receiver. Burks has the chance to start at linebacker as it is a position of major need. Madison can add depth on the interior offensive line. Between Moore, Valdez-Scantling, and St. Brown the Packers will likely find a guy or two at WR that can step up and give Rodgers another option outside.

Minnesota Vikings

Draft picks: UCF CB Mike Hughes (No. 30 overall), Pittsburgh OT Brian O’Neill (No. 62 overall), Ohio State DE Jalyn Holmes(No. 102 overall), Central Michigan TE Tyler Conklin (No. 157 overall), Auburn K Daniel Carlson (No. 167 overall), Appalachian State OG Colby Gossett(No. 213 overall), Tulane DE Ade Aruna (No. 218 overall), Cal LB Devante Downs (No. 225 overall). 
 

The Vikings landed a talented corner in Hughes who can play inside and outside. Hughes also is a dangerous threat in the return game. O’Neill has a lot of potential at tackle but is going to have to increase his strength and become more physical. Holmes is a forgotten defensive lineman from Ohio State that can play inside at tackle or outside at end. Conlkin comes from a small school but is a well-rounded TE. Carlson is the top ranked kicker in the class. Gossett falling to pick 213 makes him a nice value as he might compete for playing time as a rookie.

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