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NFL Draft Review: NFC North

Gabe Salgado

 

We have now reached part six of our NFL Draft review which takes us to the NFC’s “Black and Blue” division. A division where the Green Bay Packers are king and the rest of the division is playing catch up. The Packers drafted in the hopes of staying on top, while the rest of the division drafted in the hopes of taking Green Bay down.

Whether or not that happens won’t be known until at least September. But in the meantime, here are the top 2015 draft picks for each NFC North team….

 

Green Bay Packers:

Best Draft Pick: Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan (4th round).

Why: Even though Ryan wasn’t selected until the fourth round, he fills one of the Packers biggest needs. Losing A.J. Hawk created a hole in this defense that could have been exploited had it not been filled. The Cheeseheads are hopeful that Ryan can fill that hole.

Outlook: Ryan will get some solid snaps once the season begins, especially since he can play both inside and outside.

 

Detroit Lions:

Best Draft Pick: Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah (2nd round).

Why: The Lions have been without a stud running back since Barry Sanders retired. Perhaps they have finally found his replacement with Abdullah. He was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy last season, he’s capable of handling 20 to 30 carries per game, and he can carry the offense if needed.

Outlook: I’d be surprised if he doesn’t start on opening day.

 

Minnesota Vikings:

Best Draft Pick: I’m going twice with Minnesota on this thanks to Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes (1st round), and UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks (2nd round).

Why: These two positions were the Vikings biggest weaknesses in 2014. And they were fortunate to draft two of the best players available at said positions.

Outlook: If both men aren’t starters this season I’d be shocked.

 

Chicago Bears:

Best Draft Pick: West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White (1st round).

Why: Brandon Marshall was a great player for the Bears but at the end of the day they needed to get faster at the position. White has the potential to outrun opposing defenses.

Outlook: White is expected to part of a three-headed receiving monster that will include Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal.

 

Next up we hit the home stretch of our draft review.

 

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