NFL Draft Preview: NFC North

  • Matthew Colalella

Today we head to the NFC North home to the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Chicago Bears. Last year the Green Bay Packers promised to run the table the last six games and they did exactly that. The Packers went to the NFC Championship game last year where they lost to the Atlanta Falcons. The first year with out Calvin Johnson the Lions had a decent season last year as they clinched a Wild Card spot in the playoffs but were eliminated by the Seattle Seahawks. An injury bug hit the Minnesota Vikings early last season as they lost quarterback Teddy Bridgewater before the season started with a ACL injury and during the early part of the season they lost running back Adrian Peterson also to a leg injury. The Chicago Bears are in a rebuilding mode as they went 3-13 last season.

Green Bay Packers (10-6, 1st in the division)- After a shaky start to the season the Packers ran the table and made it all the way to the NFC Championship game. Entering the off-season the team lost running back Eddie Lacy as he signed with the Seattle Seahawks. They also lost hybrid corner/safety Micha Hyde to the Buffalo Bills, and veteran linebacker Julius Peppers to the Carolina Panthers. Entering the draft the Packers should focus on defense in the first round whether it’s a cornerback or a linebacker. First round selection- LB T.J. Watt, Wisconsin

Detroit Lions (9-7, 2nd in the division)- First year without star wide receiver Calvin Johnson Jr. the Lions went 9-7. Matthew Stafford threw for over 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns. Entering the draft the Lions can focus on both sides of the ball. Tight End Eric Ebron hasn’t produced ever since he was drafted 10th overall in the 2014 and this draft class is filled with tight ends. They also can beef up their defensive line and secondary. First round selection- DE Charles Harris, Missouri

Minnesota Vikings (8-8, 3rd in the division)- An injury prone season as they lost quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running back Adrian Peterson. The team acquired Sam Bradford in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles as they sent their first round pick in return for the quarterback. First round selection- None, Traded first round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Chicago Bears (3-13, 4th in the division)- A disappointing season for the Bears as they only managed three wins. This off-season wasn’t a good one for the Bears as they lost star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to the Eagles and cut veteran quarterback Jay Cutler. They did sign quarterback Mike Glennon and wide receiver Markus Wheaton. Entering the draft the teams focus will be defense. First round selection- DE Jonathan Allen, Alabama