Every year in the aftermath of the draft, we like to take a brief look around the division to check out what the other teams took home.
The bad news for the Packers is the other three teams in the division had generally strong drafts (by popular opinion).
The good news is that all of these teams have been generally inept for most of their histories.
Let’s take a look.
- Round 1, #11: Justfin Fields, QB, Ohio State
- Round 2, #39, Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
- Round 5, $151, Larry Borom, OT, Missouri
- Round 6, #217, Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech
- Round 6, #221, Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina
- Round 6, #228, Thomas Graham Jr., CB, Oregon
- Round 7, #250, Kyiris Tonga, DT, BYU
The Bears only had two picks in the first four rounds, but they certainly made the most of them. Trading up to get heralded QB prospect Justin Fields could be a franchise-altering move if Fields lives up to the potential many scouts saw in him entering the draft. It was certainly a surprise to me that Fields lasted into the double digits, and credit where credit is due, the Bears saw their opportunity to take him an dpounced on it. Now we just have to bank on the Bears’ awful track record with quarterback play.
Teven Jenkins is a player many Packer fans undoubtedly hoped would fall to them, and would even have been a reasonable first-round selection. Really strong prospect at a major position of need who should come in and start right away.
The Bears finished the draft on day three by adding depth at important positions. The one slight head scratcher is Herbert, as the running back position appears set for Chicago, but there’s a chance the Bears seee him as a possible return specialist.
- Round 1, #17: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
- Round 2, #41, levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington
- Round 3, #72, Alim McNeill, DT, NC State
- Round 3, $101, Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
- Round 4, #112, Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
- Round 4, #113, Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue
- Round 7, #257, Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State
Clearly the front office wanted this team to get tougher in the trenches, because the top three selections in the Lions’ draft all will provide some extra beef along the line of scrimmage.
It’s hard to argue against picking a strong offensive lineman early in teh first round. Sewell had an extremely low pressure rate in college, and considering the Lions just invested in a younger quarterback who could play for them for some time, it’s going to be crucial to give him some protection.
The back-to-back DT selections show the Lions are sick and tired of being pushed around by opposing running games.Both of these guys are big, strong with great college pedigrees. It marks the first time in nearly three decades the Lions used two of their top three picks on defensive line.
The St. Brown selection probably hurt some Packer fans, who were hoping he could be paired with his brother EQ with a day three pick. St. Brown has a lot of talent and could well become a solid slot receiver in the NFL.
- Round 1, #23: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
- Round 3, #66, Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
- Round 3, #78, Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina
- Round 3, #86, Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State
- Round 3, #90, Patrick Jones II, DE, Pittsburgh
- Round 4, #119, Kene Nwangwu, RB/Return Specialist, Iowa State
- Round 4, #125: Camryn Bynum, S, Cal
- Round 4, #134: Janarius Robinson, DE, Florida State
- Round 5, #157, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa
- Round 5, #168: Zach Davidson, TE, Central Missouri State
- Round 6, #199: Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh
Two years in a row with a boatload of draft picks for the Vikings, and they got off to a strong start. Most analysts had Darrisaw among the best tackles in the draft class, and a plug-and-play guy who can start immediately. The Vikings will hope this pick will help solidify what had been an area of weakness: the offensive line.
Mond is very much a developmental quarterback, and given Cousins is going to be in Minnesota for at least a couple more years, there was little risk in taking him. Surratt was a particularly strong selection, as this is a possible starting-quality player in the third round. The Vikings already have a really strong linebacking corps, and the speed and versatility of Surratt could make it even more dangerous.
The Vikings continued to invest in defensive line, a need after the way the last couple years have played out.
Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.