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2016 NFC North Draft Grades

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Minnesota Vikings

Grade: B

First Round Pick: Laquon Treadwell-Wide Receiver-Ole Miss

Best Pick: Laquon Treadwell

For the first time since 2010, the Minnesota Vikings entered the National Football League Draft as NFC North Champions. And this time around the Vikings are looking to build off of last year’s success in the hopes of winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl Championship. Teddy Bridgewater is entrenched as the Vikings starting quarterback, but Minnesota has not had a signal caller pass for at least 4,000 yards in a season since Brett Favre in 2009.

Laquon Treadwell

The Vikings were 31st in the National Football League last year in passing offense, and first step to remedying that was using their first-round pick on Mississippi Rebels wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell gives the Vikings a solid option at wide receiver, but he will have to work on his consistency as far as route running, and catches.

Minnesota knows that they’ll once again have to go through the Green Bay Packers in order to win the NFC North which means that they are going to have to find a way to neutralize quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In the second round, the Vikings looked to add another play maker in their secondary when they drafted Clemson Tigers cornerback Mackensie Alexander. In two years at Clemson, Alexander showed solid coverage skills, and he should be able to continue honing those skills as he can learn from veterans in the Vikings secondary such as Terrance Newman and Captain Munnerlyn.

The rest of the National Football League Draft was pretty pedestrian for the Vikings, but they are hopeful that the additions of Treadwell and Alexander can make them a legitimate Super Bowl contender this year.

Green Bay Packers

Grade: B+

First Round Pick: Kenny Clark-Defensive Tackle-UCLA

Best Pick: Round Four-Blake Martinez-Inside Linebacker-Stanford

Under general manager Ted Thompson, the Green Bay Packers haven’t been known for drafting players that were superstars in college, but more of the variety that fit into their system and this year was no different. The Packers came into the 2016 National Football League Draft knowing that they had a hole to fill on their defensive line after the sudden retirement of nose tackle B.J. Raji.

The Packers would use the 27th overall pick on UCLA Bruins defensive tackle Kenny Clark. At 6’3″, 310 lbs., Clark has solid size to be a nose tackle in the National Football League and the big fella is athletic as he was second on UCLA’s team last season in tackles with 75.

Blake Martinez

But in the fourth round of the National Football League Draft, the Packers found themselves a bargain in Stanford Cardinal inside linebacker Blake Martinez. The last two years have seen Martinez lead the Stanford defense in tackles which included 140 in 2015. Martinez is a very instinctive football player who’s presence should allow Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers to shift Clay Mattews back to outside linebacker where he’ll able to rush the quarterback more frequently.

Detroit Lions

Grade: B

First Round Pick: Taylor Decker-Offensive Tackle-Ohio State

Best Pick: A’Shawn Robinson-Defensive Tackle-Alabama

If you followed the Detroit Lions during the 2015 National Football League season you know that this was a team that struggled in the trenches on both sides of the football which was the area that the team’s new general manager Bob Quinn concentrated on the most during the NFL Draft last month. The Lions used their first-round pick on Ohio State Buckeyes offensive tackle Taylor Decker. Coming into the draft process I viewed Decker as going later in the first round, but there was a run on left tackles that forced the Lions to use the 16th overall pick on him. Decker does come to the Lions as an All-American along with being the Big Ten Conference’s Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2015. At 6’7″, 310 lbs., Decker has great size to be a left tackle in the NFL which could be a welcoming sight to Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford who has been sacked 89 times over the last two years.

A’Shawn Robinson

Like the offensive line for the Lions, their defensive line was in need of help, and in the second round, Detroit would select Alabama Crimson Tide defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson. During his time at Alabama, Robinson was a menace to opposing offenses in the Southeastern Conference as all he did was eat up space. Now the Lions are hopeful that Robinson can bring that same production to Motown along with his winning persona.

The third round round would see the Lions keep the trend of the trenches going when they selected Michigan Wolverines center Graham Glasgow, while Washington State Cougars guard Joe Dahl was selected in the fifth round, and Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle Anthony Zettel was their selection as Detroit is hopeful that this is dawn of a new brand of physical football for them.

Chicago Bears

Grade: B

First Round Pick: Leonard Floyd-Outside Linebacker-Georgia

Best Pick: Leonard Floyd

Leonard Floyd

For the first time since 2000, the Chicago Bears are coming off of consecutive last place finished. And like the Detroit Lions in the NFC North, the Bears have to get back to playing a physical brand of football. The Bears were aggressive in the early stages of the National Football League Draft when they made a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to move ahead of the New York Giants in order to select Georgia Bulldogs outside linebacker Leonard Floyd with the ninth overall selection. The Bears now find themselves running a 3-4 defensive scheme, and they need that prototypical outside linebacker/defensive end that can rush the passer. At 6’6″, 244 lbs., Floyd has that size along with speed as he is expected to become an impact player for them in 2016.

The Bears used their second round pick on Kansas State Wildcats guard Cody Whitehair as they are looking to sure up their protection of quarterback Jay Cutler. In the third round the Bears picked Florida Gators defensive end Jonathan Bullard. At 6’4″, 283 lbs., Bullard could be a hybrid player, but I see the Bears using him more as a defensive end in their 3-4 system where he could still have a very solid impact for them.

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2016 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

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Carson Wentz

1. Los Angeles Rams-Jared Goff-Quarterback-California

This is a make or break pick for Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher.

2. Philadelphia Eagles-Carson Wentz-Quarterback-Nortk Dakota State

Regardless of who the Philadelphia Eagles select here, the fans in Philly will boo the choice.

3. San Diego Chargers-Laremy Tunsil-Offensive Tackle-Ole Miss

Here the San Diego Chargers will find a player than can anchor their offensive line for the next decade.

 

4. Dallas Cowboys-Joey Bosa-Defensive End-Ohio State

The Dallas Cowboys could go in several directions here, but they need to put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars-Jalen Ramsey-Free Safety-Florida State

Jalen Ramsey will be a starter from his first day in Jacksonville and his playmaking ability will put fear into opposing offenses.

6. Baltimore Ravens-Ronnie Stanley-Offensive Tackle-Notre Dame

With quarterback Joe Flacco returning from a knee injury, the Baltimore Ravens must protect him up front.

Laquon Treadwell

7. San Francisco 49ers-Laquon Treadwell-Wide Receiver-Ole Miss

San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly loves speed, and he’ll get a wealth of it here with Laquon Treadwell.

8. Cleveland Browns-Ezekiel Elliot-Running Back-Ohio State

The Cleveland Browns could have one of the fastest backfield tandems in the National Football League with Ezekiel Elliot and quarterback Robert Griffin III.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Jack Conklin-Offensive Tackle-Michigan State

Last year the Tampa Bay Buccaneers found their franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston, and now they’ll find a left tackle that will protect his blindside.

Leonard Floyd

10. New York Giants-Leonard Floyd-Outside Linebacker-Georgia

It will come down to Shaq Lawson or Leonard Floyd here for the New York Giants. But right now Floyd is trending upwards.

11. Chicago Bears-Taylor Decker-Offensive Tackle-Ohio State

Jay Cutler is still the guy for the Chicago Bears at quarterback. And being that Cutler loves to throw the deep ball, Chicago must provide protection for him.

Vernon Hargreaves III

12. New Orleans Saints-Vernon Hargreaves III-Cornerback-Florida

Last year saw the New Orleans Saints secondary cooked by opposing offenses which makes the selection of Vernon Hargreaves III here a no-brainer.

13. Miami Dolphins-Eli Apple-Cornerback-Ohio State

The Miami Dolphins will get a cornerback in Eli Apple that isn’t afraid to play press coverage as he’ll bring some swagger to South Florida.

14. Oakland Raiders-Reggie Ragland-Inside Linebacker-Alabama

Very quietly the Oakland Raiders could have one of the best linebacker units in the National Football League.

15. Tennessee Titans-DeForest Bucker-Defensive End-Oregon

The Tennessee Titans could go with Shaq Lawson here, but DeForest Buckner possesses a little more versatility.

16. Detroit Lions-A’Shawn Robinson-Defensive Tackle-Alabama

The Detroit Lions need help in the trenches on both sides of the football, and A’Shawn Robinson is too talented to pass up on.

17. Atlanta Falcons-Sheldon Rankins-Defensive Tackle-Louisville

Brick by brick the Atlanta Falcons are building a solid defensive line.

18. Indianapolis Colts-Shaq Lawson-Defensive End-Clemson

Plain and simple the Indianapolis Colts need younger and more athletic players that can rush the quarterback.

Myles Jack

19. Buffalo Bills-Myles Jack-Outside Linebacker-UCLA

Myles Jack has top five talent, but concerns about his knee will see him fall in the draft.

20. New York Jets-Noah Spence-Defensive End-Eastern Kentucky

The New York Jets could go with quarterback Paxton Lynch here, but Noah Spence gives them another versatile edge rusher.

21. Washington Redskins-Corey Coleman-Wide Receiver-Baylor

The Washington Redskins have made it known that Kirk Cousins is their guy at quarterback which means that they need to give him more options at quarterback to get the football to.

22. Houston Texans-Jason Spirggs-Offensive Tackle-Indiana

The Houston Texans found their franchise quarterback in free agency when they signed Brock Osweiler; now it is time to protect him.

23. Minnesota Vikings-Will Fuller-Wide Receiver-Notre Dame

Speed is the name of the game in the National Football League, and wide receiver Will Fuller has a wealth of it.

24. Cincinnati Bengals-Keanu Neal-Strong Safety-Florida

The Cincinnati Bengals enter the National Football League Draft with needs on the defensive line and secondary and Keanu Neal fills one of those voids.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers-William Jackson III-Cornerback-Houston

The Pittsburgh Steelers need help on their defensive line, but they also need a cornerback to compliment William Gay.

26. Seattle Seahawks-Jarran Reed-Defensive Tackle-Alabama

The last two years have seen the Seattle Seahawks decimated in the trenches through free agency and trades as the rebuild begins here with Jarran Reed.

Vernon Butler

27. Green Bay Packers-Vernon Butler-Defensive Tackle-Louisiana Tech

With the surprising retirement of defensive tackle B.J. Raji, the Green Bay Packers need to find a new nose tackle that can plug up the middle.

28. Kansas City Chiefs-Josh Docston-Wide Receiver-TCU

During the Kansas City Chiefs playoff loss to the New England Patriots, their lack of production at the wide receiver position finally caught up to them.

Mackensie Alexander

29. Arizona Cardinals-Mackensie Alexander-Cornerback-Clemson

The Arizona Cardinals already have one of the best cornerbacks in the National Football League in Patrick Peterson, and the youngster Mackensie Alexander could learn from one of the best in the business.

30. Carolina Panthers-Germain Ifedi-Offensive Tackle-Texas A&M

The Carolina Panthers need more play makers at the wide receiver position, but they also need to provide more protection for quarterback Cam Newton.

31. Denver Broncos-Derrick Henry-Running Back-Alabama

The Denver Broncos could go quarterback here, but the talent of Derrick Henry is too good to pass on.

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2016 NFL Draft 2.0

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Carson Wentz

1. Los Angeles Rams-Carson Wentz-Quarterback-North Dakota State

The future of Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is riding on this pick.

2. Cleveland Browns-Jared Goff-Quarterback-California

Although that the Cleveland Browns signed quarterback Robert Griffin III, it won’t prevent them from drafting another quarterback.

3. San Diego Chargers-Laremy Tunsil-Offensive Tackle-Ole Miss

Heading into the 2016 National Football League Draft, Laremy Tunsil is looked at as the best prospect available for most people, and the San Diego Chargers will get themselves a player that can anchor their offensive line for years to come.

4. Dallas Cowboys-Joey Bosa-Defensive End-Ohio State

If the Browns pass on Jared Goff, I expect the Dallas Cowboys to select him. But if Goff is gone, expect the Cowboys to beef up their pass rush.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars-Jalen Ramsey-Free Safety-Florida State

For years the Jacksonville Jaguars have been lacking a play maker in their secondary, and they will get one here in Jalen Ramsey.

6. Baltimore Ravens-Ronnie Stanley-Offensive Tackle-Notre Dame

The Baltimore Ravens might be tempted to trade up for Joey Bosa, but they must also protect the blindside of quarterback Joe Flacco who is coming off of knee surgery.

Myles Jack

7. San Francisco 49ers-Myles Jack-Outside Linebacker-UCLA

It wouldn’t be San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly if he didn’t think outside of the box as he would be taking a player here with red flags due to medical issues.

8. Philadelphia Eagles-Paxton Lynch-Quarterback-Memphis

The Philadelphia Eagles could go with running back Ezekiel Elliot here, but new head coach Doug Pederson needs a young quarterback to develop.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Jack Conklin-Offensive Tackle-Michigan State

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are entrusting quarterback Jameis Winston to be their franchise player, and thus they must do everything in their power to put a solid team around him.

Shaq Lawson

10. New York Giants-Shaq Lawson-Defensive End-Clemson

New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese has been busy this off-season in solidifying his defense, and he’ll find himself another quality edge rusher here in Shaq Lawson.

11. Chicago Bears-Taylor Decker-Offensive Tackle-Ohio State

The Chicago Bears are committed to quarterback Jay Cutler who loves to throw the deep ball which means that he needs a solid offensive line in front of him.

12. New Orleans Saints-Vernon Hargreaves III-Cornerback-Florida

The New Orleans Saints could go in several directions with this pick, but they need help in the secondary which was torched last season.

13. Miami Dolphins-Darron Lee-Outside Linebacker-Ohio State

Here the Miami Dolphins will get a player that could be an impact player from his first day with the team.

14. Oakland Raiders-Reggie Ragland-Inside Linebacker-Alabama

In drafting Reggie Ragland, the Oakland Raiders could possess one of the best linebacking cores in the National Football League this season.

Leonard Floyd

15. Tennessee Titans-Leonard Floyd-Outside Linebacker-Georgia

The Tennessee Titans have switched the 3-4 defensive scheme, and they are still searching for a dominant edge rusher.

16. Detroit Lions-Laquon Treadwell-Wide Reciever-Ole Miss

The Detroit Lions needs help on their offensive line, but with the retirement of wide receiver Calvin Johnson, they also need a play maker that can stretch the field.

17. Atlanta Falcons-A’Shawn Robinson-Defensive Tackle-Alabama

The Atlanta Falcons continue to beef up the defensive line here.

18. Indianapolis Colts-Ezekiel Elliot-Running Back-Ohio State

If Ezekiel Elliot falls this far, the Indianapolis Colts would have their best running back since Edgerrin James.

19. Buffalo Bills-Noah Spence-Defensive End-Eastern Kentucky

This pick has Rex Ryan written all over it as Noah Spence is his kind of football player.

20. New York Jets-Eli Apple-Cornerback-Ohio State

The New York Jets could be tempted to take a quarterback here, but they also need help in their secondary.

Mackensie Alexander

21. Washington Redskins-Mackensie Alexander-Cornerback-Clemson

The Washington Redskins could be tempted to select a wide receiver here, but the talent of Mackensie Alexander is too good to pass up on.

22. Houston Texans-DeForest Buckner-Defensive End-Oregon

The defensive line of the Houston Texans is not a weakness, but DeForest Buckner will eat up double teams which will help players such as defensive end J.J. Watt.

23. Minnesota Vikings-Will Fuller-Wide Receiver-Notre Dame

Speed kills in the National Football League, and the speed of wide receiver Will Fuller will test the arm strength of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

24. Cincinnati Bengals-Jason Spriggs-Offensive Tackle-Indiana

In a division that features the quality defenses of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals must upgrade their offensive line.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers-William Jackson III-Cornerback-Houston

After recently releasing cornerback Cortez Allen, the Pittsburgh Steelers need to get their hands on another cornerback.

26. Seattle Seahawks-Sheldon Rankins-Defensive Tackle-Clemson

The off-season hasn’t been good to the Seattle Seahawks who have lost quality players in the trenches on both sides of the football. And for Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, it’s time for him to start restocking some athletes.

Jarran Reed

27. Green Bay Packers-Jarran Reed-Defensive Tackle-Alabama

With the sudden retirement of nose tackle B.J. Raji, this is a no-brainer pick here for the Green Bay Packers.

28. Kansas City Chiefs-Corey Coleman-Wide Receiver-Baylor

It was rather obvious that the Kansas City Chiefs lacked speed at the wide receiver position last year, and the addition of Corey Coleman would be a huge upgrade for them.

29. Arizona Cardinals-Vernon Butler-Defensive Tackle-Louisiana Tech

The NFC West might be the most physical division in the National Football League, and the Arizona Cardinals need to keep up by adding another “big ugly”.

30. Carolina Panthers-Germain Ifedi-Offensive Tackle-Texas A&M

The Carolina Panthers could decide to draft another wide receiver here, but they also need to protect quarterback Cam Newton.

Connor Cook

31. Denver Broncos-Connor Cook-Quarterback-Michigan State

The Denver Broncos could be tempted to move up and select a quarterback, or they could wait patiently and select a signal caller without having to part with draft picks.

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