NFL Draft: NFC North Team Grades

NFL Draft: NFC North Team Grades
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We turn to now look at team grades for the NFC North.

It was a chaotic Draft weekend for all 4 teams in the NFC North, with the Aaron Rodgers saga and a huge trade up from the Chicago Bears. But which team had the best overall draft?

here is the NFC North team grades.

NFC NORTH TEAM GRADES

Chicago Bears – A

Ohio State Buckeye Justin Fields
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  • #11 – Justin Fields – QB – Ohio St
  • #39 – Teven Jenkins – OT – Oklahoma St
  • #151 – Larry Borom – G – Missouri
  • #217 – Khalil Herbert – RB – Virginia Tech
  • #221 – Dazz Newsome – WR – North Carolina
  • #228 – Thomas Graham JR – CB – Oregon
  • #250 – Khyiris Tonga – DT – BYU

The Bears went bold in round 1 and Justin Fields may keep Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy in their jobs. Drafting his minder (Teven Jenkins) in round 2 was even more important. Herbert also adds a nice rotation to the running back group.

Detroit Lions – B

  • #7 – Penei Sewell – OT – Oregon
  • #41 – Levi Onwuzurike – DT – Washington
  • #72 – Alim McNeill – DT – NC State
  • #101 – Ifeatu Melifonwu – CB – Syracuse
  • #112 – Amon-Ra St. Brown – WR – USC
  • #113 – Derrick Brown – LB – Purdue
  • #257 – Jermar Jefferson – RB – Oregon State

The rebuild has begun. The early focus was in the trenches with a solid but unspectacular draft. Much will be expected of their first 2 picks Penei Sewell and Levi Onwuzurike. The knee cap biters are on track.

Green Bay Packers – B+

  • #29 – Eric Stokes – CB – Georgia
  • #62 – Josh Myers – C – Ohio State
  • #85 – Amari Rodgers – WR – Clemson
  • #142 – Royce Newman – G – Mississippi
  • #173 – Tedarrell Slaton – DT – Florida
  • #178 – Shemar Jean-Charles – CB – Appalachian State
  • #214 – Cole Van Lanen – G – Wisconsin 
  • #220 – Isaiah McDuffie – LB – Boston College
  • #256 – Kylin Hill – RB – Miss State

Their QB may not agree, but, this was a roster boosting return in positions of need. Particularly across the first three picks. However, a cloud remains over Green Bay heading into next season.

Minnesota Vikings – A

Christian Darrisaw helps his team grades
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  • #23 – Christian Darrisaw – OT – Virginia Tech
  • #66 – Kellen Mond – QB – Texas A&M
  • #78 – Chazz Surratt – LB – North Carolina
  • #86 – Wyatt Davis – G – Ohio State
  • #90 – Patrick Jones II – Edge – Pittsburgh
  • #119 – Kene Nwangwu – RB – Iowa State
  • #125 – Camryn Bynum – CB – California
  • #134 – Janarius Robinson – Edge – Florida State
  • #157 – Ihmir Smith-Marsette – WR – Iowa
  • #199 – Jaylen Twyman – DT – Pittsburgh

The Vikings performed magic in round 1 trading down nine spots and still taking Christian Darrisaw. They then maximised the return later on including Kellen Mond in round 3. Kirk Cousins will be looking over his shoulder!

How would you grade the NFC North draft classes? Let us know over on Twitter @NinetynineYards

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