NFC North: Josh Katzenstein breaks down each team's draft

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News


7. West Virginia WR Kevin White

39. Florida State NT Eddie Goldman

71. Oregon C Hroniss Grasu

106. Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford

142. Penn State S Adrian Amos

183. TCU OG Tayo Fabuluje

Overview: The Bears needed to add some more options on offense with Jay Cutler proving to be difficult to rely on last year. Besides right guard Kyle Long, the Bears had little consistency on the interior last year. They also have young and unproven talent on the defensive interior, and Eddie Goldman could be a Day 1 starter who clogs running lanes.

Best pick: Kevin White, who could become the kind of physical, big-play threat the Bears lost by trading Brandon Marshall.

Potential steal: Hroniss Grasu, who should be a Day 1 starter and can get to the second level to block for Matt Forte.

Questionable decision: Kyle Fuller should be better in Year 2, but the Bears should've added another high-upside cornerback to develop, especially considering the wide receiver talent in the division.


28. Duke OG Laken Tomlinson

54. Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah

80. Stanford CB Alex Carter

113. Auburn DT Gabe Wright

168. Rutgers FB Mike Burton

200. Texas CB Quandre Diggs

240. South Carolina OT Corey Robinson

Overview: The Lions made it clear with this draft they want to continue being the physical team they looked like in 2014. Laken Tomlinson and Ameer Abdullah should provide a jolt to the power run game because Abdullah plays bigger than his 5-foot-9 frame. Alex Carter and Quandre Diggs are two of the harder-hitting cornerbacks in the draft.

Best pick: Carter, who can play press and be an option at nickel or, eventually, safety.

Potential steal: Gabe Wright, who can be a solid pass rusher with one-on-one matchups next to Haloti Ngata.

Questionable decision: Trading down in the first round helped the Lions' offensive line significantly, but with Ziggy Ansah the only top-tier pass rusher on the roster, they might regret giving up the pick that the Broncos used on Shane Ray.


30. Arizona State DB Damarious Randall

62. Miami (OH) DB Quinten Rollins

94. Stanford WR Ty Montgomery

129. Michigan ILB Jake Ryan

147. UCLA QB Brett Hundley

206. Oklahoma FB Aaron Ripkowski

210. Louisiana-Lafayette DT Christian Ringo

213. UAB TE Kennard Backman

Overview: Seeing the wide receiver talent around the division, the Packers chose to address their secondary and now have one of the deepest groups in the league. As usual, they took some late chances on small school guys and drafted for the future, not just 2015.

Best pick: Ty Montgomery, who has many traits similar to Randall Cobb even if he's nowhere close to being a finished product.

Potential steal: Brett Hundley, who has high upside and can learn while being an improvement over the other backup quarterbacks.

Questionable decision: Considering the Packers have a fine starting safety duo, taking Damarious Randall over top-tier inside linebackers made little sense.


11. Michigan State CB Trae Waynes

45. UCLA ILB Eric Kendricks

88. LSU DE Danielle Hunter

110. Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings

143. Southern Illinois TE MyCole Pruitt

146. Maryland WR Stefon Diggs

186. Oklahoma OT Tyrus Thompson

193. Louisville DE B.J. Dubose

228. Alabama OL Austin Shepherd

232. Newberry OLB Edmond Robinson

Overview: Under coach Mike Zimmer, the Vikings want to be physical on defense with the ability to penetrate, and their top three picks should help. Stefon Diggs could provide a boost in the receiving game, but the offensive linemen will likely be relied upon earlier than what's ideal.

Best pick: Eric Kendricks, who will help the run defense immediately.

Potential steal: T.J. Clemmings, who's raw but has the traits to become a decent tackle.

Questionable decision: Minnesota should've drafted a better receiver than Diggs at some point because Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson both have limitations. The Vikings have gotten by with a mediocre offensive line that not taking a tackle higher can be overlooked.