The NFL Draft has come and gone. No more mock drafts, no more profiles, and no more hearsay and speculation. Naturally, that means it’s time to milk the draft until training camp, because the next three months of the offseason make us feel scared and cold. This week we’ll be going through the divisions and taking a look at how each team did after the first round. Up next, the NFC North.
2 – Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
3 – Brandon Hardin, S, Oregon State
4 – Evan Rodriguez, FB, Temple
6 – Isaiah Frey, CB, Nevada
7 – Greg McCoy, CB, Texas Christian
Favorite Pick(s): The Bears found a wide receiver to pair with newcomer Brandon Marshall in Alshon Jeffery. The South Carolina product began the season as a prospective top 10 pick after a prolific sophomore season. Jeffery was plagued by weight issues during his senior year, dropping from 88 receptions in 2010 to 46 in 2011, and his refusal to work out at the NFL combine hurt his stock even more. Jeffery came to the South Carolina pro day leaner, and wowed scouts. This was a risk worth taking for Chicago.
2 – Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
3 – Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana Lafayette
4 – Ronnell Lewis, DE, Oklahoma
5 – Tahir Whitehead, OLB, Temple
5 – Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion
6 – Jonte Green, CB, New Mexico State
7 – Travis Lewis, ILB, Oklahoma
Favorite Pick(s): Outside of Titus Young, who is more of an option at the slot receiver position, the Lions didn’t have an arsenal of pass catching options behind Calvin Johnson, but choosing Ryan Broyles in the second round raised some eyebrows around the league. The Sooner is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, but the talent is there, making this the epitome of a boom or bust pick.
The Lions also got good value with Ronnell Lewis in the fourth round. Though he may be undersized, the hard hitting linebacker fits well in Detroit’s scheme.
Green Bay Packers
2 – Jerel Worthy, DL, Michigan State
2 – Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
4 – Mike Daniels, DT, Iowa
4 – Jerron McMillian, S, Maine
5 – Terrell Manning, ILB, North Carolina State
7 – Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
7 – B.J. Coleman, QB, Tennessee-Chattanooga
Favorite Pick(s): The Packers traded up to grab Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy. A projected first-round talent, Worthy headlines a draft focused on defenders after Green Bay had the worst statistical defensive totals in the league last year.
This draft class will help change that. Along with Nick Perry, the Packers drafted three potential Day one starters in Worthy, Casey Hayward and Jerron McMillian.
3 – Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida
4 – Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
4 – Rhett Ellison, TE, Southern California
4 – Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas
5 – Robert Blanton, DB, Notre Dame
6 – Blair Walsh, K, Georgia
7 – Audie Cole, OLB, North Carolina State
7 – Trevor Guyton, DT, California (6-3, 285)
Favorite Pick(s): The Vikings lost their second-round pick after trading up for Harrison Smith late in the first. Josh Robinson is an intriguing prospect. Robinson ran the quickest 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, which some scouts measured at 4.29. Greg Childs and Jarius Wright were part of a trio of Razorback wide receivers drafted in the fourth round, and the pair offer speed at a position that was a black hole last year for the Vikings.
DT Trevor Guyton was a steal in the seventh round. He possesses the (forgive me) high motor scouts crave.