NFC North 2016 NFL Draft Grades

Chicago Bears
1 (9) Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
2 (56) Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
3 (72) Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
4 (113) Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, West Virginia
4 (124) Deon Bush, S, Miami
4 (127) Deiondre’ Hall, CB, Northern Iowa
5 (150) Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
6 (185) DeAndre Houston-Carson, S, William & Mary
7 (230) Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan

The Bears moved up from 11 to 9 to snag Leonard Floyd, who is already the next stud on that defense.  He disrupts plays with ease and shows well against the run.  He’ll translate that skill in college to pros with ease.  I’m interested in seeing this guy play.  That pick alone would score the Bears a B+, and the Bears got another first round talent in Whitehair which shores up a questionable line in the NFC North.

They also got a lot players to add competition to their respective positions such as Bullard, Kwiatkoski, Bush and Hall.  Those guys will make a run at making the team and starting some games in 2016.  As an Indiana guy, I also like the Howard pick.  I’d love to see him run behind Langford.
Grade: A

Green Bay Packers
1 (27) Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
2 (48) Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
3 (88) Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
4 (131) Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford
4 (137) Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern
5 (163) Trevor Davis, WR, California
6 (200) Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

Clark and Spriggs really showcase this draft by the Packers and hit immediate needs.  They could have used that early fourth round pick to draft a WR, and Lowry is a deep gem that will be a guy that competes for a roster spot, but that’s really my only knock on this team’s decisions.
Grade: B-

Detroit Lions
1 (16) Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
2 (46) A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
3 (95) Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan
4 (111) Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah
5 (151) Joe Dahl, G, Washington State
5 (169) Antwione Williams, ILB, Georgia Southern
6 (191) Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan
6 (202) Anthony Zettel, DE, Penn State
6 (210) Jimmy Landes, LS, Baylor
7 (236) Dwayne Washington, RB, Washington

Whenever the Lions don’t draft a wide receiver in the first round, you know this draft is going to be highly graded.  Decker is one of those lineman that I actually prefer over guys like Conklin.  The Lions had a really smart draft focusing on both lines, which is where real games are won.
Grade: B+

Minnesota Vikings
1 (23) Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
2 (54) Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
4 (121) Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
5 (160) Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri
6 (180) Moritz Boehringer, WR, Germany
6 (188) David Morgan, TE, UTSA
7 (227) Stephen Weatherly, OLB, Vanderbilt
7 (244) Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson

Treadwell could be the next Randy Moss, just not as fast – he’s just one of those types of players.  He needs a quarterback that is a little more confident with making those pinpoint throws, so we’ll see how Bridgewater adjusts.  I never like early CB picks (besides the Jalen Ramsey) but Alexander adds depth and could compete for a spot on this team.  They didn’t do a great job at adding value across the rest of their team that will positively impact their starting roster.
Grade: B-

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