First-Round Grade: B+
Overall Grade: B+
Best Value Pick: James Daniels
Sleeper Pick: Joel Iyiegbuniwe
LB Roquan Smith (No. 8), C James Daniels (No. 39), WR Anthony Miller (No. 51), LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (No. 115), DE Bilal Nichols (No. 145), LB Kylie Fitts (No. 181), WR Javon Wims (No. 224).
- Drafting a quarterback on defense.
After loading up on offense in free agency, the Bears hit their biggest defensive need with Roquan Smith who is the most polished linebacker in this draft and a great fit for a Vic Fangio defense.
- Another weapon for Trubisky.
Anthony Miller joins Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton in the off season overhaul of the Bears offense, further reinforcing the belief that Trubisky is in line for a breakout season under new offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.
Smith, Daniels and Miller made this a draft class with little to dislike.
First-Round Grade: C+
Overall Grade: C+
Best Value Pick: Da’Shawn Hand
Sleeper Pick: Tyrell Crosby
C/OG Frank Ragnow (No. 20), RB Kerryon Johnson (No. 43), DB Tracy Walker (No. 82), DT Da’Shawn Hand (No. 114), OT Tyrell Crosby (No. 153), RB Nick Bawden (No. 237).
- Detroit’s days of having an anemic run game may be coming to a close.
With two new lineman, a fullback and a shiny new running back as part of this year’s draft class, the Lions, who haven’t had a 100-yard rusher since 2013, have clearly made it their off season agenda to finally establish a run game.
- Ignoring the defensive side of the ball early.
Former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patrica did not set about re-modelling the 27th ranked defense from 2017. Out of their six picks the Lions selected only two defensive prospects in the mid-rounds of the draft.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
First-Round Grade: B
Overall Grade: A
Best Value Pick: Josh Jackson
Sleeper Pick: Equanimeous St. Brown
CB Jaire Alexander (No. 18), CB Josh Jackson (No. 45), LB Oren Burks (No. 88), WR J’Mon Moore (No. 133), OG Cole Madison (No. 138), P J.K. Scott (No. 172), WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (No. 174), WR Equanimeous St. Brown (No. 207), DT James Looney (No. 232), LS Hunter Bradley (No. 239), LB Kendall Donnerson (No. 248).
- Acquiring a 2019 first-round pick from New Orleans.
Green Bay traded back four places, acquired a first-round selection in 2019 and drafted the player they likely had highlighted on their draft board all along, Jaire Alexander.
- Cornering the market and drafting two first-round corners that are Day 1 starters.
Alexander’s speed and playmaking ability are sorely needed in the Green Bay secondary and he should be a Day 1 starter in the slot. Jackson is a long-limbed ball-hawk that will bring much-needed turnovers to the secondary, he projects as a Day 1 starter on the outside.
- Making three value wide receiver picks.
Two of Moore, Valdes-Scantling and St. Brown will likely make the 53-man roster and all three were great value picks with upside.
- Taking the first long snapper and second punter off the board.
Investing draft capital on punters and long snappers in talent-rich drafts is not a strategy teams traditionally follow. Only a handful of teams even roster a long snapper and Bradley would almost certainly have been a UDFA.
First-Round Grade: B
Overall Grade: B
Best Value Pick: Colby Gossett
Sleeper Pick: Colby Gossett
CB Mike Hughes (No. 30), OT Brian O’Neill (No. 62), DE Jalyn Holmes (No. 102), TE Tyler Conklin (No. 157), K Daniel Carlson (No. 167), OG Colby Gossett (No. 213), DE Ade Aruna (No. 218), LB Devante Downs (No. 225).
- Mike Zimmer loves his corners.
Mike Hughes joins a cornerback stable that includes All-Pro Xavier Rhodes, 2015 first-round pick Trae Waynes and 2016 first-round pick Mackensie Alexander. Hughes immediately fills a need at nickel and should push Waynes/Alexander for snaps on the outside, an area of strength just got stronger for a team that’s defense is it’s calling card.
With no glaring needs on the roster, there was very little the Vikings could do wrong.