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Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
The Chicago Bears did a nice job of addressing needs and finding players who can help them down the road. They only had six selections and they used four of those selections on defense, drafting a safety and two cornerbacks later in the draft.
Players to like are Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin at pick No. 19 and Oregon State safety Brandon Hardin at pick No. 79 overall.
The Bears have been searching for a legitimate threat in the passing game ever since they traded for quarterback Jay Cutler. South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery should remedy this problem relatively quick, as he could be the most talented wide receiver in the entire draft. The fact that the Bears got him with pick No. 45 is just silly.
The pairing of newly acquired wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Jeffery is a nice one and it takes the wide receiver position for the Bears from a significant weakness to a strength.
Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Detroit Lions addressed major needs on defense, as they selected six defensive players out of their eight picks. They selected three cornerbacks and are hoping to get one or more of them to turn into something for them.
Players that I like in this class are Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles at pick No. 54, Louisiana-Lafayette cornerback Dwight Bentley at No. 85 overall and Oklahoma linebacker Ronnell Lewis at pick No. 125.
This is easy to say, but the real value for the Detroit Lions comes from Riley Reiff falling all the way to pick No. 23.
He is a great value at this point in the draft, not only from a talent perspective, but more because he fits a massive need for the Lions. Reiff can step in immediately and play on the right side, either at tackle or guard and that means he brings a lot of value. He is a long-term solution at left tackle.
Green Bay Packers
Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
The Green Bay Packers are always a team that drafts well. This year brings a few question marks with their first few picks, but the talent is certainly there. As always, the Packers draft class is good and will bring players who will make a difference in a few years.
Players to like are North Carolina State linebacker Terrell Manning at pick No. 163 and Florida state offensive tackle Andrew Datko in Round 7 with pick No. 241 overall.
The player I like the most is Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward at the end of Round 2, with pick No. 62.
Hayward is a very good read-and-react cornerback, who will do really nice things playing in zone coverage. He played in the SEC and help up very well against the great competition there. He should fit in nicely with the Packers' cornerback rotation early in his career and eventually he will become a very good starting-caliber cornerback for them.
Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida
The Minnesota Vikings did a nice job of bringing in talented players through the draft. They had 10 picks and used five on defense, four on offense. They also used a pick on a kicker.
Not surprisingly, the Vikings drafted a safety and two cornerbacks. Players who look especially good in this class are USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil at pick No. 4, Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith at pick No. 29 and North Carolina State linebacker Audie Cole in the seventh round with pick No. 210.
The value of the class comes with Central Florida cornerback Josh Robinson. He was selected by the Vikings in the third round with pick No. 66. Robinson can flat-out fly and will be able to turn and run with the speedsters in the NFL, especially the wide receivers in the NFC North.
Robinson will take a little coaching to bring him to the NFL level, but the physical gifts he brings to position are hard to ignore. The Vikings secondary has gotten better because of this draft and it will really start to show in 2013.