2011 NFL Draft Grades: Green Bay Packers and Draft Grades for NFC North
2011 NFL Draft Grades For The Entire NFL North
The NFL Draft is nearly in the books, and the draft grades aCre slowing rolling in for every team. The NFC North represents the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, along with three other teams on the rise that are attempting to run them down.
Here are the NFC North draft grades for the 2011 NFL Draft:
Chicago Bears: B-
The Chicago Bears entered this year's draft with glaring holes in the trenches and at the WR position. The Bears addressed their offensive line in the first round with Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi, and then their defensive line in the second round with Oregon State DT Stephen Paea.
However, after the first two picks for the Bears, they seemed to fall off quite a bit. The Bears went DB, QB, and LB with their next three picks and did not address the WR position at any point in the draft.
Detroit Lions: A+
The Detroit Lions have had the best draft of any team this year. They brought in stud DT Nick Fairley in the first round and now have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.
In the second round, the Lions addressed the skill positions by bringing in the second best RB Mikel Leshoure and Boise State WR Titus Young.
The Lions now have the tools in place to become a premier team in the NFL within the next couple of seasons.
Green Bay Packers: B
The only problem with the Packers draft is that they did not address the defensive line, which may need some help with Cullen Jenkins set to hit free agency.
However, they boosted their offensive line with Derek Sherrod in the first round, and added even more weapons at the skill positions.
Randall Cobb is a very versatile weapon who should contribute all over the field. D.J. Williams is one of the best pass catching TEs in the draft, and should be a viable option behind Jermichael Finley.
Minnesota Vikings: C+
The Minnesota Vikings draft has been full of reaching and not drafting for need. They obviously had a significant need at QB, but Christian Ponder was a huge reach at No. 12.
In the second round they addressed the TE position with Kyle Rudolph. TE was not a significant need for the Vikings, and they should have addressed their DL or secondary.
CB Brandon Burton and DL Christian Ballard represented great value later in the draft, however, they did not maximize their value early in the draft.
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