Did the draft make the NFC North better?

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It’s a week after the draft, and we’ve all had time to look at who teams took, and if they made the right choice or not, and I’m wondering if the NFC North got stronger or not.

As of now, I don’t think the division did.  If anything, there are more questions than answers right now.  And the way things are going, who knows if we’re going to get answers to those questions.

First off, let’s start with the Green Bay Packers. They’re coming off of a 13-3 season, one where quarterback Aaron Rodgers was as healthy as he’s been in a while and their defense was looking pretty good. Offensively running back Aaron Jones was doing all he could, but they still needed some offensive help. And what did the Packers do? Draft Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. In the first round.

To be honest, I’m not sure what they’re thinking with that pick. Do they need a back up to Rodgers? Yes. But in the first round? No. I thought they would try to get maybe a wide receiver, but they didn’t. They did get a tight end and spent a couple of picks on the offensive line, none of which is bad. So, if the Packers can stay healthy, I don’t think they got worse, but I don’t think they got any stronger.

Onto the Chicago Bears. They didn’t have a first-round pick, but they did have a lot of needs. So, they went out and drafted tight end Cole Kmet and cornerback Jaylon Johnson in the second round. Fills much-needed holes, and also gives them some solid reinforcements defensively.

I think the biggest question is going to lie with their signal-callers. Will QBs Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles be able to help get them to the next level? Foles perhaps can, as he lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl victory. But when it comes to Trubisky, the jury is still out.  Despite that, I think perhaps the Bears got a little stronger defensively. They may have to rely on that to get them through the season.

Which brings us to the Detroit Lions. They had a pretty solid draft, and essentially drafted who they were supposed to with cornerback Jeff Okudah and threw in a surprise with running back D’Andre Swift. They waited until the later rounds to address a need on the defensive line and also got a couple of offensive linemen.

Did they get stronger? On paper, yes they did. Will it translate to the field? That’s always been the biggest question with them.

Last but not least, the Minnesota Vikings and their 348 draft picks!  They got a little bit of everything in their draft, which is exactly what they needed. They did get a very good wide receiver in Justin Jefferson, and CB Cameron Dantzler was also a good pickup, and, if I’m being honest,  I’m slightly partial to safety Josh Metellus.

Overall, the Vikings got a bunch of players to help fill out their roster, but… did it make them stronger?  Off the bat, it did.  It gives them a more balanced attack, and other options offensively besides just Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook, especially after the departure of Stefon Diggs.

So did the NFC North get stronger?  Overall, I think it got a little stronger defensively. Which, going up against some of the offenses in the other divisions will prove to be helpful.

But the good (and bad) news is, we’ve got some time to mull this one over before the season.

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