2019 NFL Draft: NFC North Draft Review

Contributed by: Dr Roto
Last Updated: May 12, 2019 1:00 PM



NFC North Draft Review (Offense Only)

Chicago Bears

The Bears gave up some of their picks in the Khalil Mack trade, but they still were able to address a few of their needs.

RB David Montgomery — Montgomery is a workhorse three-down back who could easily step into the Jordan Howard role in the Bears offense. However, the Bears signed Seahawks RB Mike Davis in free agency in the off-season so it will be interesting to see if Montgomery is given carries early on. My best guess is that this could be a Nick Chubb-type of situation where Montgomery establishes himself as the starter in the second half of the season.

WR Riley Ridley — Ridley, the brother of Falcons Calvin Ridley, is a polished route runner who plays both on the outside and in the slot. With four solid veterans in front of him, Ridley might need to wait until 2020 (or 2021) to get an opportunity to start.

RB Kerrith Whyte Jr. — White has potential as both a running back and returner, but with Patterson and Cohen on the team he might end up being a practice squad player.

Detroit Lions

The Lions desperately got the tight end they needed, but the rest of their draft was filled with players whose value was in question in the rounds they were selected.

TE T.J. Hockenson — Has there been a tight end with this much upside in dynasty leagues? Hockenson's floor is almost as high as other players ceilings. So long as he avoids injury, he seems like one of the few can't miss prospects in this draft. Expect him to start Week 1.

WR Travis Fulgham — Sometimes good players can't make rosters due to exceptional talent at a certain position. Other times mediocre players make rosters due to a lack of talent at a given position. In Fulgham's case, I think we are looking at a moderately talented receiver who might end up sticking on the roster due to a lack of talent in the Lions receiving corps.

RB Ty Johnson — Johnson's best chance of making the team is as the kick returner. He excelled that that spot in college and if the Lions are open to carrying a RB4, he might be the last man on the roster.

TE Isaac Nauta — The Lions signed Jesse James in the off-season, but there is a chance that Nauta can make the team as a TE3 if he shows well on special teams.

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay was aggressive in free agency this off-season and they continued to improve their overall talent in the draft. Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage, Jr. could both end up becoming starters on defense early in their careers.

TE Jace Sternburger — With incumbent starting TE Jimmy Graham in the twilight of his career, the Packers needed to address a long-term answer at the position. They may have found their answer in Sternburger who excelled in the passing game at Texas A&M. Expect him to be used primarily as an extra receiver in the red zone for now while he continues to work on his blocking. Assuming Graham leaves Green Bay in 2020, Sternburger will be a player to own moving forward.

RB Dexter Williams — Williams has a real opportunity to get carries this season as Aaron Jones has had a problem with durability and Jamaal Williams has disappointed in general. Williams has had several off-field issues in his past so he will put on a short leash. If he can concentrate on the field, he could get regular carries towards the second half of the season.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings had a solid overall draft. They needed OL help, a TE, and a backup for Dalvin Cook. They achieved all those goals and drafted a couple of upside wide receivers in the seventh round who might end up sticking on their roster.

TE Irv Smith Jr. — Starting TE Kyle Rudolph is in the last year of his contract so the Vikings drafted Smith with an eye towards 2020. Smith is a threat in the open field as a receiver and might eventually become a 50-60 catch guy in this offense. Right now, Smith needs to work on getting stronger and his blocking. Tight ends usually take two to three years to mature as players in the NFL, but if given time Smith might be one of the better players at the position.

RB Alexander Mattison — With Latavius Murray now in New Orleans the Vikings are searching for a complement to Dalvin Cook. Mattison might be the perfect fit. The complete opposite of Cook. Mattison is a workmanlike runner who runs where the holes are and doesn't try to create too much. Additionally, he has decent hands out of the backfield, so he can play all three downs if needed. Mattison is not a sexy pick, but he might turn into a must handcuff for Cook owners.

WR Dillon Mitchell — Mitchell is a tremendously talented slot receiver who fell to the seventh-round due to character issues. If these issues can be resolved, Mitchell has the speed and quickness to find a spot on this roster.  

WR Olabisi Johnson — The Vikings declined their fifth-year option on Laquon Treadwell so there is a distinct possibility that the team is ready to move on from him. Johnson played at Colorado State with Michael Gallup and is a terrific route runner. Look for him to earn Kirk Cousins' trust early in camp and parlay that into 20-30 receptions as a rookie.


 

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