NFC North Breakdown

Round 1 – Matthew Stafford (QB, Georgia)
Round 1 – Brandon Pettigrew (TE, Oklahoma St.)
Round 2 – Louis Delmas (CB, W. Michigan)
Round 3 – DeAndre Levy (OLB, Wisconsin)
Round 3 – Derrick Williams (WR, Penn State)
Round 4 – Sammie Lee Hill (DT, Stillman)
Round 6 – Aaron Brown (RB, TCU)
Round 7 – Lydon Murtha (OT, Nebraska)
Round 7 – Zack Follett (OLB, California)
Round 7 – Dan Gronkowski (TE, Maryland)
Round 1 – Percy Harvin (WR, Florida)
Round 2 – Phil Loadholt (OL, Oklahoma)
Round 3 – Asher Allen (CB, Georgia)
Round 5 – Jasper Brinkley (ILB, South Carolina)
Round 7 – Jamarca Sanford (FS, Ole Miss)
Round 1 – B.J. Raji (DT, Boston College)
Round 1 – Clay Matthews (OLB, USC)
Round 4 – T.J. Lang (OT, E. Michigan)
Round 5 – Quinn Johnson (FB, LSU)
Round 5 – Jamon Meredith (OT, South Carolina)
Round 6 – Jarius Wynn (DE, Georgia)
Round 6 – Brandon Underwood (CB, Cincinnati)
Round 7 – Brad Jones (OLB, Colorado)
Round 3 – Jarron Gilbert (DE, San Jose St.)
Round 3 – Juaquin Iglesias (WR, Oklahoma)
Round 4 – Henry Melton (DE, Texas)
Round 4 – D.J. Moore (CB, Vanderbilt)
Round 5 – Johnny Knox (WR, Abilene Christian)
Round 5 – Marcus Freeman (LB, Ohio State)
Round 6 – Al Afalava (FS, Oregon St.)
Round 7 – Lance Louis (OG, San Diego St.)
Round 7 – Derek Kinder (WR, Pittsburgh)
Best Pick:  There were a few picks I liked in this division by the Vikings, Packers, & Lions.  I like the Vikings selection of Percy Harvin, a proven play-maker out of Florida.  Harvin can provide another home-run threat on offense, to go along with the monster that is, Adrian Peterson, & speedy WR, Bernard Berrian.  If the Vikings can get someone to throw any of them the ball, or to force defenses to play honestly, the Vikings are moving in the right direction.  The Packers made perfect selections with Raji, & Clay Matthews in the first round.  Both players will come in, and make an instant impact on a much improved defensive unit from last year.  While, Matthew Stafford was the first overall pick, he isn’t the player I liked from the Lions.  Brandon Pettigrew and Derrick Williams, are both players who come in and will provide play-making ability on offense to go around Stafford, and alongside superstar, Calvin Johnson.  Louis Delmas was also a nice selection by the Lions, and will help out that awful defense.
Worst Pick:  While Jarron Gilbert is a nice value pick in the 3rd round by the Bears, Defense isn’t as much as pressing need as Wide Receiver.  The Bears did get Juaquin Iglesias in the 3rd as well, which was then followed by the selection of another Defensive End.  The Bears seemed to lack an attack plan coming into this year’s draft.  With the acquisition of Jay Cutler, the main focus should have been to ensure that was the right move for the team, and surround Cutler with some legit talent.  Chicago still has views of Devin Hester being a #1 WR, which doesn’t seem likely anytime soon.  Hester made strides in his development at the position, but if Chicago would like to continue to have Hester be the primary return man, #1 WR isn’t the fit for Hester on offense.  Chicago is placing too much on Hester’s shoulders, expecting him to be the total offensive punch, instead of giving him support as well. 
Who Helped Themselves The Most:  The Green Bay Packers had the best draft of all the teams in the North Division, with Detroit a close 2nd.  Green Bay’s aggressiveness in moving back into the 1st round, and selecting USC LB Clay Matthews, was a huge pick.  With defensive mainstays, A.J. Hawk, Nick Barnett, and Aaron Kampman, the Packers look poised to be a formidable foe all around.  Aaron Rodgers proved to be a QB that the Packers can look towards the future with, along with the resurrection of Charles Woodson’s career, Green Bay looks to be the favorite in their division.  B.J. Raji will be that stop gap that the Pack had hoped Justin Harrell would be, when he was drafted in the 1st round of 2007.  Harrell continues to battle injuries, and hasn’t quite panned out just yet.  Clay Matthews’ versatility will allow the Pack the options on moving him around, but will definitely find Matthews amongst the rookie elite in Sacks, and tackles for loss. 

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