2017 NFL Draft: Analyzing every pick by the Packers, Bears, Lions and Vikings
Here's every draft pick heading to the NFC North, starting the Bears' new franchise quarterback
After months upon months of preparation, we now know which prospects are heading to which teams from the 2017 NFL Draft. It's time to take a closer look at every pick made by the teams in the NFC East.
Scouting reports by NFLDraftscout.com staff and team insiders for The Sports Xchange.
Round 1/2: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, 6-3, 225, North Carolina Tar Heels
He's Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace's guy, after giving up two third rounders and a fourth rounder to move up and make the pick. A quick-footed passer who can move in the pocket and out of it to make plays, Trubisky ran a Combine 40 time close to Deshaun Watson . He had only 13 games starting experience, but threw for three touchdowns or more seven times. Trubisky played behind Marquise Williams until his final season. Scouting reports say he needs to develop better downfield accuracy. He played in a shotgun offense and only began practicing snaps under center in January. A former Mr. Football in Ohio Bobcats , leadership ability is counted among his greatest strengths.
Round 2/45: Adam Shaheen, TE, 6-7, 278, Ashland
Although he's from a Division II school, Shaheen wasn't a complete unknown. Dubbed by many scouts as "baby Gronk," his blend of speed and power made him a dominant player who set a Division II touchdown record (16) in 2015. Shaheen started out a basketball player in Division II before switching to football. He had been 195 pounds when he started college and then put on 83 pounds while making the move to football. "For a guy of his size, his athleticism jumps out," Pace said. "He's one of those guys when you're watching tape, you have to keep looking down and saying, 'Man, this guy's 6-6, 278 pounds and he moves like that?'"
Round 4/112: Eddie Jackson , S, 6-0, 201, Alabama Crimson Tide
The Bears dealt up from 117 and gave away their sixth-round pick to select Jackson at a need position. Jackson didn't play football for academic reasons in high school until his senior season, but made up for it as a senior. For the Crimson Tide, he had a knack for returning interceptions long distances, with a school record 303 yards in returns on nine career interceptions. It goes hand in hand with an ability to return punts. He returned the first punt he saw for a touchdown against Mississippi 85 yards. A cornerback originally, Jackson made a transition to safety as a junior and played both strong and free at different times. As a senior, he suffered a season-ending leg fracture and did not play in the postseason run for the Tide.
Round 4/119: Tarik Cohen , RB, 5-6, 179, North Carolina A&T
Black College Player of the Year and the MEAC all-time rushing leader, he was known for spectacular open-field cuts and quick bursts. Cohen averaged 7.5 yards a carry as a senior and is adept at receiving. He also can return punts, although he did this sparingly in college. One knock on his ability by scouts was how often he attempted to cut runs outside instead of letting interior blocking schemes develop. Cohen ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, but said he stumbled on the first run or he felt he could have been in the 4.3s.
Cohen thinks his size will be a benefit instead of a weakness. "I think it will play a key role in helping me and benefiting me, because the linemen are going to be bigger, so it's really going to be hard to see me behind my linemen and I can use that to my advantage," Cohen said.
Round 5/147: Jordan Morgan , G, 6-3, 309, Kutztown
Morgan played only a half-year of high school football following an early-season injury as a senior. He then walked on at Kutztown and last year won the Gene Upshaw Award, given to the top Division II lineman. Morgan also was named his conference's top offensive player, an award usually reserved for skill position players. Morgan figures to play guard in the NFL rather than tackle because his reach is not as long as players in the 6-foot-5 to 6-foot-8 range. Nor does he have the massive size of mauling right tackles.
Round 1/21: Jarrad Davis , LB, 6-1, 238, Florida Gators
The Detroit Lions passed on Reuben Foster to take the high-character Davis in the first round. Davis, a team captain at Florida who's been unanimously praised for his work ethic, should start at middle or weak-side linebacker as a rookie and immediately upgrades the Lions' weakest position.
Round 2/53: Teez Tabor , CB, 6-0, 199, Florida
Tabor fell to the second round after running slow 40-yard dash times at the Combine and his pro day, but general manager Bob Quinn said he values instincts and "reactionary athleticism" more than pure speed. Tabor was one of the best cover cornerbacks in college football the last two years, and the Lions are comfortable with character issues that led to his suspension in college. He'll have to earn a starting job, however, as the Lions return Darius Slay and Nevin Lawson and signed DJ Hayden in free agency.
Round 3/96: Kenny Golladay , WR, 6-4, 218, Northern Illinois Huskies
The Lions traded out of their original pick, No. 85, after a run on defensive players they liked earlier in the round. In Golladay, they took a big target who is still growing into his body after a late growth spurt and should be able to help in the red zone.
Round 4/124: Jalen Reeves-Maybin , OLB, 6-0, 230, Tennessee Volunteers
Quinn said the Lions had 10 to 15 players targeted at the start of Round 4: they had the 18th pick in the round: including Reeves-Maybin. The cousin of MLB outfielder Cameron Maybin , Reeves-Maybin will play outside linebacker for the Lions and should be a core special-teams player as a rookie.
Round 4/127: Michael Roberts , TE, 6-4, 270, Toledo Rockets
The Lions went into the draft knowing they had to add a tight end to complement starter Eric Ebron and they took one of the biggest bodies at the position in the draft. Roberts scored an amazing 17 touchdowns as a red-zone threat at Toledo last year. He's not a polished route-runner, but he has huge hands that make him a threat as a receiver.
Round 5/165: Jamal Agnew, CB, 5-10, 185, San Diego
Agnew is a slot-only cornerback because of his size, but he showed exceptional ball skills in college and convinced the Lions he had NFL potential with a solid workout at his pro day, where he twice ran sub-4.4-second 40s. Agnew also can return punts, though he has a lot of work to do in that area if he's going to win the job this fall.
Round 6/205: Jeremiah Ledbetter , DT, 6-3, 280, Arkansas Razorbacks
Ledbetter played both end and tackle at Arkansas, but Quinn said the Lions will try him as an interior lineman when he gets to town. Ledbetter has good bloodlines: his father was a draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers : but he lacks polish after spending two seasons in junior college.
Round 6/215: Brad Kaaya , QB, 6-4, 214, Miami
The Lions drafted a quarterback in the sixth round for the second straight year, and Quinn said this was a case of Kaaya standing apart on their board with his draft grade when the Lions were on the clock. A three-year starter at Miami, Kaaya comes from a pro-style offense and was recruited by Lions tight ends coach Al Golden. He should compete for the No. 2 job behind Matthew Stafford with Jake Rudock .
Round 7/250: Pat O'Connor, DE, 6-4, 270, Eastern Michigan Eagles
O'Connor is an athletic pass rusher who missed the 2015 season with an injury. He'll have an uphill battle to earn a roster spot, but was an underappreciated playmaker in the Mid-American Conference, totaling 16 sacks and seven forced fumbles in his last two seasons on the field.
Green Bay Packers
Round 2/33: Kevin King , CB, 6-3, 200, Washington Huskies
General manager Ted Thompson gambled right by making a rare trade out of the first round and still getting the guy he wanted four picks later to start the second round and fill the team's biggest need. As the tallest prospect among this year's bumper crop of talented cornerbacks in the draft, King gives last season's 31st-ranked pass defense a fighting chance to match up with the NFL's bigger receivers. Not only that, King is impressively quick with 40-yard speed in the 4.4 range.
Round 2/61: Josh Jones , S, 6-1, 220, North Carolina State
The Green Bay Packers are set with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Morgan Burnett at safety, but the impactful Jones gives the defense a ready-made contributor who fills the hybrid void left by the free-agent departure of Micah Hyde . Defensive coordinator Dom Capers can move the fleet-footed, sturdy Jones all over, exploiting his ball-tracking skills in the open field and his willingness to hit and wrap up in the box.
Round 3/93: Montravius Adams , DT, 6-4, 309, Auburn Tigers
The new daddy gives Green Bay's defensive line more than just a big body. He has rare agility and quickness for a tackle with sub-4.9 speed in the 40 and proved to be disruptive in the backfield in a huge senior season that earned him second-team All-America status. Getting a consistent effort out of Adams will be vital, however.
Round 4/108: Vince Biegel , OLB, 6-3, 246, Wisconsin Badgers
Overshadowed by fellow Badgers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (first-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers ) coming into the draft, Biegel has the potential to be more than a nice consolation prize for his home-state Packers. He won't unseat starting incumbents Clay Matthews and Nick Perry , but his high motor and athleticism will be hard to keep off the field as a situational contributor on defense and also on special teams.
Round 4/134: Jamaal Williams , RB, 6-0, 215, Brigham Young Cougars
Green Bay finally addressed their most pressing pre-draft need on offense by taking BYU's all-time rushing leader to throw in the backfield mix with converted receiver Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael . The shifty and explosive Williams ran for more than 3,900 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry in four seasons with the Cougars, but knee and ankle injuries kept him from producing more.
Round 5/175: DeAngelo Yancey , WR, 6-2, 205, Purdue Boilermakers
Aaron Rodgers has another big-play pass catcher at his disposal. Yancey stretched the field for the Boilermakers last season, finishing with 49 catches for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns with four scoring plays of at least 60 yards. Yancey, however, was prone to drops in his college career.
Round 5/182: Aaron Jones , RB, 5-9, 208, Texas-El Paso Miners
The earlier selection of Williams didn't keep the Packers from further restocking their Eddie Lacy-less backfield with the diminutive, but highly productive Jones. He ranked among the top five rushers in the FBS last season with a school-record 1,773 yards on the ground and brings an added dimension as a capable pass catcher.
Round 6/212: Kofi Amichia , G, 6-4, 308, South Florida Bulls
The two-year starter at left tackle projects to play guard at the next level. The Packers still aren't settled with their starting five on the offensive line even after the recent signing of six-time Pro Bowl right guard Jahri Evans , who isn't a lock to fill the big void left by veteran T.J. Lang 's departure in free agency to the rival Detroit Lions.
Round 7/238: Devante Mays , RB, 5-11, 230, Utah State Aggies
The third running back in the team's draft class brings plenty of punch with appealing 4.5 quickness for a big man. However, Mays has a lot of catching up to do after being limited to just five games and 37 carries last season because of knee and ankle injuries.
Round 7/247: Malachi Dupre , WR, 6-2, 196, Louisiana State
Developmental prospect joins a crowded position. When LSU Tigers quarterbacks could get the football to him, Dupre had flashes of production as he led the Tigers the last two seasons with a total of 84 receptions for nearly 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns.
Round 2/41: Dalvin Cook , 5-10, 210, Florida State Seminoles
As soon as this first-round talent fell to the second round, the Minnesota Vikings started making calls to trade up from the 15th pick of the second round. They view him as an explosive three-down back who can help their moribund running game immediately. The Vikings gave the Cincinnati Bengals a fourth-round pick to move up seven spots and grab Cook ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles at 42.
Round 3/70: Pat Elflein , 6-3, 300, Ohio State Buckeyes
Concerned that a run on offensive linemen would start before they could nab Elflein, the Vikings traded a fifth-round pick to the New York Jets to move up nine spots. Elflein started 40 straight games between guard and center at Ohio State. A more natural guard who still won last year's Rimington Award as the nation's best center, Elflein will either compete for the wide-open job at right guard or stay at center as versatile veteran Joe Berger moves to right guard.
Round 4/109: Jaleel Johnson , DT, 6-4, 310, Iowa Hawkeyes
Combination of strength and quick feet make him a candidate to step in at the three-technique position, where Sharrif Floyd 's once-promising career is in jeopardy. Floyd had what was considered minor surgery last September, but ended up missing the final 15 games and still hasn't passed a physical. Some nerve damage in the knee caused the Vikings to make defensive tackle a priority position in the draft.
Round 4/120: Ben Gedeon , OLB, 6-3, 247, Michigan Wolverines
The Vikings went into the draft with only five linebackers on their roster. Chad Greenway retired, leaving the team with a need for more competition to fill the weak-side backer position in the base defense. Gedeon is only a two-down player best suited to playing the run, but that's all that would be needed from him considering that's what Greenway became late in his career.
Round 5/170: Rodney Adams , WR, 6-1, 189, South Florida
The Vikings needed more help at receiver because they lost Cordarrelle Patterson and Charles Johnson in free agency and still aren't sure what they really got in 2016 first-round draft pick Laquon Treadwell , who had only one catch last season. Adams also has the skill set and experience to step in as Patterson's replacement at kick returner. Patterson led the league in kick returns three out of the past four year. Adams averaged 29.1 yards per return with a 97-yard score two years ago.
Round 5/180: Danny Isidora , G, 6-3, 306, Miami
Started 39 games at right guard, but probably a little too raw to be considered a candidate to win the competition there right away. Has the athleticism and technique to make it at the NFL level, but might need to get stronger after getting overpowered some at the Senior Bowl.
Round 6/201: Bucky Hodges , TE, 6-6, 257, Virginia Tech Hokies
Essentially, he was a giant slot receiver in college. He rarely blocked and won't help the Vikings in that area. But he runs in the 4.5s and is a smooth receiver that the team might be able to use along with No. 1 tight end Kyle Rudolph .
Round 7/219: Stacy Coley , WR, 6-0, 195, Miami
Another guy who can stretch the field but needs polish. Speed also could make him a candidate in the return game.
Round 7/220: Ifeadi Odenigbo , DE, 6-3, 258, Northwestern Wildcats
Brought in for depth on a defensive line unit that has only one player: nose tackle Linval Joseph : signed beyond this season. A strong player who will need coaching.
Round 7/232: Elijah Lee , OLB, 6-3, 228, Kansas State Wildcats
Another long, athletic outside linebacker in the mold that the Vikings like. Could help out on special teams immediately and possibly stick around for depth at linebacker.
Round 7/245: Jack Tocho , CB, 6-0, 202, North Carolina State
A big corner with promise. A player who could benefit from head coach Mike Zimmer's expertise in coaching defensive backs. Isn't the smoothest player laterally and needs to get better against the run.
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