With the reigning MVP still residing in Green Bay, the Packers remain the NFC North's best team and a Super Bowl favorite but steady progress is being made in Minnesota, where another strong haul of defensive prospects could make the Vikings surprisingly tough in 2015.
Big names -- Adrian Peterson of the Vikings, Chargers QB Philip Rivers and Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston -- are being discussed as draft weekend trade chips. They are among 10 valued veterans who could change address this week if the price is right.
With a new coaching staff and 3-4 defense, the Bears enter their hometown draft with several known needs and among their 23 known visits were six outside linebacker prospects, five wide receivers and four quarterbacks.
The unspectacular tenure of GM Phil Emery produced poor draft results outside of a pair of Kyles -- OG Kyle Long and CB Kyle Fuller. With a roster thin on depth, the Bears could go a number of directions with their six picks in the 2015 draft.
Jameis Winston will meet with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday, following a similar sit-down between the franchise and San Diego Chargers. Do the Bears consider QB a pressing need in light of Jay Cutler's inconsistency and what would it take to get in on the Winston Sweepstakes?
Abysmal defensive performances by the New York Giants and Chicago Bears in Week 10 could have frustrated fans looking ahead to the 2015 NFL draft. Fortunately, there are defensive playmakers on capable of helping -- if scouts are willing to sacrifice size for speed.
This article is one of a 32-part series in which the goal is to identify one relatively unheralded player selected in the 2014 NFL Draft who appears to be an especially good schematic fit with his new NFL team.
The Pac-12 characterizes itself as the conference of champions and the 2015 NFL draft could certainly add to the league's reputation if four of its players wind up among the top seven picks as this very early first round mock draft projects.