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2011 NFL Draft - NFC North Team Needs
John Tuvey
April 14, 2011
 

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS (12th PICK)

Seven picks plus two compensatory picks: 1.12; 2.11; 4.9; 5.8, 5.19 (f/NYG); 6.7, 6.35 (comp); 7.13, 7.35 (comp)

It what has become an annual tradition, the Vikings are expected to use the draft to address their need for a quarterback of the future—and this year they mean it! Minnesota signed Brian Robison prior to the lockout but expects to lose Ray Edwards to free agency, plus Pat Williams isn’t expected back; that means the defensive line will require attention as well. A new quarterback will need someone besides Percy Harvin to throw to, and with Sidney Rice set on exploring free agency the Vikings will be eyeing wideouts as well. The offensive line could use depth and upgrades, and the secondary requires the same—especially at safety, where Minnesota would have been better served fielding a pair of orange traffic cones last season.

Possible options: QB Jake Locker, Washington; QB Christian Ponder, Florida State; QB Andy Dalton, TCU; DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina; S Rahim Moore, UCLA; S Quinton Carter, Oklahoma

DETROIT LIONS (13th PICK)

Six picks: 1.13; 2.12; 3.11; 4.10; 5.23(f/KC); 7.2 (f/DEN)

The Lions should be perfectly situated to finally give franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford some protection up front, unless one of the elite cornerbacks somehow slips to 13. The secondary is an area the Lions will look to upgrade later on in the draft, along with the back end of their linebacking corps. Detroit has its key offensive players in place, but they need depth and/or a running mate for Jahvid Best and a complement (or eventual replacement for?) Calvin Johnson.

Possible options: OT Tyron Smith, USC; OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College; CB Brandon Harris, Miami; CB Aaron Williams, Texas; LB Bruce Carter, North Carolina

CHICAGO BEARS (29th PICK)

Six picks: 1.29; 2.30; 3.29; 4.30; 5.29; 6.30

The Bears are back on Day One of the draft after taking the first two rounds off last year. Expect them to pursue help for their offensive line, specifically a guard who could play now and eventually slide to center to replace Olin Kreutz. And while they’re at it a tackle wouldn’t be a bad investment, either. Chicago also wants to add a defensive tackle to replace Tommie Harris as well as an outside linebacker or two. And Mike Martz can never have enough wide receivers, especially guys who fit his system.

Possible options: OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin; OG Mike Pouncey, Florida; OC Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State; DT Corey Liuget, Illinois; DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina

GREEN BAY PACKERS (32nd PICK)

Eight picks plus one compensatory pick: 1.32; 2.32; 3.32; 4.32, 4.34 (comp); 5.32; 6.32; 7.1 (f/CAR), 7.32

While there are no glaring needs on the Green Bay roster, there are definitely areas Ted Thompson will look to address. The offensive line could still use some work, be it immediate help in the interior, eventual replacements at tackle, or depth all the way around. The defensive line was gutted by injury last year and also needs depth, while Clay Matthews could use a running mate and Charles Woodson an heir at corner. The Packers could also look to complement James Starks’ inside running with an outside threat/pass-catching back.

Possible options: DE Christian Ballard, Iowa; OT Derrick Sherrod, Mississippi State; OT Orlando Franklin, Miami; CB Aaron Williams, Texas; RB Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State

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