With the draft having officially wrapped up Marcus Cooper Jersey
, let’s take a look at how each of the Bears’ divisional rivals did." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteWindy City GridironWindy City Gridiron - Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansFiled under:NFL DraftKnow your enemy: Recapping draft picks from Bears’ NFC North rivalsNew,25commentsWith the draft having officially wrapped up, let’s take a look at how each of the Bears’ divisional rivals did.CDTShareTweetShareShareKnow your enemy: Recapping draft picks from Bears’ NFC North rivalsNew Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson was the first player selected by an NFC North team in this year’s draft.Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesWith the Bears having won the NFC North last season, this year’s NFL Draft served as a chance for their divisional rivals to potentially unseat them from the throne.Chicago didn’t have any picks in the first two rounds, which gave their foes the chance to try to close the gap in the division by adding young, high-ceiling talent. While some picks were more confusing than others, all three teams found a couple of players who could be immediate contributors. To get to know some of the players the Bears will play twice a year for the foreseeable future, let’s break down what all of the other NFC North teams did in the draft this year.Detroit LionsRound 1: T.J. Hockenson, TE, IowaRound 2: Jahlani Tavai, LB, HawaiiRound 3: Will Harris, S, Boston CollegeRound 4: Austin Bryant, EDGE, ClemsonRound 5: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn StateRound 6: Travis Fulgham, WR, Old DominionRound 6: Tyron Johnson, RB, Oklahoma StateRound 7: Isaac Nauta https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Kyle-Fuller-Jersey
, TE, GeorgiaRound 7: P.J. Johnson, DT, ArizonaThe Lions had a handful of Day 3 steals, but I’m ultimately not very impressed with their haul in the first three rounds of the draft. Hockenson has potential to be a top-five tight end in the NFL, but I question how much he’ll be utilized in Detroit’s offense. Tavai is a two-down thumper who can tackle reliably, but he doesn’t offer too much in the way of athleticism or coverage reliability. Harris is a lengthy and athletic safety with some room to grow into a starter, so even though he’s much more reactive than instinctive as this point, I can understand why the Lions liked him. I really like the Oruwariye selection for them, though, as I feel he can be a starting press cornerback at the professional level.Green Bay PackersRound 1: Rashan Gary, DE/EDGE, MichiganRound 1: Darnell Savage, S, MarylandRound 2: Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi StateRound 3: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&MRound 5: Kingsley Keke, DT, Texas A&MRound 6: Ka’Dar Hollman, CB Bryce Callahan Color Rush Jersey
, ToledoRound 6: Dexter Williams, RB, Notre DameRound 7: Ty Summers, LB, TCUWhen it comes to hauls in the first two days of the draft, the Packers may have had the best in the division. Granted, having two first-round picks does help them out a bit, but they added a lot of good players early on. Gary is an athletic freak who, though raw, offers Pro Bowl upside. Joining the likes of Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith in the front-seven, Green Bay’s pass rush is looking very intimidating. The rangy and athletic Savage is a very good complement to Adrian Amos, who will benefit yet again from having a safety with that skill set next to him. Jenkins fits a need and is a reliable force in both pass protection and run blocking, and Sternberger was also a great pick, as he can develop into a deadly U tight end at the next level. I’m not too keen on their Day 3 picks, though Williams should be able to carve out a role for himself as a solid short-yardage back.Minnesota VikingsRound 1: Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina StateRound 2: Irv Smith Jr., TE, AlabamaRound 3: Alexander Mattison, RB Josh Bellamy Jersey
, Boise StateRound 4: Dru Samia, OG, OklahomaRound 5: Cameron Smith, LB, USCRound 6: Armon Watts, DT, ArkansasRound 6: Marcus Epps, S, WyomingRound 6: Oli Udoh, OT, ElonRound 7: Kris Boyd, CB, TexasRound 7: Dillon Mitchell, WR, OregonRound 7: Olabisi Johnson, WR, Colorado StateRound 7: Austin Cutting, LS, Air ForceMinnesota had a boatload of picks to work with, and they did a good job of adding quality talent. Bradbury has all of the tools of a Pro Bowl center, and with some bulking up, I don’t know if there will be a glaring weakness in his game. The middle of the second round is a fit for Smith than the late first https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Anthony-Miller-Jersey
, so the value here in a well-rounded pass catcher was good here. The third round was way too high for Mattison, who doesn’t appear to have the speed or the contact balance to be a back who consistently gets touches. The Vikings had a whopping nine picks on Day 3, and they managed to find a lot of great value. Samia and Smith have the potential to step in as starters, while the likes of Watts, Udoh and Mitchell are intriguing late-round picks who could be solid depth. Jay heads to the broadcast booth & rookies come to camp this week" The Bears DenBear’s Den Friday Open Thread, May 31, 2019New,130commentsCDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Bear’s Den Friday Open Thread, May 31, 2019TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Welcome to your a rare offseason Friday Morning Open Thread.Denmaster Ken is traveling the Great White North through Canada this week (plus spending some time in Minnesota Vikings country) and has no internet access to speak of, so links’s just aren’t happening today. Instead, why don’t you just chime in and tell us what you have on your mind!The seat belt light is off, feel free to get up and wander around the cabin! As always, open thread responsibly!!!!Bear Down!!!!THE RULESWindy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - SBNation.com - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments, FanPosts, usernames or anywhere else in an SB Nation community: Comments, FanPosts or usernames that are intolerant or prejudiced; Personal attacks or threats on community members; Gendered insults of any kind; Trolling; Click link for full information.Click on our names to follow us on Twitter:WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Kev H; Sam Householder; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook.