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2024 NFL Draft Review: NFC North

The 2024 NFL Draft is over and now it is time to look back. Draft Countdown is doing a division-by-division review series. Today, we look at the NFC North.

Did the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings improve themselves? Let’s find out.

2024 NFL Draft Review: NFC North

CHICAGO BEARS

1 1 QB Caleb Williams Southern Cal
1 9 WR Rome Odunze Washington
3 75 OT Kiran Amegadjie Yale
4 122 P Tory Taylor Iowa
5 144 EDGE Austin Booker Kansas

BEST OVERALL PICK: Caleb Williams, QB, Southern Cal

BEST VALUE: Kiran Amegadjie, OT, Yale

BIGGEST REACH: Tory Taylor, P, Iowa

FAVORITE UDFA: Keith Randolph, DL, Illinois (#179 on final Draft Board)

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

This should be a franchise-altering draft for Chicago. A draft as good as Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza. Caleb Williams is set for success early in his career with DJ Moore, Cole Kmet, Keenan Allen, and more already in place. The Bears have never had a 4k passer in a season or a 30-TD in a season QB. I believe Williams gets there as a rookie.

Helping that cause is one of the best WRs in this year’s class, Rome Odunze. Odunze has elite speed and route-running ability. I expect him to be the Bears WR1 by the end of the season.

Yale OT Kiran Amegadjie is a project but he very well could be the left tackle of the future. They also acquired a raw pass rusher in the 5th round that could pay dividends in the future with Austin Booker. They traded a 4th in the ’25 draft to acquire him.

And finally, they drafted punter Tory Taylor in the fourth round. I am firmly on “team no specialists” in the draft. But if you are going to do it, you may as well draft one of one.

DETROIT LIONS

1 24 CB Terrion Arnold Alabama
2 61 CB Ennis Rakestraw Jr. Missouri
4 126 OT Giovanni Manu British Columbia
4 132 S Sione Vaki Utah
6 189 DL Mekhi Wingo LSU
6 210 IOL Christian Mahogany Boston College

BEST OVERALL PICK: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

BEST VALUE: Ennis Rakestraw, CB, Missouri

BIGGEST REACH: Giovanni Manu, OT, British Columbia

FAVORITE UDFA: Isaiah Williams, WR, Illinois (#294 on Final Board)

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

The Lions knew their biggest weakness entering the draft and attacked it. Cornerback could go from a weakness to a strength with the selections of Terrion Arnold and Ennis Rakestraw will be starters for the foreseeable future in Motown.

The Lions traded a third-round pick in 2025 to move up in the fourth to take the ultimate project at offensive line. Tongan-born OT Giovanni Manu. Manu has tremendous size and athleticism but his football reps are limited. Best case scenario he becomes Jordan Mailata. Worst case, you traded a three next year for a project.

Sione Vaki from Utah was drafted as a RB. Vaki mostly played safety in Salt Lake. He will be no better than third on their depth chart in the backfield but should impact their special teams.

I think Detroit had two steals in the sixth round with Mekhi Wingo and Christian Mahogany. Both have starter upside and will fill roles as rookies.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

1 25 OT Jordan Morgan Arizona
2 45 LB Edgerrin Cooper Texas A&M
2 58 S Javon Bullard Georgia
3 88 RB MarShawn Lloyd Southern Cal
3 91 LB Ty’Ron Hopper Missouri
4 111 S Evan Williams Oregon
5 163 IOL Jacob Monk Duke
5 169 S Kitan Oladapo Oregon State
6 202 OT Travis Glover Georgia State
7 245 QB Michael Pratt Tulane
7 255 CB Kalen King Penn State

BEST OVERALL PICK: Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Texas A&M

BEST VALUE: Marshawn Lloyd, RB, Southern Cal

BIGGEST REACH: Ty’Ron Hopper, LB, Missouri

FAVORITE UDFA: Peter Bowden, LS, Wisconsin 

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

The Packers draft was a tad head-scratching to me. Jordan Morgan will be expected to win the left tackle job out of the gate. He was solid at the Senior Bowl but not other wordly. 

Edgerrin Cooper and Javon Bullard both are anticipatory starters on defense. Can Marshawn Lloyd push Josh Jacobs for reps as a rookie?

Hopper, Williams, Glover, and Oladapo should earn depth spots.

Michael Pratt is better than Sean Clifford and should push for the QB2 spot.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

1 10 QB J.J. McCarthy Michigan
1 17 EDGE Dallas Turner Alabama
4 108 CB Khyree Jackson Oregon
6 177 OT Walter Rouse Oklahoma
6 203 K Will Reichard Alabama
7 230 IOL Michael Jurgens Wake Forest
7 232 DL Levi Drake Rodriguez Texas A&M-Commerce

BEST OVERALL PICK: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

BEST VALUE: Turner

BIGGEST REACH: JJ McCarthy, QB, Michigan

FAVORITE UDFA: Gabriel Murphy, EDGE, UCLA (#106 on Final Board)

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

Let’s preface this up front…I am not a fan of J.J. McCarthy. However, he is going to a good situation for success.

Trading up to get Dallas Turner was a home run in my opinion. They needed another pass rusher to replace Danielle Hunter. Other than Laiatu Latu, Turner was the top one available.

I think Khyree Jackson could push for a starting job at some point soon.

Alabama kicker Will Reichard is the leading scorer in SEC history. His selection also means Nick Saban has had at least one player drafted at every position on the field during his tenure as head coach at Alabama.

 

College football will be back soon as the Heisman Trophy and National Championship are settled.

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