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Dixon | 2017 NFL Draft NFC North Short Takes

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Dixon | 2017 NFL Draft NFC North Short Takes

Green Bay Packers

The Packers did not pick until the 2nd round yet quickly nailed down team needs once they were on the clock. They drafted defensive back Kevin King (Rd2 pick 1): a tall, slender corner who plays with a feisty attitude.

In the 3rd round they selected defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Rd3 pick 29), who can challenge as a new big anchor up the middle. He has the power to control two gaps inside during run support but more importantly he has the quickness to push the pocket up the middle.

Last season the Packers had to convert a WR to be their RB (Ty Montgomery), so they addressed the RB issue with the selection of RB Jamaal Williams (Rd4 pick 28). He is an underrated, one-step downhill runner with prototypical size at 6’0” and 212 lbs. Williams is strong after contact and regularly broke tackles to continue forward.

Detroit Lions

The Lions are committed to getting faster and they proved it with their draft selections. With their 1st round pick, Detroit chose linebacker Jarrad Davis (Rd1 pick 21). He will immediately line up in the middle of the defense and use his speed to cover sideline to sideline. More importantly, his character will change the attitude of the Lion defense.

The Lions drafted back to back Florida defenders a round later when they selected defensive back Teez Tabor (Rd2 pick 21). He is another selection that will immediately contribute, especially by forcing turnovers because his eye is constantly looking to make a play on the ball.

In the 4th round they selected another fast-flowing linebacker in Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Rd4 pick 18) from Tennessee. He has high character and can cover TEs in space. In the 6th round, the Lions selected Brad Kaaya (Rd6 pick 32) to sit behind Matt Stafford and stay ready if Stafford ever gets injured.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings drafted Adrian Peterson’s replacement with running back Dalvin Cook in the second round (Rd 2 pick 9).

Although Cook fell to the second round, I believe he can become one of the best RBs from this class; he constantly remains balanced after contact. Also, Cook has an explosive burst when he sees the hole and is ready to tuck up into the second level.

With the following picks, Minnesota did well to become more physical with the selection of center Pat Elflein (Rd3 pick 6), who has the athleticism to move laterally and get to the second level.

In the 4th round, they selected powerful defensive lineman Jaleel Johnson (Rd4 pick 2) to replace Shariff Floyd, provided Floyd cannot recover from his lingering injury. Also in the 4th round, the Vikings selected linebacker Ben Gedeon (Rd4 pick 14) whose role will be to use his strength to stop the run.

The Vikings also selected wide receiver Bucky Hodges in the 6th round (Rd6 pick 17); he stands tall at 6’6” and could become an immediate red zone target. With their selection of wide receiver Stacey Coley (Rd7 pick 1), they gained a slot who runs smooth routes and is an underrated deep threat.

Chicago Bears

The Bears committed to the QB of their future with the selection of Mitchell Trubisky (Rd1 pick 2). The Bears staff is sitting comfortably knowing that they have the choice to play him right away or sit him behind veteran free agent signing Mike Glennon.

Either way, Trubisky has the athleticism and arm talent to compete once he gets on the field. His strong arm can make every throw on the field and he showed that he can move through progressive reads while standing in the pocket.

In the 2nd round, they added a physical run blocking tight end with the pick of Adam Shaheen (Rd2 pick 13). Later in the 4th round, they stole safety Eddie Jackson (Rd4 pick 5), who fell in the draft because of injury but he has the ball skills to cover the width of the field.

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Roger Dixon Jr

Roger is a native of Orlando, FL. After excelling in DII football his first 2 seasons, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing on the Florida Gators football team, where he was named Special Teams Player of the Year and Team Captain. He earned his degree in Economics from UF's Warrington College of Business. Roger brings a passion for football and unique perspective of what it takes to be successful in football at the highest level.

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