Draft Grades: NFC North rundown, updated divisional odds for each team

One week removed from the 2018 NFL Draft, fans won’t really know who are the real winners or losers until a few seasons down the road. However, that won’t stop NFL experts in determining who they believe did well and who got the short end of the stick.

Let’s break the NFC North draft down.

Chicago Bears — B-

1. Roquan Smith, LB: Georgia

2. James Daniels, C: Iowa

2. Anthony Miller, WR: Kentucky

4. Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LB: Western Kentucky

5. Bilal Nichols, DT: Delaware

6. Kylie Fitts, DE: Utah

7 Javon Wims, WR: Georgia

The Bears wanted to get stronger on defense, and by all appearances they did. Roquan Smith joins LB Leonard Floyd with hopes of solidifying the inside and outside of the defense for the Bears. With Mitchell Trubisky running the show in 2018, Chicago is hoping to make a run to the postseason.

Detroit Lions — B+

1. Frank Ragnow, C Arkansas

2. Kerryon Johnson, RB: Auburn

3. Tracy Walker, S: Louisiana

4. Da’Shawn Hand, DE: Alabama

5. Tyrell Crosby, OL: Oregon

7. Nick Bawden, FB: San Diego State

Lions fans said “Who?” when Detroit announced Arkansas center Frank Ragnow as their first selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Lions said they were committed to bolstering their offensive line and they stuck to it. Ragnow did not allow a single sack in college, and fifth-round selection Tyrell Crosby, a tackle out of Oregon did not allow a sack last season.

Detroit is hoping with these two selections they will help solidify protection for QB Matt Stafford.

Green Bay Packers — C

1. Jaire Alexander CB: Louisville

2. Josh Jackson, CB: Iowa

3. Oren Burks, OLB: Wake Forest

4. J’Mon Moore, WR: Missouri

5. Cole Madison, OL: Washington State

5. JK Scott, P: Alabama

5. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR: South Florida

6. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR: Notre Dame

7. James Looney, DE: California

7. Hunter Bradley, LS: Mississippi State

7. Kendall Donnerson, LB: Southeast Missouri State

The Packers wanted to strengthen their defensive corners and showed it right away in the 2018 draft. Green Bay allowed an NFL-worst 21 TD passes in 2017, which made Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson justifiable selections. Jackson was a stud at Iowa and may be the best athlete the Packers selected in the entire draft.

Minnesota Vikings — B+

1. Mike Hughes, CB: South Florida

2. Brian O’Neill, OT: Pittsburgh

4. Jalyn Holmes, DE: Ohio State

5. Tyler Conklin, TE: Central Michigan

5. Daniel Carlson, K: Auburn

6. Colby Gossett, OG: Appalachian State

6. Ade Aruna, DE: Tulane

7. Devante Downs, LB: California

They landed Kirk Cousins in free agency, and their first five draft selections may all be keepers this season. The Vikings are showing they are ready to prove last season was far from a fluke.  Cornerback Mike Hughes and DE Jalyn Holmes should make an impact this season. TE Tyler Conklin may turn out to be the surprise of the draft for the Vikings and should be a nice compliment to Kyle Rudolph.

Now the questions are out there. Will the Vikings rule the North, or will Aaron Rodgers regain his form and lead the Packers to another division title? Can Matt Patricia work his magic in Detroit and lead the Lions to the postseason or are the Bears ready to surprise everyone and return to their “Monsters of the Midway” form?

Here are the early NFC North odds.

  • Vikings +140
  • Packers +185
  • Lions +500
  • Bears +600

Two Kids in a Trenchcoat: A Football Podcast — Episode 3

This week, Ryan, Jacob and Josh dive into the NFL draft going in depth in the first round and talking about picks that surprised them.

Takeaway from Draft and First Pick: 0:254:00

Antonio Callaway: 4:056:12

Baker Odds: 6:209:34

Denzel Ward: 9:4013:37

Josh Rosen: 13:4520:00

Josh Allen: 20:1520:30

QB busts: 20:3523:55

Middle of first round: 24:0030:20

Worst first round picks: 30:3034:30

Slides: 34:3539:18

End of first round: 39:2547:18

Prospects that fell: 47:3053:30

Best drafts: 54:001:07

NFL Draft Page

With the NFL Draft just hours away, we thought it would be cool to throw all of Sideline Intel’s coverage in the same place.

Mock Drafts:                       DbgaypvV4AA5bNM

Ryan Sharp 1.0

Ryan Sharp 2.0

Ryan Sharp 2.1

Ryan Sharp 3.0

Ryan Sharp 4.0

Ryan Sharp 5.0

Ryan Sharp 6.0

Ryan Sharp 7.0 (Full first round)

Jacob Rosenfarb 1.0 (Full first round)

Jacob Rosenfarb 2.0 (Full first round)


Two Kids in a Trenchcoat Episode 1

Two Kids in a Trenchcoat Episode 2

Other Content:

Whose draft stock improved at the Combine?

Get Baker Mayfield to Miami

Note — Some of these draft overviews have aged poorly, but in case you were interested, here they are:

Draft Overview: Cleveland Browns

Draft Overview: New York Giants

Draft Overview: Indianapolis Colts

Draft Overview: Houston Texans

Draft Overview: Denver Broncos

Two Kids in a Trenchcoat 4/25/18

Jacob, Ryan and Josh go rapid fire and give you their full mocks heading into NFL draft day. The trio also dive into some prospects that intrigue them and how Reggie Bush might be the greatest Dolphin running back of all time.

Top 10 Picks: 01:30 – 12:46

Picks 11 through 32: 12:50 – 23:30

Eagles Talk: 23:35 – 25:10

Derrius Guice/Reggie Bush: 25:15 – 28:47

Josh Jackson: 29:00 – 30:00

Harold Landry: 30:00 – 31:43

Lamar Jackson: 31:45 – 36:16

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Ryan Sharp Mock Draft 7.0

Jacob Rosenfarb Mock Draft 2.0