2014 NFL Draft: Rounds Two and Three Grades For Entire NFC North

2014 NFL Draft: Rounds Two and Three Grades For Entire NFC North

The NFC North as a whole had a total of nine picks on day number two of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Packers had three picks, adding a receiver, tight end and defensive end in the process. The Vikings selected a defensive end and a speed back both in the third round.

The Lions snagged a center and a pass-rushing linebacker, while the Bears picked up two big bodies to fill the void at defensive tackle left by the departure of Henry Melton this off-season

Here’s the overall draft grades for the entire NFC North’s second and third round selections on day two:

Minnesota Vikings: Scott Chrichton (DE, Oregon State) and RB Jerick McKinnon (Georgia Southern)

Chrichton was a three-year starter Oregon State, where he appeared in 38 games. He racked up 22.5 sacks, an impressive 51 tackles for a loss and an Oregon State record 10 forced fumbles in that span. Chrichton is still maturing as a pass-rusher, but he should come in and serve a purpose in the Minnesota defensive line rotation. McKinnon is an undersized speed back, who is powerful and has plenty of strength. The knack on him is the competition he faced and the fact the Vikings need a guy similar to Toby Gerhart, who signed with Jacksonville this off-season. Adrian Peterson can’t do it all himself forever.

Grade: Chirchton (B), McKinnon (C+)

Detroit Lions: Kyle Van Noy (OLB, BYU) and Travis Swanson (C, Arkansas)

After the Lions flubbed with a reach for tight end Eric Ebron on day one, they made some solid picks on day two in Van Noy and Swanson. Van Noy reunites with his former college teammate Ziggy Ansah. Van Noy will come in and likely start at SAM linebacker, where he will get a chance to flash his blitzing abilities. In four seasons Van Noy totaled 226 tackles, 62 for loss, 26 sacks, seven interceptions and 17 forced fumbles. Swanson started 50 consecutive games at Arkansas, a team record. He will come in and compete for playing time at guard, while serving as the center of the near future behind 35-year-old Dominic Raiola.

Grade: Van Noy (B-), Swanson (B+)

Chicago Bears: Ego Ferguson (DT, LSU) and Will Sutton (DT, Arizona State)

Ferguson started 12 games, racking up 58 tackles, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss and a sack in 2013. His best game came against Alabama, where he totaled seven tackles. He is raw, but he is a pure athlete and can be very disruptive. He should be a nice fit at the two-technique position or at nose. Sutton is a great value at this point in the draft considering he has similar talents to Aaron Donald or Ra’Shede Hagemen, who both were picked well before him. He generated 162 tackles along with 45.5 tackles for a loss, 19.5 sacks, nine pass deflections, four forced fumbles and an interception in four collegiate seasons.

Grade: Ferguson (B-), Sutton (A-)

Green Bay Packers: Davante Adams (WR, Fresno State), Khyri Thornton (DE, Southern Miss) and Richard Rodgers (TE, California)

Adams should come in and compete for snaps behind Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Jarret Boykin. Scouts compare Adams to James Jones, whom the Packers let walk this off-season in free agency. Adams has the chance to provide the Packers with another solid weapon for quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the near future. The Packers need help on defense and they got that with an underrated talent in Thornton in the third round. The 6-3, 304 pound lineman is versatile and is very explosive off the snap according to scouts. Jermichael Finley is no longer in town, so the Packers had a need at tight end. They took Richard Rodgers (no relation to Aaron) late in the third round. Richard Rodgers was a tight end at Cal before converting to receiver in his senior season. He is raw, but has a chance to earn playing time right away with little competition to face in training camp.

Grade: Adams (C+), Thornton (B), Rodgers (C)

 

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