- July 11, 2018 at 8:20 am #48202
NFC North Post Draft June 2018
What’s up Scout Army?!?!
Everyone seems to be handing the North crown to the Vikings already. Not so fast my friends as we have a couple of contenders here. Yes, the Packers are always in play as long as Aaron Rodgers is breathing. We also have the Bears as a sneaky dark horse to possibly unseat Minnesota.
HC: Matt Nagy (NEW) (5-11)
The Bears entered 2017 strongly positioned to finish last in the division…. They didn’t disappoint whatsoever. Of course, they traded up in the draft to select what could be their franchise quarterback in Mitch Trubisky so the bad record was almost assured. That’s not to say that Trubisky is bad, but he wasn’t ready for primetime in year one. The defense played better than I would have expected and seems to be ahead of schedule in rebuilding and should continue to move forward as a top end unit. Head Coach John Fox was let go at season’s end and the Bears hired former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to replace him. There is reason for optimism in Chicago for 2018, but we need to see what the new coaches bring to the table.
OC: Mark Helfrich (NEW)
The Bears made a ton of moves this offseason to improve the offense. What has stayed the same though is that Jordan Howard is still the lead RB and can be had around the 2-3 turn this year. His backfield mate in Tarik Cohen is sitting around the 6th-7th round. I’m not a Cohen guy myself and especially this year when there are so many receiving options taking targets away. The receiving corps went through a huge overhaul starting with Allen Robinson who is going in the 4th round, industry slot receiver darling Anthony Miller who goes around the 8th round and Trey Burton at TE who goes late mid to super late round. Burton and Miller are the two that I believe hurt Cohen the most as they draw the short-range targets away. Trubisky is still going in the 10th round or later. He’s a high risk/high reward player as we don’t know yet how well this offense will function.
DC: Vic Fangio
Really solid looking unit and should be viable as a streaming defense if not weekly used defense.
HC: Matt Patricia (NEW) (9-7)
The Lions finished in second place for the division and what was their reward? The firing of Jim Caldwell. The Lions front office finally had enough of the just not good enough ways of Caldwell and released him while bringing in Matt Patricia from the Patriots to replace him. Detroit failed to have a running back cross the 100-yard mark again, while also continuing their efforts of slowly fading from the playoff race as the season moved on. They have talent on the team, its getting that talent to fully buy in to the goal that needs work.
OC: Jim Bob Cooter
The JBC offense lives!! The only difference is that they may actually get a RB over the 100-yard rushing threshold. LeGarrette Blount was brought in and Kerryon Johnson was drafted to try and end an ugly streak. Blount and Johnson are drafted in a similar area of about the 6th round and which one goes first depends on your feelings about the backfield. I believe that Blount will get the first shot with the Lions slowly working Johnson into the mix. Matt Stafford is what he is, a QB who won’t get drafted until late in drafts but will produce as a guy who should’ve been drafted higher. Golden Tate is the ppr guy to grab in the 4th round while Marvin Jones is more of the standard scoring guy who gets drafted in the 6th round. Keep an eye on Kenny Golladay super late in drafts as another big play threat guy. Finally, we have the TE position…………. Um…….Luke Willson will catch a couple touchdowns.
DC: Paul Pasqualoni (NEW)
I like them, but don’t love them. This is definitely a defense in wait and see mode as I’d like to see if Coach Patricia has his fingers on the controls.
Green Bay Packers
HC: Mike McCarthy (7-9)
2017 turned into the season of what could’ve been. The Packers were keeping pace with the eventual NFC North Champion Vikings when the worst possible thing could’ve happened. Aaron Rodgers went down for the rest of the season and with it the chances for the postseason. Rodgers did come back for week 16 against the Carolina Panthers, but, he never should have played. Brett Hundley did his best to try and keep the Packers alive but is just not talented enough to be a starting quarterback as of yet. The Packers will try to rebound in 2018, but it’s a tall task to accomplish taking the division title back from Minnesota.
OC: Joe Philbin (NEW)
As long as Aaron Rodgers is alive the Packers have a chance! The only chance you have of drafting Rodgers is before the end of the 4th round however and you don’t necessarily need him to win your league. Davante Adams is going at the beginning of the 2nd round this year and rightfully so after continuing to be productive with Brett Hundley running the offense. Randall Cobb is going to be the value guy as he goes close to the 8th-9th round area. That should be tremendous value for him as he bounces back to life this year. I’m going to say this ONE TIME for everyone. If you draft Jimmy Graham in the 7th round or earlier, you are playing this game wrong! Yes, he will catch a couple touchdowns and Jimmy Truthers will start getting tight in the pants about it. The problem is he’s not worth the headache since the Packers don’t utilize the TE very often outside of the red zone. For the RBs it is pretty simple……. Just don’t bother if you can’t help it. Even with Aaron Jones being suspended for a couple weeks it doesn’t clarify the situation as Jamal Williams and Ty Montgomery will be battling each other for carries. Montgomery has value as an absolute dart throw because you don’t have to draft him until the very end.
DC: Mike Pettine (NEW)
The talent has improved, but there is no way I’m ready to buy in just yet.
HC: Mike Zimmer (13-3)
It kills me to say it, but the class of the NFC North is the Minnesota Vikings. They dominated the division for the most part with all the other teams basically letting them run away with the title. The offense overcame adversity with the loss of Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook by finding out that Case Keenum wasn’t terrible and both Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon were efficient enough to keep the running game afloat. Combine that with a defense that was at the top of the league and it’s no surprise that they were able to make it to the NFC Championship where they eventually lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.
OC: John DeFilippo (NEW)
The offense is going to be good again this year. The Vikings did upgrade at QB with the addition of Kirk Cousins. I will say that he is being drafted too high in the 6th round for what you will get out of him most likely. The Vikings should be playing from ahead most weeks because of the defense and the running game. Adam Thielen is being drafted around the 3rd round if not the 2nd round and is okay for the most part, but I’d rather have Stefon Diggs in the 4th round. Kyle Rudolph is being forgotten again and doesn’t go until late in drafts. So, if you decide to wait on TE you can scoop up a solid option. Dalvin Cook returns to lead the backfield and he is expensive for a guy coming back from a torn ACL. He’s worth it though in my opinion and he is right around the 1-2 turn this year. If you do draft Cook take a look at Latavius Murray as his handcuff or if you want a late round stand alone.
DC: George Edwards
Basically, the same defense as last year………Solid weekly starter.
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