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NFC North Draft Review

Chicago Bears:  This team held its draft in early April, when the Bears acquired their first franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman.  And so unless the nine picks they made beginning in round three yield multiple Hall of Famers, 2009 will be remembered only as the year in which Jay Cutler arrived, for better or worse.
Their first pick, third-round defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert, adds depth to a rotation from which Tommie Harris is all too often absent. 
Receiver Juaquin Iglesias, when paired with Cutler, could be this year’s Eddie Royal.  Wisely, the Bears picked up two more pass-catchers, and it’ll be very interesting to see Chicago’s new-look air attack — especially once the weather turns at Soldier Field.
Detroit Lions:  Not much more can be written or said about quarterback Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.  The Lions, who can’t get much worse, took a big risk.  Whether it pays off remains to be seen.
Since the Lions still can’t draft a receiver in the first round with a straight face, they did the next best thing and landed tight end Brandon Pettigrew with the 20th overall pick.  He figures to see plenty of openings against the two Tampa Two defenses in the NFC North — especially since Calvin Johnson will continue to get the bulk of the attention.
Of course, the Lions couldn’t completely resist taking a wideout; they grabbed Penn State’s Derrick Williams in round three. 
On the defensive side of the ball, second-round safety Louis Delmas has the skills and the attitude to help turn things around.
Green Bay Packers:  If the goal was to commence the transition from 4-3 to 3-4, then the Packers achieved it. 
Nose tackle B.J. Raji gives Green Bay a key component — a big, fat guy who can tie up blockers that otherwise would be putting linebackers on their butts.
Linebacker Clay Matthews quickly could become a sack machine, especially under the tutelage of Kevin Greene.
The rest of it was the standard Ted Thompson ho-hum, no-sizzle draft.  But look for a couple of them to become contributors soon.
Minnesota Vikings:  Receiver Percy Harvin represents an all-or-nothing gamble from coach Brad Childress, who knows that he needs to win in 2009 or find work elsewhere in 2010.  The positive drug result from the Scouting Combine is troubling, and Harvin quickly will have to decide whether he loves football more than marijuana.
In 2005, the Vikings used a second-round pick on a guard (Marcus Johnson) whom they tried to make into a right tackle.  In didn’t work.
The next year, they used a second-round pick on a center (Ryan Cook) whom they tried to make into a right tackle.  It hasn’t worked.
And so, this time around, they’ll try to make a right tackle out of left tackle Phil Loadholt.  Nearly eight years after the death of Korey Stringer, the Vikings are surely hoping they’ve finally found a long-term answer at the position.
Then there’s third-round cornerback Asher Allen, who beefs up a decent secondary and who could be the long-term replacement for Antoine Winfield, who turns 32 next month.

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31 Responses to “NFC North Draft Review”
  1. Fan_of_Football says: May 4, 2009 3:09 PM

    That’s it? Stop wasting your time Mike. No need to do draft reviews when 3000 other sites do it. Especially when you do it as half-ass as this.

  2. bosummers32 says: May 4, 2009 3:17 PM

    I think one thing that hasn’t been said is how close the Bears’ approach to the draft is becoming to the Raiders. And how frightening that is. Almost taking a nobody second-rounder who has incredible speed; drafting the guy that can jump out of a pool; drafting the second-fastest WR after Bey (Knox).
    Eep.

  3. imaginesuperbowlwin says: May 4, 2009 3:23 PM

    No kidding. I could have wrote that last Sunday. And more than half-ass.

  4. frito233 says: May 4, 2009 3:25 PM

    copy paste, old ass joke about the lions, copy paste.

  5. topcide says: May 4, 2009 3:35 PM

    I love how you still found a way to take a shot at the lions.
    Seriously, did William Clay Ford sh*it in your lucky charms or something?

  6. ACDC84 says: May 4, 2009 3:37 PM

    “That’s it? Stop wasting your time Mike. No need to do draft reviews when 3000 other sites do it. Especially when you do it as half-ass as this.”
    I actually agree. No disrespect Florio, but a dozen other people have already done this exercise, and they did it more thoroughly. This is a waste of your time.

  7. bobbycsu says: May 4, 2009 3:43 PM

    personally, i liked the review. i had no idea that percy harvin had character issues or tested positive for marijuana. you’d think i would have heard something about it after watching the draft.

  8. Gregjennings85 says: May 4, 2009 3:44 PM

    Ouch. Fan_of_Football is not pleased with your effort, Mike. Best pack up, and close down this website.

  9. FrankGWP says: May 4, 2009 3:49 PM

    Kory Stringer played left tackle at OSU. He kept Orlando Pace on the right side while they were on the same squad.
    Accordingly, taking a hude RT with experience at LT has worked out for the Purple in the past.

  10. yellerhelmut says: May 4, 2009 3:58 PM

    yup, if your gonna half ass it, don’t bother. This terrible!!!! I got a yellerhelmut

  11. ZN0rseman says: May 4, 2009 3:58 PM

    The short version…
    Chicago – Jay Cutler.
    Detroit – Matthew Stafford, Lions receivers joke.
    Packers – BJ Raji, 3-4 defense.
    Vikings – Percy Harvin hate, Vikings front office bashing.

  12. Rick In Cali says: May 4, 2009 4:18 PM

    This is a complete letdown. I’d at least have thrown in something about Wizzinator Junior up in Minne….

  13. reckoner says: May 4, 2009 4:19 PM

    bosummers32- not really similar to the Raiders in the slightest bit. The difference is that the Bears players, with great speed/athletic ability all had very good production in college (exception is Milton) while someone like Bey didn’t; Gilbert had 22 tackles for a loss, with double digit sacks recorded. Knox, Iglesis (who had a ton more catches and yards than DHB could only dream of), and Kinder was a Bilitnakoff finalist as a sophomore. Ditto in on Freeman.

  14. Junebug says: May 4, 2009 4:28 PM

    One point about Chicago/Cutler that no one seems to be making is that trade is essentially two drafts ’09 & ’10. This trade is bigger than one years draft. That said, it was huge for the Bears to solidify that position. Bears have become Vanderbilt North Cutler, Bennett, DJ Moore, plus others. Why would a GM get so hell bent on that school? Lovie’s done.

  15. luke_walker says: May 4, 2009 4:32 PM

    wow, that is just a really, really bad “review.” i wouldn’t even call it a review, how about a blog entry stating the obvious and telling the picks that each team made. why waste your time posting something as bland as this?

  16. JimmySmith says: May 4, 2009 4:39 PM

    Wait, the Vikings draft a CB in the 3rd round to ” beefs up a decent secondary”? They ranked in the bottom half the NFL and get called “decent” Next thing you know, you will claiming Childress is a card carrying MENSA memeber.

  17. tl5842 says: May 4, 2009 4:40 PM

    hey Fan_of_Football if you don’t like florios shit then find something else to read theres a reason he’s at least getting paid to write this and you are not. keep up the good work florio. Go vikings

  18. TheGonz says: May 4, 2009 6:33 PM

    “Wait, the Vikings draft a CB in the 3rd round to ” beefs up a decent secondary”? They ranked in the bottom half the NFL and get called “decent” Next thing you know, you will claiming Childress is a card carrying MENSA memeber.”
    Speaking of people that won’t be carrying MENSA membership cards any time soon. . .JimmySmith, ladies and gentlemen!
    The Vikings were the #6 defense in the NFL last season. They were tied for 3rd in the NFL in allowing opponents to convert third downs. They were 4th in the NFL in first downs allowed. Only 3 teams in the NFL had more sacks in 2008 than the Vikings did.
    If you’d like to see a “bottom half of the league” defense, just look in Green Bay. Or in Chicago. Or in Detroit. You’ll see pathetic defenses in all three of those locations. . .but not in Minnesota.

  19. wozzman says: May 4, 2009 7:36 PM

    If you’d like to see a “bottom half of the league” defense, just look in Green Bay. Or in Chicago. Or in Detroit. You’ll see pathetic defenses in all three of those locations. . .but not in Minnesota.
    You wont be seeing anything in Minnesota except a “MOVED TO LA”sign in the window.Then you can be Gone’z,like your team,,HahahhahhahhahahhahahahahaAH
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

  20. JimmySmith says: May 4, 2009 7:48 PM

    The Vikings finished 18th in Pass defense. That is the bottom half of the league. Where MN is tied for the league lead is in futile attempts to win the Superbowl where they are tied with Buffalo at 0-4. I would give the vikings the tie breaker based on the 99 season where they went 15-1 and didn’t even make it to the Superbowl. Buffalo may have broke their fans’ hearts with 4 superbowl losses but 15-1 to lose at home and not even make it to the superbowl takes choking to a whole new level.

  21. derbymt says: May 4, 2009 8:06 PM

    Hate to nitpick, but since people are dogging the effort put into this article, I believe the Vikings pretty effectively replaced Korey Stringer with Bryant McKinnie. I mean, he did play LT, not RT.
    Junebug don’t forget Chris Williams in Chicago.

  22. btown says: May 4, 2009 8:42 PM

    “Hate to nitpick, but since people are dogging the effort put into this article, I believe the Vikings pretty effectively replaced Korey Stringer with Bryant McKinnie. I mean, he did play LT, not RT.”
    Sorry, but you are wrong. Korey Stringer played RT. Todd Steussie was the LT.

  23. btown says: May 4, 2009 8:44 PM

    “Hate to nitpick, but since people are dogging the effort put into this article, I believe the Vikings pretty effectively replaced Korey Stringer with Bryant McKinnie. I mean, he did play LT, not RT.”
    Sorry but you are incorrect on this one. Korey Stringer played RT for the Vikes. Todd Steussie was the LT.

  24. 40for60 says: May 4, 2009 9:46 PM

    Jimmy Smith can’t seem to get over his passion for the Vikings. My God man, let it go.
    It’s not our fault we are on top while you lavish in the bowels of the NFC North.

  25. CanadianVikingFan says: May 4, 2009 9:51 PM

    im pretty sure the 98′ vikings has nothing to do with the 2009 vikings, so dont be stupid

  26. TheGonz says: May 5, 2009 3:17 PM

    “im pretty sure the 98′ vikings has nothing to do with the 2009 vikings, so dont be stupid”
    For JimmySmith. . .and every other Packer fan in America. . .stupid isn’t just a word. It’s a way of life.
    The Packers’ defense sucks from top to bottom, left to right, and front to back. They’re at the bottom of the barrel, just like the city they play in, the state that city is located in, and the people that cheer for them on Sundays. It’s quite hilarious that they think that talking smack is going to make everybody forget those things.
    I hope the Packers are gearing up for their 4-12 season in 2009. That’s what they’re looking at. The NFC North is a two-horse race.

  27. effs420 says: May 5, 2009 3:49 PM

    hey JimmySmith…i have a serious question for you. do you really honestly have nothing better to do? you literally comment on EVERY vikings post…if you hate the vikings so much, STOP POSTING IN THE THREADS…never have i seen somebody post so much on a team they hate…this is borderline unhealthy obsession…you gotta get out more buddy

  28. PURPLE_HAY-SEUSS says: May 5, 2009 6:24 PM

    But, Mom, I can’t take out the garbage, The Vikings just opened their mail! You know I just hafta say something about that! Come on, Ma, I’ll clean my room on Mother’s Day, just like every year…..But Dad, I hate Math! Don’t you see that Brad Childress invented Math? That’s why all his hair fell out and he has to have glasses! I promise I’ll wash my Packers Jersey and my junior league bowling shirt in September to get ready for the season.
    You said I can have my first beer at Lambeau this year. Yes you did! Even though my birthday is already passed, you SAID I could drink with you at the Packer’s home opener this year! Yes you DID! MOM! Stop lying! Dad! Make Mom promise that I can have my first Beer at the home opener!
    God, I Hate Brad Childress! What a moron!
    JimmySmith

  29. onamission says: May 8, 2009 11:14 AM

    GO vikings…..TO L.A.

  30. favrewillplay4ever says: May 10, 2009 5:11 PM

    i love it, a bears fan ripping on the raiders… at least the raiders owner has passion. his might be blind passion, but there’s no doubt that al davis loves his raider nation. and florio, what gives, normally you would have had a major dad joke at least….. whats with the love for the vikings all of a sudden? oh and by the way, even if the vikings do pick up favre, they will have NO super bowl championship rings after the season yet again and that my friends, is the definition of priceless.

  31. Girthy One says: May 11, 2009 8:41 AM

    Hey Gonz, how about 12 NFL championships staring you in the face? Minnesota has 0.
    Living in the past? Yep, GB has one that a fan can be proud of.
    Fire Ted Thompson!

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