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2022 NFL Draft Recap: NFC North

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The 2022 NFL Draft is over. Day 2 and Day 3 were pretty-exciting too. Let’s recap the entire NFC North team 2022 drafts.

Green Bay Packers

Round 1 Pick 22 (from Raiders for Adams): ILB Quay Walker Georgia

Tae Tae for Quay Quay. The Packers prioritized ILB finally this offseason by adding Quay Walker after giving DeVondre Campell a huge deal. Tall athletic LB with ability to shed blocks and keep with tight ends. Comp is Jamie Collins. Bit of a reach here

Round 1 Pick 28: Interior Defender Devonte Wyatt Georgia

Packers did not take a Round 1 WR after a run on 6 WRs in the mid first round. Wyatt is a dancing bear but not the strongest run defender. He’ll add to the pass rush and fills a long term hole at 3-4 DE. Some off-field issues to watch too.

Round 2 Pick 34 TRADE UP (from Vikings through Lions): WR Christian Watson North Dakota State

Packers traded pick 53 from Raiders and 59 to with the Vikings for pick 34. Packers got their raw developmental WR with good size and speed in Watson.  Good body control and can win 50/50 balls but needs to work on his route breaks and hands are solid but could use a little work.

Round 3: OT Sean Ryhan UCLA

Good punch and hands but needs to work on his kick slide. Should play Right Tackle in Green Bay. Replaces Billy Turner

Round 4: WR Romeo Doubs Nevada

Good ball tracking but minimal YAC and isn’t physical. Ranked as a 7th round prospect so bit of a reach.

Round 4: OT Zach Tom Wake Forest

LT who will kick inside. A Mason Cole clone is his comp.

Round 5: OLB Kingsley Engabare South Carolina

Solid edge rusher who fits OLB nicely. Bit of steal. K’Lavon Chaisson comp

Round 7: LB Tariq Carpenter, DT Jonathan Ford, OT Rasheed Walker, WR Samari Toure

Rasheed Walker is a nice steal at OT too. Toure good roue runner but no speed. Carpenter good frame and closing speed but missed tackles galore. Ford is experienced DL but not much production last two seasons.

Detroit Lions

Round 1 Pick 2: OLB Aidan Hutchinson Michigan

Best player in the draft. Stud pass rusher that compares to Jared Allen

Round 1 Pick 12 TRADE UP: WR Jameson Williams Alabama

Stud WR that compares to Davante Adams. Great separation, size and speed. Coming off torn ACL so may not play until after 6 weeks in the season but says he will be ready for training camp

Round 1 Pick 46 TRADE BACK LOSS 12 SPOTS: EDGE/Interior Defender Josh Paschal Kentucky

Versatile Dlineman. Quick first step, high motor and great character. Cancer survivor his freshman year at Kentucky. Need to get off blocks and add more pass rush moves

Round 3 Pick 97: Safety Kerby Joseph Illinois

Converted WR to safety who balled out for Illinois. Good ball skills but must work on tackling. Jessie Bates comparison

Round 5: TE James Mitchell Virginia Tech

Productive pass tight end pass catcher that can block. Tore his ACL in September but should be ready for camp to compete for TE2.

Round 6 TRADE BACK: ILB Malcom Rodriguez Oklahoma State

Smaller ILB with good special team ability. Captain at Oklahoma State

Round 6: LB James Houston Jacksonville State

ILB from Florida that transferred and become a stud pass rusher at a small school

Round 7 TRADE BACK COMP: CB Chase Lucas Arizona State

Shut down CB for Arizona State but too small.

Minnesota Vikings

Round 1 TRADE BACK COMP Pick 32: Safety Lewis Cine Georgia

Super fast and covers like a corner but not a thumper

Round 2 TRADE UP Pick 42 CB Andrew Booth Clemson

Physical zone corner but gambles. Kind of a steal at pick 42 though

Round 2 TRADE BACK COMP Pick 59: Guard Ed Ingram LSU

Big guard with good awareness and strength but needs balance. Bit of a reach

Round 3 TRADE BACK COMP Pick 66: LB Brian Asomoah Oklahoma

Good balance and above average coverage. Lacks size and overpursues.

Round 4: DB Akaleb Evans Misouri

Tall corner with good speed. Needs more physicality

Round 5: DT Esezi Otomewo Minnesota

Thick edge but slow. William Gholston comp.

Round 5: RB Ty Chandler UNC

Shifty but not speedy or power

Round 6: OL Vederan Lowe Illinois

Developmental OT with good size

Round 6: WR Jalen Nailor Michigan State

Productive but slower WR from Michigan State

Round 7: TE Nick Muse South Carolina

Athlete but not a good blocker

Chicago Bears

Round 2 Pick 39: CB Kyler Gordon Washington

Trevon Diggs comp and should compliment Jaylon Johnson

Round 2 Pick 48 TRADE: S Jaquan Brisker Penn State

Versatile productive safety that can play deep or in the box. Team leader

Round 3 Pick 71: WR Velus Jones Tennessee

Good sizes and Y type WR. Sammy Watkins comp but slower

Round 5: OL Braxton Jones Southern Utah

Quick step RT but needs more power. Sam Tevi comp

Round 5: DE Dominque Robinson Miami (OH)

Speed and bend but limited production. Brian Robison comp

Round 6: OL Zachary Thomas

Athletic tackle but bad punch and hands

Round 6: RB Trestan Ebner Baylor

Straightline runner. Won’t break many tackles

Round 6: OL Doug Kramer Illinois

Versatile lineman developmental

Round 7: OL Ja’Tyre Carter, S Elijah Hicks and Punter Trenton Gill

New punter for the Bears and some more depth

Solid draft all around for the NFC North. We’ll see how it pans out over the next 3-4 years.