2020 NFL Draft Team Needs: NFC North

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Top Left: Minnesota Vikings Top Right: Chicago Bears Bottom Left: Green Bay Packers Bottom Right: Detroit Lions

Every NFL team has certain positions on their roster that they need to fill in order to sustain success. NFL teams usually gain success by winning their division, and, hopefully, winning their conference in order to earn a chance to compete for a championship. When it comes to filling positions, it is better to find those players either in free agency, trades with other teams, or the NFL Draft. I am going to take a further look into the teams in the NFL’s National Football Conference Northern Division. 

The biggest needs for the Detroit Lions are at cornerback, wide receiver and on the defensive line. Detroit should grab a cornerback at the NFL Draft, where they should draft Ohio State Buckeye Jeffery Okudah. Whether the Lions trade the pick or not, it’s more than likely than not that the Lions will pick Okudah, who by many experts, is the best corner in this draft. The Lions should get a wide receiver at the NFL Draft as well. This draft has a surplus of valuable receivers that the Lions could use with their second round pick. The guy Detroit should target is TCU Horned Frog Jalen Reagor. Reagor was considered the fastest player in the Big 12 Conference and would provide much value to the Lions offense. The best place for the Lions to get a defensive lineman also be at the NFL Draft, where they should grab Auburn defensive lineman Derrick Brown. A Unanimous All-American, Brown is the most dominant pass rusher in this draft and would provide immediate help to the Detroit defense. 

The three biggest needs for the Minnesota Vikings are at wide receiver, cornerback, and at defensive end. The best place for the Vikings to get a wide receiver would be at the NFL Draft. This wide receiver class is loaded, but one guy that has been connected to the Vikings is Baylor wideout Denzel Mims. Mims is a tall and versatile receiver that would be a great weapon for the Vikings, and their quarterback, Kirk Cousins. Minnesota should grab a corner in free agency. Former Denver Bronco Chris Harris is still out there for Minnesota to grab and would be a valuable asset for an already dominant defense. The best place for Minnesota to get a defensive end would be at the draft as well. As a result of a trade with the Buffalo Bills, the Vikings now have two first round picks, which they could use the ladder on Penn State Nittany Lion, Yetur Gross-Matos. Gross-Matos would be another guy that would provide great depth to this Vikings defense

The top needs for the Green Bay Packers are at tight end, wide receiver, and on the offensive line. All of the Packers’ needs can be filled at the NFL Draft. The tight end that the Packers should draft is Cole Kmet from Notre Dame. The tight end class is not very strong, so it’s a tossup as to which one they could pick, Kmet can do a lot of things very well and would provide Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers with another weapon. The receiver that Green Bay should take would be Clemson Tiger Tee Higgins. Higgins is arguably the best vertical threat in this receiver class and would provide immediate help for this Packers offense. The offensive lineman that the Packers could target is Houston tackle Josh Jones. During the course of the NFL offseason, the former Cougar has been a high riser on most NFL experts’ big boards and would be another guy who provides great depth to this Packers team.

 

The top three needs for the Chicago Bears are on the interior of the offensive line, wide receiver, and defensive back. Since the Bears don’t have a first round pick, they can find a few gems in the later rounds. The interior offensive lineman that the Bears should target is LSU Tiger Lloyd Cushenberry. Cushenberry anchored one of the best offensive lines in the nation and would provide great help to the Bears o-line. The Bears should also look to the NFL draft for a receiver. The guy that they should take is USC Trojan Michael Pittman Jr. Pittman is an extremely reliable receiver that would provide great depth to this Chicago offense. The best place for the Bears to get a defensive back is in the NFL Free Agency. Why Chris Harris, Jr. is still available is anyone’s guess, but if the Bears sign him, it would turn the Bears into one of the best defenses in the NFL.