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NFC North Division: My 'Mock' Mock Draft

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker celebrates after kicking a field goal during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The Lions might consider a new kicker this season … maybe taking one in the first or second round? Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports photograph


The NFL Draft will be here before we know it and while there has been much speculation on who the Green Bay Packers should select, I think it is important to think about the needs of the other NFC North Division teams.

Let’s start with the Minnesota Vikings. In the 2013 NFL Draft, they ended up with three picks and still finished last in the NFC North. Take a minute to laugh at that … OK, let’s continue.

From 2012 to 2013 Adrian Peterson’s rushing production dropped by 831 yards. He had better be replaced. So, to the Vikings, I’d propose taking a running back with their first pick. With the stability they have at the quarterback position, they have the ability to develop a new running back. They do this and they may be able to compete with the Detroit Lions next year.

Speaking of the Lions, they’re going to need a new kicker. David Akers, who took over for the retired Jason Hanson, made 19-of-24 kicks and had two blocked. I normally wouldn’t suggest this but I think the Lions should take a kicker in the first round. After this season, they should have a good idea on how important it is to have a kicker that can kick long field goals, like a 61-yarder, for example. They could really revolutionize the way teams are built through the draft by taking a kicker early.

Finally, what on earth should those Chicago Bears do?

With their near impenetrable defense and high-octane offense with Jay Cutler at the helm, I’d say they are set for the 2014 season. I’m not really sure what a first-rounder would do for this team. In addition, Jay Cutler is responsible for a huge chunk of the Packers’ success, so why change that? Based on the events that transpired in week 17 in Chicago this season I would propose that the Bears surrender all their draft picks to the Green Bay Packers and then be required to watch the Packers draft future superstars while they sit back and take notes.

That concludes my “mock” mock draft.  I strongly urge the Vikings, Lions, and Bears to consider my insight. I’m no Mel Kiper, but don’t be surprised if these ideas catch fire – wink-wink.

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