The 2014 All-NFC North Team

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Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (26). Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports


Starters: Sam Shields, GB; Tim Jennings, CHI

Nickel: Tramon Williams, GB

Overall, the NFC North is weak at defensive back. Shields is a speedy cover corner whose 11 interceptions over the past three seasons can attest to his ability to make a play on the ball.

Jennings may be small at 5-8 and 185 pounds, but he’s been arguably the division’s best cornerback the past two seasons. Jennings has recorded a whopping 13 interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns during that time. Jennings may not always be consistent in coverage, but he’s a playmaker on defense.

Williams can play the nickel, and last year proved he can do it well, recording 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles out of the slot. Williams plays tough and is versatile enough to play outside or inside.

Reserves: Kyle Fuller, CHI, Casey Hayward, GB

Fuller is a promising rookie defensive back who will eventually replace either Charles Tillman or Jennings in Chicago’s secondary.

Hayward may end up being the Packers best defensive back, but after sitting out a majority of the 2013 season because of injury, Hayward has really only played one full season, which kept him out of the starting line up here. Hopefully, for Green Bay Hayward can return to making plays like he did in 2012 as a rookie.