NFL Draft moves from NFC North rivals that should concern Packers fans

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There's a lot to like about the Green Bay Packers' draft class. They found upgrades at positions of need and added much-needed depth at linebacker, safety, and along the offensive line.

It leaves Green Bay without a clear weakness. While they could certainly still improve in many positions, there isn't one area of major concern.

Even cornerback, which the Packers surprisingly didn't address early, is led by a two-time All-Pro in Jaire Alexander, a former first-round pick in Eric Stokes, and Carrington Valentine, who is coming off an impressive rookie season. There are undoubtedly concerns with depth, but when healthy, the Packers have talent.

Unfortunately, the Packers weren't the only NFC North team happy with their work in the draft.

Before the draft, we listed three NFC North moves that would spell disaster for the Packers. Unfortunately, two of them came true. Green Bay should be concerned about these new additions to the division.

These NFC North draft picks should concern the Packers

Lions find their star cornerback by drafting Terrion Arnold

The Lions already had a top-five offense and a strong front seven on defense. What they lacked was a true CB1 in the secondary. Trading for Carlton Davis helped strengthen their cornerback room, but they've now found a potential star in the first round of the draft.

Alabama's Terrion Arnold never should've fallen as far as No. 24 overall, but a historic run on quarterbacks and offensive tackles pushed the top defensive prospects down the board. Detroit traded ahead of Green Bay to select Arnold, who has Pro Bowl potential in the NFL.

"Arnold, who started 21 career games for the Crimson Tide, developed into a shutdown defender," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. "He has great speed and acceleration when he turns his hips. He's going to be a great pro."

Credit to the Lions for making a great pick. The Packers seemingly had no interest in trading up for a cornerback, but that could prove to be a mistake. Arnold is a star.

Bears find future WR1 Rome Odunze

The Bears making smart decisions isn't fun. They have given first-overall pick Caleb Williams an incredible supporting cast to work with. Having already traded for DJ Moore and Keenan Allen over the past year, the Bears selected Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze with the ninth pick of the draft.

Odunze has drawn comparisons to Davante Adams and can quickly become a star WR1 in Chicago's offense.

The only criticism of the Bears' selection is they could've strengthened their offensive line with Penn State's Olu Fashanu, but Odunze is a home-run pick.

Thanks for nothing, Chargers, for drafting a tackle. And let's not even talk about the Falcons, who used the eighth pick on a quarterback. Come on. Allowing the Bears to draft Oduzne wasn't supposed to happen.

Bears finally get their QB with Caleb Williams

We all knew it was coming, but the Bears picking Caleb Williams is a game-changer in the NFC North. Nothing is guaranteed for prospects going from college to the NFL, but if Williams reaches anything close to his potential, Chicago will have found its franchise quarterback.

The Bears took a risk by trading away the first overall selection last year, passing on C.J. Stroud. But the Carolina Panthers helped them massively by winning only two games in 2023, handing the Bears the top pick in this draft.

In the past two seasons at USC, Williams had 72 passing touchdowns with only 10 interceptions, and he rushed for another 21 touchdowns.

With a solid offensive line and arguably the league's best receiving corps, Williams can quickly become an excellent starter in Chicago's offense, which is bad news for the Packers and the rest of the NFC North.

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