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Tracking the Picks of the NFC North in the 2018 NFL Draft

Posted Apr 28, 2018

Day 1

The Vikings on Thursday drafted cornerback Mike Hughes out of Central Florida.

Here is a look at what the rest of the NFC North did.

Bears: Chicago drafted linebacker Roquan Smith out of Georgia with the eighth overall pick.

Smith won the 2017 Butkus Award (nation’s top linebacker) and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year, helping the Bulldogs advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship. Smith recorded 137 total tackles (85 solo) with 14 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

In just three seasons, Smith totaled 252 tackles with 20.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks in starting 25 of 40 games.

Smith was one of 50 draft-eligible players highlighted in Vikings.com’s Prospect Profiles series before the draft.

The Bears cut Willie Young and Pernell McPhee this offseason, creating a quick opportunity for Smith.

Packers: Green Bay traded out of the 14th spot, dropping to 27th and picked up a fifth-round pick and a 2019 first-round selection.

The Packers then traded up nine spots to 18th in a deal with the Seahawks. Green Bay selected cornerback Jaire Alexander out of Louisville.

Alexander totaled 19 tackles (13 solo), five passes defended and one interception in six games in 2017 (missed six games because of injury).

In three seasons, Alexander totaled 77 tackles (58 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, 22 passes defended and seven interceptions. He also returned 44 punts for 439 yards (10.0 average) in 31 games.

He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, which was the sixth-fastest time by a cornerback this year.

Click here to see Alexander’s Prospect Profile.

Lions: Detroit reached into Minnesota to draft former Chanhassen High standout Frank Ragnow, an Arkansas center who vaulted up draft boards.

Ragnow was listed as the top center in the draft by CBS Sports.

He received grade of 93.7 from Pro Football Focus to lead all FBS offensive linemen after allowing just one pressure on 255 pass blocking snaps in 2017. Ragnow finished his college career without allowing a sack.

Vikings.com’s Eric Smith caught up with Ragnow at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine and featured the way the Victoria native persevered through the personal tragedy of losing his father.

Day 2

The Vikings made one selection and traded away another on Friday night on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Minnesota added Brian O’Neill with the 62nd overall pick, as the University of Pittsburgh offensive tackle brings a heavy dose of athleticism to the roster.

The Vikings then traded the 94th overall pick to Tampa Bay for the 102nd overall selection (fourth round) and 180th overall pick (sixth round). Minnesota currently have seven total picks scheduled for Day 3 of the draft.

The Vikings NFC North foes, meanwhile, combined to make six total selections in the second and third rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft. 

Bears: Chicago added to its offensive line by adding Iowa’s James Daniels at pick No. 39.

Daniels started 25 of 37 games played with the Hawkeyes including 23 at center from 2016-17. He was an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention and Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2017.

Daniels earned three letters as an offensive and defensive lineman at Harding High School, the same alma mater as Vikings Legend Korey Stringer, in Warren, Ohio. He earned All-State Honorable Mention honors after his junior and senior campaigns before opting to go from the Buckeye State to the Hawkeye State for college.

Daniels teamed with his older brother, LeShun Daniels, Jr., at Iowa from 2015-16. LeShun played in four games for Washington in 2017. Their father played at Ohio State and in one game at guard for the Vikings in 1997.

The Bears later traded up to get another second round pick at No. 51, giving up a 2019 second-round selection and the 105th overall pick this year. 

Chicago took Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller, who had 1,462 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season. 

Miller had 37 touchdown catches in three years with the Tigers.

Lions: Detroit also made a move up in the second round to the 43rd pick and drafted Kerryon Johnson.

The Auburn running back rushed for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2017.

Johnson was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and was an All-SEC First Team selections. He led the SEC in rushing (115.9 yards per game), scoring (10 points per game) and all-purpose yards (132.1 yards per game).

The Lions then added to their secondary by taking safety Tracy Walker from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette at pick No. 82. 

Walker started all 12 games for the Ragin' Cajuns in 2017, finishing as the team-leader in tackles (97) and interceptions (two).

Packers: Green Bay also boosted its secondary depth by adding Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson with the 45th overall pick.

Jackson was a First-Team All-American in 2017 who led the nation with eight interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns, both of them in the same game against Wisconsin.

He was also the Big Ten Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year and was a finalist for Jim Thorpe Award for the nation’s best defensive back.

Green Bay later added Vanderbilt linebacker Oren Burks with the 88th pick in the third round.

Burks recorded 82 total tackles (45 solo) with 7.0 tackles for loss, a quarterback sack, interception, a fumble recovery and four passes defended.

Day 3

Minnesota’s NFC North rivals totaled 15 picks on the final day of the draft.

Bears: Chicago focused on the defensive side of the ball, opting to use three of four selections for the front seven of its defense.

Round 4

115: Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LB, Western Kentucky

Round 5

145: Bilal Nichols, DT, Delaware

Round 6

181: Kylie Fitts, Edge rusher, Utah

Round 7

224: Javon Wims, WR, Georgia

Packers: Green Bay had a bevy of draft picks this year. The Packers made eight selections Saturday, bringing their three-day total to 12.

Among their picks were three wide receivers, led by fourth-rounder J’Mon Moore out of Missouri. Moore had 65 catches for 1,082 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017.

The Packers also used Day 3 to focus on specialists, snagging a punter and a long snapper. 

Round 4

133. J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri

Round 5

138. Cole Madison, G, Washington State

172. JK Scott, P, Alabama

174. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, South Florida

Round 6

207. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

Round 7

232. James Looney, DE, California

239. Hunter Bradley, LS, Mississippi State

248. Kendall Donnerson, Edge rusher, Southeast Missouri

Lions: After making three picks in the first three rounds, Detroit had just three picks to finish up the third day of the draft.

Round 4

114. Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama

Round 5

153. Tyrell Crosby, G, Oregon

Round 7

237. Nick Bawden, RB, San Diego State