EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has concluded, and an NFC North team shook up the evening early on.
While the Vikings won't make their first draft pick of the year until Friday evening, a couple of division rivals added to their rosters throughout the night. Let's take a look at new faces the Vikings will face during the 2017 season.
QB Mitchell Trubisky, No. 2 overall
In the first surprise move of the evening, Chicago traded up from No. 3 to No. 2 overall to draft quarterback Mitchell Trubisky out of North Carolina. The Bears sent their third, 67th and 111th overall picks this year and a 2018 third-rounder to the 49ers in exchange for the second pick. Trubisky sat behind Marquise Williams for two seasons before starting 13 games as a junior in 2016. In three seasons with the Tar Heels, Trubisky was 386-of-572 passing for 4,762 yards, 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
The move was an interesting one that came in close succession to Chicago signing free agent quarterback Mike Glennon to a three-year deal in March. The Bears parted ways with quarterback Jay Cutler following the 2016 season.
The Vikings are slated to play at Chicago Oct. 9 in a *Monday Night Football *showdown and will host the Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium in the regular-season finale on Dec. 31.
LB Jarrad Davis, No. 21 overall
The Lions took the second linebacker off the board Thursday, drafting Florida's Jarrad Davis with the No. 21 overall pick. The selection came eight spots after the Cardinals picked Haason Reddick.
Davis played 44 games over four seasons with the Gators, becoming a full-time starter as a junior. He totaled 205 tackles (102 solo), 20 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, nine passes broken up, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Davis finished his senior campaign with 60 tackles (29 solo) after missing four out of the final five games with an ankle injury. He helped anchor a Gators defense that finished the season ranked No. 5 in the nation for yards allowed (293 per game).
The Lions in 2016 ranked 18th in the NFL by allowing opponents to average 354.8 yards per game and 13th for points allowed per game (22.4). The Vikings will host the Lions on Oct. 1 and head to Detroit for a second consecutive Thanksgiving Day showdown.
Green Bay traded out of the first round, giving up their No. 29 spot to Cleveland in exchange for the 33rd overall pick and a fourth-round pick this year. The Browns selected tight end David Njokuat the 29th overall spot. The Packers are scheduled to open the second round Friday.