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Who Joined Vikings NFC North Rivals on Day 2?



EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Three rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft are now wrapped up, and the Minnesota Vikings made their first defensive pick of the draft by taking cornerback Mackensie Alexander in the second round.

The Vikings then traded their third-round pick to Miami in exchange for a 2016 sixth-round pick, 2017 third-round pick and a conditional 2017 fourth-round pick.

Now that we've met the newest Viking, let's take a look at what roster additions their NFC North division rivals made in rounds two and three.


Round 2

T Jason Spriggs, No. 48 overall

Minnesota topped Green Bay in Week 17 last season to dethrone its NFC North rivals and take control of the division. In 2016, the Vikings will come face-to-face twice with the newest Packer, tackle Jason Spriggs.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked 46 times in 2015, and Spriggs' athletic ability could offer Rodgers added protection at the line.

Round 3

LB Kyler Fackrell, No. 88 overall

Green Bay made its second defensive pick of the draft in Round 3, selecting linebacker Kyler Fackrell at No. 88 overall. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Fackrell is an athletic linebacker who also played quarterback and wide receiver in high school.

As a senior at Utah State, Fackrell ranked second on the team with 82 tackles and 4.0 sacks and first on the team with 15.0 tackles for loss and a school-record 12 quarterback hurries. Fackrell finished the season ranking first in the nation with five fumble recoveries.


Round 2

G Cody Whitehair, No. 56 overall

The Bears traded once in Round 1 and made two more deals Round 2, moving from No. 41 to No. 49 and eventually swapping picks with the Seahawks to select Kansas State guard Cody Whitehair at No. 56.

During four seasons with the Wildcats, Whitehair started 51 of 52 career games, including 41 straight to close his career. Whitehair offers Chicago versatility at the line, as he has experience at both guard and tackle on the left and right sides.

Bears: DT Jonathan Bullard, No. 72 overall

With their third pick in this year's draft, the Bears snagged Florida defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard to strengthen their defensive line. After finishing 22nd in the NFL for rushing defense, Chicago has now made two moves to bolster its front seven.

In 2015, Bullard totaled 66 tackles, led the Gators with 17.5 tackles for loss and added 6.5 sacks en route to being a unanimous First Team All-SEC selection.


Round 2

*DT A'Shawn Robinson, No. 46 overall *

Detroit added a defensive weapon to its arsenal by taking defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson with the 46th overall pick. Listed as NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks' top defensive tackle in the draft and projected by many analysts to go in the first round, Robinson could turn out to be a bargain for Detroit.

As a junior at Alabama, Robinson tallied 46 total tackles, 10 quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Round 3

C Graham Glasgow, No. 95 overall

The Lions are really looking to make sure quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was sacked 44 times in 2015, is well protected. Detroit took tackle Taylor Decker in Round 1 before adding center Graham Glasgow with the 95th overall pick on day two.

Glasgow started at guard during his junior season before transitioning to center in 2015 and could offer the Lions a swingman option on the offensive line.

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