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How NFC North shapes up after first round
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By Brad Biggs

Chicago Tribune

Here's a look at the first-round NFL draft picks in the NFC North.

Packers

No. 21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama

Like the Bears and Lions, the Packers were in real need of help at safety and they landed Clinton-Dix, who many scouts consider the best free safety in the draft. In a division where Calvin Johnson now is paired with Eric Ebron and the Bears have Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, defensive coordinator Dom Capers now has a player to help on the back end after the Packers paid Morgan Burnett a year ago before he had a sub-par season.

What they didn't get: Some figured the Packers could be in the market for a linebacker but Ryan Shazier went No. 15 to the Steelers and the Ravens grabbed C.J. Mosley two picks later. A defensive lineman and tight end remain need areas and you can't overlook the offensive line.

Vikings

No. 9 Anthony Barr OLB UCLA

The Vikings traded down one spot with the Browns to select the Barr, who had 231/2 sacks over the previous two seasons. The Vikings have a pressing need for a pass rusher, especially after Jared Allen exited via free agency. One question about Barr is whether or not he can make the transition to playing with his hand down in a 4-3 scheme. The Vikings have paid two defensive ends in Brian Robison and Everson Griffen so maybe Barr plays linebacker in the base scheme.

No. 32 Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville

They traded back into the first round, moving from No. 40 in Round 2 to get the Seahawks' pick at No. 32, to add a passer that some thought last fall might go No. 1 overall. Bridgewater was knocked for a poor pro day but completed 71 percent of his passes last season. The pressure will be on him to develop quickly behind Matt Cassel.

What they didn't get: The Vikings passed on Johnny Manziel with their first pick before landing Bridgewater. Cornerback and middle linebacker remain top needs entering Day 2.

The Vikings traded down one spot with the Browns to select Barr, who had 231/2 sacks over the previous two seasons. The Vikings have a pressing need for a pass rusher, especially after Jared Allen exited via free agency. One question about Barr is whether or not he can make the transition to playing with his hand down in a 4-3 scheme. The Vikings have paid two defensive ends in Brian Robison and Everson Griffen so maybe Barr plays linebacker in the base scheme.

What they didn't get: The Vikings passed on Johnny Manziel or another quarterback and they need to get one in this draft to pair with Matt Cassel as 2011 first-round pick Christian Ponder is no longer a viable option for them.

Lions

No. 10 Eric Ebron TE North Carolina

The Lions have wanted to get a target opposite Calvin Johnson for a couple of years now and they found one at tight end with a guy head and shoulders above the other prospects at this position. Ebron is a dynamic athlete for the position and gives Matthew Stafford a big target to consider. He is the first tight end to be selected in the top-10 since Vernon Davis in 2006. He might not be as fast as Davis and won't block as well but he's likely a more polished receiver.

What they didn't get: The Lions are in real need of help in the secondary at safety and cornerback but with a new coach in Jim Caldwell who has an offensive background, it wasn't surprising they went to offense. A pass rusher is also a need.

Bears

No. 14 Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech

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