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How NFC North shapes up after Rounds 2 and 3

By Brad Biggs

Chicago Tribune

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


No. 40 Kyle Van Noy LB BYU

The Lions got aggressive, trading up five spots with the Seahawks to snare Van Noy, who performed well at the Senior Bowl and will fill a pressing need. The strength of the Lions' defense has been on the line for several seasons and the Lions have been in need of help in the secondary and at linebacker. In Van Noy, they get a college teammate of defensive end Ziggy Ansah, the club's first-round pick last year.

No. 76 Travis Swanson C Arkansas

The Lions re-signed veteran offensive line anchor Dominic Raiola to a one-year contract so adding Swanson, a four-year starter and two-time captain for the Razorbacks, gives them a developmental player to consider beginning in 2015.

What they didn't get: The Lions tabbed tight end Eric Ebron in Round 1 but like the Bears, they still need a safety and cornerback. In a deep draft for wide receivers, that would make sense too.¿


No. 51 Ego Ferguson DT LSU

No. 82 Will Sutton DT Arizona State


No. 53 Davante Adams WR Fresno State

Wide receiver certainly wasn't their need but GM Ted Thompson has a strong track record of drafting the position in the second round (Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb) and he went with Adams who was wildly productive last fall as Derek Carr's go-to target, catching 131 passes for 1,718 yards with and 24 touchdowns. It adds another weapon for Aaron Rodgers as the Packers lost James Jones via free agency.

No. 85 Khyri Thornton DT Southern Miss

High-motor performer who didn't always meet expectations. Projects as a five-technique end and has strong hands.

No. 98 Richard Rodgers TE Cal

With the departure of Jermichael Finley, this was a top position of need. Doesn't project to be as prolific in the passing game as Finley.

What they didn't get: The Packers filled their primary need on defense for a safety with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on Thursday but are in need of a tight end with Jermichael Finley on the open market. The Packers also could use depth at linebacker and on the defensive line.


No. 72 Scott Crichton DE Oregon

New coach Mike Zimmer clearly was looking for a makeover when it comes to the pass rush as Crichton, who had 221/2 sacks the last three seasons for the Beavers, followed Thursday's addition of Anthony Barr. It sends a message to veteran Brian Robison.¿

No. 96 Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern

McKinnon began his college career as a cornerback and he will have a learning curve, but the team is in need of a backup to Adrian Peterson with the exit of Toby Gerhart. Could be an interesting piece in Norv Turner's scheme.

What they didn't get: The back seven on defense still needs some competition added to the mix, specifically at cornerback and probably at linebacker as well.

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