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NFC North NFL Draft Breakdown and Draft Grades

NFC North 2021 Draft Breakdown:

Minnesota Vikings:

Round 1, Pick 23: Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw

Round 3, Pick 2: Texas A&M QB Kellon Mond

Round 3, Pick 15: North Carolina LB Chazz Surratt

Round 3, Pick 23: Ohio State G Wyatt Davis

Round 3, Pick 27: Pittsburgh DE Patrick Jones II

Round 4, Pick 14: Iowa State RB Kene Nwangwu

Round 4, Pick 20: California CB Camryn Bynum

Round 4, Pick 29: Florida State DE Janarius Robinson

Round 5, Pick 13: Iowa WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette

Round 5, Pick 24: Central Missouri TE Zach Davidson

Round 6, Pick 15: Pittsburgh DT Jaylen Twyman

Overall Draft Grade: B+

Fantasy Impact:

For a team that has pretty solid fantasy relevant players already like Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and Irv Smith, there aren’t any players in this class that will have an immediate impact. Mond could be an interesting stash in deeper dynasty leagues, as he has good athleticism and some nice traits. RB Kene Nwangwu is actually someone who I liked as a sleeper RB in this class, but with Cook and Mattison ahead of him, his playing opportunity is slim. He is someone who I would consider stashing in my taxi squad in 16 team or bigger leagues. TE Zach Davidson is another solid late pick for the Vikings who could push for playing time once he develops, but not for a couple years. WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette is probably going to play the most snaps out of these 4 players this upcoming season, but he wont be anywhere near fantasy relevance. This offense revolves around Cook, Jefferson and Thielen, and will remain that way for the next two years. Don’t expect any fantasy relevance from these Vikings rookies anytime soon, and possibly ever, unless they greatly overachieve their current expectations.

Green Bay Packers:

Round 1, Pick 29: Georgia CB Eric Stokes

Round 2, Pick 30: Ohio State C Josh Myers

Round 3, Pick 22: Clemson WR Amari Rodgers

Round 4, Pick 37: Ole Miss G Royce Newman

Round 5, Pick 29: Florida DT Tedarrell Slaton

Round 5, Pick 34: App State CB Shemar Jean-Charles

Round 6, Pick 30: Wisconsin T Cole Van Lanen

Round 6, Pick 36: Boston College LB Isiah McDuffie

Round 7, Pick 29: Miss State RB Kylin Hill

Overall Draft Grade: B-

Fantasy Impact:

Packers only drafted 2 fantasy relevant players in WR Amari Rodgers and RB Kylin Hill. Amari Rodgers profiles as a bigger slot receiver who is a good route runner and has decent athleticism. Once the Aaron Rodgers situation sizzles down, we’ll know more about who the QB in Green Bay will be. I think Rodgers will end up staying in GB, making Amari Rodgers a hard player to pass up in both redraft and dynasty leagues. I would definitely look to be drafting Amari in later rounds as my WR5. As far as Kylin Hill, I personally don’t see a world where he ever turns into fantasy relevance. With both Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon signed to be in GB for the next 3 years, Hill is more of a developmental piece. His career ceiling is a RB2.

Chicago Bears:

Round 1, Pick 11: Ohio State QB Justin Fields

Round 2, Pick 7: Oklahoma State T Teven Jenkins

Round 5, Pick 7: Missouri T Larry Borom

Round 6, Pick 33: Virginia Tech RB Khalil Herbert

Round 6, Pick 37: North Carolina WR Dazz Newsome

Round 6, Pick 44: Oregon CB Thomas Graham Jr.

Round 7, Pick 23: BYU DT Khyiris Tonga

Overall Draft Grade: A

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears have a QB!! Well, Bears fans can hope so anyway. QB Justin Fields has a ton of upside and is able sit behind Dalton, at least for a few games depending how much he impresses in camp. He isn’t a QB who I would draft in redraft, but is definitely a target in dynasty leagues. Lawrence, Lance and Fields are my top personal top 3 QBs for dynasty. RB Khalil Herbert is someone who can take some carries away from David Montgomery starting this year. Herbert is 5’9” 210 lbs and runs a 4.46, who had over 1,000 yards in his last season at Virginia Tech. I really like Herbert’s upside. WR Dazz Newsome is another player who can start seeing some snaps his first year, but the Bears are known for great passing volume outside of Allen Robinson. He’s not a player who I liked before the draft, and the landing spot doesn’t make me want him any more than before. Considering non-fantasy positions, the Bears had a great draft.

Detroit Lions:

Round 1, Pick 7: Oregon T Penei Sewell

Round 2, Pick 9: Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike

Round 3, Pick 8: NC State DT Alim McNeill

Round 3, Pick 38: Syracuse CB Ifeatu Melinfonwu

Round 4, Pick 7: USC WR Amon-Ra St. Brown

Round 4, Pick 8: Purdue LB Derrick Barnes

Round 7, Pick 30: Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson

Overall Draft Grade: A-

Fantasy Impact:

WR Amon-Ra St. Brown and RB Jermar Jefferson are the lone 2 fantasy position picks for this draft. Amon-Ra St. Brown profiles as a solid possession WR at the NFL level, similar to a Cooper Kupp role. I think he has a career ceiling of a WR2 but I believe he will operate at WR3 or less for most of his career. With the current WR corps in Detroit (Tyrell Williams, Breshad Perriman, and Quintez Cephus), Amon-Ra St. Brown has a very solid chance to see a good number of snaps in his rookie year. The Lions offense revolves around Swift and their top receiving target will be TJ Hockenson. Jermar Jefferson will be sitting behind Swift and Jamaal Williams, so he’ll be RB3 for next couple seasons. I think Jermar Jefferson has a ceiling of RB2, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he never finds success at the NFL level. He produced at Oregon State but his athletic profile, combined with his size, is not very impressive. Lions got a great pick with Penei Sewell and had a good draft overall.


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