2013 NFL Draft Needs: NFC North

Jonathan Daniel

Our look at the draft needs of all 32 NFL teams continues today with a look at the NFC North.

The 2013 NFL Draft is just five days away. To get us ready for the Draft, we are taking a look at the draft needs for all 32 teams in the league. Today, we take a look at the NFC North.

Team Need 1 Need 2 Need 3
Chicago Bears LB WR G
Picks (5): 1.20, 2.50, 4.117, 5.153, 6.188
The Bears need to find upgrades to their offensive line and wide receiving corps if Jay Cutler is going to have any success. He spent last year either running for his life, or trying to force the ball to Brandon Marshall. However, this is Chicago. With Brian Urlacher gone, they NEED the next iconic middle linebacker.
Detroit Lions DE OT S
Picks (8): 1.5, 2.36, 3.65, 4.132, 5.137, 6.171, 7.211, 7.245
For as much talent as the Lions have, and as poised to be a factor in the NFC playoff picture they appeared to be heading into last year, there are still a lot of holes they can address throughout the draft. Picking fifth will give the Lions their choice of a type flight offensive tackle or defensive end.
Green Bay Packers RB DL WR
Picks (8): 1.26, 2.55, 3.88, 4.122, 5.159, 5.167, 6.193, 7.232
This is a transition year for the Packers, as they move from an older offense to a younger one. They can use help at wide receiver and running back to make sure they remain competitive in the NFC North and Super Bowl contenders. The team also needs to upgrade the defensive line - and the offensive line - so look for later picks in those two directions.
Minnesota Vikings WR CB DT
Picks (11): 1.23, 1.25, 2.52, 3.83, 4.102, 4.120, 5.155, 6.189, 7.213, 7.214, 7.229
With Percy Harvin gone, the Vikings are going to be looking for a replacement. They also need to address holes on defense, particularly on the defensive line and secondary - though linebacker help would not be a luxury move. Luckily for the Vikings, they have two first round picks as well as 11 total picks this year.
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