2016 NFL Draft Recap: NFC North

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FILE - In this Xxx, file photo, Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd (84) rushes the passer against Georgia Tech in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Atlanta. Georgia won 13-7.
FILE - In this Xxx, file photo, Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd (84) rushes the passer against Georgia Tech in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Atlanta. Georgia won 13-7. — AP Photo/Brett Davis

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Chicago Bears

Favorite pick: Indiana RB Jordan Howard (Round 5, Pick 11) — Howard was born to run for John Fox. From the Stephen Davis and Jonathan Stewart mold, he's a punishing inside runner with forward lean and enough jets to create big gains in the open field. The best part is the Bears clearly needed a power complement for speedy and versatile Jeremy Langford after missing on C.J. Anderson, and we had Howard graded at least two rounds higher than where Chicago found him.

Most controversial pick: Kansas State OG Cody Whitehair (Round 2, Pick 25) — Although I think Leonard Floyd at No. 9 was a reach, the reason Whitehair, a terrific value pick, stirs more controversy is the potential reverberations it sends across the front five. Is Matt Slauson, one of the unit's top performers and locker room's most respected leaders, suddenly expendable? And is Kyle Long heading to left tackle, his third position switch in four seasons?

Needs remaining: The Bears are dangerously thin at tight end and made the decision to move on from Martellus Bennett in a bad draft year. Depending on Long's future, left tackle also remains tenuous. The secondary added three bodies — S Deon Bush, CB Deiondre' Hall and S Deandre Houston-Carson — but has few known commodities.

Rating: Thumbs Up — Floyd is too much of a project in the top 10, especially trading up, but the aggressive Pace recouped his fourth-rounder — and then some — with a pair of moves down in the second round, still landing Whitehair and Jonathan Bullard as serious value picks with great upside. They're likely Day One starters, and Bush and Hall will compete for early roles as well.

Detroit Lions

Favorite pick: Alabama DT A'Shawn Robinson (Round 2, Pick 15) — This isn't even close. Robinson is one of the top 15 players in the draft. Detroit went the aging and uncertain free-agent route to replace a franchise player in Ndamukong Suh last offseason. Robinson isn't quite as dominant, but at 21, he'll be a lynchpin inside who continues to ascend for years to come.

Most controversial pick: Michigan C Graham Glasgow (Round 3, Pick 33) — The beauty of rookie GM Bob Quinn's first draft is he went for substance over style, largely avoiding controversy. Glasgow is the closest case, only because we had him with a fifth-round grade and there are some off-the-field questions. But Detroit needed competition at center, it used a compensatory pick, and Glasgow adds the toughness Quinn sought throughout.

Needs remaining: Detroit lost transcendent Calvin Johnson while adding career No. 2 and No. 3 Marvin Jones and Jeremy Kerley, respectively. Depth is also shaky here. There's a lot of projecting at corner and linebacker, too, after losing stalwarts Rashean Mathis and Stephen Tulloch.

Rating: Thumbs Sideways — Adding two top-15 players in the top 50 picks is exceptional work by Quinn. We would've loved to see a bit more skill position help but last year's atrocious O-line play received the earnest help needed.

Minnesota Vikings

Favorite pick: Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander (Round 2, Pick 23) — Alexander doesn't have the length Mike Zimmer loves, nor the history of taking the ball away for a 'D' looking for more larceny. And yet Alexander, a first-round talent, has the confidence and technique to fit in wonderfully in Minnesota and provide a nickel upgrade over Captain Munnerlyn — who's in a contract year — much sooner than most think.

Most controversial pick: Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell (Round 1, Pick 23) — Only controversial because many (myself included) think he's the best receiver in the draft and he was the fourth one taken. That 4.65 40 was the best thing that could've happened to the Vikings, who get a star-in-waiting because of his size, competitiveness and the perfect environment he's entering.

Needs remaining: One of the deeper teams in the league is just average at punter and a bit over the hill at safety opposite Harrison Smith. Most teams would love Minnesota's problems.

Rating: Thumbs Up — Sensational value in Rounds 1-2 and some intriguing developmental options thereafter is how a smart GM like Rick Spielman, without immediate holes to fill, should draft.

Green Bay Packers

Favorite pick: Indiana OT Jason Spriggs (Round 2, Pick 17): A rare move up for Ted Thompson, right ahead of the Bears to perhaps poach the rival GM Pace's guy, for a first-round talent and prototypical Packers lineman was brilliant. Spriggs is an immediate swing tackle upgrade and ideal insurance policy with 60 percent of Green Bay's O-line — including LT David Bakhtiari — out of contract in 2017.

Most controversial pick: Stanford ILB Blake Martinez (Round 4, Pick 33): I think Martinez is a fine player who'll start early on for a 'D' that needs to improve versus the run and covering short and intermediate passes. But waiting until Round Four to address arguably his biggest need in a draft lacking great 'Mike' options will invite scrutiny for Thompson.

Needs remaining: Can Martinez and Jake Ryan, both fourth-round investments, fill the bill in the middle? With no running back added, can Eddie Lacy and James Starks be trusted after Lacy's weight battles and Starks' fumbling?

Rating: Thumbs Up — From grabbing the draft's best nose, Kenny Clark, in Round One to replace B.J. Raji and sandwiching the Spriggs pick with intriguing Kyler Fackrell in Round Three to learn behind Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, there's a lot to like here — and the later rounds are also quite promising with a lot of size and speed.