NFC North Tour: Draft Dodging

Our experts around the division provide a breakdown of each of his team's draft picks. The Packers made 10 selections, the Bears five, the Lions five and the Vikings 10.

The Packers' picks

Round 1/32 — Derek Sherrod, OT, 6-5, 321, Mississippi State

Another heir apparent for left tackle Chad Clifton after the Packers used last year's first-round choice on Bryan Bulaga, now at right tackle. Sherrod is athletically sound but will need to shore up his pass sets after playing in a run-oriented system.

Round 2/64 — Randall Cobb, WR, 5-10, 191, Kentucky

He can catch, he can run, he can return kicks, he can even throw. The possibilities are endless for Mike McCarthy in how to utilize the speedy and durable Cobb.

Round 3/96 — Alex Green, RB, 6-0, 225, Hawaii

The powerful Green rushed for nearly 1,200 yards in the country's No. 1-ranked pass offense last season. His pass-catching talents could make Brandon Jackson expendable as the third-down back.

Round 4/131 — Davon House, CB, 6-0, 195, New Mexico State

A good match for Dom Capers' opportunistic secondary. The four-year starter flourished in press coverage with 11 interceptions, including three for touchdowns.

Round 5/141— D.J. Williams, TE, 6-2, 245, Arkansas

Ryan Mallett's top target with the Razorbacks last season (54 catches, 627 yards) gives Aaron Rodgers another receiving threat.

Round 6/179 — Caleb Schlauderaff, OG, 6-4, 302, Utah

Left guard Daryn Colledge could leave as a free agent, and the Packers seem to have little interest in bringing back Jason Spitz. The feisty Schlauderaff started all four years at left guard.

Round 6/186 — D.J. Smith, LB, 5-11, 239, Appalachian State

Smallish outside linebacker performed big for FCS powerhouse with 525 career tackles. Projected to move inside in 3-4 scheme.

Round 6/197 — Ricky Elmore, LB, 6-4, 256, Arizona

Pass-rushing standout — led Pac-10 with 11 sacks in 2010 — makes move from defensive end.

Round 7/218 — Ryan Taylor, TE, 6-3, 254, North Carolina

Productive receiver (school-record 36 catches for a tight end in 2010) will remain at tight end rather than move to fullback, as some analysts figured would be the case for Taylor.

Round 7/233 — Lawrence Guy, DT, 6-4, 304, Arizona State

Five-technique lineman started all three years before turning pro early.

The Bears' picks

Round 1/29 — Gabe Carimi, OT, 6-7, 314, Wisconsin

Four-year starter at left tackle for the Badgers had a total of 49 starts, and the Bears did not think he would be there at No. 29, which is why they made a bungled attempt to move up three spots. Tough, smart and hard-working. Might be better suited at right tackle rather than left tackle, but the consensus is that he could be in the starting lineup on opening day and has enough agility to contend for the left-tackle spot.

Round 2/53 — Stephen Paea, DT, 6-1, 303, Oregon State

The Bears believed their top defensive tackle prospects were about to start coming off the board, so they traded up nine spots, giving up their pick at No. 62 plus a fourth-rounder (127th overall) to move up. Paea did not play football until his final year of high school in Utah after emigrating from Tonga as a 16 year old. Was the Pac-10's defensive MVP last season. Fits more as a 3-technique tackle and is undersized for nose tackle, but the Bears believe he can handle the nose because of his superior strength.

Round 3/93 — Chris Conte, S, 6-2 1/2, 197, California

Played cornerback for three seasons, mostly as a backup, but switched to safety as a senior and became a full-time starter for the first time and was first-team All-Pac 10. Excellent height to match up with the biggest receivers but had only two career interceptions. Good speed (4.59 in the 40) but not great. Gets high marks for aggressiveness, tackling and run support but lacks some instincts and range as a free safety, where the Bears envision playing him.

Round 5/160 — Nathan Enderle, QB, 6-4, 240, Idaho

The Bears truly want to develop their own quarterbacks after last year's Todd Collins fiasco. Enderle is a four-year starter with a 17-29 won-loss record. Best season was as a junior, when he completed 61.5 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He had 22 touchdown passes last season but 16 interceptions with a weaker supporting cast. Played in a pro-style offense and is a student of the game and a hard worker.

Round 6/195 — J.T. Thomas, LB, 6-1, 241, West Virginia

Could contribute on special teams immediately and will need to if he makes the final roster. But Bears believe he can play all three linebacker positions, and they have only two linebackers under contract.

The Lions' picks

Round 1/13 — Nick Fairley, DT, 6-4, 298, Auburn

The Lions added a mean, physical presence to an already mean, physical defensive line. The Lombardi Trophy winner had 60 tackles and 11.5 sacks last season at Auburn. He was the best player on the field in the national championship game.

Round 2/44 — Titus Young, WR, 5-11, 174, Boise State

"A stick of dynamite," GM Martin Mayhew called him. He averaged over 15 yards a catch over three years at Boise State and amassed more than 4,938 all-purpose yards.

Round 2/57 — Mikel Leshoure, RB, 5-11, 233, Illinois

The Lions hope he's the power runner to complement the quick Jahvid Best. He amassed an Illinois record 1,697 yards last season. He is a versatile and complete back.

Round 5/157 — Doug Hogue, OLB, 6-2, 235, Syracuse

He played linebacker only two years at Syracuse, but the Lions love his speed (4.6) and athleticism. He will contribute on special teams next season.

Round 7/209 — Johnny Culbreath, OL, 6-5, 322, South Carolina State

They aren't sure if he will end up a guard or a tackle, they just know that with his size and speed, they have something to work with.

The Vikings picks

Round 1/12 — Christian Ponder, QB, 6-1, 227, Florida State

Ponder's intelligence and experience in a pro-style offense were two big selling points. Could have chance to start in 2011.

Round 2/43 — Kyle Rudolph, TE, 6-6, 266, Notre Dame

Rudolph fell in the draft in part because of a severe hamstring injury that required season-ending surgery in October. Says he is 100 percent now.

Round 4/106 — Christian Ballard, DT, 6-4, 290, Iowa

Has the ability to play end and tackle but is expected to be used inside. Refused to address reports that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Round 5/139 — Brandon Burton, CB, 5-11, 190,Utah

Will provide much-needed depth at the corner position and likely will compete with backup Asher Allen. The Vikings needed insurance with starting right corner Cedric Griffin having torn the ACL in both knees over the past two years. His presence means that veterans Lito Sheppard and Frank Walker likely won't be brought back.

Round 6/168 — DeMarcus Love, G/T, 6-4, 315, Arkansas

Versatile lineman started 26 games for Arkansas at left tackle and could be seen as the eventual replacement for Bryant McKinnie. More likely, though, he'll wind up playing guard.

Round 6/170 — Mistral Raymond, CB, 6-2, 192, South Florida

Projected as a cornerback but has the ability to play safety.

Round 6/172 — Brandon Fusco, C/G, 6-4, 306, Slippery Rock

Played in college and could push starter John Sullivan and backup Jon Cooper.

Round 6/200 — Ross Homan, LB, 6-0, 229, Ohio State

Will be expected to make his mark initially on special teams.

Round 7/215 — D'Aundre Reed, DE, 6-4, 258, Arizona

A backup for much of his time in college, this appears to be a project pick.

Round 7/236 — Stephen Burton, WR, 6-1, 221, West Texas A&M

Ability to return kickoffs and punts increased his role and helped to get him drafted.

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