NFC North Draftee Review

In this report, takes a look at all drafted rookies in the NFC North and their expected roles for this season with an eye on the depth chart of each team.


Chicago Bears

Danieal Manning/S/Abilene Christian – He'll challenge for playing time on special teams returns and projects to play free safety. He could challenge second-year FS Chris Harris for playing time as Harris didn't play well against Carolina in the playoffs.

Devin Hester/WR/Miami-Fla. – He's a big play developmental type receiver that could also challenge for playing time on special teams returns.

Dusty Dvoracek/DT/Oklahoma – He has a good chance to make the team as their fifth defensive tackle in the rotation.

Jamar Williams/LB/Arizona State – He could make the team as starting MLB Brian Urlacher's backup.

Mark Anderson/DE/Alabama – A nice value selection who has a nice upside and could make the team as their fourth end.

J.D. Runnels/FB/Oklahoma – A long-shot to make the active roster or practice squad.

Tyler Reed/G/Penn State – According to a league source, he was a player that the team targeted before the draft to provide depth at guard.

Detroit Lions

Ernie Sims/LB/Florida State – He was a target of many teams who play the "Tampa-2" defensive scheme, but some teams backed off because of concussion issues. Sims will compete for playing time right away against Alex Lewis and James Davis but will be expected to take over the starting job fairly soon.

Daniel Bullocks/S/Nebraska – He'll likely play free safety, where he'll compete for the starting job against Terrence Holt.

Brian Calhoun/RB/Wisconsin – With the team expected to use veteran RB Shawn Bryson more at fullback, Calhoun should compete for the No. 3 running back role this season.

Jonathan Scott/OT/Texas – A poor pro day performance knocked him into the second day of the draft, but Scott has a chance to make the final roster as a backup at either tackle spot.

Dee McCann/CB/West Virginia – Has a chance to make the final roster as their fifth cornerback, but most likely a practice squad candidate.

Fred Matua/G/USC – Practice squad candidate.

Anthony Cannon - Practice squad candidate.

Green Bay Packers

A.J. Hawk/LB/Ohio State – Figures to start right away on the weak side over undersized WLB Robert Thomas. Hawk adds badly needed talent to their front seven and could develop in to one of the best linebackers in team history.

Daryn Colledge/OL/Boise State – Should compete for one of the starting guard spots and could certainly prove to be an improvement at either spot.

Greg Jennings/WR/Western Michigan – He was seen as a high riser on many draft boards. Jennings actually has a chance to start as a rookie now that veteran WR Javon Walker is out of the way.

Abdul Hodge/LB/Iowa – He could back up inside or on the weak side.

Jason Spitz/C/Louisville – Should make the final roster as their backup center.

Cory Rodgers/WR/Texas Christian – Could challenge for the fifth receiver job, but mostly likely a practice squad candidate.

Will Blackmon/CB-WR/Boston College – He's expected to play wide receiver only and has a chance to make the roster as their fourth or fifth receiver.

Ingle Martin/QB/Furman – Decent shot to make the final roster as their third quarterback and could develop down the line as their No. 2.

Tony Moll/OT/Nevada – Decent shot to make the final roster as a backup.

Johnny Jolly/DT/Texas A&M – Has a chance to make the final roster, but most likely a practice squad player.

Tyrone Culver/S/Fresno State – Practice squad candidate.

Dave Tollefson/DE/Northwest Missouri State – Actually has a shot to make the final roster as the fifth end, but really a practice squad candidate.

Minnesota Vikings

Chad Greenway/LB/Iowa – The club got the second player on their draft board and he'll become an immediate starter, likely on the weak side.

Cedric Griffin/CB/Texas – Known as an underrated cornerback, Griffin should compete for the nickel job this season.

Ryan Cook/C/New Mexico – The mammoth offensive lineman could play anywhere on the line or backup veteran C Matt Birk.

Tarvaris Jackson/QB/Alabama State – They hope he'll be ready to take over the starting job in year three. Jackson has a lot to learn, but has a big upside and head coach Brad Childress works very well with young signal callers.

Ray Edwards/DE/Purdue – He'll get a chance to compete for the fourth end job.

Greg Blue/S/Georgia – He may be moved to linebacker.

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