NFL Offseason

Offseason Grades: NFC North

    • Chicago Bears
      • Best Draft Pick – James Daniels, C, Iowa
        • Daniels will provide stability at one of the interior offensive line positions. Daniels and incumbents Cody Whitehair and Kyle Long should shore up the inside with Charles Leno and Bobby Massie at the tackle spots.
      • Worst Draft Pick – Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
        • With the signings of Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, I just don’t see the need for this pick. With their final pick of the first two days, I just feel that it could be used in a much better way.
      • Best Signing – Allen Robinson, WR
        • Robinson was for sure the best signing the Bears could have made. He is a surefire number one receiver who should never have hit the open market. But he did, and the Bears took full advantage.
      • Worst Loss – Cameron Meredith, WR
        • Despite his injury, Meredith has number one receiver potential. And at the age of 25, he has plenty of time to hit that ceiling as well. With past production and that kind of potential, he would have been a great complement to Robinson and Gabriel.
      • Grade: B
    • Detroit Lions
      • Best Draft Pick – Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
        • I thought Crosby would be a solid day-two pick without injury concerns. As long as he remains healthy, he could be a starter across from Taylor Decker very soon.
      • Worst Draft Pick – Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
        • I had a late second-round grade on Ragnow. He simply wasn’t worth the pick. Yes, if the Lions hadn’t taken him here, the Bengals would have one pick later. But they should have done that because then it would’ve been Cincinnati’s problem.
      • Best Signing – LeGarrette Blount, RB
        • The Lions didn’t make any splash signings this year. However, they picked up a consistently productive running back to start over Ameer Abdullah. Blount isn’t the biggest name, but he is a consistent grinding back who has produced at least 700 yards and/or 5 touchdowns in six of his eight seasons.
      • Worst Loss – Haloti Ngata, NT
        • At this point in his career, Ngata is less of a consistent contributor on the football field than he was in the earlier years of his career. Last year he was more of a depth option for the Lions. However, with Da’Shawn Hand and A’Shawn Robinson at ages 22 and 23, respectively, Ngata would’ve been a great mentor to help the young guys develop.
      • Grade: C-
    • Green Bay Packers
      • Best Draft Pick – Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
        • I had a first-round grade on St. Brown. Considering his size-speed combination, he should be a stand-out receiver quite quickly with Aaron Rodgers. The only reason he didn’t succeed at Notre Dame was questionable quarterback play.
      • Worst Draft Pick – Hunter Bradley, LS, Mississippi State
        • I just don’t understand the reasoning behind drafting a long snapper. Bradley could hold down the spot for 15 years, I still don’t think he would be worth a draft pick. They could have taken a position player with potential, such as Logan Woodside or Tarvarus McFadden, but instead used the pick on a player with little-to-no upside.
      • Best Signing – Muhammad Wilkerson, DL
        • This one is pretty simple. If Wilkerson can get back to playing like he did in 2015, the Packers got an elite defensive lineman at a huge discount. If he continues like he has the past few years, he will be an average starter next to Kenny Clark.
      • Worst Loss – Jordy Nelson, WR
        • While Nelson was a necessary loss for the Packers because of his salary number, it’ll just be weird seeing him playing for the Raiders this year. It would have been nice to see them try to bring him back on a cheaper deal.
      • Grade: B+
    • Minnesota Vikings
      • Best Draft Pick – Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
        • The Vikings spent their first-round pick this year, predictably, on a cornerback. They may now have one of the most stacked cornerback groups in the NFL. Hughes was very fitting for the pick. Other than Josh Jackson, there was no one I would have picked instead of Hughes.
      • Worst Draft Pick – Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn
        • Carlson was clearly the best kicker in this draft class. Why was he their worst pick? He was a kicker. Nonetheless, this was not a bad pick. It was just the worst of a bunch of good picks.
      • Best Signing – Sheldon Richardson, DL
        • Richardson is in a situation much like his former teammate Muhammed Wilkerson. If he can play like he did in 2014, this was a great signing and a huge discount on an elite player. However, if he performs much like he has since 2014, he will still be a quality starter, just not quite worth the $8 million the Vikings gave him. This is a huge boom-or-bust pick.

Note: Most probably would say that Kirk Cousins was the Vikings biggest addition this offseason, I personally think Richardson was a bigger move simply because Cousins will probably not be able to improve much on Case Keenum’s numbers last season

    • Worst Loss – Jerrick McKinnon, RB
      • I do think McKinnon was a nice backup and change-of-pace back to have behind Dalvin Cook. However, the 49ers thought he was much more than that, and paid him as such. It was the correct decision to let him go, it’s just kind of disappointing that they couldn’t hold on to him for a cheaper price tag.
    • Grade: A-
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