Ranking NFC North Position Groups

In this article, I will be ranking every NFC North position group from best to worst

Quarterback

  1. Green Bay Packers (Aaron Rodgers, DeShone Kizer, Tim Boyle): They have Aaron Rodgers. That’s all I need to say.
  2. Detroit Lions (Matthew Stafford, Matt Cassel): I’ll take Matthew Stafford over Kirk Cousins.
  3. Minnesota Vikings (Kirk Cousins, Trevor Siemian, Kyle Sloter): Cousins is very consistent, but he’s just not as good as the other two.
  4. Chicago Bears (Mitchell Trubisky, Chase Daniel): Chicago has the best backup, and Trubisky has the opportunity to show us he’s number 2 in this division, but until then, the Bears are in last.

Running back

  1. Chicago Bears (Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Benny Cunningham): Pretty obvious choice here. Howard and Cohen are arguably the best duo in the NFL, and Cunningham is quality depth and special teams guy.
  2. Minnesota Vikings (Dalvin Cook, Latavius Murray, Roc Thomas, Michael Boone): Dalvin Cook is a star in the making and Murray is also a good option.
  3. Detroit Lions (LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson, Theo Riddick, Ameer Abdullah, Nick Bellore): Crazy depth here. Blount is a great option for power running and is very valuable late game. Johnson is a promising rookie.
  4. Green Bay Packers (Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, Ty Montgomery, Darius Jackson): Jones is pretty good, but has issues with marijuana and is suspended weeks 1-4. Williams is also okay but is not worthy of a lead back role.

Wide Receiver

  1. Minnesota Vikings (Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Laquon Treadwell, Brandon Zylstra, Stacey Coley) Two stars in this group. That’s enough for me.
  2. Chicago Bears (Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, Kevin White, Javon Wims, Josh Bellamy): Of the six receivers that were on the active roster last year, just Bellamy returns. Completely revamped group that is going to make it possible for Mitchell Trubisky to have a Wentz/Goff like leap.
  3. Detroit Lions (Marvin Jones, Golden Tate, Kenny Golladay, T.J. Jones, Brandon Powell, Bradley Marquez): Extremely talented group that could be argued to be number two.
  4. Green Bay Packers (Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison, Equanimeous St. Brown, J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Trevor Davis): This is another talented group that could be argued to be number two, but the depth is too unproven for me.

Tight End

  1. Chicago Bears (Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen, Dion Sims, Ben Braunecker, Daniel Brown): Burton and Shaheen are rising stars, and the rest of those guys are high quality depth pieces.
  2. Green Bay Packers (Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis, Lance Kendricks, Robert Tonyan): Graham is aging and past his prime and will not be much more than a red zone threat given his blocking struggles. Lewis is a good blocker and red zone threat.
  3. Minnesota Vikings (Kyle Rudolph, David Morgan, Tyler Conklin): Rudolph is really the only good player, here, but he is very good.
  4. Detroit Lions (Luke Wilson, Levine Toilolo, Michael Roberts, Hakeem Valles): Not much here since the departure of Eric Ebron.

Offensive Line

  1. Chicago Bears (Starting 5: LT Charles Leno, LG Eric Kush/James Daniels, C Cody Whitehair/Daniels, RG Kyle Long, RT Bobby Massie): Leno is extremely underrated and has improved each year. Daniels won’t immediately start but will either at LG or C sometime this season. Massie is the weak link here.
  2. Detroit Lions (LT Taylor Decker, LG Frank Ragnow, C Graham Glasgow, RG T.J. Lang, RT Ricky Wagner): Everyone here is at least solid.
  3. Green Bay Packers (LT David Bahktiari, LG Lane Taylor, C Corey Linsley, RG Justin McCray, RT Bryan Bulaga): Bulaga and Bahktiari make up arguably the best tackle duo in football. The interior is awful, though.
  4. Minnesota Vikings (LT Riley Reiff, LG Tom Compton, C Brett Jones, RG Mike Remmers, Rashod Hill): Riley Reiff is great, C Pat Elflein is pretty good but he is injured. Kirk Cousins will be running for his life.

Defensive Line

  1. Minnesota Vikings (Starters: DE Everson Griffen, DT Sheldon Richardson, DT Linval Joseph, DE Danielle Hunter): Everyone here is great.
  2. Chicago Bears (DE Akiem Hicks, NT Eddie Goldman, DE Jonathan Bullard): Bullard needs to keep developing, but the other two are established stars and are criminally underrated.
  3. Green Bay Packers (DE Muhammed Wilkerson, NT Kenny Clark, DE Mike Daniels): You could make the case that these guys are more talented, but I like the Bears’ better because the defensive coordinator in Chicago (Vic Fangio) is miles better than Mike Pettine.
  4. Detroit Lions (DE Kerry Hyder, DT Ricky Jean-Francois, DT Sylvester Williams, DE Ziggy Ansah): Ansah is great, but the rest of these guys, I’m just not sure about.

Linebackers

  1. Chicago Bears (Starters: OLB Khalil Mack, ILB Danny Trevathan, ILB Nick Kwiatkoski/Roquan Smith, OLB Leonard Floyd): Smith will eventually take over for Kwiatkoski as starter, but even as of now this is a scary group.
  2. Minnesota Vikings (OLB Anthony Barr, MLB Eric Kendricks, OLB Ben Gedeon): Barr and Kendricks are both awesome, but Gedeon is not enough to put this group over Chicago.
  3. Green Bay Packers (OLB Clay Matthews, ILB Oren Burks, ILB Blake Martinez, OLB Nick Perry): Burks, who will start in place of the injured Jake Ryan here, is the only real weak link. Matthews is aging, but still useful in some situations.
  4. Detroit Lions (OLB Devon Kennard, MLB Jarrad Davis, OLB Christian Jones): This is an overall solid group, just no stars.

Cornerback

  1. Minnesota Vikings (Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Mike Hughes, Mackensie Alexander, Marcus Sherels, Holton Hill): Star studded group. Sherels is a great return man, which earns him points because he is a cornerback
  2. Chicago Bears (Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara, Bryce Callahan, Marcus Cooper, Sherrick McManis, Kevin Toliver): The first three guys are great, Cooper is not good, McManis is a special teams ace, and Toliver is a developmental project who has all the physical aspects to be a great corner.
  3. Detroit Lions: Darius Slay, Nevin Lawson, Jamal Agnew, Jalen Tabor, Dee Virgin): The first three guys on this list are pretty good, especially Slay.
  4. Green Bay Packers (Kevin King, Tramon Williams, Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson, Davon House): Too many guys here are unproven to put them any higher.

Safety

  1. Minnesota Vikings (Harrison Smith, Andrew Sendejo, George Iloka, Anthony Harris, Jayron Kearse): The first three are all pro bowl caliber. That’s quite enough to put them at number 1.
  2. Chicago Bears (Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson, DeAndre Houston-Carson, Deon Bush): The first two make up one of the NFL’s best safety duos and are ready to prove that they can be the best. The other two are quality depth players and special teamers.
  3. Detroit Lions (Glover Quin, Quandre Diggs, Tavon Wilson, Miles, Killebrew, Tracy Walker, Charles Washington): Quin is an absolute stud here, and expect Matt Patricia to do wonders with this group.
  4. Green Bay Packers (Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Kentrell Brice, Josh Jones, Jermaine Whitehead, Raven Greene): Clinton-Dix is overrated, and the rest of these guys are unproven.

Sources:

https://www.ourlads.com/nfldepthcharts/depthchart/CHI

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