The Three Biggest Needs After the 2020 NFL Draft for Each NFC North Team

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Chicgo Bears- 1) need to improve their offensive line and recruit guards. According to footballoutsiders.com, the Bears ranked 21st in pass protection, giving up 45 total sacks. They also ranked 29th in run blocking with their RBs averaging 3.56 yards per run last year. Chicago needs guards to help their run game and improve their QBs average throw time, which was tied for 6th worst and lead to the 9th worst passer rating in the league last year. 2) Chicago is in desperate need for a solid WR to improve last year’s 11th worst completion percentage. Ted Ginn Jr. may help them in that category, but he is not a solid number two WR, and unless their young WRs make a big leap this year, Robinson will need help. 3) last need is a safety: they need someone to play across from Eddie Jackson. They never found a suitable replacement for Adrian Amos. which showed up in the Bears defense tying for 5th least interceptions at 10 last year.

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Detriot LIons- 1) the most important need is at the edge rusher/defensive end. The Lions only managed to get 28 sacks last year, which tied them for second least in the league. Detroit lost one of their leading sack producers Devon Kennard, who had 7 sacks last year. Trey Flowers can create constant pressure, but can’t do it alone. I also don’t think the newly signed Collins Sr. will be able to completely fill Detroit’s need at edge rusher. Detroit lost a lot of defensive linemen in free agency and now needs more pressure up front if they want their defense to play better. 2) Detroit’s second need is at offensive guard. They are hurting at both their guard spots, but the right guard position needs the most help. According to footballoutsiders.com, the Lions ranked 19th in pass protection, giving up 43 sacks, and 20th in run blocking giving their RBs an average of 3.94 yards per run. Stafford needs better protection and the RBs need holes to run through. 3) the third need is Cornerback. The lions have their number one corner in Desmond Trufant and depending on how Jeff Okudah does, they may have their second or slot CB. I do not believe Justin Coleman or Amani Oruwariye are the long-term answer for slot or number 2 CB.

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 The Green Bay Packers– 1) most importantly they need an inside linebacker, since they let go of Blake Martinez and added Christian Kirksey. They’ll need another dependable linebacker who is strong enough to stuff the run, but fast enough to cover TEs and RBs. Ty summers showed promise but is young and unproven. Oren Burks has not been able to stay healthy and I think this is his last chance to show he can stay on the field. I am not sure what they have yet in the rookie from Minnesota, Kamil Martin. 2) Green Bay has a solid number one in Jaire Alexander, Kevin King has been inconsistent as a number two CB and his contract is up at the end of 2020 season. Green Bay let Tramon Williams walk and Josh Jackson has shown potential in his first season but disappeared last year. 3) Green Bay’s defense allowed the 10th most rushing yards last year with 1,921 yards and the 10th most rushing TDs with 15. The Packers current starters at defensive ends are Dean Lowery and Tyler Lancaster who combined last year for 1.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for a loss, and 77 total tackles. Green Bay needs help at DE to stop the run and help the “Smith Brothers” get pressure.

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The Minnesota Vikings- 1) biggest need is at corner back after letting go of three starters in Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Mackenzie Alexander in free agency. The Vikings drafted three CBs in the draft but having all three be starters and play will most likely will not happen. 2) Guard: Pat Elflein is the only guard on the team with full-time starter NFL experience and he did not do the greatest job last year. Cousins is going to need some help from his Offensive line if he wants to stay healthy and get the ball to his new weapons. 3) Defensive tackle. The Vikings lost Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen up front and are poised to start the season with Shamar Stephen and Michael Pierce at DT.  Shamar totaled 21 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 tackle for a loss all last year and Michael Pierce comes over from Baltimore where he had 5 tackles, .5 a sack, and 4 tackles for a loss. Minnesota is going to want to help their young CBs by creating pressure up front and they are going to need more ways to create pressure other than just Hunter and Odenigbo.

Thanks for reading please feel free to leave your thoughts about an NFC North teams needs or anything you would like to read about.

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