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Four Downs: NFC North
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Four Downs: NFC North

The Bears, your reigning division champs, have a lot of defensive stars, but they'd be in big trouble if they lost a starter such as Khalil Mack or Leonard Floyd. Elsewhere, we find a lot of teams that need offensive help -- the Lions need linemen, while the Packers and Vikings need receivers.

8 comments, Last at 21 May 2019, 9:18pm by Dan
Futures: Justin Layne
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Futures: Justin Layne

The Michigan State product converted from offense to defense in college and is still learning his new position -- but his raw athletic gifts will probably entice some team to draft him higher than some more polished players.

1 comment, Last at 27 Apr 2019, 5:21am by Jerry
Futures: Darnell Savage
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Futures: Darnell Savage

Bigger isn't always better. The Maryland defensive back's slight frame might push him out of the first round of the draft, but Derrik Klassen shows what he can offer to any defense in the league.

Futures: Drew Lock
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Futures: Drew Lock

Between his arm talent and big-play ability, there's no doubting the upside of Missouri's quarterback -- but issues with ball security and consistency make him a big risk for teams at the top of the draft.

5 comments, Last at 24 Apr 2019, 6:33pm by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual
Futures: Josh Allen
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Futures: Josh Allen

Kentucky's edge rusher has the kind of athletic gifts and on-field production that will likely see him drafted early this month -- but as Derrik Klassen shows, he also has glaring holes in his game that should be cause for concern.

14 comments, Last at 08 Apr 2019, 10:03pm by mehllageman56
Futures: Hakeem Butler
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Futures: Hakeem Butler

You won't find the Iowa State wide receiver in the first round of many mock drafts, but Derrik Klassen watched the tape and found an athletically gifted deep-ball specialist who could turn out to be a steal.

3 comments, Last at 07 Apr 2019, 4:38am by Theo
Futures: Ed Oliver
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Futures: Ed Oliver

Oliver could slip to the middle of the first round after playing out of position as an undersized nose tackle at the University of Houston, but don't let his lack of production fool you. As Derrik Klassen shows, Oliver could be the most talented prospect in this entire draft class.

4 comments, Last at 28 Mar 2019, 10:04am by TreyKelso
Futures: Brian Burns
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Futures: Brian Burns

Some teams will pass on Florida State's edge defender over concerns about how his slight frame will hold up in the run game -- and others will see his speed and athleticism and value him as a useful pass-rusher right out of the gate.

2 comments, Last at 20 Mar 2019, 2:12am by ImNewAroundTheseParts
Futures: Devin Bush
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Futures: Devin Bush

The Michigan linebacker's speed and athleticism will allow him to make plenty of splash plays against NFL passing games -- but does he have the physicality to defend runs in the middle of the field?

3 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2019, 6:28pm by LionInAZ
Futures: Kyler Murray
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Futures: Kyler Murray

Oklahoma's Heisman-winning quarterback is tiny and inexperienced -- and also blessed with such ridiculous physical talent that somebody's going to take a shot at developing him into a franchise quarterback. Derrik Klassen breaks down Murray's extreme strengths and weaknesses, and where he'll need to improve to win in the NFL.

9 comments, Last at 03 Mar 2019, 12:28am by Theo