by Scott Kacsmar
Biggest Need: Secondary
Chicago has totally revamped its wide receiver corps for Mitchell Trubisky in his second season. Not only did the Bears acquire Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel in free agency, but they also made a move in the second round to acquire Anthony Miller. The Bears also snagged another cornerstone linebacker in Roquan Smith with the No. 8 pick in the draft.
However, there continues to be a lack of playmaking ability in the secondary, and none of Chicago's seven draft picks were used on a defensive back. The Bears have a league-low 24 interceptions on defense since 2015. Cornerback Kyle Fuller has a new long-term deal through 2021, but the Bears need more production in the secondary in a division with Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, and Kirk Cousins.
Notable Undrafted Free Agents: Chicago added several defensive backs after the draft, and some have a decent shot at making the final roster since they won't have any rookie draft picks to compete with. Unfortunately, most of the players share a lack of ball-hawking production, but LSU cornerback Kevin Toliver is the most promising of the bunch. Thought to be a mid-round pick, Toliver struggled with staying healthy and only started 18 of 31 games in his career. He has the physical tools, but lacks polish and experience. Cornerback Michael Johnson comes with production with eight interceptions in 2017, but he did so at the small school of Dubuque. Safety Nick Orr picked up nine interceptions in his time at TCU.
Biggest Need: Tight End
The Lions headlined their draft by strengthening the interior of the offensive line with Frank Ragnow in the first round. They also added tackle Tyrell Crosby, who could go down as a fifth-round steal after he slipped a bit. In the second round, though, Detroit was faced with a dilemma. Athletic Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki went off the board at No. 42 to Miami. He could have been a fine replacement for an offense that let Eric Ebron go with the hopes that Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo will be more than stop-gap additions. South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert (drafted No. 49 by Philadelphia) was still on the board, but ultimately the Lions traded up to No. 43 to draft Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson.
Johnson is the latest candidate to try replacing the void Barry Sanders left last century. Let's hope he has better luck than Kevin Jones, Kevin Smith, Jahvid Best, and Ameer Abdullah. Injury really impacted those players, and there are concerns about Johnson's frame holding up in the NFL. Perhaps the second-round pick could have best been used on a tight end, but Detroit continues to try to put a running game around Matthew Stafford, who is entering his 10th season.
Notable Undrafted Free Agents: The Lions added Florida tight end DeAndre Goolsby, who was the highest ranked UDFA tight end at NFL Draft Scout, but he only caught 68 balls for 724 yards in his three collegiate years. Detroit also could use defensive tackle help after veteran Haloti Ngata moved on. Enter Josh Fatu, a one-year starter at USC who made six sacks last year. He could slide in as a reserve nose tackle this season. Linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton (West Virginia) has been generating some buzz after a productive college career. The Lions' release of Brandon Chubb opens the door a bit wider for Benton to make the team thanks to his work against the run and potential on special teams.
Green Bay Packers
Biggest Need: Guard
Green Bay entered this draft with significant needs at cornerback and wide receiver. The Packers certainly got the job done by starting with two corners in Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson, who should both see plenty of snaps in their rookie seasons. A wide receiver was not drafted until the fourth round, but the Packers made sure to snag three of them for Aaron Rodgers to help develop. Equanimeous St. Brown could be a sixth-round steal.
Still, the key to any Green Bay season is keeping Rodgers healthy and his jersey as clean as possible. Once Rodgers broke his collarbone last year, Green Bay's hopes were essentially dashed. The Packers did not draft an offensive lineman until the fifth round, and that was right tackle project Cole Madison. With Lane Taylor and Justin McCray as projected starters at guard, the Packers will have to wait until next offseason to improve the interior of the line.
Notable Undrafted Free Agents: Green Bay added Arizona guard Jacob Alsadek, a monster at 6-foot-7 with 46 starts at right guard. He was the team's captain last year as a senior. The Packers could still use some depth at tight end, and Damon Gibson (Minnesota State-Moorhead) was productive with 191 receptions for 3,112 yards and 26 touchdowns. He'll have to make the conversion from wideout to tight end though. The Packers didn't add much in the way of edge rushers, but Naashon Hughes played 50 games at Texas. Inside linebacker Parris Bennett led Syracuse in tackles in each of the last two years, and is the first Syracuse player to have back-to-back seasons of 100 tackles since Keith Bulluck.
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Biggest Need: Guard
Minnesota has one of the strongest rosters in the NFL, but cornerback was a quiet need we have identified for the team for a while now. Mike Hughes was drafted late in the first round to give the Vikings another option in the slot this season. Surprisingly, the Vikings went with Pittsburgh offensive tackle Brian O'Neill in the second round, and did not draft a guard until Colby Gossett in the sixth round. Tom Brady aside, sixth-round picks rarely pan out as starters in this league.
Guard remains the only position where the Vikings don't have a player of Pro Bowl caliber or high draft stock. Last year's starting right guard, Joe Berger, retired in the offseason. Nick Easton and Tom Compton are serviceable players with some starting experience, but this is the weakest link on a team that has serious Super Bowl aspirations.
Notable Undrafted Free Agents: Wide receiver depth is one of the Vikings' main needs. While finding a gem like Adam Thielen is unlikely to happen again any time soon, here's one with a good story at the very least. Chad Beebe (Northern Illinois), son of NFL receiver Don Beebe, was given Randy Moss' No. 84 jersey this week. Now if only Leon Lett had a son who Beebe could chase down to make a gritty tackle against. Wide receivers Korey Robertson (Southern Mississippi) and Jake Wieneke (South Dakota State) were thought to be late-round picks, but both went undrafted. Robertson has the size, but there are concerns about his speed and separation. Minnesota already has that problem with former first-round pick Laquon Treadwell.
Texas cornerback Holton Hill had the fifth-highest grade of any undrafted rookie on NFL.com, and he was ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay's No. 1 UDFA. Some thought Hill could have been a fourth-round pick, but there are character concerns that undoubtedly caused his slide. Hill was suspended for the final three games in 2017 for violating a team rule. Hill has denied the report that he failed a drug test at the combine, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has said the team has done its due diligence on Hill.
Portions of this article originally appeared on ESPN Insider.