The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is in the books, and as usual, there were some head-scratchers and surprises. The Chicago Bears sat the night out thanks to their acquisition of Pro Bowl pass rusher Khalil Mack, but the other NFC North teams were trying to get the right combination to close the gap between them and the division champs.
Here’s what each team did last night.
8th overall - T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa: Detroit hasn’t had the best of luck with drafting tight ends, but Hockenson has all the tools to be a top flight three down player for years.
12th overall - Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan: At 6’4”, 277 pounds, with a 4.58 forty yard dash, he has the size, strength, and athleticism to become a top tier edge rusher. He had 9.5 sacks in his three year career for the Wolverines.
21st overall - Darnell Savage, S, Maryland: Green Bay sent their first round pick (30th overall) and two fourth round picks (114th and 118th) to the Seattle Seahawks to move up to 21 for the athletic Savage. He should become an instant starter at free safety next to Adiram Amos.
18th overall - Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State: Centers aren’t sexy picks, but Bradbury will be an instant starter for the Vikes and help solidify a weakness moving forward.
Which NFC North team (other than the Bears) had the best day 1 of the NFL Draft?
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