Posted: 10:29 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013
By James Dator
After a flurry of activity on the draft's first day, things slowed down in the second and third rounds.Across the division there were only four picks, and teams looked to address their biggest needs.
The Green Bay Packers have lacked a running back for a long time, and landing (arguably) the best in the draft was a coup with the 61st pick. Eddie Lacy was regarded as an early second-round pick at worst, and now an already potent offense has another weapon for Aaron Rodgers.
The Bears' linebacker group is in flux after parting ways with Brian Urlacher, and Lance Briggs isn't getting any younger. The expected pick here was Arthur Brown, but instead Chicago elect to take an outside linebackers who can be a bigger factor rushing the passer.
Darius Slay was one of the draft's top-rated cornerbacks, and it's a position of dire need for the Lions. After selecting Ziggy Ansah in the first round, Slay will give them a solid corner on the outside who could develop into a lockdown defender.
Matthew Stafford will be happy getting some help on the offensive line, and Warford is a perfect match at right guard. He should a great mix and speed and power, but it remains to be seen whether he can block in space for a speedy running back like Reggie Bush.
Prisco: B-/ B
This was probably the best pick of the NFC North teams on Friday. Lacy could open up the play-action passing game even more, which is a scary prospect on the Packers offense. He'll run between the tackles well, and gain the short yards they've been lacking in recent years.
The Vikins did more than enough on day one, and still boast one of the league's best drafts.