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NFC North Rundown: Upgrading at QB is a popular topic across the division

Justin Fields is one player who could intrigue Detroit, specifically, if the Ohio State product fell into its lap.

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There is one undisputed notion when it comes to predicting the Green Bay Packers’ first-round draft pick: it will not be a quarterback.

After picking Jordan Love last year, the Packers will not be selecting a signal caller early in the draft at the end of this month. But the position is in demand just about everywhere else in the NFC North as each of the other three teams looks to plan for the future while welcoming immediate help. While Detroit could be in line to take advantage of one of the consensus top-five quarterbacks in the draft with its first-round pick, Minnesota and Chicago will most likely be on the lookout during day two.

Today’s rundown looks at some of those passing options, while considering alternative position groups of interest. Plus, a little history with the Bears’ last 20th overall pick and the Vikings’ 2017 draft struggles.


Detroit Lions

NFL mock draft roundup: What happens if QB Justin Fields is still available at Pick 7?

There is a chance one of the top five quarterbacks could be available when the Lions’ pick comes up in the first round. After acquiring Jared Goff, is a quarterback still in play?

TE prospect Kyle Pitts’ versatility could interest Lions

Pitts could certainly be a first-round target for Detroit to either pair with TJ Hockenson at tight end or continue the team’s makeover at wide receiver.

Could Kadarius Toney Be Next Lions Big-Play Wide Receiver?

Early in round two, the Lions could seek another pass-catching weapon in the mold of the shifty Toney.


Minnesota Vikings

3 reasons why the Vikings should trade up to draft Penei Sewell

Not only is offensive tackle an area of need for the Vikings, but Sewell could be a “generational talent” worth trading up to secure.

Vikings’ draft success hinges on finding potential successor to Kirk Cousins

With Cousins under contract through 2022, Minnesota has two seasons to develop a successor beyond its current backups and there are some day-two options to consider.

Dalvin Cook is the Only Player Left From the Vikings’ 2017 NFL Draft Class

While the Packers have not exactly posted high retention rates on recent draft classes, the Vikings’ 2017 class is exceptionally low.


Chicago Bears

Position preview: Needing a starter, Bears could draft CB first

Caleb Farley has been one of the names gaining steam in mock drafts for Chicago, but is just one of a few corners that could entice the Bears with the 20th pick.

Pace’s Second-Round Choices Work Best

Rounds four and five also have not been too shabby for Chicago, which has struggled with its selections in rounds one and three under Pace.

7 factoids about history of 20th pick in draft

Since 2009, the 20th pick has not produced many Pro Bowl players, but the last Bear picked in that slot turned out to be a solid starter.