The NFC North was all about the Green Bay Packers once again last season, as they not only won the division but made a run to the NFC Championship Game for the second straight season. Unfortunately, for the second straight season, the Packers lost in that game. Now, the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions are all making moves to try to give the Packers a run for their money and the 2021 NFL Draft will give them a chance to add more talent.
With the NFL Draft just under a week away, all four teams in the division are focused on finding talent. Not only do they need to find talent in the first three rounds, they need to find it in the fourth round and later.
Thankfully, this draft class is loaded with talent from top to bottom. Teams will be able to find sleepers later in the draft that can help them compete. The best teams are the teams that can find starting caliber potential, especially in the fourth and fifth rounds.
All of that being said, let’s take a look at one player that each team in the NFC North should target in the fourth round of the upcoming NFL Draft.
For the Bears, this will be a tough situation as they do not have a fourth-round pick. However, there are plenty of ways for a team to acquire a fourth-round pick should they choose to do so.
If Ryan Pace wants to target a player in the fourth round, he could trade into it. There are a couple of players that would make sense for Chicago in this area of the NFL Draft, including Louisville wide receiver Tutu Atwell. They may not trade into this round, but if they do Atwell would make perfect sense.
Next up, the Lions are in need of a lot of help on the defensive side of the football. They need more weapons offensively as well, but they are likely to target that side of the ball earlier in the draft. A linebacker could be of interest in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft and Alabama’s Dylan Moses could be a good fit in the fourth.
Moses put together a good three-year career with the Crimson Tide, racking up 184 total tackles to go along with 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, and four defended passes. He is a strong linebacker and would be worth a shot in the fourth round. Detroit should strongly consider making this selection.
Green Bay Packers
Brian Gutekunst and the Packers have quite a few areas that they need to focus on in this NFL Draft. Among them are offensive line, cornerback, wide receiver, and defensive line. Here in the fourth round, a guy like Oregon cornerback Thomas Graham would be a very good selection.
Graham was a good player for the Ducks, recording eight interceptions in three years along with 183 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a defensive touchdown, and 32 defended passes. He could form a nice long-term duo with Jaire Alexander. With the re-signing of Kevin King, the Packers need to bring in a young player capable of replacing him this season if King struggles again.
Finally, the Vikings are the team with the best chance to compete with the Packers in the NFC North. With their fourth-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, a wide receiver like Clemson’s Cornell Powell could be an ideal pick.
Powell did not have a big role at all with the Tigers up until the 2020 season, but he ended up with 53 receptions for 882 yards and seven touchdowns. At 6-foot-0 and 210 pounds, Powell could give the Vikings a perfect No. 3 wideout behind Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. Giving Kirk Cousins another solid young weapon would make a lot of sense in this stage of the draft.