NFC North: 2014 NFL Round 2 Rapid Reaction
May, 9, 2014
By Rob Demovsky | ESPN.com
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The pick: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
My take: Over the last two years, the Green Bay Packers have lost their career receiving leader (Donald Driver) to retirement, a Pro Bowler (Greg Jennings) to the Minnesota Vikings in free agency and an underappreciated veteran (James Jones) to the Oakland Raiders in free agency. They needed to fortify their receiving corps even though they still have a pair of standouts in Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. They also are high on Jarrett Boykin, who had a breakout season last year with 49 catches. Cobb and Nelson are entering the final years of their contracts, but this pick should not change the fact that they both will be extended. The Packers' strength is their passing game, so why not give Aaron Rodgers more help?
Second-round success: General manager Ted Thompson has done well with second-round receivers. He picked Jennings in 2006, Nelson in 2008 and Cobb in 2011 -- all in Round 2. Also, he drafted receiver Terrence Murphy in 2005's second round, but Murphy's career came to an abrupt end because of a neck injury.
What's next: The Packers have two picks in the third round, Nos. 85 and 98. The 98th pick is a compensatory selection that cannot be traded.
May, 9, 2014
By Michael C. Wright | ESPN.com
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The pick: Ego Ferguson, defensive tackle, LSU
My take: The Chicago Bears continued to stack the chips on defense Friday night in the second round of the NFL draft with the 51st overall pick. The Bears re-signed veteran defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff in free agency, and he's capable of playing both the nose and 3-technique spot. But Ratliff can play only one position at a time. So the addition of Ferguson here makes sense. Going into the draft, Chicago's roster featured just three defensive tackles in Nate Collins (coming off a torn ACL), Stephen Paea (missed three games due to a nagging toe injury) and Ratliff. Recent signees Israel Idonije and Lamarr Houston can play outside and inside, but the Bears needed an inside presence. Like most young players, Ferguson is raw in term of his technique and has a tendency to play high at times.
It's unknown whether Ferguson is an instant starter on Chicago's defensive line. But the fact the group possesses so many accomplished veterans bodes well for Ferguson's transition to the pro game.
Ferguson played 38 games at LSU, and finished his career with 85 tackles and only one sack. But his physical skill set matches up well with a one-gap scheme such as Chicago's.
Ferguson didn't become a starter at LSU until 2012.
Social media savvy: After the 2013 season, Ferguson announced on Instagram that he wouldn't be returning for his senior college season. "First off, I want to thank God without him none of this would be possible," he posted. "I also want to thank my parents for always being in my corner since day one. I want to thank coaches too for giving me the chance to play in front of the best fans in college football. These past four years have been amazing. Without my teammates I don't know where I would be right now. They were more than teammates, they were my bruddas. After talking to my parents and praying about this decision I decided to enter the 2014 NFL draft #blessed #squad #family first."
What's next: The Bears will likely continue to bolster the defense with their third-round pick. The Bears addressed a need at cornerback in the first round, and defensive tackle in the second. It's expected the club will look to add at safety or linebacker in the third round.
May, 9, 2014
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Some thoughts on the Detroit Lions’ second-round pick.
The pick: Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU
My take: It was thought the Lions might trade up or back in the first round for a player. Instead, it happened in the second round, as Detroit made the move up from No. 45 to No. 40 to take a linebacker, filling one of the many defensive needs the team has. This will give the Lions the pass-rushing linebacker they needed -- and puts him back with his former college teammate Ezekiel Ansah, the defensive end the Lions selected in the first round last season.
Van Noy is a smart player who is productive, having made 226 tackles in his career with 62 tackles for loss, 26 sacks and seven interceptions. He should be able to step in immediately in 4-3 settings along with Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy.
In return for the No. 40 pick, Detroit gave up its fourth- and seventh-round picks this year. It got back a fifth-rounder.
Two for two: The Lions appear to be loading up on engaged players so far in this draft. First-round pick Eric Ebron proposed to his girlfriend, Brittany Rountree, before the first round of the NFL draft Thursday. Now there's Van Noy, whose official bio handed out by the Lions says he is engaged to Miss Utah USA, Marissa Powell.
What’s next: The Lions pick at No. 76, the 12th pick in the third round.