Green Bay Packers: F Grade
Goals Entering the 2020 NFL Draft: Aaron Rodgers is entering the twilight of his career, so it's rather disappointing that the Packers don't have any viable receiving threats for him outside of Davante Adams and maybe Allen Lazard. The Packers' top priority is to give Rodgers a couple more weapons. They also must make sure they upgrade their porous run defense.
2020 NFL Draft Accomplishments: The Packers were in the NFC Championship last year. It could be argued that they didn't deserve to be there, but they were, and if they had more help at receiver and a player or two to help stuff the run, they may have beaten the 49ers. With the Packers being so close to another Super Bowl, logic dictated that they would add weapons around Aaron Rodgers to help put them over the top.
Instead, the opposite happened, as they reached for Jordan Love, doing so via a trade where they hopped over teams that didn't need quarterbacks. This was an irresponsible decision that in no way mirrored Green Bay's pick of Rodgers in 2005. Back then, Brett Favre was flip-flopping back and forth about his retirement decision, and Rodgers was a prospect who was considered to be in play for the No. 1 overall pick. Rodgers has said nothing of retirement, so using a first-round pick on a raw quarterback was irresponsible. If the Packers wanted a worse version of Jameis Winston, they should have just signed Jameis Winston.
Things somehow didn't get any better on Day 2. The Packers wasted a pick on fourth-round plodding running back A.J. Dillon when they had no need at the position. They then used their third-round choice on a seventh-round fullback prospect. It's almost as if the Packers outsourced their drafting decisions to Bill Belichick's dog.
The Packers made some fine selections on Saturday, but nothing they could've done in Rounds 4-7 could make up for their disastrous first half of the 2020 NFL Draft. They deserve an "F" for their absolutely atrocious drafting.
Meanwhile the Vikings and Slick Rick:
2020 NFL Draft Accomplishments: I loved what the Vikings did in the first round. Justin Jefferson somehow fell to them even though one team in the teens would've considered him if a certain prospect wasn't available. I'm sure the Vikings weren't planning on having Jefferson on the board, but he fell into their lap as a replacement for Stefon Diggs. Minnesota then traded out of No. 25 to pick up an extra resource. It parked itself right in front of the Chiefs, who wanted Jeff Gladney, and selected the very same prospect to help repair their poor secondary.
The Vikings' great drafting continued into Day 2. They snatched future left tackle Ezra Cleveland at No. 58 even though he was drawing some first-round consideration. Cameron Dantzler was also a steal in the third frame. He and Gladney will go a long way in improving a poor pass defense.
Minnesota had some clunkers on Saturday, including Harrison Hand and K.J. Osborn, so things weren't perfect for them. However, there were also some excellet third-day choices mixed in, such as James Lynch, Troy Dye and Kenny Willekes.
I loved the Vikings' draft. They obtained some very promising prospects, filled needs and acquired assets by trading. I think they deserve a rare A+.
And the Bears got a D while still having garbage QBs. This division is ours.