These two NFC North rivals play in lands of ice and snow. You’ve got to be tough to make it on the Vikings and the Packers.
So which one had the better draft?
Which team can talk smack and which one is just whack? You tell us!
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
The Vikings will look to rebound from missing the playoffs last year, while the Packers are hoping to mount a drive to the Super Bowl. The new infusion of talent will help decide which team will take another step in the right direction and which will flounder.
Minnesota Vikings Draft Highlights:
The Vikings made impressive moves, adding sack-master LB Anthony Barr with their first pick and then trading back into the end of the first round to snatch up QB Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings also added DL Scott Crichton, RB Jerick McKinnon and OL David Yankey.
Green Bay Packers Draft Highlights:
The Packers methodically filled their most pressing team needs, starting with their first pick: hard-hitting S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Needing more weapons for QB Aaron Rodgers, they added a trio quality WRs in Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis. The Packers also nabbed TE Richard Rodgers, who could immediately step into the starting role.
The Vikings went into this draft with an obvious need to improve their quarterback position and to add more depth. How well did they do? Did they have the best draft, Barr none?Or will they be paying the Price for their draft mistakes?
Mark their grade below and then gives your comments.
1. Anthony Barr - (Olb, Ucla)
2. Teddy Bridgewater - (QB, Louisville)
3. Scott Crichton - (DE, Oregon State)
4. Jerick Mckinnon - (RB, Georgia Southern)
5. David Yankey - (G, Stanford)
6. Antone Exum - (CB, Virginia Tech)
7. Kendall James - (CB, Maine)
8. Shamar Stephen - (DT, Connecticut)
9. Brandon Watts (LB, Georgia Tech)
10. Jabari Price (CB, North Carolina)
The secret to winning NFL championships is not a mystery.
Look at Super Bowl XLVIII. The Broncos came in with the greatest offensive stats in history and they got STUFFED by the Seahawks Legion of Boom defense.
Defense wins championships and the 2014 NFL Draft is full of defensive players who will shape the balance of power in the league for years to come.
2014 NFL Draft - Top Defensive Players
Jadeveon Clowney DE - South Carolina
He’s been called “a once-in-every-10-years kind of physical specimen.” Plus he's got a super-cool name.
Career Stats: 130 Tackles, 47 Tackles for loss, 24 Sacks
Khalil Mack OLB – Buffalo
A tackling-machine, Mack will wreak havoc in the NFL.
Career Stats: 327 tackles, 75 Tackles for Loss, 28.5 Sacks
Anthony Barr, OLB - UCLA
Barr has the wheels to be a blitzing terror!
Career Stats: 152 tackles, 41.5 Tackles for Loss, 23.5 Sacks
Aaron Donald, DT – Pittsburgh
He is an immoveable force who will solidify any defensive line.
Career Stats: 181 tackles, 66 Tackles for Loss 29.5 Sacks
CJ Mosley, ILB – Alabama
Smart and athletic, Mosley is like getting a quarterback for the defense.
Career Stats: 319 tackles, 23 Tackles for Loss 6.5 Sacks
Justin Gilbert, DB Oklahoma State
Need a shutdown corner? Gilbert is your man!
Career Stats: 182 tackles, 3.5 Tackles for Loss 12 Interceptions
Calvin Pryor, S – Louisville
Pryor is a hard-hitting safety who will make any defense tougher.
Career Stats: 218 tackles, 11 Tackles for Loss 7 Interceptions
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S – Alabama
During his brief stay at Alabama, Ha-Ha proved that he is no joke!
Career Stats: 37 tackles, 5 Interceptions
Be sure to catch all of the action starting Thursday, May 8th at 8:00pm ET on the NFL Network, as well as here on NFL RUSH!
The draft is coming up soon and I'm excited to see what my Buffalo Bills are going to do, and who they are going to pick. Sometimes I see news where a person will say who they think each team will pick in a mock draft, but I wanted to write this article to tell you who I want the Bills to pick.
I want the Buffalo Bills to pick a Quarterback, Safety, Wide Receiver, Offensive Tackle, and Outside Linebacker in this draft. For a wide receiver, I really like Mike Evans. But if he's not there when it's the Bills turn to pick, they could still be okay to choose some other wide receiver in rounds 2 or 3. For an offensive tackle, I would really like the Bills to pick Jake Matthews. If Matthews is not available, then I also like Taylor Lewan. Just like the wide receivers, if neither of them are available when the Bills pick in the first round or if they go with the wide receiver in the first round, they could also get a good offensive tackle option in the 2nd or 3rd round.
I would also be fine with my Buffalo Bills taking Khalil Mack, Anthony Barr, or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round if they can't get a good wide receiver or offensive tackle. Those defensive positions are something we need, but aren't as vital as getting offensive weapons.
There's one last little wish I have. I'm not sure the Bills will get back to the playoffs without a really good Quarterback. I don't think EJ Manuel is the next Cam Newton or Jay Cutler. So, I think they could also draft one of the top 3 Quarterbacks this year. I like Teddy Bridgewater the best, but Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel would be good too. I think all three of them are better than EJ.
With their first pick in this year's draft, I would really like them to pick Khalil Mack. The Bills are a pretty good team, and I think if they do well in this draft they could possibly make it to the playoffs
NFLRUSH Kid Reporter
UCLA DE Anthony Barr improves to an unofficial 4.63 in the 40-yard dash after a 4.66 first attempt.