Over the last two days we’ve looked back at the AFC teams, and how I thought each one did in the draft. Now it’s time to take a look at the National Football Conference (NFC) and how they did.

At this point, I feel teams can’t be given a letter grade because teams and players have not performed. Attached to every team at this point of the progress report will be a Pass or Fail.

I will hand out report cards with letter grades at the end of the 2011 season (hopefully) for both teams and a color grade for each player and track player performance for the next three seasons. The team needs are not listed in any order.

#Denotes underclassmen

+Denotes compensatory pick

NFC North

Chicago Bears

Team Needs: LT DT WR C OLB

Coach Lovie Smith did a good job drafting for both value while filling needs with his first two selections in Gabe Carimi, who for me was the second highest graded tackle in the draft. Defensive tackle Stephen Paea is stout with good upside as a run stopper. For the rest of the draft it was just adequate. FAIL

Round Name Pos College Overall

1 Carimi, Gabe T Wisconsin 29

2 Paea, Stephen DT Oregon State 53 from INDIANAPOLIS through WASHINGTON

2 Choice to MIAMI through WASHINGTON

3 Conte, Chris S California 93

4 Choice to HOUSTON through WASHINGTON

5 Enderle, Nathan QB Idaho 160

6 Thomas, J.T. LB West Virginia 195

7 Choice Exercised in 2010 Supplemental Draft for Unga, Harvey, RB, Brigham Young

Team Total: 5

Detroit Lions

Team Needs: CB WLB SLB OT RB

Despite the long list of needs, general manager Martin Mayhew drafted for best available player and landed two impact players and immediate starters in defensive tackle Nick Fairley and wide receiver Titus Young. He also traded back into the second round for a very good prospect and No. 2 running back on my board in Mikel Leshoure. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

#1 Fairley, Nick DT Auburn 13

2 Young, Titus WR Boise State 44

#2 Leshoure, Mikel RB Illinois 57 from SEATTLE

3 Choice to SEATTLE

4 Choice to SEATTLE

5 Choice to KANSAS CITY

5 Hogue, Doug LB Syracuse 157 from BALTIMORE through SEATTLE

6 Choice to SEATTLE

7 Culbreath, Johnny T South Carolina State 209 from CLEVELAND through SEATTLE

7 Choice to ATLANTA

Team Total: 5

Green Bay Packers

Team Needs: DE OLB OG WR RB

General manager Ted Thompson built a Super Bowl winning team and continued to add on to the championship foundation, drafting players with good value and huge upside. Tackle/guard Derek Sherrod is an instant starter, while wide receiver and return specialist Randall Cobb will fill a very important role. Running back Alex Green, cornerback Davon House and tight end D.J. Williams will all contribute right away. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

1 Sherrod, Derek T Mississippi State 32

#2 Cobb, Randall WR Kentucky 64

3 Green, Alex RB Hawaii 96

4 Choice to DENVER

+4 House, Davon CB New Mexico State 131

5 Williams, D.J. TE Arkansas 141 from SAN FRANCISCO through DENVER


6 Schlauderaff, Caleb G Utah 179 from MIAMI

6 Smith, D.J. LB Appalachian State 186 from PHILADELPHIA through DETROIT and DENVER

6 Elmore, Ricky LB Arizona 197

7 Taylor, Ryan TE North Carolina 218 from JACKSONVILLE through MIAMI

#7 Guy, Lawrence DT Arizona State 233

Team Total: 10

Minnesota Vikings

Team Needs: QB FS OT DT C

With Jake Locker off the board, coach Leslie Frazier tried to fill a major need at quarterback by selecting Christian Ponder with the 12th pick and also added Kyle Rudolph, an all-purpose tight end with a very good skill set. Christian Ballard, a defensive tackle from Iowa will, help an aging defensive interior. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

1 Ponder, Christian QB Florida State 12

#2 Rudolph, Kyle TE Notre Dame 43

3 Choice to NEW ENGLAND

4 Ballard, Christian DT Iowa 106

#5 Burton, Brandon CB Utah 139

6 Love, DeMarcus T Arkansas 168


6 Raymond, Mistral CB South Florida 170 from CLEVELAND

6 Fusco, Brandon C Slippery Rock 172

+6 Homan, Ross LB Ohio State 200

7 Reed, D’Aundre DE Arizona 215

+7 Burton, Stephen WR West Texas A&M 236

Team Total: 10

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

Team Needs: DE (rush) OLB TE WR ROT/OG

General manager Thomas Dimitroff and owner Arthur Blank pulled off the blockbuster trade of the decade, with a Super Bowl or bust attitude. But the reality is they may have mortgaged the future moving up from the 27th to sixth overall pick to select wide receiver Julio Jones. Jones will be a perfect bookend to Roddy White. He brings size, speed and playmaking ability to catch balls from one of the young elite quarterbacks in Matt Ryan. Linebacker Akeem Dent is versatile enough to play with his hand in the dirt or in a two-point stance with pressure off the edge. FAIL

Round Name Pos College Overall

#1 Jones, Julio WR Alabama 6 from CLEVELAND

1 Choice to KANSAS CITY through CLEVELAND

2 Choice to CLEVELAND

3 Dent, Akeem LB Georgia 91

4 Choice to CLEVELAND

#5 Rodgers, Jacquizz RB Oregon State 145 from ST. LOUIS

5 Choice to ST. LOUIS

6 Bosher, Matt P Miami 192

7 Jackson, Andrew G Fresno State 210 from DETROIT

7 Choice to ST. LOUIS

7 Matthews, Cliff DE South Carolina 230 from NEW ENGLAND

Team Total: 6

Carolina Panthers

Team Needs: DT QB CB OLB DE

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but in general manager Marty Hurney’s case he is hoping and praying his latest quarterback selection of Cam Newton works out better than the 2010 pick of Jimmy Clausen. Without a second-round pick, the Panthers were able to draft one of the top remaining defensive tackles in the third round. Terrell McClain will bring immediate impact. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

#1 Newton, Cam QB Auburn 1

2 Choice to NEW ENGLAND

3 McClain, Terrell DT South Florida 65

+3 Fua, Sione DT Stanford 97

4 Hogan, Brandon CB West Virginia 98

5 Pilares, Kealoha WR Hawaii 132

6 Wilson, Lawrence LB Connecticut 166

+6 Williams, Zack C/G Washington State 203

7 Choice to DENVER through GREEN BAY

+7 Ziemba, Lee T Auburn 244

Team Total: 8

New Orleans Saints

Team Needs: DE OLB SS DT RB

I thought general manager Mickey Loomis had a very good draft. He filled needs while drafting for value. The Saints started the draft with the selection of versatile defensive end Cameron Jordan, and then traded up to grab the highest graded running back on the Softli Draft Board in Mark Ingram, an all-purpose back that can carry the load. In the third round they chose Martez Wilson, a freak athlete that will fit in the Gregg Williams defense and develop into a core special teams player. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

1 Jordan, Cameron DE California 24

#1 Ingram, Mark RB Alabama 28 from NEW ENGLAND

2 Choice to NEW ENGLAND

#3 Wilson, Martez LB Illinois 72 from WASHINGTON

3 Patrick, Johnny CB Louisville 88


5 Choice to WASHINGTON

6 Choice to DENVER through NEW ENGLAND

7 Romeus, Greg DE Pittsburgh 226

+7 Bussey, Nate LB Illinois 243

Team Total: 6

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Team Needs: DE MLB CB OLB RB

While defensive end was a major need, some questioned what general manager Mark Dominik was thinking by drafting two players with present injuries. I know what he was thinking: Both of these bookend, disruptive players off the edge will not only play, but they will be impact players in a division that will need to apply consistent pressure on the quarterback. I like the versatility of outside Mason Foster and the athletic skill-set of tight end Luke Stocker. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

1 Clayborn, Adrian DE Iowa 20

#2 Bowers, Da’Quan DE Clemson 51

3 Foster, Mason LB Washington 84

4 Stocker, Luke TE Tennessee 104 from WASHINGTON through PHILADELPHIA


5 Black, Ahmad S Florida 151

6 Choice to ARIZONA through PHILADELPHIA

6 Bradford, Allen RB Southern California 187 from KANSAS CITY

7 Gaitor, Anthony S Florida International 222

+7 Hardy, Daniel TE Idaho 238

Team Total: 8

NFC East and West coming tomorrow