The NFC North has largely been the Packers’ division as of late, and the remaining three teams have been playing catch up. Many draft experts have claimed that the 2014 drafts by the Bears, Lions, and Vikings have closed the gap between them and the Packers.
Even our own Cory Jennerjohn wrote a nice piece saying our rivals are ganging up to stop the Packers.
Let’s take a quasi-objective look at how well the NFC North rivals did during the 2014 draft.
Who acquired the best draft value? Did they in fact close the gap below the reigning Packers?
Once again, I’ll use the Draft Trade Value Chart and CBS Sports draft prospect rankings to compare each team. I’ll assign a value of each prospect by taking their CBS Sports ranking and giving them corresponding points from the Draft Trade Value Chart. For example, the #1 ranked prospect will always be 3000 points and the #10 ranked prospect will always be 1300 points regardless of when they were picked. If Jadeveon Clowney (#1 prospect) fell to the Packers at 21, he’d still be worth 3000 points.
Green Bay Packers
- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FSÂ (900 points)
- Davante Adams, WRÂ (310 points)
- Khryi Thorton, DT (25 points)
- Richard Rodgers, TE (7 points)
- Carl Bradford, LB (360 points)
- Corey Linsley, C (2 points)
- Jared Abbrederis, WR (74 points)
- Demetri Goodson, CB (2 points)
- Jeff Janis, WR (7 points)
- Total points = 1687
- Average points per pick = 187.44
- Kyle Fuller, CB (760 points)
- Ego Ferguson, DT (215 points)
- Will Sutton, DT (175 points)
- Ka’Deem Carey, RB (60 points)
- Brock Vereen, SS (96 points)
- David Fales, QB (9 points)
- Pat O’Donnell, P (2 points)
- Charles Leno, OGÂ (30 points)
- Total points = 1347
- Average points per pick = 168.38