Biggest Steal in NFC North Draft

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    BIGGEST STEAL: Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
    Chicago Bears, Round 4, No. 117 overall


    It's crazy to think that a runner who eclipsed 3,800 rushing yards over the past two seasons -- thanks to 22 100-yard games -- would be knocked down draft boards due to a pedestrian time in the 40-yard dash (4.70 seconds), but that was the case with Carey. Regardless, the film suggests that the Arizona standout is a punishing runner with the vision, quickness and physicality to thrive as a feature back in the NFL. Additionally, Carey is an underrated pass catcher out of the backfield who can run every route in the book. Given coach Marc Trestman's reputation for designing effective schemes around impact playmakers, Carey could shock observers with his production as a situational back spelling Matt Forte.
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    CHICAGO BEARS: The Bears' defense lost its bite in 2013 -- ranking 30th in total D -- but the future looks much brighter with general manager Phil Emery restocking the lineup with a number of intriguing defenders. Kyle Fuller, the No. 14 overall pick, gives Chicago a versatile cover corner with the potential to play inside or outside in nickel situations. Day 2 selections Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton are imposing defensive tackles with the size, strength and athleticism to excel in the Bears' 4-3. Sutton in particular is a dynamic 3-technique with terrific initial quickness (when he has his weight under control). On offense, the addition of Carey will further allow Chicago to employ a ball-control strategy when needed.
    GRADE: B
    DETROIT LIONS:
    There's no doubt that Caldwell inherited a talented roster in Detroit, but the team needs a handful of crucial pieces to really push it over the top. While most expected GM Martin Mayhew to spend a top pick on a cover corner, he instead added a Pro Bowl-caliber tight end (Ebron) and a versatile linebacker (Kyle Van Noy), upgrading the athleticism on both sides of the ball. Travis Swanson will serve as an apprentice for a year before taking over the pivot from Dominic Raiola. Cornerback Nevin Lawson and defensive tackle Caraun Reid, both selected on Day 3, are developmental prospects with intriguing potential. Most importantly, they add depth to positions of need. GRADE: B-
    GREEN BAY PACKERS:
    GM Ted Thompson strictly adheres to the premise of taking the best player available. He has executed this masterfully throughout his tenure in Green Bay, which is why the Packers have consistently contended in the NFC. And last week, for good measure, he just happened to address the team's biggest areas of need. Entering the draft, Green Bay appeared to be lacking some oomph at safety and linebacker, with an additional depth concern in the receiving corps. Well, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and outside linebacker Carl Bradford will upgrade the defense with their collective speed and athleticism, while the additions of Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis give the Packers a young set of pass catchers to develop. Adams is a big-bodied playmaker with a game that is eerily similar to that of free-agent departee James Jones. Meanwhile, Abbrederis and Janis are the kind of developmental prospects who routinely become key contributors in coach Mike McCarthy's offense GRADE: B+
    MINNESOTA VIKINGS:
    It's always challenging getting a new head coach on the same page with an established general manager, but based on Minnesota's draft success, it appears that the marriage between Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman is off to a fine start. The Vikings walked away with a talent-rich haul, securing a number of blue-chip prospects at bargain rates. No. 9 overall pick Anthony Barr is a disruptive force with the athleticism and length to become a Pro Bowl-caliber pass rusher early in his career. Despite limited experience on the defensive side of the ball, the former UCLA running back has all of the traits defensive coordinators covet in edge players. Bridgewater slid down the charts due to concerns about his arm strength and size, but his college tape is spectacular and his game ideally suits Turner's system. If he plays to his potential, Bridgewater could make this draft class a special one for the Vikes' faithful. Add in a number of value picks in defensive end Scott Crichton, cornerback Antone Exum and offensive guard David Yankey, and it's clear Minnesota is poised to bounce back in a major way in 2014. GRADE: B+
     
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    Sutton, Carey and Vereen were all good mid round picks. Hopefully those guys will be core players for a long time.
     
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    The division seems to have had a good draft. This person actually ranked the Bears as worst of the four in how the draft went but still giving us a B. Not sure I agree, but I've said before that we seemed to have drafted more on potential than anything else. That is a two edged sword. If things work out we will have had a stellar draft. If not, I would actually rate a B as too high. Time will tell.
     
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    a lot of teams had a good draft, I think that speaks to the quality and depth of this draft.
     
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    Can someone explain to me the hype with Anthony Barr? Any why Minnesota gets a B+ for taking him at 9!!!???!!! I just don't see it with this guy I gotta be honest.
     
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    I liked the pick, they needed someone to play the OLB/DE role that was vacated by Allen and I think Barr can add a few lb's and fill that role
     
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    I don't know man...he's Shea McLellin if you ask me.
     
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    Barr is almost 2 inches taller then Shea and is the same weight, which means he actually has the frame to add bulk, he also had better combine results in all but the Broadjump.

    He's definately raw, but unlike what they said about Shea, that he was a 3-4 OLB, everything I read on Barr is that he's a pure pass rusher. They might well end up the same, I don't think either are strong enough to handle the OT's in the NFL, but the scouting reports don't read the same at all.
     
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    No, Shea ran a faster 40, and did more reps on the bench. The dude played at 245 and he just started playing defense in 2012. I don't understand how a guy like that, who had trouble reading and reacting, pre-determined his pass rush moves, had no secondary move, and couldn't get off a block is a top 10 pick.
     
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    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/anthony-barr?id=2543459

    faster 40 by .03 sec's, essencially the same. but the 3 cone and shuttle Barr ran .2+ sec's faster, vert was 3in's better, ans shuttle was .2 faster also. and the 40 time isn't going to matter on a football field anyways. really other then the height these guys are the same combine wise; but the height allows for more weight to be added to the frame and allows for a real shot to convert to DE, which Shea never stood a shot at becoming.
     

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