There's certainly an NFC North storyline going forward in the years to come following Friday's first-round picks.
After the Bears introduced big, fast receiver Kevin White to the partisan Auditorium audience, the Vikings made the much-anticipated move of selecting the top cornerback in the draft, Trae Waynes of Michigan State.
It's easy to envision a White-Waynes matchup twice a season, and the same goes for White against the Packers' Damarious Randall. Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson turned to the defensive backfield for the second consecutive draft (HaHa Clinton-Dix) after losing cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Davon House to free agency. Randall played both cornerback and safety at Arizona State and saw his stock rise late.
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The reigning four-time division champions are expected to address what's still a deep linebacker group tonight to replace the departed A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, and Jamari Lattimore.
The Lions had needs on both sides of the trenches, but despite losing Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and George Johnson on the defensive side, that's assured of being a priority later tonight after selecting guard Laken Tomlinson of Duke, via Lane Tech High School. He joins an offensive line that's been in the rebuild process. They chose center Travis Swanson and guard Larry Warford in the third round over the past two years after using their 2012 first-rounder on tackle Riley Reiff.