ESPN NFC North reporters weigh in on which player picked in rounds 4-7 will have the biggest impact in the division. Each team's draft class is below the reporter's analysis.
Rob Demovsky, Green Bay Packers reporter: The Packers passed on T.J. Watt in the first round, but they grabbed his University of Wisconsin teammate Vince Biegel in the fourth round. While Watt's upside may be greater, Biegel actually had more production over a longer period of time as a pass-rusher than Watt, who had a monstrous 2016 season. The Packers need more pass-rushers to go along with Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, and Biegel could get that opportunity right away.
Jeff Dickerson, Chicago Bears reporter: It's always the quarterback, right? I like the Lions taking Miami's Brad Kaaya in the sixth round. In a perfect world, Detroit doesn't need Kaaya because Matthew Stafford, 29, stays healthy and plays another 6 to 8 years in Motown. But Kaaya is an intriguing prospect. I heard he impressed a lot of teams during the pre-draft process, but slipped to the sixth round. If Kaaya gets stronger and adds weight, he could develop into something valuable for the Lions. And if not, who cares? Kaaya only cost Detroit a late-round pick. This is a no-lose deal.
Ben Goessling, Minnesota Vikings reporter: Packers linebacker Vince Biegel could provide a quick boost to a team that needs more of a pass rush from its linebackers. Clay Matthews turns 31 this week, and the Packers said goodbye to Julius Peppers in free agency. They need help from players like Biegel, especially if they continue to move Matthews around the field, and Pro Football Focus rated Biegel as one of the most productive pass-rushers in the 2017 draft class. The Vikings have a pair of Day 3 picks who could play significant roles right away (Jaleel Johnson and Rodney Adams), but if Biegel is the Packers' successor to Peppers and their complement to Matthews and Nick Perry, he'll separate himself from the group.
Michael Rothstein, Detroit Lions reporter: Liked Chicago's pick of Tarik Cohen and the Vikings' selection of Bucky Hodges, but I'll stick with the Lions here and go with quarterback Brad Kaaya. Before last season, there were some mock drafts that had him in the Top 5 overall. To nab him in the sixth round, where the Lions can develop him and there's no pressure for him to play for a couple of years at least, was a smart move and too enticing for general manager Bob Quinn to bypass. His size at 6-foot-4 and playing in a pro-style offense are immediate intangibles and he has enough arm strength to make it in the league. Kaaya could end up being a starter somewhere in the league in a couple of seasons. He may never play in Detroit because of Matthew Stafford, but I really liked this pick.