*Gregg Rosenthal will project post-draft starting lineups for all 32 teams because he needed another way to annoy his wife. The NFC North is below: *
» The Bears' starting lineup is remarkably settled for a team that won three games last season. There are some clearly defined strengths. The interior offensive line boasts three Pro Bowl candidates and the front seven on defense is muscular. If football is truly won in the trenches, this team will be better than expected.
» It's bizarre that a 24-year-old undrafted former quarterback (Cameron Meredith) is the surest thing among the receiver group. Meredith has shown far more No. 1 receiver potential than Kevin White, drafted No. 7 overall in 2015. Kendall Wright was a headache in Tennessee but has the potential to help the Bears in the slot.
» The best chance for the Bears to be relevant resides in the front seven. Leonard Floyd and Pernell McPhee can be a great edge-rushing tandem. The linebacker group will look even better when Danny Trevathanreturns from injury. Akiem Hicks had a quietly excellent season in 2016, and there aren't many nose tackles left like Eddie Goldman.
» The Lions barely touched two positions that figured to be high on their offseason wish list: running back and defensive end.
» Kerry Hyder was the team's best pass rusher last season, a trend that Ziggy Ansah's agent hopes doesn't continue. Hyder is the favorite to start opposite Ansah, although that spot is up for grabs. Detroit was ranked No. 28 in Pro Football Focus' team pass-rush rankings last season, and it's hard see a path for the Lions to reach "average."
» General manager Bob Quinn's first draft in Detroit went well enough last year, as it instantly fortified the team's offensive line. Quinn could desperately use an even bigger score from his 2017 class in the form of middle linebacker Jarrad Davis and cornerback Teez Tabor. Davis is a lock to start. While Tabor has an uphill battle to pass incumbent Nevin Lawson, this is a defense that desperately needs more juice. In my scenario, free-agent pickup D.J. Hayden would be an expensive fourth cornerback.
» Kenny Golladay could potentially be the team's third rookie "starter" as a slot receiver -- if all goes well. As with the running back position, a veteran addition here wouldn't be a surprise if the coaching staff doesn't love what it sees in OTAs.
Green Bay Packers
» The Packers' cornerback group is unlike any other in the league. The top five players could wind up in almost any order on the Week 1 depth chart, and it wouldn't be a surprise. That includes 2015 first- and second-round picks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins. Kevin King, the No. 33 pick in April, is the safest bet to start. The entire group could be anywhere from sneaky good to sneaky season-killing.
» Only Daniels topped 600 snaps among Green Bay defensive linemen last season, so none of them will truly play "starter" snaps.
» Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Sam Bradford have worked together under three different head coaches in three different cities. Their best season together came in 2016 in Minnesota, but no one seemed to notice, because the rest of the Vikings collapsed around them. Their wandering, star-crossed story is the "When Harry Met Sally" of short passing attacks.
» The Lions and Vikings both remodeled their offensive lines this offseason. I like Detroit's overhaul better. Minnesota's changes were necessary, yet they also come at the most high-leverage positions: both tackle spots and center. Coach Mike Zimmer usually brings his rookies along slowly, but he won't have that luxury with Pat Elflein, taken in the third round.
» For all the attention the offense received last year, Minnesota's mediocre defense was as big a factor in the team's collapse. The defensive line is a strength, but there is a risk that Danielle Hunter is the only ascending player of the group, which includes 10-year veteran Brian Robison. Former first-round pick Sharrif Floyd's status is uncertain because of knee problems.
» That said, there is depth at every level of the defense. The components that had a lot of folks loving the Vikings before last season are still in place.