Rookie Players to Watch: NFC North
The NFL Draft was a month ago and now OTA’s are two weeks down around the league. Each team has a bunch of rookie players on its roster and they are looking to make an impact in their first year in the league. The Minnesota Vikings won the division last year, but had lost in the third coldest NFL game ever, so they are looking to get back into the playoff picture in 2016. The Chicago Bears ended up in last place in the division last season and they have rebuilt their defense, hoping it can help them turn it around. The Green Bay Packers had a crazy finish to their season, getting another Hail Mary at the last second, only for them to lose in OT to the Cardinals. Even with a down year, the Packers were still good and now with Jordy Nelson back, look for them to reload in 2016. The Detroit Lions had a letdown year after getting into the playoffs in 2014 and they have a new OC and GM to help rebuild Detroit and without Calvin Johnson it will be tougher for Detroit to hop in the playoff scene. Let’s see which rookie on each team you need to watch out for in the upcoming season.
Minnesota Vikings Rookie to Watch: Moritz Boehringer – WR
From Germany to the United States, Moritz is looking to be the feel good story of the NFL Draft. He was drafted in the sixth round by the Vikings and is the first German-born player without any experience in college to get drafted in the NFL. Boehringer played in the German Football League and his stats are impressive, getting 51 catches for 1,232 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also returned 14 kicks for 415 yards and two touchdowns. Boehringer has size and speed to compete in the NFL, being 6’4″, weighing 227 pounds and running a 4.43 40 yard dash is impressive. Now the big question is, can Boehringer perform like he did in Germany in the NFL? OTA’s and training camp will show how he can do in practice, but the real deciding factor will be during pre-season play. If Boehringer can impress enough people with his hands and speed, he could end up on the final 53-man roster and maybe have scouts for teams start looking at players from other countries to try to find any hidden gems.
Chicago Bears Rookie to Watch: Jordan Howard – RB
Jeremy Langford stepped up big last season and ended up letting the Bears feel comfortable in letting Matt Forte go. They were missing a hole in the running back position and Jordan Howard fit the bill. Howard has 647 carries for 3,681 yards for 24 touchdowns, 24 catches for 261 yards and three touchdowns in his time at UAB and Indiana. He has good vision and where to run the ball. He is more of a power back who can take down defenders and fight for extra yards. He will have company in the running back position, with Ka’Deem Carey, Senorise Perry and Jacquizz Rodgers and being a fifth round pick, Howard has a lot of ground to gain. If he can impress coaches enough to be the number three, maybe number two back, Chicago could have a good one-two punch with Langford and Howard.
Green Bay Packers Rookie to Watch: Kyler Fackrell – LB
The Green Bay Packers love their linebackers and they get possibly the steal of the draft in Kyler Fackrell. This man is huge at 6’5″ and he has speed and power to his game. He can get by the offensive line quickly and is really good at blitzing the quarterback. Since he has a lot of power and strength, he draws holding penalties because people don’t know how else to stop him. His coverage skills are impressive as well. He did suffer an ACL injury in 2014, but when he came back he did better than ever, showing that the injury wasn’t going to slow him down. Fackrell ended up with 253 tackles, 36 for loss, 13 sacks, four interceptions, one pass deflection, five fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles while at Utah State. If he can step up and show that he can play, the linebacking core will be stacked with Nick Perry, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Jake Ryan.
Detroit Lions Rookie to Watch: Graham Glasgow – C
While left tackle is the biggest position for the Lions to watch with Taylor Decker getting drafted in the first round, it isn’t the one you need to watch the most. Center is the position that can make or break a team and that is getting some competition now with Glasgow getting drafted in the third round. Glasgow did have some off the field incidents but he has grown from that and has matured. Glasgow can hold blocks long enough for the running back to find the hole and run through it. He gives the quarterback plenty of time to throw, stopping the bull rushers on pass plays. He is very consistent and doesn’t make many, mistakes. Glasgow could end up being the starting center for the Lions, but Travis Swanson won’t let it be that easy for him.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/rookie-players-to-watch-nfc-north/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/AP_900316637239.jpg?fit=1024%2C965&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/AP_900316637239.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Chicago BearsDetroit LionsFootballGreen Bay PackersMinnesota VikingsNFC NorthNFLRecent PostsChicago Bears,Detroit Lions,Green Bay Packers,Minnesota Vikings,NFC North,NFL,rookieThe NFL Draft was a month ago and now OTA’s are two weeks down around the league. Each team has a bunch of rookie players on its roster and they are looking to make an impact in their first year in the league. The Minnesota Vikings won the division...Brandon KnappBrandon KnappKnappmb@outlook.comEditorBrandon is a senior at Central Michigan University majoring in Journalism and minoring in Sports Management. He loves the Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Red Wings, Lions, Tigers and Pistons, UFC, WWE and Video Games. Follow him at @BKnappBlogs on Twitter.MyFantasySportsTalk