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NFC NORTH
Text by Don Banks
February 11, 2013
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February 11, 2013

Nfc North

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Upgrade the O-lineā€”at a minimum, one tackle and one guard.... Start the youth movement on D, where MLB Brian Urlacher is 34, DE Julius Peppers 33 and CB Charles Tillman 31.... Replace backup QB Jason Campbell (72.8 passer rating in six games).

PROBLEM STAT

45 Combined sacks, hits and hurries allowed by RG Stephen Peterman, most of any guard in the league.

SOLUTION The Lions have two potential answers on the roster: 2012 first-round pick Riley Reiff and Bill Nagy, who spent the season on IR (ankle) and should be healthy by August. An upgrade will reduce the number of sacks Matthew Stafford takes (29 in '12) and lift the running game, which ranked 23rd.

AND THEN?

Draft a mid-round runner (Oregon's Kenjon Barner?) with home run potential.... Use the No. 5 pick on Alabama's Dee Milliner, the top CB prospect.... Let DE Cliff Avril go, and hope Texas pass rusher extraordinaire Alex Okafor slips to round 2.

PROBLEM STAT

40 Combined sacks, hits and hurries produced by OLBs Dezman Moses and Erik Walden on 581 pass rushes. (Clay Matthews, who missed four games with a hamstring injury, had 49 on 357.)

SOLUTION The return to health of Matthews and Nick Perry (who went on IR after wrist surgery in Week 10) will help. If that's not enough, the Packers could draft pieces for their 3--4 D. Some intriguing talent is likely to be available at No. 26, such as 6'8" SMU end Margus Hunt and Auburn's Corey Lemonier.

AND THEN?

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