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Best and most questionable 2017 NFL Draft picks: NFC North

Editor's note: This week, analyst Lance Zierlein takes a look at the best and most questionable picks in the 2017 NFL Draft for every team, continuing today with the NFC North teams:

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Chicago Bears

Best pick:Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland (Round 2, No. 45 overall)
The skinny: He's big, he's fast and he's tough after the catch. Who doesn't want that? I understand that many fans haven't heard of him, but when you watch him dominate his level of competition, it's easy to get excited about the potential results if that size and athleticism translates to the next level.

Most questionable pick:Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama (Round 4, No. 112 overall)
The skinny: I don't hate this pick -- especially with Jackson's ability to help in the return game -- but I felt like there were better safety options on the board here. Jackson's interceptions often came on overthrows or bad reads by the quarterback so I'm not sure he's the instinctive, rangy safety that some might be expecting.


Detroit Lions

Best pick:Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida (Round 1, No. 21 overall)
The skinny: Davis is a tremendous athlete with high-end physical traits. He's able to range all over the field to make plays. There have been concerns about his ankle, but if his health checks out, the Lions added a legitimate leader and tough guy in the middle.

Most questionable pick:Teez Tabor, CB, Florida (Round 2, No. 53 overall)
The skinny: There is no disputing that Tabor's tape is better than his slow 40-yard-dash time. With that said, he often played way off the line of scrimmage at Florida and some NFL scouts believe it was because he feared speed. If Tabor is unable to handle NFL speed, his confidence could be shaken early. I like the player, but I don't love him in the second round.


Green Bay Packers

Best pick:Josh Jones, S, N.C. State (Round 2, No. 61 overall)
The skinny: I absolutely love this pick. Jones has a rare combination of height, weight, speed and explosiveness. His playing style reminds me of 2016 Falcons first-rounder Keanu Neal. His instincts are sketchy, but that can be accounted for within the scheme.

Most questionable pick:Vince Biegel, LB, Wisconsin (Round 4, No. 108 overall)
The skinny: I love the motor, desire and many of the athletic numbers, but I don't see enough strength on the edge or enough burst upfield for Biegel to be a combination pass rusher and edge-setter. We will see how the Packers decide to use him.


Minnesota Vikings

Best pick: Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State (Round 3, No. 70 overall)
The skinny: Elflein was the best center in this draft and he brings starting experience as a right guard as well. With position flexibility, core strength and plus run blocking potential, Elflein was a great addition in the third round.

Most questionable pick:Ben Gedeon, ILB, Michigan (Round 4, No. 120 overall)
The skinny: Gedeon has decent quickness, but might lack the speed necessary to play in the NFL. If the Vikings were just looking for a backup with special-teams ability, I might have waited another round.

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