NFL Draft: Who is your favorite local NFL team taking in round 1?

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 29 and like most years, fans will be paying attention that night to what their favorite team is going to do.

South Dakota is a unique NFL location where there are six teams that are following quite closely in the area including the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.

Here is a look at what some sports analysts think will happen come Thursday night’s opening round:

Detroit Lions – Pick #7

The Detroit Lions are the first team to pick of the six South Dakota local teams to pick. The Lions made a major move this offseason trading longtime Detroit quarterback, Matthew Stafford, to Los Angeles.

That move brought Jared Goff to the Lions.

Detroit is said to need help at the linebacker, safety, cornerback and offensive lineman position, but many NFL analysts have them going wide receiver.

SourcePlayer DraftedCollege
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.Trade with Pats – #15 Micah Parsons – LBPenn State
ESPN’s Todd McShayPenei Sewell – Offensive TackleOregon
CBS Sports’ Pete PriscoJa’Marr Chase – Wide ReceiverLSU
NFL Network’s Peter SchragerTrade with Arizona – Take Christian Darrisaw (OT) at #16Virginia Tech
KELOLAND.com’s Grant SweeterDeVonta Smith – Wide ReceiverAlabama

There are several talented wide receivers in the 2021 draft class, but the question will be, which receiver will Detroit take.


Denver Broncos – Pick #9

Denver is in need of several positions including offensive lineman, linebacker, defensive lineman and running back.

Entering Wednesday, April 27, most people expected the Broncos to go quarterback, but then Denver made a trade for Teddy Bridgewater.

That now poses the question whether the Broncos will stay quarterback or go with another one of their positions.

SourcePlayer DraftedCollege
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.Justin Fields – QuarterbackOhio State
ESPN’s Todd McShayJustin Fields – QuarterbackOhio State
CBS Sports’ Pete PriscoJamin Davis – LinebackerKentucky
NFL Network’s Peter SchragerTrey Lance – QuarterbackNorth Dakota State
KELOLAND.com’s Grant SweeterMicah Parsons – LinebackerPenn State

Minnesota Vikings – Pick #14

The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a tough season where injuries and a struggling defense led to a 7-9 record.

Minnesota has added several talented defensive players throughout the offseason including Patrick Peterson, Xavier Woods, Nick Vigil, Dalvin Tomlinson and Stephen Weatherly.

With all these additions the glaringly obvious need for the Vikings is at offensive tackle, but a lack of tackles, may impact their pick.

SourcePlayer DraftedCollege
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.Christian Darrisaw – Offensive TackleVirginia Tech
ESPN’s Todd McShayJaelan Phillips – EdgeMiami
CBS Sports’ Pete PriscoTrey Lance – QuarterbackNorth Dakota State
NFL Network’s Peter SchragerJaelan Phillips – EdgeMiami
KELOLAND.com’s Grant SweeterRashawn Slater – Offensive LinemanNorthwestern

If Rashawn Slater is still available at #14, the Vikings will take that opportunity. McShay has the Vikings taking him, but the other three analysts have Slater going earlier than the fourteenth pick.


Chicago Bears – Pick #20

The Bears picked up Andy Dalton, but Chicago is still looking to improve at the quarterback position.

Other needs for the Bears are at offensive line, wide receiver, defensive back and edge rusher.

SourcePlayer DraftedCollege
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.Elijah Moore – Wide ReceiverOle Miss
ESPN’s Todd McShayChristian Darrisaw – Offensive TackleVirginia Tech
CBS Sports’ Pete PriscoTeven Jenkins – Offensive TackleOklahoma State
NFL Network’s Peter SchragerRashod Bateman – Wide ReceiverMinnesota
KELOLAND.com’s Grant SweeterTeven Jenkins – Offensive TackleOklahoma State

Green Bay Packers – Pick #29

Defense is going to be the focus for the Packers in 2021 as they are coming off yet another successful offensive season.

The main needs according to NFL Network are cornerback, defensive line, offensive line, linebacker and wide receiver.

SourcePlayer DraftedCollege
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.Rashod Bateman – Wide ReceiverMinnesota
ESPN’s Todd McShayJamin Davis – Inside LinebackerKentucky
CBS Sports’ Pete PriscoCreed Humphrey – Offensive LinemanOklahoma
NFL Network’s Peter SchragerElijah Moore – Wide ReceiverMississippi
KELOLAND.com’s Grant SweeterAsante Samuel Jr. – CornerbackFlorida State

To me, the Packers know where their downfalls are and following the struggles of Kevin King as a starting cornerback, I feel Green Bay goes cornerback and the Florida State CB (Samuel Jr.) should be a big help.


Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City is one of four teams that don’t own a first round pick, following their trade with Baltimore.

The Chiefs added Orlando Brown Jr. to their offensive line, which makes their main focuses of this year’s draft to edge, cornerback, offensive line, wide receiver and tight end.

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