If there was any doubt about why Chicago coach Lovie Smith attended South Florida's pro day last week, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has the answer: Smith had breakfast with safety Nate Allen before the workout and was determined to find out whether Allen would be worth the cost of trading up to draft him.
Allen is considered a mid-second round pick, putting him out of reach for the Bears, whose top pick is currently at No. 75. As Biggs points out, the Bears would probably have to put themselves in an early hole for 2011 in order to move up 30 spots or so this year to draft Allen. But you don't have to tell many Bears fans that the safety position is in significant need of an upgrade.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com looks at the Bears' possibilities at left guard in his weekly mailbag.
Smith is excited about pitting Mark Anderson and Israel Idonije in a competition to start at defensive end, writes Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Minnesota is having all 30 of its allotted pre-draft visits this week. Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune has a running list of those participating.
The Nevada County (Calif.) district attorney's office has found insufficient evidence to charge Green Bay tight end Spencer Havner after his motorcycle accident last month, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Police have been asked to compile more information.
Mike Spofford of Packers.com looks at the boxing regimen taken up this offseason by Packers tight end Jermichael Finley.
Detroit hosted Oklahoma left tackle Trent Williams on Tuesday, reports Chrissie Wywrot of DetroitLions.com.
New Lions guard Rob Sims considers Detroit a "football town," writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.