We made it! It's here! Christmas in April!
Yes, before this day is through, the top 32 college players should be off the 2010 draft board. The first round starts Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET. With any luck, it will conclude before the clock strikes midnight.
I'll give you a preview of my draft plans a bit later before I hit the road (hint No. 1), but for now let's catch a final word from the local media in each of our four cities:
If the left tackles he covets are off the board, Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson could draft Texas Christian linebacker Jerry Hughes, reports Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has a similar hunch: "Hughes appeals to the instincts of Thompson, the Packers' general manager whose history skews strongly toward first-round prospects with clean backgrounds and a love of football. Also, Hughes plays the critical playmaking position in the Packers' 3-4 scheme, and their shaky pass defense needs an outside rusher to replace departed Aaron Kampman."
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "The good news for the Packers is that this year's draft has good depth at several of the positions where they have their most glaring needs -- specifically offensive tackle, a pass-rushing outside linebacker and the secondary."
Detroit should draft Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, writes Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press.
Former NFL cornerback Deion Sanders, a mentor to Adam "Pacman" Jones, wants the Lions to sign Jones. John Niyo of the Detroit News has more.
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com believes the Lions could take Cal running back Jahvid Best with the No. 34 overall pick.
Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo on the safety position: "We need help." Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com has more.
The McCaskey ownership swap is "symbolic but not insignificant," writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
Angelo confirmed he will restructure the Bears' front office after the draft, writes Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The possibility of Minnesota drafting a cornerback in the first round is "remote" after the signing of cornerback Lito Sheppard, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press takes a look at a handful of players the Vikings might draft at No. 30.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com believes there is no way the Vikings draft Florida quarterback Tim Tebow at No. 30 overall.