We're Black and Blue All Over:
Good morning. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, although I'm guessing it was a bit stressful knowing that ESPN.com would roll out its blogger mock Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET. I understand. The good thing is the time is near.
Shortly before 1 p.m. ET, we'll direct you to a live chat module we'll call "Blogger Mock Draft Live." All eight divisional bloggers will gather at that time and roll our first-round selections. You'll have the opportunity to jump into the chat to interact with us, or you can tweet into it using the hashtag #espnbloggermock.
We're trying something different here and hoping it will be fun. Hopefully it will add a bit to your draft week, which I just realized, HAS BEGUN!
Let's do this … right after our morning tour around the division:
The Chicago Bears need to start drafting difference-makers on defense, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. Pompei: "What the Bears really could use in this draft is another Brian Urlacher and another Lance Briggs. That's all."
Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com examines the Bears' needs at defensive tackle.
Character still weighs heavily for the Bears, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Detroit Lions tailback Jahvid Best has been participating in the team's offseason workouts, notes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. Football drills don't take place during the first two weeks of the program, however.
Dave Birkett's mock draft in the Detroit Free Press gives defensive end Whitney Mercilus to the Lions in the first round.
Quarterback and receiver are low on the Lions' priority list, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com takes a look at Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette looks at the developmental quarterbacks the Green Bay Packers might draft.
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel rates the draft's running back class, knowing the Packers are thin in the backfield.
Receiver Jerome Simpson left a visit with the Minnesota Vikings without a contract, but the possibility remains he could sign with them, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
What if USC left tackle Matt Kalil isn't the Vikings' pick at No. 3? Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press considers that question.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press editorial page endorses the Vikings' stadium bill.