We're Black and Blue All Over:
Good mid-morning. Things got wild Thursday night in the NFC North, which welcomed a 3-D glasses-wearing pass-rusher, the son of a Hall of Fame defensive end, a trio of new Minnesota Vikings and a total of four linemen among the six first-round selections.
We'll have plenty more to say throughout the day, but first let's take a quick sampling of local reaction to the first round of the 2013 NFL draft:
Chicago Bears first-rounder Kyle Long was a former Chicago White Sox draft pick, notes Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
It's more than fair to scrutinize the timing of drafting Long in the first round, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Long was drafted partially because of the position he plays but also because of rare athleticism the Bears see in him, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz insisted that defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is not a project. But, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News, that's exactly what he is.
Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press: "Patience isn’t something general manager Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz can afford right now. They need a speed rusher with only three years of American football experience to have an immediate impact on a team that must win now to spare this franchise yet another thorough broom-sweeping. It'll prove itself a miserably failed gamble -- especially if Matthew Stafford is consistently picking himself up off the turf because of the offensive line's failure to protect his blindside from left tackle or the middle of the offensive line's inability to relentlessly pound the opposing defensive lines."
Just a few years ago, Ansah was learning how to put on football equipment, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
The Green Bay Packers chose the "height and athleticism of UCLA end Datone Jones over the versatility and power of North Carolina's Sylvester Williams," writes Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers were "pretty committed" to drafting Jones regardless of possible trade offers, general manager Ted Thompson said via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Minnesota Vikings have now made five first-round draft picks in two years, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune on Vikings general manager Rick Spielman: "Spielman has altered his persona in Minnesota, becoming more down-to-earth and successful than anyone would have imagined."
New Vikings defensive tackle Sharif Floyd was "the value pick of the first round," according to Grantland's Bill Barnwell.
The Vikings have agreed to terms with free agent defensive end Lawrence Jackson, who played the past three seasons for the Detroit Lions, notes Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.