BBAO: Sedrick Ellis draws interest

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The No. 7 overall pick of the 2008 draft has drawn interest from half of the NFC North. Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, who spent five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, has visits scheduled with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions this week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Saints are transitioning to a 3-4 scheme, leaving them to part ways with several mainstays of their previous 4-3. Ellis started 70 games for the Saints, but recorded only a half-sack in the two seasons after notching a career-high six in 2010.

Neither the Bears nor the Lions have obvious openings for a starter, especially in the three-technique role Ellis is said to prefer. The Bears plan to start Henry Melton and Stephen Paea as their two defensive tackles, while the Lions have Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. But depth is an issue for both teams. Ellis visited the New England Patriots last week.

Continuing around the NFC North as we gear up for the start of the Green Bay Packers' minicamp: