Monday, April 19, 2010
B & B all over: Draft week begins
By Kevin Seifert
We're gearing up for the wildest of wild weeks here in the NFC North and throughout the ESPN.com NFL Blog Network. It all started off a few minutes ago when we revealed our much-discussed, heavily-lamented 2010 first-round mock draft. I chose for each of the three NFC North teams with a first-round pick.
Everyone attaches their own significance to such exercises. Foremost, I think they should be fun. After that, they should be fun. Did I mention they should be fun? After that, they can be a starting point for further discussion. I'll ask you in advance: Let's not get bent out of shape. I'll be back afterward to discuss my picks.
We've also changed the SportsNation chat schedule for the week. Instead of chatting Tuesday, I'll be part of a day-long draft block. At least my time period hasn't changed: We'll pick up NFC North topics at 1 p.m. ET. I'll post one more reminder shortly before it starts. See you there.
Let's catch up on weekend coverage around the division:
- Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson "seemed sincere in expecting the likes of Al Harris, Will Blackmon and Pat Lee to be part of the 2010 team," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. All three cornerbacks suffered season-ending injuries in 2009.
- Linebacker Jerry Hughes of Texas Christian is the Packers' best bet with the No. 23 overall pick, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune "highly" doubts the Bears will trade up into the second or first round this week.
- Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times: "Has Bears draft master Jerry Angelo, once criticized solely for his failures on offense, somehow lost the plot on defense? The man who struck gold with Tommie Harris, Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman and Alex Brown hasn't mined defensive talent nearly as well of late."
- The Bears' secondary upgrade might have to wait, writes Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald.
- Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune on the possibility of Minnesota drafting a quarterback at No. 30 overall: "The Vikings could surprise and try to grab [Tim] Tebow if he's there at 30, but odds seem better they will address some issues on defense."
- Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press hands out some nice grades for the Vikings' past few drafts.
- Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com: "Would a team that came up a field goal short of the Super Bowl consider using the No. 30 overall pick on a quarterback of the future, rather than a player who can help them take the final step now?"
- Detroit would like to add a physical corner, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.
- If St. Louis doesn't agree to terms with expected No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford, would it push back Detroit's negotiations at No. 2? Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com looks into that question.
- The Lions have a lot of final-week preparations to do before the draft, notes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.