Monday, April 26, 2010
B & B all over: Draft perspective
By Kevin Seifert
Our morning Black and Blue all over post (now known as "B & B all over" for brevity's sake) took a hiatus over the past three days as we charged full-strength after the draft. With the 2010 affair now firmly in our rearview mirrors, let's sort through the RSS feeder and cull a few highlights:
- It appears Detroit coach Jim Schwartz really likes new Lions tailback Jahvid Best. Here's what Schwartz told Michael Silver of Yahoo!Sports.com: "Some people watch adult videos on their computer. I go to YouTube and watch Jahvid Best highlight clips. That's what gets me aroused."
- The Lions drafted only one of the players they brought in for pre-draft visits, notes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. That player? Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
- Now it's time for the Lions coaching staff to prove its worth, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News: "They've got the toys they wanted. Or most of them, anyway. Martin Mayhew made his list, checked it twice and delivered once again. Now it's time for Lions coaches to be good for goodness sake."
- Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times: "The Bears' chances in 2010 rely heavily, if not exclusively, on how their free agent indulgences pay off. A modest draft haul this weekend did nothing to lower expectations on the most expensive free-agent class in team history."
- Michael Wright of ESPNChicago.com writes the Bears need some immediate contributors from their modest draft class and: "the good news is it appears they may have acquired a few."
- Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune: "What I like about their approach this offseason is they didn't reach to fill needs. It sounds elementary, but the Bears took good players who were made available to them, from Julius Peppers to Dan LeFevour. In the draft, general manager Jerry Angelo was like a grocery shopper who buys what's on sale instead of sticking strictly to his list."
- Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune: "The Vikings never have publicly revealed who has final say in their draft room, but it's clear that when it comes to who plays quarterback, this is [Brad] Childress' call."
- The NFC North race has tightened, writes Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "Minnesota's competitors in the division made additions of their own to challenge the Vikings' standing as kings of the division."
- Tom Pelissero of ESPN1500.com: "The Vikings knew they had only two real holes, filled them by parlaying their top three picks into two second-rounders and spent the rest on prospects with potential and passion -- exactly what one would expect from a team that sees itself on the cusp of a championship."
- Green Bay needs more pass rush from its linebackers, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- The Packers failed to address some key weaknesses in the draft, writes Tom Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.