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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Black and Blue all over: The draft began early

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Welcome to draft day. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S FINALLY HERE?

We got things started a bit early in the Black and Blue with Friday night's news that Detroit had agreed to terms with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford. (One down, 255 to go!)

I'm headed to Detroit early Saturday morning and will begin bringing you dispatches upon arrival. ESPN.com editor Brett Longdin is headed to Green Bay, and together we'll do our best to bring you some key thoughts from around the division throughout the weekend.

(A quick programming note: We're delaying the regular weekend mailbag, as most of the questions will be moot by the end of Sunday, anyway. Look for the next installment early next week.)

For now, let's chew on the latest news from around the NFC North -- beginning with an interesting angle from Green Bay that we haven't devoted much discussion to: