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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
BBAO: Vikings to host 30 prospects

By ESPN.com staff

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Chicago Bears

The lockout has allowed the Bears' coaching staff to get a better feel for the prospects in this year's draft class.

In its continuing series on Bears draft steals and busts under GM Jerry Angelo, ESPNChicago.com looks at Charles Tillman and Michael Okwo.

Detroit Lions

The Lions could be eyeing Washington linebacker Mason Foster, who has some ties to the coaching staff, in second round.

The Lions will host UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers on Friday.

Green Bay Packers

Some Packers players have found a silver lining in the lockout: Instead of working out in Green Bay, they are working out closer to home and their families.

Running back Ryan Grant, who missed almost all of last season with a torn ligament, said he currently feels "the best I’ve felt in a long time."

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings will play host to 30 draft prospects this week, including quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Andy Dalton.

Lobbyists say several big companies have pledged money for advocating the building a new stadium for the Vikings, but the issue remains touchy for business community.