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Monday, April 30, 2012
BBAO: Charles Woodson endorses draft

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Good morning. We saw an initial review of the 2012 draft Sunday from ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr., and I'm sure we'll continue to hear more and more analysis throughout the week. Few, if any, of it will be more meaningful or direct as what Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson said after seeing his team select six defensive players to start the draft.

While attending the White House Correspondents dinner in Washington, D.C., Woodson told Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "There's always talk about Green Bay just drafting the best available player. But I think this year that tells you that that's not the case. We drafted what we needed. And we needed a whole lot of help on defense. Anybody who watched our season last year understands that."

Noting that Packers general manager Ted Thompson traded up three times to draft specific defensive players, Woodson added: "You see? And everybody says he doesn't do that. And he did it. That tells you that we're going to win another championship. I don't believe we needed much, but I think we got more than we needed and that's even better."

I think we know by now that Woodson isn't prone to giddiness. Maybe it was the atmosphere at the exclusive D.C. event, but it's notable when a player like Woodson strongly approves of a team's approach.

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