We're Black and Blue All Over:
Phew! We made it. Veni, vidi, vici and all that.
Three days of the 2013 draft brought us 35 new draft picks and scores of college free agents. I did my best to sort out the immediate aftermath Saturday evening and Sunday morning, and we'll start putting it context and looking for trends and hidden meaning Monday.
In a mere three more months, we'll see these guys -- along with their veteran counterparts -- in training camp. Imagine that.
For now, let's take a sampling of local draft coverage.
Long's pedigree and history played a bit part in the choice, writes Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times. Morrissey: "There’s no way in the world the Bears would have used their first-round pick on a guy with four college starts if his name had been Kyle Doe, Kyle Smith or Kyle Short."
The Bears' selection of Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson was intriguing, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
The Detroit Lions drafted three players they coached at the Senior Bowl in January, notes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. The players: defensive end Ziggy Ansah, guard Larry Warford and tight end Michael Williams.
There's no time for training wheels for Lions draft picks, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.
The Lions went into this draft with a database of players created by new front office executive Brian Xanders, but it's not clear what impact it had on decisions, notes Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
This draft might have been the Green Bay Packers' best under general manager Ted Thompson, writes Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette looks forward from the draft, wondering, among other things, if Marshall Newhouse's days at left tackle are numbered.
Defensive end Johnny Jolly is "off to a good start" in the Packers' offseason program, coach Mike McCarthy said via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwauee.com.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com digs into the Minnesota Vikings' options at middle linebacker.
Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune examines that position and three other areas of uncertainty for the Vikings.
Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "The 2013 Vikings will have been molded through three offseasons focused on young players, two of them with Spielman as GM, and they will have the potential for both dynamic football and drastic lapses."