NFC North: Will Barker

As always, Bob McGinn is offering a thorough review of this year's draft class over at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Friday's topic of the offensive line is of special interest for Green Bay fans, whose team seems poised to take a tackle in the first round of the draft.

One name we haven't discussed much is Maryland's Bruce Campbell, and McGinn has an interesting reason: Campbell had a below-average score on the Wonderlic intelligence test (18) and is considered to have a high bust factor by many NFL scouts. McGinn writes: "Other than quarterback, the link between the Wonderlic and successful performance might be stronger in the offensive line than at any other position."

Of interest to the larger NFC North community: Florida guard/center Maurkice Pouncey scored a 14 on the Wonderlic. McGinn: "In most offenses it is the job of the center to call out the defensive front, identify pass rushers and adjust the protection or run-blocking scheme at the line. Intelligence is valued highly at all five offensive line positions but none more so than center. Green Bay center Scott Wells scored 30 on the Wonderlic, and his predecessor, Mike Flanagan, had 35. The six centers drafted in the first round since 1994 averaged 24.7."

Continuing around the NFC North on the final Friday before the NFL draft:

  • Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "It makes sense that the Packers would look for a quarterback in the later rounds, and [general manager Ted] Thompson might consider three QBs projected to go in Round 4 or later: Oregon State's Sean Canfield, Tennessee's Jonathan Crompton or Fordham's John Skelton."
  • Minnesota quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who likely would be the team's starter if Brett Favre retires, is expected to sign his restricted free agent tender soon. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune has more.
  • Missed this on Thursday: Vikings coach Brad Childress told Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the only quarterback he has worked out this offseason is Florida's Tim Tebow.
  • A group of Los Angeles businessmen is considering whether to build a football stadium behind the Staples Center, writes Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.
  • John Niyo of the Detroit News left Thursday's news conference convinced that Detroit will take defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the No. 2 overall pick of the draft.
  • Bob Wojnowski of the News: "But Suh is too good to pass up, and the Lions' defense is much, much too bad to pass him up. [General manager] Mayhew is sticking to his best-player-available approach, and the great thing about that is, the best player also happens to fill a huge need."
  • Retired tight end Casey FitzSimmons is sorry he "can’t be a part of this turnaround that I think is right around the corner," he told Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
  • Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times doesn't see the Bears trading up into the second round.
  • The Bears hosted Virginia tackle Will Barker on an official visit earlier this week, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
  • Here are the third- and second-round installments of ESPN.com's all-time draft series.

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