We're now T-minus one month to the 2009 draft and are entering a period in the NFL offseason when teams wrap up their scouting trips and hunker down to the basement to determine their final draft board. We'll have a trickle of free-agent news and other items of interest, but for the most part it will be all draft, all the time.
Many of the final pre-hunkering steps will happen early this week, most notably with Detroit's private workout of Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford on Tuesday followed on Wednesday by the Lions' attendance at the USC pro day to watch quarterback Mark Sanchez. We'll bring you as much information as we can about both events.
For now, let's catch up on a quiet weekend in the Black and Blue:
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune hopes the Bears would never seriously consider signing quarterback Michael Vick, despite some benevolent comments recently from coach Lovie Smith.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times projects the Bears' top needs in the draft as receiver and offensive line.
- John Niyo of the Detroit News talks to Atlanta coach Mike Smith about finding a franchise quarterback. Smith and the Falcons drafted Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan last year.
- Smith tells Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press that Ryan's private workout was critical in the Falcons' evaluation.
- New offensive lineman Duke Preston will play center and guard for Green Bay but not tackle, according to told Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel knows there will be change along the Packers' offensive line in 2009, one way or the other.
- Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press believes the Minnesota fan base is running out of patience.
- Although the Vikings have had regular meetings with the office of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty recently, Josh Katzenstein of the Minnesota Daily paints a bleak picture of their hopes for a new stadium.
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