NFL Nation: Ron Yary

Some draft experts have predicted that the Kansas City Chiefs will use the No. 1 pick in the draft on Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel. There have been four tackles taken with the top pick since the draft began in 1936. Let’s review them to see whether they were good picks.

1964, Bob Brown, Denver: This was in the AFL draft. He never played for the Broncos but instead signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004. He finished his career in Oakland.

1968, Ron Yary, Minnesota: Yary played in the NFL for 15 years and is considered one of the greatest players to play the position. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 2001.

1997, Orlando Pace, St. Louis: Pace was a dominant player for 13 seasons. He is a strong candidate to make the Hall of Fame me when he is eligible in two years.

2008, Jake Long, Miami: Long, who just signed with the Rams, is probably not on the Hall of Fame path that the other players on this list were, but he is very good.

Of course this doesn’t mean Joeckel will have great success if he is the top pick. But it does show that there is history of this position providing big production at the top of the draft.

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

On the heels of Sunday's ESPN.com report, I'd put us at FavreCon 3 on a scale of 1-5. Not bad considering it's only the second week of June.

As you might have noticed Sunday, Chris Mortensen and Ed Werder reported that retired quarterback Brett Favre had surgery sometime last month to release a partially torn biceps tendon in his right arm. His decision to consent to surgery illustrates just how serious he is about returning to the field and playing for Minnesota in 2009.

Monday morning, Peter King of Sports Illustrated suggests: "It'll be an upset if Favre doesn't attempt a comeback with Minnesota now." I agree. To me, there are only two obstacles left:

  1. If, for some unexpected reason, a relatively routine surgery doesn't take.
  2. If, as ESPN injury consultant Stephania Bell has said, we come to find out there was more damage in the shoulder than just a tear of the biceps tendon.

As always, we'll keep you updated. For now, let's catch up on the weekend in the NFC North:

  • Asked on Friday about Favre's status with the team, Minnesota coach Brad Childress said he wasn't thinking about the issue. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune looks back on that quote.
  • Former Vikings offensive lineman Ron Yary: "If the Vikings would have had Brett Favre during the time of my career, we would have been 7-0 in Super Bowls. Absolutely." Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press spoke with Yary.
  • Green Bay linebacker Nick Barnett is playing for his fifth defensive coordinator in seven years with the Packers, notes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Barnett: "I think I've flourished differently in each scheme I've been in. I sometimes like the challenge of learning a new defense, because I think it keeps you more focused."
  • Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson on the Lions' offense: "[O]nly time will tell. You can talk right now, but we still have to go out there and do it on Sundays. When that time comes we'll be able to go out there and show everybody what we're talking about." Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press reports.
  • Wearing a No. 6 jersey to honor Al Kaline, Lions coach Jim Schwartz threw out the first pitch Sunday at Detroit's Comerica Park, notes Monarrez.
  • Chicago defensive lineman Tommie Harris was paid a $6.67 million bonus this spring and is due another $2.5 million bonus next June, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.

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