Hi everyone. Let's do this...
Do you think the Packers not drafting a defensive lineman in the early rounds of the draft is an indication that they are looking to resign Cullen Jenkins?
No. I think if they wanted to re-sign him, they would have done it before the lockout began. I guess anything is possible, but my guess all along is that they see this as a position that can fill from within. Mike Neal, last year's second-round pick, could be first in line.
Ok I have to ask...any word on Lions and cornerbacks in free agency ...(Yes you know who I'm thinking of)
There better be word of somebody at some point, but obviously it's hard to know now. We're still in lockout mode and there isn't supposed to be any contact with free agents.
Everyone loves the Lions pick of Fairley in the first round. I don't. Costanzo and Amukamara were still on the board. The Lions won't be able to afford to pay both Suh and Fairley in a few years. I think they blew it. Am I way off base?
Well, I woudn't assume they wouldn't be able to pay both of those guys. Even if there is a cap at that point, your management of it is strategic. You put your money in your priorities. The Lions have clearly prioritized their defensive line. And regardless, they should have at least four years of both guys signed to their rookie deals. Four years is about as far ahead as anyone in the NFL looks. I'm fine with them passing on Castonzo and Amukamara as long as they continue to address their needs in free agency. But I do agree it's a risk.
Johnson, Burleson, Pettigrew, Best... now Young and LeShoure? WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Totally. Now it's on you to stay healthy, big guy.
Do the Vikings still ahve to add a veteran QB to have just in case? Especially if Joe Webb is moved to WR they would have no experience at the position.
Not necessarily, especially if we operate under 2010 rules and Sidney Rice is an RFA. If that's the case, he'll probably be back.
Alright Kevin I get it they don't think I can play QB. But I know I can be a better WR than Bernard Berrien. What say you?
We've never seen you play WR, so I don't know that we can say that. I do think you would be a very interesting Brad Smith-type player.
After the draft, do the Lions now have the most potent offense in the division. As a Bear fan.....a bit worried.
The one question is the Lions' offensive line. Julius Peppers and company could do some damage in that area. But yes, the Lions now have a lot of dangerous players that any opposing team must account for.
Were you surprised that the packers did not draft a QB in the draft, perhaps in the later rounds? Thanks.
Not really. I think they have high hopes for Graham Harrell as a No. 2 or No. 3 QB.
Conventional wisdom is that Detroit had the best draft in the division due to getting Fairley. However, they only had 5 picks and didn't really address any of their needs. I think really strong arguments could be made for both Green Bay or Chicago having had the best draft in the division. What say you?
Well, the Lions definitely had the most exciting draft. If you rank it based on guys that will come in and make a difference, you could put the Lions on the top. I thought the Packers did well by not pushing anything that wasn't there. They got value at each spot. The Bears were lucky to get Carimi and paid a lot to get Paea, but both guys should be there for a while. So I would rank those three teams in that order.
Do you think the Vikings will sign McNabb and possibly secondary help, like Michael Huff, whenever free agency starts?
It wouldn't make sense to me if the Vikings acquire McNabb after drafting Christian Ponder. I guess stranger things have happened, but Ponder is going to be the starter sooner rather than later and possibly right away. Why waste the resources to acquire McNabb if you're not going to start him at least for this entire season?
I like the fact the Vikings were willing to address the QB need with the 12th pick, but Ponder over Dalton??? Come on. Anyone who watched college football knows Dalton can pick apart D's with his arm, his head and, if need be, his legs. Ponder has happy feet and throws ducks. Is this a case of 'too much scrutiny' between the end of the college football season and the draft? Becuase if no interviews were ever given then Dalton would've been off the board sooner...as would've Mallet. Ponder?!?!?
This is one of many fair objections. I liked Dalton myself, but I don't claim to know anything about evaluating quarterbacks. But one thing that I think's been lost is that quarterbacks can and must be developed. There is no rule that says the Vikings' coaching staff can't take Ponder, smooth out the rough edges and develop into a quality starting quarterback in this league.
Have you heard anything about any Packers players organizing any practices or workouts with their teammates?
Nothing to this point. There have been a handful of guys in Green Bay working out together, but as with most teams in northern cities, not many guys live in the city year around. But I would imagine that if the permanent stay is granted in this lockout, the Packers and other teams will start organizing football workouts together as we get to the middle of May.
Chicago Bears top free agent priority now that the draft is done with?
A lot of people would say receiver. I would say more offensive linemen. Carimi is a nice start, but I'm not sure if they're done there.
I could do a better job than you
I have no doubt about that.
The vikings have taken alot of heat for there first round pick. I am old school and Bud grant once told me the closer the player is to the ball the smarter he has to be, center and quarterback is what he is talking about and if you look a matt birk and some of the elite quarterbacks they are alot smarter then then they are physical specimens. If you buy into that in which i do i think we may have the steal of the draft. What am i missing?
Well, Ponder has the first part taken care of. There's no doubt he's a book-smart kid. He'll be able to learn the plays and know the reads without a doubt. But does that mean he can play? Two different issues. A smart quarterback can still get rattled in the pocket and can still make poor decisions. Difference between smarts and instincts.
Chris Conte....why? Why another safety!! Since they didnt address WR, do you think they make a play for a Sims-Walker or James Jones?
Or Sidney Rice for that matter. It seems that the Bears have a DNA requirement to draft a safety every year. It's been nine straight years I believe. Maybe they see him as the heir apparent to Chris Harris.
Assuming Stafford isn't made of glass and can stay healthy this year, do you think he can have a top 5 QB year with Johnson, Young, and some decent TE's?
Pass protection will be the key.
With so many holes to fill, what were the Vikings thinking drafting TE in the 2nd round? Is Shiancoe leaving or are they going with more 2 TE sets?
All of their tight ends are in the final years of their contracts. And the Vikings ranked Rudolph in the middle of the first round. They think he's a rare guy with downfield speed and tight end size.
Is the problem with Cullen Jenkins his inability to stay healthy? He was an integral part of the Super Bowl team...
I don't think so. They just seen an opportunity to go with a younger (and cheaper) player. Happens all the time in the NFL.
Although I like the Packers draft picks, I still think they should have traded some of those picks to move up or something. I know that's generally not the way the Packers do the draft but with 15 guys coming back from IR and now even more draft picks, don't you think TT should have traded those picks to get a quality player?
I think TT was looking at the back end of the draft as a head start on college free agency. He drafted some guys that he otherwise would have had to compete for on the college free agent market. So in a way he put his picks to an alternative use, just different than the one you suggested.
Any word on when Ponder's jersey will be available for purchase? Im getting in before there is a band wagon.
Just take your "T. Jackson" jersey and change the name on the back.
I read an article that Detroit really wanted to get Patrick Peterson and almost traded up to get him according to a story on pride of Detroit. My question is if they were willing to trade up for a shutdown corner then does that mean they are willing to open up the pocketbooks for a shutdown corner in free agency? Namely Joseph and Asomugah who are both UFAs
I saw that report too. It would have taken an awful lot to trade up. As far as free agency, it's going to take more to sign Asomugha than it would have to sign Peterson to a contract at No. 5 overall.
Kevin what can you tell me about the supplemental draft? Who will be in it and when will it take place? The corner from Florida may be worth the risk but seem to have some off the field trouble al la Jimmy Smith.
It's one of many things up in the air right now with the lockout. Typically a handful of guys declare for the supplemental draft, which is held in the summer via computer. If you take a player in the supplemental draft, you lose the corresponding pick in the following year's regular draft.
Kevin, you may be no Spielman, but if you were, would you have traded the 2nd round pick to Dallas to get Blaine Gabbert? Getting Rudolph was important, but who'd you rather have, him and Ponder or Gabbert?
I would have looked at it this way: Is the difference between Gabbert and Ponder worth a second-round pick? I think that's questionable. But if I felt it were, absolutely I would have done it. Drafting a quarterback in the first round should be a once-in-decade thing. You should do everything you need to do to get it right.
Still think that the Vikes had the best draft?
Never said they had the best draft. Wrote that Ponder was the best pick.
Kev, Detroit is getting way too much love for their draft. They took their best position on defense, and bolstered it. They left their dreadful LB corps and secondary intact. I realize media types get all drooly thinking about Suh and Fairly together, but don't you think Mike McCarthy might have an idea how to gameplan that?
Well, it's hard to gameplan to get around two monsters in the middle. That's why they're so valuable. They're the closest to the quarterback and the first opportunity to disrupt the play.
people complained about the packers not selecting an OLB to compliment mathews early in the draft passing on some talented players but i really think they found a diamond in ricky elmore. he seems like a perfect fit. one of those high motor coachable guys they love. do you see him as a potential starter.
He's definitely getting a lot of attention for a sixth-round pick. The big question is if he can make the adjustment to standing up and at least occasionally being in coverage.
Im killing you with tons of questions lol. Chances the Bears resign Tommie Harris???
No problem. This answer is easy: None.
I read a draft analysis on Yahoo! that said Carimi is overrated... thoughts?
As always, it depends on who you talk to. Seems like a mean, tough guy. The Bears could use some more of that, even if he ends up on right tackle. Other than Olin Kreutz, a lot of the linemen they played last year were pretty passive.
What's your take on the Bears not taking a WR in the draft?
Not at all surprised. The Bears have operated that way for a number of years. They like the guys they have. Maybe they'll sign a free agent, but I'm guessing they didn't see the value in the draft.
Kevin, most analysts have predicted that the Vikings will let Ben Leber leave via free agency, since he'd be due too much money given the lesser amoutn of snaps he gets (no nickel). How likely do you think that is, and if so, who replaces him?
In most cases, teams re-sign the guys they want to keep before free agency begins. There was no known discussion there between the Vikings and Leber, so the guess is that he'll be able to move on. I never understood why the Vikings didn't use him more in nickel. He seemed pretty good at it.
So I have this paper due on the exogeneity of the money and the current economic downturn. I'm having a tough time getting started. Any thoughts?
I'm not playing the Lions this year. I have a doctors note.
Ha! I wonder if a few of your compatriots will feel the same way.
Could the packers have just sat on the 32nd pick until the the next day (friday)? Seems like more time on the clock would be an advantage.
I wondered about that. But that's not the kind of out-of-box stunt TT is likely to try. But to be clear, the No. 33 team would have had just as much right to make the first pick of the second round as the Packers would have. And for that reason it would have been difficult to trade.
So much for that 85/Detroit talk huh? Wouldn't have worked anyways... that guy Suh is a jerk.
Haha. I'm holding out hope from a media perspective. That would be awesome.
Could you see Nick Barnett wearing Honolulu Blue next year as a Lion?
They could do a lot worse but it's difficult to know anyone's interest right now.
234.32 Kelvins, thats the boiling and melting point of mercury seifert
Just as I suspected!
Good afternoon Kevin, My question is when do you think the judges will make their ruling?
Hi Kimberly. Sounds like it could be any day, including today -- on the permanent stay, at least.
What is the status of the Williams brothers suspension? Does the lockout effect it in any way. Also given the new competitive parity in this division, losing them for the 4 games might really put them in the hole.
The lockout does not affect it. They'll be suspended for the first four games, apparently, whenever they occur.
What do you make of Dilfer pretty much going ahead and calling Ponder overrated and the vikes dumb for drafting him. I mean, to put things in perspective, I'd say Dilfer himself was a bust as far as the expectations of a number 6 pick goes.
Yeah, and Dilfer noted that he wasn't always perfect in his career. My take is that everyone has an opinion. Ponder is a particularly polarizing guy. Some people think as Dilfer does. Others think he is a really reliable, head-squarely-on-his shoulders guy.
I wish more teams followed the common sense of the Packers. Let the QB sit for a while! I know it was easier on them with Brett Favre, but they sat still through that awful season in 2006. Do the Vikes really think they will win more NOW with Ponder behind center than Joe Webb? Do you?
There are some quarterbacks the Vikings would be better off with in the first year or two of Ponder's tenure. Webb isn't one of them.
Looking at the tape of Randall Cobb, I see the second coming of Percy Harvin. Your thoughts?
He's absolutely drawn that comparison. Not quite as big as Percy, but definitely a great open field runner and capable of doing a lot of different things. It should be fun to see what McCarthy can come up with to utilize him.
To Rodgers, Cutler, and Ponder.. You better eat your Wheaties because we are coming after you!
Now I know it's a stretch, but with some hard work in the weight room, great coaching, and 3 to 5 more years of experience at safety, Do you think that Chris Conte can develop into the next Craig Steltz?
Ha! Only if he's lucky, says his prayers and eats his vitamins.
Should the NFC North be concerned by Atlanta? On one hand, their offense may have just got alot better. On the other hand, they didn't do alot to improve their defense.
I don't know about that. Looked to me like they got bounced from the playoffs because their defense got rolled for 40-plus points. How is an extra receiver going to hep there.
One word to Bears fan asking if the Lions have the best offense in the division: Really?
KS, Adrian Wilson TENTH? Really? Was that a body of work ranking or last year's performance?
is Shaun Hill still under contract for the Lions....Everyone is worried about Stafford staying healthy but Hill put up some strong numbers when he was on the field too.
Right. He is under contract. And the Lions have enough skill players at this point that the difference between Hill and Stafford might not be that meaningful.
Kevin, remember that $20 I owe you? Forget it, sucka!
Steve Bisciotti on line 1.
Homer:) - Can you better explain or recant your postion on how the Ponder pick was the "BEST" move in the Division? Love your stuff Kevin but this is one that will be thrown in your face for years Buddy!
Not sure what else I can say about it. I think the Vikings made the pick they had to make in a very, very difficult situation. I realize everyone will have their own reaction and that we won't be able to resolve this for years. Just how I look at it.
Kevin I love your technique of self-deprecation to disarm your haters. Keep it up you self-loathing half-wit.
Half? Quarter at best.
What do you think of Carimi? Does he hold down LT for ten years or will he be shifted over to RT as a nasty run blocker?
I'm thinking right tackle, especially this season. But is incumbent on them finding someone to play left tackle. I wonder if that will be J'Marcus Webb.
Why did you take Adrian Wilson over Nick Collins in the poll on ranking safeties?
I didn't. I took Donte Whitner.
Is Rashard Mendenhall the dumbest athlete on the planet right now?
I would say yes. Resoundingly.
Hi Kevin, don't you think with Detroit picking Fairley now that most free agent corners would love to come to Detroit, especially for a 1 year deal and bump up their numbers?
That's a very good point, although I'm not sure the Lions are looking to do a 1-year deal with many people. But yes, there is some attractiveness to playing behind that line.
Fine Kevin, ignore the 15 questions I submitted to you. I wont be reading your blogs anymore.
I think the Fairley pick means Suh might be playing some DE more often. Fairley and Williams on the inside and Suh on the end for 20 plays a game? Sounds good to me!
There were some times last year when Suh played sort of a stand-up LB/DL position. That could come into play as well.
Did you get my post on the value of the Bears trading up for Paea? Yeah, they got the better of the deal based on the value chart. The Bears are always shown in bad light because of the dam media!
Ha. I don't usually "grade" trades in that draft because it's rare when the terms exactly match up on the value chart.
Does Randall Cobb instantly become the Packers best option to return punts and Kicks?
I would think so, yes. Let's get Tramon Williams as far away from punt returns as possible.
KS, can you please tell the Lions fans where they can start buying playoff tickets? They seem to think they are already qualified.
They should start by buying regular season tickets. I'll be very interesting to see if there is a change in the Ford Field dynamic this year.
Am I just always looking for a fight?
You've been winning most of them, though.
Is this the last year my body can take the pounding of the NFL? With my heir apparent drafted, am I on the way out?
The Packers would be thrilled to get one more year out of you.
Kevin, people often call you out for your mistakes, so in turns it's more than fair to recognize that you did an excellent job predicting the NFC North draft (QB for Vikings, Carimi to Bears, Sherrod to Packers). It reinforces the importance of having people cover specific segments of the NFL. So thank you.
Thanks Ben. I wish I could claim to have known what I was doing. Those picks seemed pretty obvious based on the action around them in that particular mock.
Packers biggest problem on offense last year was third and 3-4 or less. Add Findley, add Cobb, add Green, check that off the list! Next ?....
Don't forget the backfield of Grant and Starks, either.
Really, Donte Whitner, please explain!
That will forever be a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
Lions sold out 7 of 8 regular season home games, and the game between the Vikings and Giants. Seems Vikings fans like Seifert would be a little more respectful.
The game between the Vikings and Giants was not sold out, but that's beside the point. We all know there were some strategies involved to getting the sellouts they did. I'm talking about making the place a loud venue that's difficult to play in for opponents. It's never been that.
OK a few more here.
Did you see the Twitter talk by Tulloch concerning Detroit? He seemed impressed by the Fairley pick and would be very welcome on the team!
I did not, but I'm sure a lot of linebackers would love to be freed up to make tackles by the line the Lions will have on the field.
You can't leave yet, it's only 1:59 p.m.
Yes. I know there will be many people with stopwatches.
How good does Packers vs Lions on Thanksgiving looking now?
I might have to make a first-ever Thanksgiving trip to Detroit!
How good does Christmas Day Bears-Packers look?
Never a doubt.
Kevin, where did the Vikings have Ponder rated compared to the QB's that went ahead of him: Newton, Locker and Gabbert?
A lot of you are asking questions similar to this. I honestly don't know. I'm guessing he was behidn all of them on their ratings. They didn't begin to suggest he was their first choice.
Thanks for taking the time to look up some stats on Detroit's third wide out. Titus Young should really help stretch the field and take away that over the top bracket coverage that latches on to Calvin Johnson.
I don't think he'll take it away. He'll just capitalize on it. Either way, it's a win for the Lions.
Do you see D.J. Williams making an immediate impact for the Packers?
I'm not sure. Obviously Finley will be on the field for as much as possible. I'm not sure how they feel about Quarless. He played a lot last year, but he had too. It will probably come down to how good of a blocker D.J. Williams is.
kevin just had to ask, do you think if the lockout stretches until say august, that there is a team that will inquire if Favre has any interest in returning for one more yr
Perfect final question. He might have interest. I don't think any team will want to sign him, though. Takes two to tango.
Thanks everyone. Chat with you next week!