Starter Pack: Lacy before Forte this time

A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- When it came to picking the best running back in the NFC North this past season, there were some tough choices.

You can never go wrong with the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson.

And the Chicago Bears' Matt Forte had another impressive season.

Those were the two backs selected for our ESPN.com All-NFC North team, which was unveiled earlier this month.

But when it came to this week’s Pro Bowl draft, the first of its kind, Packers running back Eddie Lacy got the call before Forte. Lacy, a first alternate who was added to Sunday's all-star game after Peterson pulled out because of an injury, was selected Wednesday night by Team Sanders, headed up by Deion Sanders.

Shortly thereafter, Forte was picked by Team Rice, captained by Jerry Rice.

The other running backs taken by Team Sanders were the Kansas City Chiefs' Jamaal Charles and the Washington Redskins' Alfred Morris. The quarterbacks picked for that team were the Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton and the Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck.

The full story about the first-ever Pro Bowl draft can be found here.

In case you missed it on ESPN.com:

Best of the rest:

  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty reported that running backs coach Alex Van Pelt is under contract for next season, meaning coach Mike McCarthy could block him from interviewing for an offensive coordinator job. (We know of at least one other position coach, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt, who is under contract for next season. Whitt confirmed that earlier this month).

  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Martin Hendricks caught up with former Packers safety Nick Collins, whose career was cut short by a neck injury.