Black and Blue all over: Best picks ever

On a quiet Wednesday morning here in the NFC North, you might want to take a minute to check out this painstaking work by ESPN.com's Sheldon Spencer, who compiled a list of the best late-round (7-30) draft choices and undrafted free agents of all time.

Three Green Bay players are on the list, two on offense and one on defense. Quarterback Bart Starr was a 17th-round selection in 1956, center Jim Ringo was a seventh-round pick in 1953 and defensive back Willie Wood was signed after the draft in 1960.

All four current Black and Blue teams are represented on the list. There are more familiar names in the sixth-round grouping, and ESPN.com will continue to introduce a new round every day this week. I'll be sure to link to them in our morning post. History buffs should enjoy it.

Continuing around the division:

  • Minnesota safety Tyrell Johnson knows he needs to improve this season, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.

  • Cornerback is the Vikings' top offseason need, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.

  • Former Detroit receiver Mike Williams: "In my early years, I was more focused on fighting the system and fighting coaches that I didn't think liked me or that were out to get me." That quote comes from an interview with the Seattle Times via John Niyo of the Detroit News.

  • Chicago defensive lineman Tommie Harris: "I feel I owe this game because I'm a premier player, and I didn't play like one last year. So I'm doing everything in my power to make up for everything that happened last year.'' Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times has more.

  • ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson on Bears safety Danieal Manning: "I expect Manning to eventually sign his injury waiver and start attending workouts -- perhaps as early as next week." Manning is a restricted free agent who has not signed his tender.

  • Bears defensive end Julius Peppers: "I think we could be the best unit in the league." That quote and others from Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.