Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Welcome to draft day. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S FINALLY HERE?
We got things started a bit early in the Black and Blue with Friday night's news that Detroit had agreed to terms with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford. (One down, 255 to go!)
I'm headed to Detroit early Saturday morning and will begin bringing you dispatches upon arrival. ESPN.com editor Brett Longdin is headed to Green Bay, and together we'll do our best to bring you some key thoughts from around the division throughout the weekend.
(A quick programming note: We're delaying the regular weekend mailbag, as most of the questions will be moot by the end of Sunday, anyway. Look for the next installment early next week.)
For now, let's chew on the latest news from around the NFC North -- beginning with an interesting angle from Green Bay that we haven't devoted much discussion to:
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree is the No. 1 player on the Packers' board. There's an outside chance Crabtree could be available when the Packers choose at No. 9 overall.
All things equal, odds are that Green Bay will select Boston College nose tackle B.J. Raji, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette writes that Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins won't be reporting for the Packers' voluntary workouts anytime soon. Collins is upset that the team hasn't initiated discussions for a contract extension.
Minnesota completed its draft board Wednesday but the Vikings were still tweaking it Friday amid indications they are considering Florida receiver Percy Harvin at No. 22 overall. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports.
Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press believes the Vikings will draft a quarterback in the later rounds as a developmental project.
The biggest obstacle to Chicago acquiring receiver Anquan Boldin could be money -- and not draft picks -- writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
The Bears have made it known they're willing to trade down from the No. 49 overall pick, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Before agreeing to his contract, Stafford told Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press that he hoped to win Lions fans over but knows "You're not going to have everybody on your side wherever you go."
Tony Augusty of the Detroit News has this advice for Stafford: "If you get cocky, remember: You play for the Lions."
Via text message, Stafford said he is "unbelievably excited and truly blessed." Dave Birkett of the Oakland Press passes the message along.