As we await word on how the business of the NFL will proceed after Friday's decertification of the NFL Players Association -- a lockout is expected at midnight ET -- we can rest assured of one fact: The 2011 draft will go on. To that end, let's close out Friday by noting that two NFC North teams reportedly have private workouts scheduled with TCU quarterback Andy Dalton.
According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dalton said Friday that the Chicago Bears have lined up a workout. Adam Caplan of Fox Sports reported it will take place March 17 and added that the Minnesota Vikings also plan to work out Dalton as well.
The Bears would like to draft a developmental quarterback after losing 2010 draft pick Dan LeFevour through waivers last summer. Backup Todd Collins isn't expected back, and Caleb Hanie's contract has expired.
The Vikings have indicated they plan to work out many of the draft's top quarterbacks, including Auburn's Cam Newton.
It's still early to know what round Dalton will be drafted, but it's worth noting that Scouts Inc. ranks him as the No. 5 quarterback in the draft and the No. 58 prospect overall.
Happy lockout evening to each and every one of you.