We're Black and Blue All Over:
Periodically this offseason, we've heard rumors and seen reports that the Minnesota Vikings have (or will) target Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb as their next quarterback. McNabb appears unlikely to return to the Redskins and should be available via trade or after his release whenever the lockout ends.
Mike Jones of the Washington Post provides the latest installment. My guess is the Vikings would pursue McNabb only if they're unsatisfied with their draft haul next week. Coach Leslie Frazier has said on several occasions that the "ideal situation" is to draft a quarterback that he can start right away and thus accelerate the development process.
Bringing McNabb into a situation where there is an obvious heir in the wings would be far from ideal. And let's make clear that the long-standing connection many have made between McNabb and the Vikings -- the presence of former coach Brad Childress, McNabb's first quarterbacks coach in the NFL -- is no longer valid. Stay tuned.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Vikings could be on the lookout for a tight end in the draft, notes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
Frazier would like to get young linebackers Jasper Brinkley and Kenny Onatolu on the field, perhaps in place of free agent Ben Leber, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Cornerback and safety aren't big need positions for the Green Bay Packers, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette wonders if UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers will fall to the Packers at No. 32 overall.
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News wonders about Ayers for the Detroit Lions at No. 13.
NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt said that, via a "connection" with Lions coach Jim Schwartz, he doesn't think the Lions will draft an offensive lineman in the first round next Thursday. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has more.
The Chicago Bears seem likely to take another developmental quarterback this year, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.