We're Black and Blue All Over:
We're going to circle back soon on our "Have at It" question regarding the possibility of either the Minnesota Vikings or Detroit Lions capitalizing on an anticipated slip of one of the best pass-rushers available in this draft. We're not sure if the Vikings or Lions will select Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers because we don't know what their medical people have determined about the condition of his knee, but Lions general manager Martin Mayhew did address Bowers during a pre-draft news conference Thursday.
Mayhew, via Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com: "I think there's some concern about his medical. Our doctors have evaluated him and we don't share that concern. I would say he's not in pristine physical condition according to our doctors, but we're not concerned about his health status as far as playing football in the future."
That's at typical Mayhew answer that tells us the Lions have some concerns about Bowers but haven't ruled him out as a possible draft pick. I wouldn't expect him to say anything less, although it is interesting he has acknowledged that a medical issue exists. Bowers and his agent have insisted the knee is fully healed.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Mayhew expects some draft-day dealing involving picks, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Mayhew Doctrine is keeping options open, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
The Chicago Bears won't hesitate to trade out of the first round, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo on evaluating the 2011 class of receivers, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune: "We've looked at the position hard this year. I don't anticipate that we collectively as a group see anybody that is going to fit that definition, but we do like the receiver group given that how they complement what we have."
A run on quarterbacks could let an offensive lineman the Bears covet fall to them at No. 29, suggests Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times: "But if you're wondering what will happen when the Bears are on the clock with the No. 29 pick next Thursday night, general manager Jerry Angelo and player personnel director Tim Ruskell are right there with you."
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson was his usual tight-lipped self Thursday while discussing the draft, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com looks at the Packers' draft options at receiver.
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette looks at the Packers' needs at linebacker.
The Minnesota Vikings have some work to do along their offensive line, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie is working on his tennis game this offseason, writes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Linebacker isn't a high priority for the Vikings, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
Replacement of the Metrodome roof is on schedule, according to Kevin Duchschere of the Star Tribune.