BBAO: Lions tried to draft Patrick Peterson

We're Black and Blue All Over:

We've noted once or twice that the Detroit Lions failed to fill their need for a cornerback in the draft. But according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL.com, it wasn't for lack of trying.

La Canfora reports the Lions tried to trade up to the No. 5 overall pick, owned by the Arizona Cardinals, to draft LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports the Lions offered a hefty bounty -- their first-, second- and fourth-round choices -- for the pick.

In the end, however, the Cardinals really wanted Peterson and chose him.

Had the trade gone through, the Lions would have had a thin draft but also the best college cornerback in the country last season. During these quiet lockout days, it's worth considering the pros and cons.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that receiver Randall Cobb was not drafted to give the Packers a Wildcat option, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

  • The Packers have hired a company to design their Super Bowl rings but don't have a presentation date yet, according to the team.

  • When the Chicago Bears drafted Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea, it was only the second time in 10 drafts that general manager Jerry Angelo had traded up to take a player. Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com has more.

  • Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards' boxing debut will come against former kick boxer T.J. Gibson, who is eight inches shorter and about 45 pounds lighter than Edwards. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com has more.

  • Momentum appears to be building for a new Vikings stadium to be located in the Farmer's Market area of downtown Minneapolis, near baseball's Target Field. Kevin Duchschere of the Star Tribune has more.