We're Black and Blue All Over:
Good morning. We saw an initial review of the 2012 draft Sunday from ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr., and I'm sure we'll continue to hear more and more analysis throughout the week. Few, if any, of it will be more meaningful or direct as what Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson said after seeing his team select six defensive players to start the draft.
While attending the White House Correspondents dinner in Washington, D.C., Woodson told Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "There's always talk about Green Bay just drafting the best available player. But I think this year that tells you that that's not the case. We drafted what we needed. And we needed a whole lot of help on defense. Anybody who watched our season last year understands that."
Noting that Packers general manager Ted Thompson traded up three times to draft specific defensive players, Woodson added: "You see? And everybody says he doesn't do that. And he did it. That tells you that we're going to win another championship. I don't believe we needed much, but I think we got more than we needed and that's even better."
I think we know by now that Woodson isn't prone to giddiness. Maybe it was the atmosphere at the exclusive D.C. event, but it's notable when a player like Woodson strongly approves of a team's approach.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Thompson took some rare risks with defensive end Nick Perry and defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, writes Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel.
One of the Packers' undrafted free agents played college basketball, notes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com thinks that Graham Harrell will be the Packers' backup quarterback in 2012.
Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News: "Say whatever you wish about the [Detroit] Lions' draft. Seriously, go ahead and say it. Odd. Smart. Confusing. Aggressive. Tepid. After a few years of no-brainer picks, the Lions let us do a little head-scratching. But at least their strategy and dominant body part didn't change: They stuck to what their heads told them."
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press takes a closer look at the three Oklahoma players the Lions drafted.
The Lions created competition at several positions with this draft, notes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com has the list of 11 undrafted rookies the Chicago Bears signed.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune on the Bears' draft approach: "They ended up not selected an offensive lineman or a defensive tackle because of the way the draft broke. The Bears took players at other positions who were graded higher, which is the way you are supposed to do it."
The Minnesota Vikings' stadium bill is caught in a larger political showdown as the scheduled end of the session approaches, writes Mike Kaszuba of the Star Tribune.
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "Between more than a dozen unrestricted free-agent signings since mid-March and last week's 10 draft picks, the Vikings' first step in the rebuilding manual is clearly stated: Stockpile affordable talent, create as much competition as possible and hope for the best."
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com has the latest on Vikings running back Caleb King, who remains jailed after a violent incident over the weekend in the Twin Cities.