We're Black and Blue All Over:
Would the Chicago Bears draft a tight end in the first round even after signing veteran Martellus Bennett to a four-year, $20 million free agent contract?
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay thinks so, and has continued to give them Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert in his mock drafts. Meanwhile, ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright reports the Bears are strongly interested in Stanford tight end Zach Ertz. According to Wright, Ertz is "very much in play" for the Bears.
Bears general manager Phil Emery said this offseason that he wanted to improve the tight end position. The Bears have moved on from Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth, signing Bennett and Steve Maneri in free agency, but I suppose that swap wouldn't preclude drafting a skilled pass-receiving tight end if Emery values one strongly.
The Bears have more important needs in other positions, but immediate need is not always the top priority in making draft decisions.
Continuing around the NFC North:
For ESPNChicago.com, Wright re-graded the 2012 Bears draft.
The Bears hosted Southeast Louisiana cornerback Robert Alford on a visit, according to ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson.
The Detroit Lions might be leaning toward employing a punter who handles kickoffs in 2013, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Appalachian State punter Sam Martin, whom the Lions hosted for a visit, had 45 touchbacks in 71 kickoffs last season, according to Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: "Amari Spievey is taking part in a family violence education program, and his attorney said today charges against the Detroit Lions safety for his role in a child-support dispute should be dismissed in June."
Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk on the NFL Network, speaking about Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "He’s going to get a billion dollars probably."
North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard might be the draft's most versatile player at his position, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Questions remain about the Packers' linebacker group, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Vikings.com offers another sneak peak at the team's new uniforms, this time the waist and belt area.
A Minnesota state legislator wants the Vikings to pay more for their new stadium given shortfalls in the state's revenue plan, according to Jim Ragsdale of the Star Tribune.