We're Black and Blue All Over:
(And no, I don't mean the morning after another NFC North triumph in the Madden cover contest.)
It's Draft Day!
(Well, at least Day 1 of a three-day process.)
After months and, in some cases a full year , of debates, we're going to find out who each of our teams decides to make its top overall pick!
(Unless, of course, someone trades down and out of the first round.)
Before the excitement begins, let's take our morning tour of the NFC North!
(Provided, naturally, that you're willing to keep reading the same thing over and over again.)
The Chicago Bears have at least three legitimate suitors for their No. 20 overall pick if they decide to trade down, according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times: "I have a very good feeling and a very bad feeling about the Bears’ draft on Thursday. The very good feeling is that they’ll use their first-round pick on Manti Te’o. That’s the very bad feeling, too."
Bears receiver Brandon Marshall tested out his surgically repaired hip Wednesday for the first time, notes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
This draft could be the final chance for Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew "to prove he can build a winning franchise," writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press: "Mayhew can't afford a blown gamble on the unrefined at No. 5 -- not when he’s likely facing a playoffs-or-unemployment ultimatum this season. He needs immediate results. He needs to assure those skeptical that the Lions are indeed moving forward."
Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News: "The Lions have to get this entire NFL draft right, all three days of it…."
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the Green Bay Packers' draft: "Their overriding need should be plain as day. The Packers must find more linemen, both on offense and defense, and there's a strong possibility that Thompson's choice with the 26th pick will be a big man."
Uncertainty reigns for the Packers at No. 26 overall, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Packers will draft Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, predicts Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
If they hold true to form, the Minnesota Vikings want to draft a defensive tackle and a linebacker with their two first-round draft picks, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune tries to make sense of the Vikings' intentions.
The Vikings should fill one defensive need in the first round and trade away the other pick, writes Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.