Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Since draft day, everyone has assumed that first-round draft pick Clay Matthews would be Green Bay's starter at right outside linebacker. But what if the Packers have a better internal option?
Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette traces the development of former defensive end Jeremy Thompson, who projects as a linebacker in the Packers' new 3-4 defense. Thompson made almost no impact as a rookie last season, but Demovsky suggests he has benefited more than any incumbent player from the Packers' scheme change.
Thompson has dropped his weight to 260 pounds and was working with the first team during organized team activities last week. He projects as a difficult pass-rusher to handle in this scheme and also has experience dropping into coverage from his college days at Wake Forest.
Matthews has been sidelined by a hamstring injury this spring, giving Thompson the opening he needs to fight for playing time. Stay tuned.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports takes a look at the Packers' defensive transition.
Dave Campbell of the Associated Press talks to Minnesota left tackle Bryant McKinnie about the pros -- and cons -- of being a 6-foot-8 offensive lineman. The advice is of particular interest to the Vikings' new right tackle, 6-foot-8 Phil Loadholt.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post explains why rookie Vikings receiver Percy Harvin is most valuable in the slot position.
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com on the progress of rookie Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford: "The truth is, the kid is wowing everybody."
Defensive end Brian Johnston, who the Lions claimed on waivers last week from Kansas City, failed his physical and will not join the team, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
New Chicago linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa signed his one-year contract Monday and participated in the Bears' OTA on Monday afternoon, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.