This is the April 25, 2013 news archive. View today's NFC North rumors and news.
NFC North News and Rumors
The Minnesota Vikings have selected Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson with the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Pros: Big, physical receiver who comes off the line with burst and authority. Will win physical battles that other receivers simply …Share Tweet
The Green Bay Packers elected to go back to the defensive line for the second straight year in a row by selecting UCLA defensive end Datone Jones with the 26th pick. While last year’s selection, USC defensive end Nick Perry, was used in more of a standuShare TweetThe Minnesota Vikings have selected Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes with the 25th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Pros: Big, physical player who uses his size as an advantage -- both in coverage and in tackling ability. At times, will shed blocks wit…Share TweetEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have selected two defensive players in the first round of the 2013 draft. Neither is Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. The Vikings passed over the much-discussed Te'o to draft Florida defensive tackle Sharrif…Share TweetThe Vikings recently restructured defensive tackle Kevin Williams‘ contract so that he will become a free agent after the 2013 season. They may have taken his replacement with the 23rd pick of the first round. The Vikings selected defensive tackle SharrShare TweetSay this much for Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery: He knows how to pull off a surprise. No one saw him trading last year for receiver Brandon Marshall. I don't think many people expected him to draft Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin las…Share TweetThe Chicago Bears have selected Oregon OT Kyle Long with the 20th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Pros: Looks like a prototype of the athletic offensive lineman -- outstanding musculature, big legs, wide butt. As a guard or tackle, shows impressive …Share TweetThe top of the NFL draft was relatively unexciting, with seven linemen taken with the first seven picks, and there weren't many outlandish outfits either. Well, except Ziggy Ansah wearing some 3D movie theater glasses with no lenses. Of course. The Detr…Share TweetAnd so, in the end, the Detroit Lions never got a chance to tell us how they feel about their left tackle situation. When their No. 5 overall pick arrived Thursday night, all three of the 2013 draft's elite left tackles were already off the board in unp…Share TweetThe Detroit Lions have selected BYU DE Ezekiel Ansah with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Pros: Ridiculous athlete. Outstanding chase defender upfield and to either sideline -- disengages quickly from blocks to move and make plays away fro…Share Tweet
The draft is underway!EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Greetings from the Minnesota Vikings' media work room, where I'll be covering the first round of the 2013 draft. As always, I'll have reaction posts to each NFC North team's selections, and then I'll find time to write a longer po…Share TweetSo the Minnesota Vikings have officially released their new uniform reveals, and here's the best representative photo I have. As you can see, the team will have the option to use purple pants with their white road jerseys -- and with their home purples …Share TweetJoin our ESPN.com NFL experts for the first round of the 2013 NFL draft. We'll be analyzing every pick from 1 to 32. We'll get started an hour early at 7 p.m. ET, so submit your questions and comments and we'll see you there.Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Apr 25, 2013The Chargers announced the signing of former Packers linebacker D.J. Smith Thursday, one day after Green Bay waived him with a “failed physical” designation. The 24-year-old Smith suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in October. He sShare Tweet
Vikings, Packers in QB trade hotspotHere's a draft scenario I'm sure many of you have considered but is nevertheless worth talking through. A little-known NFL rule has put two NFC North teams in a trade hotspot of sorts during the latter third of the first round of Thursday night's NFL dr…Share TweetIn their final mock drafts of the 2013 draft season, ESPN analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay agree on their projected first-round picks for 75 percent of the NFC North. The details: 5. Detroit Lions Kiper: BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah McShay: Ansah S…Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Apr 25, 2013Two months ago it appeared plausible that Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner could be an option for the Detroit Lions with the fifth pick in the draft. Now less than 24 hours before the draft is schedule to get underway that no longer appears to …Share Tweet
Cordarrelle Patterson drafted No. 29 overall by Minnesota VikingsApr 25The Minnesota Vikings trade four draft picks with the New England Patriots in order to select Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with the No. 29 overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Vikings Select Sharrif FloydApr 25Bill Polian breaks down the Vikings' selection of Sharrif Floyd.
Vikings Select Xavier RhodesApr 25Bill Polian breaks down the Vikings' selection of Xavier Rhodes.
Packers Select Datone JonesApr 25Todd McShay breaks down the Packers' selection of Datone Jones.