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Packers have 10 picks entering Saturday

Packers have 10 picks entering Saturday

profootballtalk.com Updated Apr 26, 2013
The Packers will begin the final day of the 2013 NFL Draft with 10 selections - at least two in each round - after three trades Friday evening. Each time, Green Bay moved back in the order and collected at least one extra choice. The Packers made a pa
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  • Clarity ensues for Lions and Riley Reiff

    Clarity ensues for Lions and Riley Reiff

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    If it wasn't apparent already, the Detroit Lions made it clear Friday evening: Riley Reiff will be their left tackle in 2013. The Lions could have drafted a left tackle in either the second or third rounds of this draft, but instead they selected Missis…
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  • Eddie Lacy: A new flavor for Packers

    Eddie Lacy: A new flavor for Packers

    The smell test failed every time. It was always difficult to imagine the Green Bay Packers selecting Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, or any other player at his position, in the first round of the 2013 draft. The running game simply doesn't carry that k…
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  • Jon Bostic: Brian Urlacher's replacement?

    Jon Bostic: Brian Urlacher's replacement?

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    Is Jon Bostic the heir apparent to Brian Urlacher for the Chicago Bears? I think we should consider it a strong possibility, if not a certainty -- even after general manager Phil Emery refused to be pinned down on the team's plans Friday night. Bostic w…
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  • Darius Slay: Rare air for the Lions

    Darius Slay: Rare air for the Lions

    The Detroit Lions' general manager is a former NFL cornerback, one who was a 10th-round draft choice but still managed a successful eight-year playing career. I've always figured that dynamic played a role in his management of the Lions' cornerback posi…
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  • Aaron Rodgers steps from the green room

    Aaron Rodgers steps from the green room

    Aaron Rodgers has never found a chip he couldn't haul onto his shoulder, so it wouldn't be a stretch to suggest he is marvelously pleased with the timing of his record-setting contract extension. On April 23, 2005, Rodgers spent an uncomfortable afterno…
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  • Christian Ponder’s reaction to Aaron Rodgers’ contract leads to…

    Christian Ponder’s reaction to Aaron Rodgers’ contract leads to funny exchange with his wife

    yahoo.com Apr 26, 2013
    NFL quarterbacks are some of the most famous people in the United States, but the married NFL quarterbacks aren't immune from daily husband duties. ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder and Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder got married last year. Unlike most…
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  • Looking ahead to Day 2

    Looking ahead to Day 2

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    Thanks for bearing with us through some technical difficulties that have made accessing the blogs a bit of a challenge. Hopefully we're working our way out of it, and for those of you who can see this post, let's set up Day 2 of the 2013 draft here in t…
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  • Report: Evan Rodriguez cleared of charges

    Report: Evan Rodriguez cleared of charges

    profootballtalk.com Apr 26, 2013
    Bears fullback / tight end Evan Rodriguez has been cleared of charges stemming from a March incident in Miami, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. Rodriguez reportedly faced disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest charges, but his at…
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  • Countdown Live: 2013 NFL draft, Rds. 2-3

    Countdown Live: 2013 NFL draft, Rds. 2-3

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    Join our ESPN.com NFL experts for Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2013 NFL draft. Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 6 p.m. ET. See you there.
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  • Kyle Long and the Bears: How? Why?

    Kyle Long and the Bears: How? Why?

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    It's easy to make a list of why the Chicago Bears shouldn't have drafted Oregon guard Kyle Long. Long has a thin Division I resume, having played in 11 games during his only year at Oregon and starting less than half of them. He has a long list of chara…
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  • Ziggy Ansah’s mom was hoping a team in Utah would draft him

    Ziggy Ansah’s mom was hoping a team in Utah would draft him

    profootballtalk.com Apr 26, 2013
    The cutest story of the NFL draft may come from the mother of Lions first-round draft pick Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, who traveled from her home in Ghana to New York City to be there with her son. Ansah had never seen a game of American football before he
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  • Brandon Marshall welcomes Xavier Rhodes

    Brandon Marshall welcomes Xavier Rhodes

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    The Minnesota Vikings drafted Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes because, according to coach Leslie Frazier, "he'll be a guy that will come in and help match up with some of the receivers in our division and our league as well." Rhodes is …
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  • Vikings-Patriots trade a wash ... Or was it?

    Vikings-Patriots trade a wash ... Or was it?

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    At first glance, the Minnesota Vikings appeared to give up a huge premium of draft picks Thursday night to jump back into the first round and select Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Did they? Let's take a closer look. To get the No. 29 overall …
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  • 2013 NFL draft -- First-round winners, losers

    2013 NFL draft -- First-round winners, losers

    ESPN.com Apr 25, 2013
    Quarterbacks and veteran left tackles took a hit in the first round, but things fell the Vikings' way, writes John Clayton.
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  • BBAO: Day 1 reviews: We're Black and Blue All Over: Good mid-mo…

    BBAO: Day 1 reviews: We're Black and Blue All Over: Good mid-morning. …

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    We're Black and Blue All Over: Good mid-morning. Things got wild Thursday night in the NFC North, which welcomed a 3-D glasses-wearing pass-rusher, the son of a Hall of Fame defensive end, a trio of new Minnesota Vikings and a total of four linemen amon…
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  • Lawrence Jackson tweets he’s heading to Minnesota

    Lawrence Jackson tweets he’s heading to Minnesota

    profootballtalk.com Apr 26, 2013
    Former Detroit Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson appears to have a new home. Jackson visited the Minnesota Vikings last week along with cornerback Jacob Lacey. The visit apparently left a good impression as Jackson tweeted out Thursday night that he …
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  • Vikings lead the charge in a first round full of surprises

    Vikings lead the charge in a first round full of surprises

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    It was a draft that few found easy to figure out, and after one round of the 2013 edition of the National Football League's player selection process, there were quite a few shockers that had most observers shaking their heads.The Minnesota Vikings becam…
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  • Datone Jones: Bigger, stronger, faster

    Datone Jones: Bigger, stronger, faster

    ESPN.com Apr 26, 2013
    I apologize to those who hoped to read earlier about the Green Bay Packers' selection of UCLA defensive lineman Datone Jones. I got stuck away from the computer for an extended time Thursday night as the Minnesota Vikings dipped into some unexpected dra…
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  • Video - Darius Slay talks about joining Detroit Lions 02:35

    Darius Slay talks about joining Detroit Lions

    Apr 26
    Defensive back Darius Slay, selected No. 36 overall by the Detroit Lions, joins "NFL Draft Xtra" to discuss his hopes for his future in the Motor City.
  • Video - Eddie Lacy drafted No. 61 overall by Green Bay Packers 02:08

    Eddie Lacy drafted No. 61 overall by Green Bay Packers

    Apr 26
    The Green Bay Packers selected Alabama running back Eddie Lacy with the No. 61 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
  • Video - Chicago Bears draft Jon Bostic No. 50 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft 01:20

    Chicago Bears draft Jon Bostic No. 50 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft

    Apr 26
    The Chicago Bears drafted Florida LB Jon Bostic with the No. 50 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
  • Video - Rodgers Thankful For Extension 00:45

    Rodgers Thankful For Extension

    Apr 26
    Aaron Rodgers comments on his five-year extension with the Packers.

Sports Columnists

  • 2013 NFL draft -- Second-day winners, losers

    Apr 26
    On a day the Packers took care of business at the 2013 NFL draft, Matt Barkley's freefall reached new depths, writes John Clayton.
  • Don Banks: 2013 NFL second-round mock draft

    Apr 26
    NEW YORK -- With all the quarterbacks that remain there for the picking, and the unfinished Manti Te'o saga, Friday night's second round has a chance to be as interesting as Thursday night's first round was unpredictable. I can't really recall a second …
  • Peter King: Looking back on a strange first round, ahead to a starry secon…

    Apr 26
    ST. LOUIS -- After the strangest first round of an NFL draft that I have seen, here's a look at the bizarro-world day-one (yes: Justin Pugh and Travis Frederick; no: Geno Smith and Matt Barkley) and a look ahead to a second day that will be starrier tha…
  • Don Banks: With GM seats burning, Bills and Dolphins go bold; more Snaps

    Apr 26
    NEW YORK -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we digest a less-than-riveting first round of the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall ...