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NFL Draft, Antoine Winfield Signs, FAVRE!!!, and the O-Line

  • The NFL draft is moving to Primetime next season; the 1st round will be televised starting at 7:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 22, and the entire draft will be spread over three days. That's a great move. The 1st round becomes an even bigger event, and we can take more time analyzing all the picks.
  • It's been a stressful offseason in Minnesota, Part I. A minor drama this year has been whether CB Antoine Winfield would hold out for a new contract or play out the final year of his current deal. After months of negotiations, he finally signed a new five year extension.
  • It's been a stressful offseason in Minnesota, Part II. Packer fans are used to it, but QB Brett Favre's stall tactics might be driving Viking fans off the edge. It's just like having a stubborn toddler; he'll keep going back-and-forth and stall until he gets exactly what he wants.
  • I commented earlier this week that 2009 is a big year for the young unproven offensive lineman to produce. Guys like RG Josh Sitton, RT Allen Barbre, RG T.J. Lang, RT Breno Giacomini, and RT Jamon Meredith. It will be a long season if two of these guys can't man the right side of the offensive line. If the worst case scenairo happens and these guys are all a bust, here's the expected best available in the 2010 draft. It doesn't look as strong as the 2009 draft class.