A Quick Look Around the Division

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 17, 2009 – 11:30 am

I’m out of the office today (hey,I’m not the only one). But that doesn’t mean I’m not working. There’s not a lot of Vikings news going on right now, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to take a quick look around the NFC North.

In Chicago, Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune examines the role WR Devin Hester will play in the Bears return game this season. Remember, before Hester joined the WR corps he was perhaps the league’s most dangerous kick returner. But since his transition to WR, Hester’s return responsibilities have lightened.

In Detroit, reports indicate that the Lions, under new defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, will utilize the blitz much more in 2009. This story was examined by several outlets last week. The Vikings saw more than their fair share of blitzes at the end of last season when then Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnolo and Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson visited the Metrodome in consecutive weeks. Both men are well-known for being blitz happy.

In Green Bay, 2007 1st round draft pick DE Justin Harrell is healthy and has been able to put in a good offseason, according to writer Mike Spofford. This is an important season for Harrell, as he looks to prove his worth as a 1st round pick and also adjust with the rest of his defensive teammates to new defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ 3-4 defense.

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Only 1 Player Taken in ’09 Supplemental Draft

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 17, 2009 – 8:00 am

Judging by the lack of comments to yesterday’s post regarding the 2009 NFL Supplemental Draft, I hesitated to even follow up on it today. But considering A) I dedicated a part of my day yesterday to it, B) I recommended Gil Brandt’s written piece to all of you and C) 1 reported development concerns the Vikings in a round-about way, I’m going to follow up on it anyway.

As expected, the Vikings (and 30 other NFL teams) were pretty quiet. In fact, only 1 player was taken. The Washington Redskins selected Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon with the 19th pick in the 3rd round. As a result, the Redskins bolstered their defensive line, but did so at the expense of a 2010 3rd round pick.

The Vikings-related development comes from former NFL Network correspondent and soon-to-be-ESPN correspondent Adam Schefter, who tweeted the following: “One reason the Redskins took Jeremy Jarmon in the third round was because Detroit was poised to take him at the top of the fourth.”

Those players who were available during the supplemental draft but weren’t drafted now become rookie free agents.

So there you go, the 2009 NFL Supplemental Draft has come and gone. Hope you didn’t blink.

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