Black, Blue, and Ornery: Monday, April 30th, 2012

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Updated: April 30, 2012

Howdy, friends. I heard there was an NFL draft and that <insert favorite team> killed it and made all the other teams their doorstep. So, let’s all congratulate the <insert favorite team>! Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here are some links!

  •  Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy says the team doesn’t plan on adding any veteran quarterbacks to back up Aaron Rodgers. Instead, the team will rely on Graham Harrell and some developmental prospects.
  • When asked about the pick swapping party he had with the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson compared trading for his own pick to “kissing your sister“.
  • Congratulations are in order for John Kuhn! He was named the 92nd best player in the NFL Network’s top 100 players for 2012. That’s three better than Tim Tebow, FYI.
  • With the 243rd pick in the NFL draft, the Packers selected B.J. Coleman, quarterback, Chattanooga. If any female reporters start getting questionable text messages, we’ll know why. Coleman worked out with Brett Favre prior to the 2012 draft process.
  •  Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times thinks you should give Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery the benefit of the doubt for now.
  • Bears head coach Lovie Smith says first round draft pick, Shea McClellin, will not be playing linebacker. Several analysts thought that McClellin would be groomed as a possible replacement for Brian Urlacher, but it sounds like that won’t start anytime soon.
  • The Chicago Bears continue to disagree with you. They still don’t think there was a need to spend a draft pick on an offensive linemen. It’s entirely possible the new offensive coordinator duo will cater the offense to the strengths (or weaknesses) of the line instead of just sticking to the same failing plan like the previous coordinator. As a fan, I would have liked to see them get Bobby Massie late, but I guess they didn’t see the sign I was holding up.
  • Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune analyzes the drafting style displayed in Rick Spielman’s first draft. I am no expert, but I liked some of the moves he made this weekend.
  • STADIUM Update! The Minnesota Legislature’s goal to complete business on Monday seems to have been extended. It’s not much of an update, but I know how much you guys look forward to these.
  • Cleveland Browns GM Mike Holmgren maintains that the Browns weren’t duped into making the trade up from 4th to 3rd in the first round of the NFL draft. Either another team was willing to trade up to get Trent Richardson or Rick Spielman disguised his voice and pretended to be another team. Either way the Vikings picked up several extra picks for moving down one spot to select the player they wanted all along.
  •  Detroit Lions’ head coach Jim Schwartz answers questions about their 2012 draft results.
  •  The Detroit Free Press sportswriter Dave Birkett has an interesting article about the big dreams coming true for small-town product Riley Reiff.
  • Northern Illinois Quartback Chandler Harnish is Mr. Irrelevant for the 2012 NFL Draft. A little fun fact for you: The Colts had the first and the last pick in the draft and picked a quarterback with both. Watch your back, Andrew Luck.

Here some links showing the undrafted free agents picked up by your favorite teams:

About the author(s)

Luke Hendricks writes the "Black, Blue and Ornery" NFC North morning links feature for the Water Cooler Sports Network. He is a prolific sports writer of such classics as "BBAO: NFC North News for Monday, August 20th, 2012" and the critically acclaimed "BBAO: NFC North News for Wednesday, July 11th, 2012." Although a confirmed Chicago Bears fan, he is willing to insult old emo quarterback Jay Cutler if the situation calls for it. He enjoys writing the morning news articles, except for the stories about the Minnesota Vikings. He means no offense, but everything about them is boring and hard to write about. He can be reached at [email protected].