NFC North Daily Hot Links for April 30th, 2012

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2012

I hope you folks had as good a time watching the NFL draft as I did attending it. Of course, it was hard work, but there's something great about the energy in the building when the picks are coming and trades are happening and everything is frantic.

If you missed any of the coverage, you can check out the archives, but here are a few of the main NFC North pieces you have to read.

Green Bay Packers Slideshow

Detroit Lions Slideshow

Minnesota Vikings Slideshow

Chicago Bears Slideshow

Final Grades (Video)

We'll talk a lot more about the rookies and undrafted free agents all week long, so keep it locked here.

Let's take a tour around the North.

Minnesota Vikings

We've had so many disappointing moments in the stadium bill brouhaha that it was nice to start to see momentum last week for the bill. However, Mike Kaszuba lets us know it's not just about the stadium—it's about politics.

Over in the Pioneer Press, Jeremy Fowler takes a look at the emerging rebuilding plan for the Vikings.

Green Bay Packers

Check out Aaron Nagler, CheeseheadTV founder and lead writer at The Go Route here at B/R, as he talks about the Packers' draft from Radio City Music Hall.

Bob McGinn feels Ted Thompson took a few chances early in the draft. I don't totally disagree, though really my only concern is whether Nick Perry can transition to OLB across from Clay Matthews. He was reluctant early in the draft process, though softened on a move later.

If he can do it—whoa, buddy.

Chicago Bears

Dan Pompei takes a shot at explaining the Bears' draft strategy today. I like his reasoning, and it's not like I knew the Bears' board, but it's hard to believe tackles and guards who dropped were rated so lowly that they passed on them in the second and third round.

Still the Bears said they felt the O-line was fine and they backed that up by NOT backing anyone up. We'll find out this season, huh? 

Meanwhile, B/R correspondent Matt Eurich takes a look at three positions where the Bears didn't draft help and what that might mean.

Detroit Lions

The Detroit News writer Bob Wojnowski says that while the Lions made some baffling moves once or twice during the draft, we should hold off on reacting.

Anwar Richardson takes a look at where the players the Lions added created some competition to watch come training camp.