"Ask Vic" will publish on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the NFL draft.
Bill from Sheboygan, WI
Who are the players Tony Pauline thinks fit for the Packers in the first round.
Tony thinks DEs A.J. Epenesa of Iowa and Marlon Davidson of Auburn, and WR Denzel Mims of Baylor are three players who address need and fit at or above the 30th overall pick. Tony thinks if Epenesa makes it past the Patriots he could make it down close to the Packers at 30. Tony says Davidson is a pass-rusher who can two-gap.
Tom from Yulee, FL
Has Tony given you an idea of what he thinks the Jaguars will do?
He likes South Carolina defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw at No. 9 and a cornerback such as LSU's Kristian Fulton at No. 20. Tony said he's heard Kinlaw might be falling on a cavalier attitude in interviews and wonders if he'll make it down to No. 20, which would allow the Jaguars to draft a cornerback such as Florida's C.J. Henderson at No. 9.
Alex from Wisconsin
You once responded to a question: "One day, when I don't have to write anything else and I don't have to worry about saving anything for later in the game because I'm at the two-minute warning, I'm going to sit down and write for fun. I'm going to write about what a joy it has been to cover the great teams, players and coaches I've had the pleasure to watch, and I'm going to tell stories that belong in books." Although we are going through some trying times in the world right now, are you still having just as much fun telling stories as when that was written in 2012? I think I have the same joy reading them as I did then.
I think I'm enjoying it even more.
Chris from Wauwatosa, WI
How do individuals in this country become more accepting of differences, more accountable for their actions, and find more common ground?
It begins with eliminating or at least overcoming our anger. Anger is a powerful human condition that exists naturally in all of us and is easily stimulated. Manipulative people prey on our anger. Please, don't allow it.
Barry from Portage, WI
A flimsy answer you gave Wayne.
It's time to let a great quarterback walk when you're stepping into your future and he's stuck in his past. It's all about eroding skills. Injury and age are the causes, and you'll know it when you see it.
Jeff from Miami, FL
Are the skill sets of Rashan Gary and A.J. Epenesa similar when projected to the Packers defensive scheme?
Epenesa is said to be a point-of-attack player. Based on having moved Gary to linebacker, I get the sense the Packers believe he's a space player. Those traits couldn't be more dissimilar.
Kyle from Phoenix, AZ
Who has your favorite golf swing? We all have that one person we wish we could emulate.
It's Henrik Stenson. There is a balance, crispness and firmness to his swing that allows me to feel the pinch of his irons on the ball.
Nicholas from Toronto, Ontario
Despite having the most dead money in the league this year, the Jags have some of the most salary cap space in 2021. And the teams with more space all have fewer players under contract. Things seem kind of bleak right now, with all the veteran departures and the Ngakoue circus. But if Minshew isn't the man, and 2020 is a bad year, you figure they'll at least be in a good position to get their guy in 2021 with potentially two higher first-round picks. With such good draft capital and cap space on hand, do you see a quick turnaround?
If Minshew is the man, yes. If Minshew isn't the man, it'll take longer.
Jerry from Littleton, CO
How significant are position coaches in the overall success of an NFL team?
Position coaches teach technique, and technique is at the heart of a player's development.
Robert from Claypool, AZ
"That's Bob Dylan, Robert." Touché! I'm laughing out loud! I give up!
"I was just trying to capture the spirit of the thing." That's Dickie Dunn from Slap Shot, Robert.
Jeff from Ogden, UT
Vic, I like your guy Epenesa. Looking at the landscape, it looks like the Packers may have to move up to draft him. If they don't, It looks like they trade out of the first round. If we give up the 30th pick, what would we expect in return?
I don't see the logic in trading back. The Packers need better, not more.
Mackie from McKinney, TX
I have always had a fascination with Joe Gilliam, the Steelers QB in the '70's. I saw some site rated him the eighth-best Steelers QB ever. Do you have any stories on him?
He threw a beautiful pass. I could tell which quarterback's pass it was without looking. Hanratty's passes made a slow, low-pitched sound. Bradshaw's passes sounded like they were wearing a heat shield. Gilliam's passes had a high-pitched hiss to them. He had a buggy whip arm and he made the ball look long and thin. One of the saddest things I've ever seen was Ray Mansfield throwing Joe out of the huddle in the LA Coliseum. The locker stalls in the visitors clubhouse had doors on them for privacy. Joe pulled the door shut and didn't talk to the media following that game. The career of one of the greatest natural passers of the football was over, lost to the demons of his soul. So sad.
Pete from Rescue, CA
Does the smell of burning leaves in Western Pa. evoke your childhood memories of football on weekends?
It wasn't the burning leaves, it was the smell of damp ground. I've never smelled that anywhere else. The soil in Western Pa. is loose and dark, shale-like from the coal beneath. Maybe that's what gives it its unique scent. Following a backyard game when I was a kid, the ball would bring that smell into my bedroom and the game would continue. In Western Pa., football comes from the ground up. You feel it under your feet, you taste it in your nose and you wear it in the grass stains of your youth for the rest of your life.
Margo from Redondo Beach, CA
Does Robert from Claypool not realize your affinity for movie quotes?
I don't know, Margo.
Barry from Hayward, WI
Vic, what team do you expect to make the most out of this year's draft?
Joe from Dundee, IL
I recall Ted Thompson told a story about noticing Jordy Nelson when he was actually there to view another player at Kansas State. Do you know of other Packers players (or even Steelers or Jaguars) who were the guy who caught the scout's eye in the modern era?
It's common. The Steelers went to Eastern Kentucky to scout a defensive end named Aaron Jones, who they drafted in the first round. While scouting Jones, the Steelers liked what they saw in an offensive tackle named John Jackson, who they would pick in the 10th round. Jones was a bust. Jackson played 14 seasons.
Marty from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Vic, I spend a lot of time now watching older NFL and college games. I really wanted your opinion on something in the '83 Jets-Steelers game. That game was interesting on many levels, being that it was the Jets' last game at Shea and what would turn out to be Terry Bradshaw’s last NFL game as well. When Bradshaw threw that last pass, a TD to Calvin Sweeney, and seeing Bradshaw come off the field the way he did, were you aware that was the end of his career before you heard anything about the injury?
His arm problems were well-documented. He had elbow surgery in the previous offseason and hadn't played a down until that game in Shea Stadium. His return was the big story. It included a mynah bird sitting on his arm early in the week. The game was on a Saturday and I went to Shea on Friday for the walk-through. Bradshaw sat down next to me on the bus. I think he wanted to get the news out his arm was shot. "I can't throw at all," he told me. I watched him at the walk-through. He never threw a pass. The next day, they shot his arm up and he played through two possessions, each of which ended with Bradshaw throwing a touchdown pass. We all hoped the offseason would magically heal his arm, but I think we all suspected we might've seen him play for the final time, and we had.
Joe from Milwaukee, WI
Would you rather support a team that had an offense that could consistently put up 28 points per game or a defense that could hold opponents to 14?
I think holding opponents to 14 points is worth more in this era than scoring 28. In the '70's, scoring 28 was worth more than holding opponents to 14.
Ben from Indianapolis, IN
Vic, one GM was quoted as saying there are more than 32 prospects with a first-round grade this year. A first in that GM's career! What does Tony have to say about that statement?
Tony says he can make a case for 20-25 players with a first-round grade. "I know one team that has only 16 first-round guys," Tony added.