"Ask Vic" will publish on Mondays and Thursdays through the offseason.
Geoff from Beaver Dam, WI
I stumbled upon a QB named Earl Morrall while reading about the 1956 draft that famously had Bart Starr in it. Morrall was the second overall pick, played 22 seasons, was a three-time Super Bowl champ, league MVP and has better numbers than Starr. Why is Morrall not in the Hall of Fame? Does playing for as many teams as he did hurt his resume?
Morrall is an example of how stats can lie. His career is largely considered to have been a disappointment. As strong as his body of work is, no one would ever nominate him for induction into the Hall of Winners. He will forever be remembered for being benched in Super Bowl III and in the 1972 AFC title game.
Bret from Mililani, HI
What do you think about the Frank Clark trade?
I think the Chiefs could be a snowman.
Bob from Green Bay, WI
Will you be doing a special Friday inbox for draft coverage? Also, any last minute draft predictions for the three (Steelers, Packers, Jaguars) teams you mostly cover?
I'm sticking with my Monday/Thursday schedule. I asked Tony Pauline for his prediction for the Jags', Packers' and Steelers' first picks. Tony said: "Jaguars, Juwaan Taylor. Packers, Jonah Williams. Steelers, Devin Bush. Taylor has medical issues (back/knee). If the Jags flag him, they could take Jonah Williams at seven." If the Jags take Williams, who will the Packers pick, I asked? "Drew Lock or T.J. Hockenson," Tony said.
Brian from Madison, WI
Well, Vic, next time we hear from you the draft will be over. Any final thoughts before it begins?
Every team has its targets. At this point, it's all about the luck of the draw and fitting yourself to your picks. My perspective on the draft changed several years ago when former Eagles GM Tom Modrak, who made the Donovan McNabb pick, told me it wasn't important to get all of the prospects right, just the ones you pick. Tom has passed but his words live inside me. The big board is really a very little board.
Scott from Milwaukee, WI
Vic, your sarcastic answer to the question about win-lose records for the upcoming season made me smile. A better question might be do you think the Packers will make the playoffs this year?
The Packers have a star quarterback and seemingly fixed their defense in free agency. Not making it into the postseason would be a disappointment.
Mikey from Tallahassee, FL
What do you think of the draft being held in a different city every year? Are there any cities that do not have a franchise that would be considered to host the event?
It's genius. The NFL has created another Super Bowl-type event. London would be the city. It would be a great way to test the market and bait it for launching an international franchise.
Tim from Ocala, FL
Am I wrong for wanting the Jags to draft a QB at seven? I'm cautiously optimistic about Nick Foles, but I am also aware of his injury history and sporadic play. I understand the idea of getting a day one contributor on defense or help for Foles, but the Jags have mismanaged the most important position in football for most of the decade. I think it's time for that to change and I don't think the Jags need another re-run of the Cody Kessler show, should Foles go down.
I'm big on drafting the best available player, but I acknowledge the uniqueness of the quarterback position: You only want one guy to play at that position. When you commit as much of your cap to one guy as the Jags have to Foles, should they also commit the biggest part of their draft class and even more of their cap to a player they don't want to have to play? Knowing Tom Coughlin as I do, I don't see the Jags picking a quarterback. Foles is Coughlin's guy and Coughlin will use his top pick to address his No. 1 need. I hope Foles is "The Man."
Daniel from Richmond, TX
You've said it's not wise to reach for a player and leave better talent on the board for your opponents. Continuing on this thought, is the draft spot immediately before your division opponent's pick more valuable?
The Browns drafted Kellen Winslow at No. 6. The Steelers drafted Ben Roethlisberger at No. 11. The Browns apparently thought they didn't have need at quarterback after having signed Jeff Garcia. Quarterback is an amazingly sensitive position. It is very easily mismanaged and the result of making a mistake at the quarterback position can be devastating.
Dennis from Indianapolis, IN
If the Robert Kraft video is released, will his punishment, either by the league or the public, be increased? Should it matter if it's seen or not?
If that video is released, there can be no greater punishment.
Jason from Austin, TX
Vic, do you think Rodgers would have fallen to No. 24 in the draft if the rookie contracts were structured as they are today?
That wasn't the issue. Years ago, a GM told me Rodgers fell as he did due to concerns about a shoulder injury.
Brandon from Lafayette, IN
I saw a person say they think GB will finish 12-4; saw someone else say 11-5. I think 9-7 (possibly 8-8) is more accurate. Am I in the minority in thinking this way? I have been a Packers fan my whole life, but I would consider anything over nine wins over-achieving.
When your expectations are subdued, you set yourself up for a pleasant surprise. I can see the Packers losing 12 games and the franchise collapsing.
Max from Milwaukee, WI
Who do you think is the best player in this draft?
Drew Lock is intriguing me more and more. He has the look of a quarterback perfectly suited for today's game.
Jason from Suamico, WI
Is having an elite quarterback and dominating the line of scrimmage enough to win championships in today's NFL?
Steve from Hudson, WI
Why do you print the ranting pseudo questions whose only possible response is OK?
Why is my inbox half full of reaction to that type of question? I give readers what they want, a reason to be angry.
Don from Cedar Rapids, IA
When the NFL had as many as 20 rounds in the draft, do you know of any undrafted players who made a team and went on to become NFL stars?
Not off the top of my head, but Andy Robustelli was drafted in the 19th round, and he's in the Hall of Fame.
Mike from Crosby, MN
How did you come about your time in Green Bay? Do you have any stories about being hired by the Packers? What intrigued you to apply in Green Bay?
I didn't apply.
David from Janesville, WI
Do the Vikings have what it takes to top the Bears? How far behind do you think the Packers and Lions are? In reviewing the schedule, I have a hard time deciding if the Packers will be 10-6 or 6-10.
The Vikings lost their soul when they tried to become a team built around offense. That's not Mike Zimmer's game. They needed an upgrade at quarterback, but Zimmer lost control of the management of that position and its expectations. Can he put the rabbit back in the hat? The answer to that question will define the Vikings in 2019. The Packers? We'll know more on opening day. The Lions? They're clearly No. 4.
Morgan from Kaukauna, WI
Dave Gettlemen said football evolves but three truths will remain no matter what: Run the ball, stop the run and rush the passer. Care to add any?
It's basic, time-honored football philosophy. Don't try to dissect it, just respect its base premise: It's what's up front that counts. If you win the line of scrimmage, everybody else's job is more manageable. Your quarterback has the pass protection he needs. Your defensive backs won't have to hold their coverages as long. The play-calling can achieve balance, which keeps a defense guessing. If you win up front, you'll likely win everywhere.