"Ask Vic" will publish on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the NFL draft.
Gabe from Jacksonville, FL
What do you think the chances are Yannick Ngakoue is traded before or during the draft? If you were Dave Caldwell, what is the minimum you would require in a deal?
If this was a typical offseason, I would expect the Jaguars to seek and get a first-round pick for Ngakoue, but nothing about this offseason is typical. If I'm a team owner, I don't want the cost or the headaches Ngakoue would pose for a season that could be canceled. I suspect the Jaguars will still find a team reckless enough to trade for Ngakoue, and I would expect the Jaguars to get a low one or a high two for him, but I think the current circumstances will limit the number of teams interested in trading for him.
Barry from Hayward, WI
Vic, at what point in the draft would you expect the Packers to take a running back?
It's a position for which depth must be addressed in nearly every draft. I would expect the Packers' interest in addressing the running back position would begin with round four. Prior to round four, I would expect the Packers to draft or move into position to draft players at positions of need.
Tommy from Seward, AK
What would happen to the 2021 draft if the NFL didn't play this season?
There will be a draft, but it'll be of a very different flavor if there's no college season. I would expect the NCAA to grant this year's seniors another year of eligibility, and underclassmen might be less likely to opt for the draft, and the combination would greatly reduce the size of the draft pool.
Ryan from Indiana
The question of Washington’s team name got me thinking. You suggested Washington Redshirts. I thought of just naming the team the Washington Americans.
That franchise has been irrelevant for a long time. A new name would be a good way to hit the re-set button.
Lynn from Riverside, CA
Vic, your comment about the GI Bill resonated. The Serviceman's Readjustment Act, as it was called, changed this country as few pieces of legislation did. I'm a retired "U.S. History" teacher and I would show my classes a PBS documentary entitled "The Law That Changed America," and it led to great discussions on the subject., i.e. Levittowns, affordable college, etc. Thanks for your perspective. The law enabled my parents to buy a great home and realize the dream. It was one of the things he fought for.
Danny, are you for good entitlements or bad entitlements?
Kira from Bitumen, PA
Do the Steelers have the ability to be a serious title contender this year?
I don't see this as a championship season for the Steelers. I think this is a cap repair year that should put the Steelers in position to turn the page in 2021.
Matthew from Madison, WI
A lot of mock drafts have the Packers picking Mims. Who is the favorite in your inbox?
There isn't a name on which fans have focused. A lot of readers are expressing a desire for the Packers to trade up and get the guy they need, and it makes sense to me.
Jared from Sugar City, ID
Vic, how do you feel about the Packers' running back group?
Aaron Jones is the Packers' feature back and Jamaal Williams is their complementary back. I don't see need other than for roster depth.
Craig from Sheboygan, WI
I know this has been debated before but, just for kicks, who was more responsible for the success of the Packers in the '90's, Mike Holmgren or Ron Wolf? I like them both immensely but I would have to vote for Ron Wolf.
I think the Packers under-achieved. Wolf built a powerful roster.
Alex from Orlando, FL
Vic, what part of your golf game needs the most attention and what drills are you currently practicing to improve it?
I don't do drills, I hit golf balls, and every swing I make is focused on one thing: an on-time release. I want to feel the club release at the ball so the strike is on time and on the middle of the clubface between the fourth and fifth scoring lines from the bottom. I routinely look at the clubface to see where the stain is, though the feel of the strike gives me a pretty good idea. For me, the keys to an on-time release are grip pressure, staying down and through, tempo and full finish.
Travis from New Market, TN
Where do you turn to read solid articles instead of the highly sensationalized clickbait that seems to dominate in so many places?
I "live" in the news app on my phone. I probably spend the greatest part of the day reading stories on my news app. I think the coronavirus coverage has been fabulous. I know what sites to read from experience; a good read brings me back.
Brendon from Santa Maria, CA
Every time there is a minor football league, no matter how abbreviated its life, it puts people back onto NFL rosters. What is this telling us?
You find football players where you find football players.
Kevin from Grand Rapids, MI
Thank you for extending your column during this time. With all the video tape, combines, senior games and campus workouts, what are some of the main reasons top picks still don't pan out?
They're at top speed. They can't play any faster.
Margeaux from Tallahassee, FL
Thank you, Lori and Vic, for an inspiring story. Not having been privy to many others, how about another? I imagine I'm not the only one in need of it.
I know, Margeaux.
Chris from Goddard, KS
Where do you rate Roman Gabriel compared to other quarterbacks of his era and what do you most remember about him?
In his prime, he was a top-third quarterback. More importantly, he's the guy I envision when I think of the Rams' white uniforms with the blue trim and blue helmets with the white ram horns.
Craig from Weare, NH
Vic, I apologize for my Pitt/Penn State remark. It was distasteful and disrespectful of you. I don't comment very much, but you banning me has, for some reason, been unsettling. I've enjoyed your column since you first started with the Packers. I'm also from Western Pa. and I'm 63 years old, so I can relate to a lot of what you say. I am very sorry. If you take me off your banned list, I promise you will not have to be even slightly concerned I would do anything disrepectful again.
I didn't want to do it; I felt I owed it to you. Actually, I didn't even know I did it. If I did, it was by mistake and I don't know how to fix it. I'm sorry.
David from Seattle, WA
How would you compare this time period to the late 1960's/early 1970's?
Then, it was about social injustice and war, and it took deaths at South Carolina State, Jackson State and Kent State to effect change. Now, it's about political opinion. Will somebody have to die again?
Joshua from Milwaukee, WI
You frequently discuss how pro football has changed during your lifetime. How do you think pro baseball and basketball have changed in the past 25-30 years?
Forgive me, please, but I'd like to take this opportunity to discuss how all of sports might change in the next year or two. We have this opinion all of this is going to end and life will go back to normal. What if it doesn't? What if social distancing becomes a way of life? Will we ever be able to put 80,000 people shoulder to shoulder inside a football stadium again, or are we destined to live our lives six feet apart? I never thought I'd have to take off my shoes to board an airplane. Life evolves in strange ways.