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Late round Quarterbacks of interest, Part III " Seahawks Draft Blog
Something I’ve noticed in doing this series is that you have two types of late round quarterbacks. You have underdeveloped and unconventional players with great size and tools, and then you have more polished players who are undersized. Josh Portis is the closest thing to an undersized quarterback this regime has grabbed so far, and he’s 6’3″ (6027) and 210 lbs, which is still bigger than a lot of the late round options this year.

The Seahawks spoke with Russell Wilson at the Senior Bowl. I don’t want to make too much of that, but then again, Pete Carroll and John Schneider are not exactly known for misdirection. If the team has some legitimate interest in a guy who’s 5’10″, you can probably assume the team has no ironclad rules about size with a late round quarterback pick. I hope that’s the case, because I’m finding that the best looking late round quarterbacks this year are consistently undersized.

Free Agency Primer: NFC West – Audibles
Audibles - Chris Burke on the NFL

Who needs a strong NFL Combine performance? | National Football Post
Breaking down which offensive prospects need a big week in Indy.

NFL.com news: Ward, Newman and Cooley highlight "Cap Casualty Season"
This is the time of year many NFL veterans dread. It's when that contract that looked so appealing just a few years ago -- in an era where nothing is fully guaranteed in this league -- suddenly becomes much less palatable.

Ultimate Texans " Mario Williams says top-dollar deal not his goal as he hopes to remain with Texans
"I’m not worried about that," Williams said Thursday. "It’s really not that big of a deal to me.

The 2012 Quarterback Market - Offseason Low Down - Rotoworld.com
Share 5 Last year’s quarterback market was slim pickings due in large part to the lockout-related CBA rules that limited unrestricted free agents to those players with at least six years of NFL experience. Whereas pure backups and fringe talents such as Bruce Gradkowski and Trent Edwards made this list last May, this year’s market boasts the most riveting story of the offseason: Where will Peyton Manning land?

NFL says concussions on kickoffs declined by 50 percent in 2011 | ProFootballTalk
When the NFL announced that it would change some rules on kickoffs for the 2011 season, player safety was the stated reason.

Mac's Football Blog: Cardinals Have No Intention Of Letting Calais Campbell Get Away
Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this off-season, but general manager Rod Graves says the team has no intention of letting him get away.

Quinton Coples Part II: Pad Level And The Pass Rush | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Many observers – myself included – have compared Quinton Coples to Julius Peppers. It’s hard to avoid the comparison. Both are tall, athletic all-around defensive end talents from North Carolina capable of dominant play. Yet when asked which current NFL player he feels his game most resembles it isn’t Peppers that Coples mentions. It’s Jason Pierre-Paul.

Quinton Coples Part III: Stacking Up To Jason Pierre-Paul | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
When asked at the Senior Bowl to compare his playing style to that of any current NFL defensive lineman, Quinton Coples chose Jason Pierre-Paul – the latest in a recent line of talented New York Giants’ defensive ends.

Free Agency: Shopping for Experience | ProFootballFocus.com
When free agency rolls around, people tend to get quite obsessed with youth, as if the only players worth adding are the 25-year-olds who can be on your team for the next 10 years. The average player lasts in the league less than four years and the average contract is even shorter, so why ignore players that are still at the top of their game just because they may not be on your roster come 2019?

Ranking the 2012 Free Agents: Quarterbacks | ProFootballFocus.com
Now that you’ve seen the best-of-the-best of the free agents, it’s time to go more in depth with a position-by-position view of who is available. We begin with the most valuable position in all of sports, the quarterback.

Ranking the 2012 Free Agents: Wide Receivers | ProFootballFocus.com
The real gem of this year’s Free Agency class is the Wide Receivers. Featuring our highest-graded WR’s from 2009 and 2010 to go along with a player who has been in the Top 5 two of the last three years, it’s easy to see why this group will generate some excitement as we approach the FA period.

Ranking the 2012 Free Agents: Edge Rushers | ProFootballFocus.com
In the modern day NFL, the quarterback is king, which means pass rush is the uprising peasant. You need look no further than the final game of the season, Super Bowl XLVI, to see the effects of what happens when you put an elite passer up against dominating force on the edge–even a future Hall of Famer can look human after all.

Alabama's Mark Barron rates among best NFL draft safety prospects - NFL - SI.com
There is some talent in this year's safety class with 'Bama's Mark Barron, Okie State's Markelle Martin, LSU's Brandon Taylor, Boise State's George Iloka and Notre Dame's Harrison Smith. However, what are you looking for when you turn on the tape to grade prospects at the position? Today, let's look at five keys I use when breaking down the safety position leading up to the NFL Draft ...

The '40 times' are coming | National Football Post
Why the 40-yard dash is still the ultimate combine test.

The party starts at No. 2 | National Football Post
The St. Louis Rams hold a key piece in the first-round draft puzzle. Will they look to move out?

ESPN's Todd McShay isn't sold on Chris Polk's speed - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Chris Polk put an exclamation point on his career at Washington, rushing for 147 yards and a touchdown in the Huskies' Alamo Bowl loss to Baylor.

The Prospect Playbook: Matt Kalil - Mocking The Draft
In early 2008, USC wrapped up a strong class after losing just two games. Going into the next year with a strong competition ahead between Mark Sanchez, Mitch Mustain and Aaron Corp for the starting QB spot, the Trojans brought in a stacked selection of offensive linemen - Khaled Holmes, Tyron Smith, Daniel Campbell, Matt Meyer and Matt Kalil.

When it comes to QBs: never, ever panic
As John Schneider and Pete Carroll prepare for their third offseason - and draft - they understand the interest in the team's quarterback situation. But as they've already shown, they won't be prodded into making a bad move just to make a move.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Seahawks have big plans for OT Giacomini
There's a lot more than meets the eye behind the recent re-signing of brawny OT Breno Giacomini, who avoided free agency with a two-year deal that could be worth up to $7 million, including incentives.

Expert vs. expert: Tannehill's talent, inexperience spark debate - NFL, NFLDRAFT - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Come April 26, Ryan Tannehill might be forever indebted to Matt Barkley and Landry Jones. Then again, it could be an NFL team down the line that feels fortunate it was lured into a gamble that paid big dividends. When Barkley announced he was returning to Southern California and Jones opted to remain at Oklahoma for another season, Tannehill became the consensus third-best quarterback in the 2012 draft behind headliners Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. The size of the gap between No. 2 and No. 3 is fueling one of the best pre-draft debates. No one questions Tannehill's leadership ability, selflessness or raw talent.

Marquand Manuel's importance to 2005 Seahawks - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Marquand Manuel's addition gives the Seahawks' coaching staff a key member of the most sucessfull team in franchise history. Manuel, hired this week as assistant special teams coach, stepped in at free safety during the 2005 season when Ken Hamlin suffered a season-ending head injury. Brock Huard remembers Manuel's importance to that team and how his absence in Super Bowl XL was a major factor in the outcome.

Forecasting the franchise tags | ProFootballTalk
Franchise tag season officially starts on Monday, February 20th. Teams have until March 5 to use their tag. Last year, a record number of players were tagged. I’m predicting a new record will be set this year.

Fisher keeps options open on adding Moss
It's not as if Jeff Fisher offered to buy Randy Moss a first-class seat on the next flight to St. Louis. Then again, Fisher didn't exactly squash the notion of the veteran wide receiver playing for the Rams.

Patriots Free Agency: Assessing Brian Hoyer’s Value | NEPatriotsDraft.com - 2012 NFL Draft
Ever since Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel were shipped to Kansas City for a 2nd round pick, Patriots fans have been wondering what sort of trade compensation the next backup quarterback would bring. With Brian Hoyer entering the 2012 NFL off-season as a restricted free-agent, we are about to find out.

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