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NFL Combine News and Notes: Tuesday Recap | Articles
It’s been an eventful week, but the NFL Combine finally came to a close on Tuesday. The defensive backs took the field in the final day, and most of the participants didn’t disappoint. The top prospects solidified their spots, and there were even a couple of lesser known players that made a splash.

2012 NFL Scouting Combine: The biggest risers and fallers in Indy - NFL - Sporting News
Now that all the players have been measured and interviewed, have taken their physicals and worked out, let's look at the 10 players whose draft stock changed significantly at this year's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis:

NFL Draft Risers and Fallers - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
With the 2012 Scouting Combine in the books, teams scrambled to square up their hectic campus workout schedules and soon will scatter across the country for those Pro Day exhibitions where additional questions are answered as information gleaned on the road helps complete each prospect's complex puzzle.

Combine Wrap: RG3, Poe riding wave into Pro Days - CBSSports.com
More than 325 of the best draft prospects from across the nation descended upon Indianapolis in waves over the past week in search of that sizzling 40-yard dash, that superhuman bench press or a kangaroo-like vertical jump.

Wise to be wary of these workout warriors - CBSSports.com
You've heard it all before... Every team in the league has at one time or another answered a question about workout results from the Combine with something along the lines of, "We don't draft players based on the Combine. What happens on the field is most important."

Michael Brockers, Dwight Jones among 2012 NFL Combine losers - Mocking The Draft
The mantra at the NFL Combine is that fast guys running fast isn't a story and the workout process can't hurt a player. What it can do, however, is allow other players who had a good showing bypass them. The following players could see others pass them on draft boards in the next two months:

asu qb brock osweiler values his spread offense background - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler said coming from a spread offense taught him "how to manage a football game."

Chad Henne is one of several '1A' QB options for NFL teams to pursue this offseason - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
The Miami Dolphins are either absolutely correct or totally wrong about Chad Henne. There is no in-between.

Henne expected to make more than $4 million-per-season | ProFootballTalk
Among quarterbacks expected to change teams this offseason, there’s Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn, and everyone else. Chad Henne is reportedly getting the most attention of everyone else.

WRs Stephen Hill and Marvin Jones: Going Deep | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
This week I have been spotlighting the craft of playing receiver and using plays from the careers of Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill and Cal’s Marvin Jones as examples. Yesterday, I profiled two crossing routes that couldn’t have been run more different from each other. Today, I’m going deep and examining a vertical play from both receivers.

10 who lost at this year’s scouting combine | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The scouting combine provides an opportunity for prospects to deliver on expectations or risk taking a hit to their draft stock. Not everyone left Indianapolis with smiles on their faces.

Merits of rising, falling 'stock' at the combine - NFL - SI.com
Contrary to what you may read or hear, players' "stock" doesn't necessarily rise or fall instantly after their workout at the combine. What happens is it becomes an alert to do further research on the player.

St. Louis Rams admit willingness to trade No. 2 pick in NFL Draft - NFL - SI.com
The St. Louis Rams are willing to trade the second overall pick of the April draft. Chief operating officer Kevin Demoff said Tuesday that the team would make a deal under the right circumstances, but has not made any commitments despite a report late Monday that a trade had already been decided. He said new coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead went to the NFL combine with an open mind.

Andrew Luck, Stephen Hill, Vontaze Burfict make their mark on NFL combine - Don Banks - SI.com
The awards season might be over for the movies now that the Oscars have wrapped, but the dog and pony show known as the NFL's scouting season is just getting started with the week-long NFL Scouting Combine over in Indianapolis.

Browns to make a move for John Carlson? | National Football Post
Coming out of Notre Dame, John Carlson was viewed as a balanced tight end with upper echelon receiving ability and high marks for overall athleticism. Then-Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren played a large part in selecting the talented Carlson with the 38th overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft.

NFL Combine: Offensive Risers | National Football Post
Who helped themselves the most with their workout?

NFL.com news: With 2012 combine in the books, it's time to focus on draft
The 2012 NFL Scouting Combine is a wrap. Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck stole the show, but there were plenty of eye-catching performances, and Jeff Darlington picks the top 10. Watch highlights of this year's top 10 performances here, review NFL.com's combine blog and get the full combine results here. Here's what else is on tap for Wednesday:

Leroy Hill's arrest could impact David Hawthorne - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
A bounce-back season in 2011 put linebacker Leroy Hill in position for a contract more lucrative than the one-year, minimum deal he had played under with the Seahawks. That was before his latest run-in with the law.

NFC Worst? Not anymore
With the 49ers advancing to the NFC Championship game and Jeff Fisher's arrival in St. Louis, the improvement of a division the Seahawks once dominated runs top to bottom.

NFL - Quarterback intrigue starts with Washington Redskins - ESPN
The 2012 scouting combine didn't resolve any of the big questions for teams in need of quarterbacks. If anything, it confused things.

Where will Peyton Manning land? - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
If the Colts decline to pay Peyton Manning his $28 million bonus on March 8, he'll become the most intriguing free agent in NFL history. But he'll hit the market with one big question hovering over him: How's he throwing? It could be some time before a prospective employer has any sure sense of how the nerve regeneration that affects Manning's arm is going and will turn out. Will teams wait? Will they pounce? It'll be incredibly compelling. For now, here's a team-by-team rundown from our NFL bloggers and Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson on the interest level we expect from the rest of the league.

NFL - What to watch in free agency and beyond - ESPN
The March 13 start of free agency is more than a week later than normal because of the new collective bargaining agreement, so there wasn't a lot of urgency to lay the foundation for trades and signings at the scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Is it time to rethink the Combine? | National Football Post
Some NFL coaches and personnel evaluators are open to substantial change.

2012 NFL Scouting Combine: Morris Claiborne solidifies elite status at cornerback - NFL - Sporting News
The NFL Scouting Combine's final session Tuesday featured defensive backs. Here are the players who impressed and those who struggled:

NFL.com news: Indy intel: Combine observations, on and off the field
The NFL Scouting Combine is all about impressive feats. Dontari Poe's ability to carry his 346-pound body down a 40-yard track in 4.87 seconds? Impressive. David Molk's 41 repetitions in the bench press? Impressive.

John Clayton: Strong combine 'really helped' Chris Polk - UW Blog articles - MyNorthwest.com
"I think he clearly made himself a second-round pick and maybe an outside chance of a first," Clayton told "The Kevin Calabro Show" Monday. "The one thing that teams like is the fact that he can be a violent, powerful back. Some of the guys might be a little faster, but I think Polk really helped himself."

2012 cap number expected "very soon" | ProFootballTalk
On Tuesday, we pointed out that the salary cap number for 2012 could be lower than expected. Our best guess, currently, is that it will be flat in comparison to 2011.

UTC Mocs Quarterback B.J. Coleman Schools TV's Joe Legge in Football - YouTube
Prior to the big homecoming match-up between the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Westeran North Carolina, Mocs Quarterback B.J. Coleman takes a fe...

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Jake Locker on Competing against Matt Hasselbeck for Starting Role: "I don’t feel it will have any effect on our relationship at all."
Jake Locker joined 104.5 The Zone in Nashville with the Wake Up Zone to discuss looking at game tape during the off-season, his performance during his rookie season, his struggles in the red zone as a rookie and competing with Matt Hasselbeck for the starting quarterback job next season.

NFL combine: Utah State's Robert Turbin could be a steal in the NFL draft - San Jose Mercury News
Robert Turbin, who talks in the same runaway freight train style that he runs, has broken through the skepticism and is exploding into the daylight of possibility.

Quarterback Film Notes: Senior Bowl | Ourlads' NFL Football & Scouting Blog
The following notes of note snippets were taken at live practices, practice tape and game tape. Ourlads NFL Scouting Services studied over 600 players from seven college all-star games.

Raiders have to dump plenty of salary | ProFootballTalk
In two weeks, each team must be in compliance with the 2012 salary cap, whatever that number may be. In the offseason, cap compliance is based on the cap numbers of the 51 highest-paid players on the roster.

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