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TonySoftli.com: Softli - Top 5 Quarterbacks 2012 NFL Draft
The NFL is now a pass-happy league, a throw first and run the ball second in many organizations. Having an elite quarterback at the helm is every franchise’s No.1 priority. I try to avoid the comparison game. Not only will that get you in trouble, it basically gives talent evaluators a comfort zone in which they feel good about a player, instead of grading them for the attributes and skill set they bring to the table and how those skills can be utilized at the next level.

Dolphins meet with free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn, a popular choice with little track record
The Dolphins wasted little time in moving on from Peyton Manning to Matt Flynn. Flynn, the Green Bay Packers' former backup who is considered the second-best free-agent quarterback available, met with the Dolphins today after spending all day Friday with the Seattle Seahawks, his father, Alvin Flynn, told The Palm Beach Post from his home in Texas.

Rob Rang - CBSSports.com Oregon State DB Brandon Hardin wows scouts at Pro Day
Entering the 2011 season Brandon Hardin was viewed by scouts as one of the more intriguing defensive back prospects on the west coast. A broken shoulder suffered during fall camp, however, ended his senior season before it began. The 6-3, 216 pounder had started at cornerback as a junior and some view him as a potential safety convert. Despite the interest, he wasn't invited to the Combine. Hardin showed scouts from roughly half of the league's teams at the Oregon State Pro Daythat perhaps he should have been.

Rob Rang - CBSSports.com Jackson hopes added weight helps shed 'tweener label at Tennessee Pro Day
The Peyton Manning Watch had taken over much of the state of Tennessee this week but it was 10 "other" former Volunteers who drew 21 scouts to the UT campus Friday for the team's Pro Day. Combine-invitees Malik Jackson (DL) and Tauren Poole (RB) generated most of the attention.

Erin Henderson says he hasn’t received a respectable offer | ProFootballTalk
Less than two weeks ago, there was optimism in Minnesota that free agent linebacker Erin Henderson would get a deal done with the Vikings before the start of free agency. But now that we’re four days into free agency and no deal is close, Henderson is getting upset.

NFL Draft: Medical Checks - Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple | Articles
There’s no question that playing running back is one of the most physically taxing jobs in all of sports. So when a college running back brings with the wear and tear of 600+ carries, it’s not unreasonable that teams will be concerned about the potential for that running back has to break down sooner than later.

NFL draft countdown: Analyzing SN's No. 40 prospect, Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy - NFL - Sporting News
This is the first in a daily series of in-depth evaluations on the top 40 prospects leading up the April 26-28 draft. The series starts with prospect No. 40 Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State.

Big Board: Free agency reflecting available drafts talent - NFL, NFLDRAFT - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Not surprisingly, Peyton Manning's search for a new team has driven the media coverage of this year's NFL free agency. And while Manning's hour-to-hour travel plans make for entertaining speculation, the focus on free agency by team has shed some light on what scouts believe are the strengths and weaknesses of the incoming draft class. As the ultimate copy-cat league, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that teams in the NFL are whipping out their checkbooks in an attempt to duplicate the Giants' strategy of building through stellar play at quarterback and on the defensive line.

What will the Arizona Cardinals do at quarterback? - Mocking The Draft
After an aggressive attempt to land free agent quarterback Peyton Manning came up short, the Arizona Cardinals still have questions to answer about their quarterback situation, as faith in Kevin Kolb appears to be dwindling.

NFL - Free-agency winners, losers - ESPN
Perception means a lot in the first week of free agency. Although proclaiming winners and losers after three days is like projecting a football game in the first quarter, defining patterns emerge in how teams handle their free-agent business. The action has been fast and furious. The list of 427 unrestricted free agents was trimmed by 72 as players moved to different teams or re-signed. Here are the early winners and losers.

Inside the playbook: Blackmon vs. Cover 0 | National Football Post
Using video to take a look at the top WR prospect.

Cortland Finnegan: Wired for Sound : NFL Films Blog
Earlier this week, Cortland Finnegan agreed to a 5-year, $50 million contract with the St. Louis Rams. Finnegan has been known to be one of the feistier players in the NFL. But Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who coached Finnegan with Tennessee, knows his aggressiveness is what helps make him one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Here’s a look back at Finnegan wired for sound, as originally presented on SoundFX.

NFL.com news: Agent: Ex-Packers center Wells agrees to deal with Rams
Free-agent center Scott Wells is on his way out of Green Bay after agreeing to a contract with the St. Louis Rams on Friday.

NFL.com news: Cardinals bring back OT Brown at cap-friendly cost
The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms on a five-year contract with Levi Brown just three days after he was released by the team in a salary-cap move.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks add free agent: Jason Jones | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Seahawks will sign their first unrestricted free agent this year, agreeing to terms with defensive lineman Jason Jones from the Titans. It will be a one-year contract, according to Jones' agent, Mike McCartney.

710ESPN Seattle audio: Clayton Show - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Matt Flynn's visit with the Seattle Seahawks kicked off my Saturday conversation with John Clayton on 710ESPN Seattle.

Eye On Football - CBSSports.com Seahawks sign DL Jason Jones to 1-year deal
n the days leading up to free agency, Jason Jones ranked third in Eye on Football's list of available defensive tackles. It took nearly a week but the former Titan has a new home: according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Curtis Crabtree, Jones has signed with the Seahawks. His agent says the deal is for one year.

Providing some inside pass rush
One of coach Pete Carroll’s priorities this offseason was to improve the Seahawks’ pass rush, especially from the interior of the line. Jason Jones agreeing to terms on Saturday should do just that.

What are Seattle’s quarterback plans in the 2012 draft? " Seahawks Draft Blog
A lot of Seahawks fans – maybe more than 50% – expect the team to draft a quarterback of the future next month. It’s considered Seattle’s greatest need, and with good reason. The upcoming draft will be the third conducted by Pete Carroll and John Schneider and so far they haven’t spent a single pick on the position. Fans don’t just expect that to change in 2012, they expect a quarterback to be drafted early. Some people are probably going to be disappointed.

Draft positional series: Inside linebackers, edge players - NFL, NFLDRAFT - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
At some point in his primordial evolution, man discovered that when he took his knuckles off the ground, he became more mobile. He used his newfound agility to outmaneuver and outrun his prey.

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