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Cosell Talks: NFL Scouting Combine Post Mortem : NFL Films Blog
I’m confused. Of course, many might suggest that’s often the case, but hear me out. Upon returning from Indianapolis after the NFL Scouting Combine, I’m struggling to find meaning in the drills with players in shorts and T-shirts in sanitized conditions.

NFL Free Agent Bargain Bin - Offseason Low Down - Rotoworld.com
Free agency doesn't begin until next Tuesday, but the NFL Hot Stove is already hopping. Stay up to date on the latest market developments via our constantly updated NFL Free Agent Tracker, and Gregg Rosenthal's info-packed Daily Doses.

Who's in on Matt Flynn? - Free Agency Dose - Rotoworld.com
Matt Flynn belongs. In three extended NFL appearances, he’s looked like a competent starting quarterback all three times. Competent starting quarterbacks get paid a lot of money. So how much money is Flynn worth? I went back to watch Flynn’s two career starts and his relief outing against the Lions from 2010. Here were the takeaways:

Five best landing spots for Mario Williams - NFL - ESPN
3. Seattle Seahawks The Seahawks may be a dark horse in this race, but they are a team to keep an eye on. They are young and on the rise with some exciting defensive players, but Williams could be that complete veteran who brings everything together. It looks like the Seahawks may be willing to spend in free agency, and Williams may see Seattle as an improving team in a desirable city that competes in a weak NFC West. We also know that Pete Carroll knows how to recruit players in both college and the NFL, and given his talent as a defensive coordinator, he might be able to sell Williams on a system tailored to his skills. The Seahawks would likely adjust their entire defensive package to fit Williams.

Three linebackers might prove to be equalizers to emerging tight ends - NFL, NFLDRAFT - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
The emergence of tight ends Rob Gronkowski in New England and Jimmy Graham in New Orleans as virtually unstoppable weapons in the passing game surely has started a trend that every team the NFL will try to emulate if they can find size-speed freaks to attack defenses down the middle.

Top 100 NFL draft prospects: Robert Griffin III moves to No. 1 - NFL - Sporting News
Pro days offer players who struggled at the recent Scouting Combine a chance to improve their draft stock in front of NFL evaluators. It's also an opportunity for those who choose to not work out in Indianapolis to show their skills.

CB Jackson, DT Meatoga impress at Hawaii Pro Day - CBSSports.com
More than a dozen former Warriors participated in Hawaii's Pro Day workout watched by personnel from 26 NFL teams in Carson, Calif. on Monday. The school moved its annual workout to California in recent years to make it easier for more scouts to attend. Ironically enough, arguably the the top-rated prospect at the event wasn't even a member of the Hawaii football team.

2012 NFL Draft: Landry Jones says he received a first round grade - Mocking The Draft
After a breakout sophomore campaign, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones entered the 2011 season as a projected first round pick for the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Forgotten NCAA divisions… - Mocking The Draft
Every year, there are a group of guys, that come out of college that very few are talking about. Maybe one or two of their players will be drafted each year.

2012 NFL Mock Drafts - CBSSports.com NFLDraftScout.com
There are more clues as to how the 2012 draft might shape up with the combine results in, franchise tags being placed on certain players and the pro days starting up. No longer in the top 32 from the first mock draft are LSU DT Michael Brockers, Wisconsin C Peter Konz, Rutgers WR Mohammed Sanu, Clemson TE Dwayne Allen.

Top 30 free agents: Insider's guide to best players on the market - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
When I ran the unrestricted free agency portion of the pro personnel department for the Jets, I kept free-agent boards that resembled draft boards. There was a board stacked by position and another board by the top 100 available that day.

Jerry Rice thinks the 49ers should sign Peyton Manning | ProFootballTalk
Jerry Rice caught passes from a couple Hall of Famers in San Francisco, Joe Montana and Steve Young. Now Rice thinks it’s time for the 49ers to get themselves another quarterback who will one day be in the Hall of Fame.

Excellent Video on Quarterback Drills from Ohio State OC/QB Coach Tom Herman | Smart Football
Good stuff:

Creating Bad Luck | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Yesterday, I featured a play where Robert Griffin III reacts poorly to pressure. Today, Andrew Luck gets the same treatment. However, I believe there’s a difference between the types of mistakes that I showed with Griffin and the two I’ll show today with Luck. Griffin’s opponent tipped its hand before the snap and the Baylor quarterback missed a relatively easy read. In contrast, Luck’s opponent uses a more complex scheme and hides it before the snap like a stone-faced killer. Luck still makes mistakes, but the errors are against a more advanced concept with stronger execution.

The Shutdown 5: Best players who avoided the franchise tag | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
1. Mario Williams, DE, Houston Texans. If the New York Giants have proved anything, it's that a monster pass rush is the key to building a championship-caliber defense. Teams are salivating over him. If the Texans can't lock him up and he gets to the open market, he may become the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

Jason Jones: Finding the Right Fit | ProFootballFocus.com
Around this time of year, as we turn our attention to the upcoming annual free agent extravaganza, fans and analysts alike can’t help but focus their energies on the top free agents available. With good reason, given the demand for their service and the impact they can bring a team, but it means some of the more intriguing players about to hit the open market don’t get the internet ink they’re due. One of those men is Jason Jones.

Courtney Upshaw discusses his combine performance, preparing for his pro day - NFL - SI.com
Last week's combine didn't go quite as I had planned. I originally thought that I'd be participating in all of the events -- the 40-yard dash, the vertical jump, the shuttle run, everything -- but I ended up only bench pressing and going through the linebacker drills.

Is Josh Robinson a top-tier corner prospect? | National Football Post
After blowing up the Combine, where does Robinson stand?

Report: Manning talks can continue through Sunday | National Football Post
Non-exercise fee due two days before league year begins.

Prospect focus: Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt | National Football Post
Hawkeye could be slotted as a mid-round selection.

NFL.com news: Williams certainly won't lack suitors in free agency
The franchise tag deadline came and went Monday, and the Texans opted against using their tag on former No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams. This means one of the league's premier pass rushers likely will hit the open market when free agency begins March 13. Where will Williams end up in 2012?

Does John Carlson have a future with the Seahawks? - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Pete Carroll was practically giddy when he spoke with reporters last summer about how tight ends John Carlson and Zach Miller would give the Seahawks flexibility and create matchup problems for opponents.

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