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2013 NFL Compensatory Pick Projections – Blogging the bEast
(Note by the editor: This research was conducted by Blogging the bEast’s official Compensatory Pick Expert, "ct17." C.T. did this for Blogging the bEast last year as well, and despite the difficulties of working with incomplete data as a result of the lockout shortened 2011 offseason, C.T. was very accurate. This year, the data at his disposal was more complete, so it is likely that he’ll be just as accurate or even more so this time around. Take it away, C.T.)…

Which teams could take a DT off the board? " Seahawks Draft Blog
Sheldon Richardson, Star Lotulelei, Sharrif Floyd, Kawann Short, Sylvester Williams. Five defensive tackles, all of which could be on Seattle’s radar with the #25 pick — especially if they’re unable to address this need in free agency. But how likely is it they’ll be available? Which are the teams capable of making life difficult for the Seahawks?

NFL Game Recap - AFC v NFC - 710 ESPN Seattle at MyNorthwest.com
A handful of shenanigans and plenty of points - yet still another ho-hum Pro Bowl.

Seahawks appear on right course | Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times
Super Bowl matchup proves teams don't have to have a pass-oriented offense to succeed.

Jim and John Harbaugh's shared history shaped coaching styles - NFL.com
Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers and John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens play tough football. Albert Breer explores the link between the brothers and the fierce rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State.

Positions Seahawks Should Upgrade 2013 offseason - 2013 NFL Draft, Seahawks Blog
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Brett Bivens breaks down the five positions Seattle must upgrade during the 2012 offseason with his second post in this series today. The D-line, and weakside linebacker. Leroy Hill is a free agent again this season. Hopefully this is finally the year that the Seahawks are not forced to bring him back Brett says. He points out John Schneider or Pete Carroll's top priority should be to get a deal done with Jason Jones.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
TE—Vance McDonald, Rice. His performance at the Senior Bowl put him in at the top of the second tier of tight ends, perhaps in the third round. If he runs well, he could go even higher. One front office man said he thought McDonald might have helped himself more than any player in an all star game.

Positions Seattle Seahawks Must Upgrade - 2013 offseason, Seahawks Blog, Bruce Irvin
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Brett Bivens breaks down the five positions Seattle must upgrade during the 2012 offseason. This piece is broken up into two segments. As fun as it will be to watch Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Leon Washington, Max Unger, and Russell Okung in the Pro Bowl, the team has the Super Bowl in mind, and upgrading certain roster spots will help improve their chances next season. Part 1 focuses on defensive end and offensive guard.

NFL Recap - AFC All-Stars at NFC All-Stars - Jan 27, 2013 - CBSSports.com Game Recap
Sack-happy defensive end J.J. Watt went out for a pass as a wide receiver, retiring center Jeff Saturday snapped to two Mannings on opposite teams and the NFC blew past the AFC 62-35 in a Pro Bowl that could be the could be the league's last.

Flashes: OU WR Kenny Stills | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Sometimes the difference between a touchdown and a drop of a wide-open pass comes down to the difference between active and passive approach, the space between the fingertips and the palm, and understanding why even good technique isn’t good in the wrong situation.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Ranking The Seahawks Roster #1-57
Managing an NFL roster is no easy task. Finding talent is paramount, but is only the first step. A savvy general manager must look ahead and weigh a variety of factors to determine who to build around and who he needs to prepared to replace. These factors go well beyond what fans see on the field. Seattle is an enviable situation with the second-youngest team in the NFL, and one that was statistically the strongest in 2012. These moments, however, are fleeting. A loaded young roster quickly becomes untenable when rookie contracts expire and massive raises flood the team's salary cap. The Seahawks are in great shape for 2013, but how the front office handles this off-season, and the three years that follow, will determine whether this is five-year championship window or one that could last a decade.

Alex Smith is expected to seek his release before free agency | ProFootballTalk
It’s widely believed that the 49ers will trade quarterback Alex Smith. The former starter is due to earn $8.5 million in 2013, with $1 million guaranteed now and the balance guaranteed as of April 1. It makes him a luxury that the team can’t afford.

Poll: 61 percent of players disapprove of Goodell’s performance | ProFootballTalk
The NFL players have spoken regarding their Commissioner. According to USA Today, 61 percent in a poll conducted from December 19 through January 12 disapprove of Roger Goodell’s job performance.

Senior Bowl 2013: Alabama's Michael Williams wants to do it all - SBNation.com
What at first seemed like a quickly-developing play was actually a long work in progress. Williams beat USC safety T.J. McDonald in the type of play that NFL officials and scouts told Williams he would need to beat if he was going to succeed at the highest level. "I realized once I got even with the safety that I had a chance," Williams told SB Nation. "E.J. laid it perfectly. I just continued to run my route and it fell in my hands. I’m just glad it was a safety that I beat because that’s what they had asked me to work on in my interviews."

Senior Bowl 2013: Ezekiel Ansah turning heads - SBNation.com
The defensive end from BYU is still relatively new to football, but has the skillset and athleticism to be a true difference-maker in the NFL.

Bill Barnwell on NFL coaches - Grantland
Looking back on a season of heroic ineptitude and occasional brilliance from the keepers of the red challenge flags

Senior Bowl Review: Offense - All Star Circuit - Rotoworld.com
Josh Norris goes position by position to review the Senior Bowl participants, starting with the Offense.

Brad Biggs's post on Chicago Sports | Latest updates on Sulia
"He doesn’t play as hard as you would like, not regularly," the scout said. "Now, there in the Senior Bowl, he played his ass off. Why did he play hard? Maybe it goes back to mentality. Are you that guy? You are rolling the dice with this kid but let me tell you, he is talented, real talented. He can play defensive end in a 3-4 and he can play three technique or nose in a 4-3. Not many guys you can make that statement about. You’ve got to know what you’re getting with this kid. You’ve got to do your work. But he’s an athlete and he’s got ability. I’d want to sit down and talk to the kid, talk about his motor. If he can harness it, yeah, he can play."

2013 Texas vs. Nation Game Defensive Prospect Preview
In the third and final week of the "All-Star Circuit", the Texas Vs. Nation game has built a fantastic reputation of adding quality players, especially unique small schoolers, to the roster. This year, potential defensive small schoolers like Rufus Johnson, Craig WIlkins, and Vernon Kearney have a chance to make a major impact on their draft stock with a big week.

2013 Texas vs. Nation Game: Offensive Prospect Preview | Articles | Draft
In the third and final week of the "All-Star Circuit", the Texas Vs. Nation game has built a fantastic reputation of adding quality players, especially unique small schoolers, to the roster. This year, potential offensive small schoolers like Matt Brown, Khiry Robinson, and Ryan Spadola have a chance to make a major impact on their draft stock with a big week.

Advanced NFL Stats: Who's the Clutchiest Post-Season QB?
What does clutch even mean? To me clutch means someone who has over-performed his typical expected level of performance in high-leverage situations. A great QB who plays equally well in clutch situations as he does in other situations isn't 'clutch' to me. But a guy who raises his game in high-leverage situations can be called clutch.

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