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Arthur Brown, Tyrann Mathieu highlight buzzworthy prospects - NFL.com
Tyrann Mathieu's off-field issues have garnered plenty of attention over the past year, but his on-field talent is impossible to ignore. Daniel Jeremiah identifies five players who pop in game tape.

Manti Te'o, Matt Barkley head prospects with something to prove - NFL.com
Jarvis Jones is a projected top-10 pick, but there's one major concern with the Georgia product. Bucky Brooks scouts draft prospects with the most at stake in next week's NFL Scouting Combine.

5 To Know: Broaddus Evaluates Handful Of Cornerbacks In Draft
(Editor’s Note: With the draft still about three months away, Bryan Broaddus has already begun his draft research although we’re still early in the game. Each day, we’ll focus on a position, with Broaddus profiling a handful of top players, going off mainly their college film. Today, we’ll focus on the cornerbacks.)

Pre-Combine Notes 4.0
- Last year Kevin Zeitler of Wisconsin was a surprise selection in round one when the Cincinnati Bengals tabbed him with the 27th pick. Who will be the surprise of the first frame this year? At this stage sources tell me it could be Zeitler’s former Badger teammate Travis Frederick. One general manager has referred to Frederick as the best interior run blocking line the draft has witnessed in more than a half-decade. We hear Frederick will be a tight 315-pounds for the combine. Where could he end up? Sources tell me possibly the Indianapolis Colts at pick 24 as the team needs a guard or the Atlanta Falcons at pick 30. Watch what Atlanta does in free agency. We hear the game plan is to move Peter Konz, who started at guard as a rookie last season, to center and then sign a veteran guard. If they don’t sign a veteran then Frederick could be an option.

The Combine Chronicles: Defensive Tackles | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of Draftmetrics.com dissects performance by position at the NFL combine

The Tape Never Lies: Jarvis Jones is talented but has many questions | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs | theScore.com
There are polarizing prospects in every draft and this year’s is Georgia’s outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. The six-foot-two, 240 pound Jones has been one of the most dynamic pass-rushers in college football the last two years, logging a monstrous 28.5 sacks during that time. But as evaluators continue to put him under the microscope prior to the Combine, questions arise about his true physical talent and just what kind of production he’ll have at the next level.

Zach Ertz, Fluid Mover - Evaluations - Rotoworld.com
I watched Stanford play Notre Dame and Oregon during the 2012 regular season. I knew Stanford tight end Levine Toilolo was highly regarded by NFL scouts before the year, but against the Ducks and Irish a different Cardinal playing the same position jumped off the screen. He wore No. 86, had a short last name I couldn't quite make out, ran like a gazelle, and made plays at the second and third levels of the defense. I eventually learned that this player's name was Zach Ertz.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2012 Football Outsiders Awards
Welcome to the results of the tenth annual Football Outsiders Awards -- the best and worst players of the year, as voted on by you, our readers. I want to thank everybody who voted in this year's awards, especially if you are one of the people who had to go through and vote twice because of our technical problems. Those same technical problems also cost us the results of the questions about what features readers would like to see added to FO Premium, so we may have that as a separate questionnaire for you guys sometime in the next couple months.

The History of Black Quarterbacks in the NFL
Five years ago, I wrote a five part series detailing the history of the black quarterback. With February being Black History Month and Super Bowl XLVII marking the 25th anniversary of Doug Williams becoming the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl, I figured it was worth another trip down memory lane.

NFP takes a closer look at the character concerns surrounding Georgia LB Alec Ogletree. | National Football Post
Russ Lande offers insight into the character questions that could affect Georgia LB Alex Ogletree's Draft Stock.

Why Isaac Sopoaga's Tenure in the Bay Area Is Coming to a Close | Bleacher Report
It has been nine years since Isaac Sopoaga was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL draft...

Scouting the Regional Combines | National Football Post
An agent takes a serious look at the usefulness and credibility of the NFL Regional Combines.

Michael Vick's Return to Philly Only Helps Seattle's Ability to Trade Matt Flynn | Bleacher Report
Michael Vick's new $3.5 million contract with the Eagles dwindles down the free-agent quarterback market even more. Vick would have led a truly weak class if he was indeed cut, as Matt Moore, David Garrard and Jason Campbell are now the cream of the crop.

If WR Harvin, Vikings part ways, some team will get a star - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
It's looking more and more like Percy Harvin and Vikings will part ways. And if that happens, Jason La Canfora says Harvin becomes the prized wide out available.

NFL Combine: Wide receiver preview - CBSSports
With rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson leading their respective NFL teams to the playoffs and fellow first-year standout Luke Kuechly leading the league in tackles, it is more obvious than ever the immediate impact rookies can make in today's NFL.

Key questions for 2013: The biggest issue facing every team - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
How to find more pass rush or a franchise passer? Who to pay and who to let walk? Every team has big questions, and Pete Prisco has the biggest for each one.

Roster analysis | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
With a little over a week before this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, I thought we should take our first look at the Seattle Seahawks 2013 roster. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider are in good shape, with 61 players under contract, including 20 of 22 starters.

NFL exec: Field widening has been discussed before - NFL.com
Bill Polian created a media stir when he recently raised the idea of widening the field to improve player safety in the NFL. One league exec told Albert Breer he doesn't see that being discussed anytime soon.

Seahawks expected to sign DB Blackmon | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The 28-year-old cornerback spent 2012 with the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena Football League. A fourth round selection by Green Bay in the 2006 draft, Seattle general manager John Schneider was with the Packers when they selected Blackmon, so he has some familiarity with the Boston College product’s skill set. Blackmon has experience playing inside on the slot receiver in nickel situations.

Bobby Wagner: Seahawks are NFC West favorites - NFL.com
Bobby Wagner emerged as a star middle linebacker in his rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks. Wagner spoke to Around the League about a variety of topics, including the "Ninja Rap."

Seahawks need to be ready… like the Ravens " Seahawks Draft Blog
Yesterday I wrote a piece asking whether the Seahawks could learn something from the Baltimore Ravens. Today, I’m going to take it a step further.

Seattle Seahawks Have Very Few Players Entering Their Contract Year - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Seahawks only have 13 free agents right now, and the vast majority of those are either late season injury replacements or guys who rarely got on the field. This is because the high priority players, like C Max Unger, were signed to extensions a year ago.

Bobby Wagner on the Seahawks: 'I definitely think we're a Super Bowl team' | Deseret News
"I definitely think we're a Super Bowl team," Wagner told Eric Davis on an NFL Network segment called "Man 2 Man" that aired this week. "We just got to build on what we did this year. After the year we had once we put everything back and actually close out games and stuff like that, we'll be fine."

Tyler Eifert vs. Zach Ertz: A Metrics Breakdown " Second Round Stats
Everyone wants the next Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham, it’s en vogue in the NFL right now. To that point, I’ve come across two distinct groups while perusing the message boards, those who think Tyler Eifert is the best TE and those who believe it’s Zach Ertz. Each group tends to believe their choice is the next best TE. So instead of lumping Eifert and Ertz in with a bunch of other tight ends for comparisons, I’ve decided to do a head to head comparison. Each has their own pros and cons, you get to decide who you believe is the better choice.

Greg Jennings, Jake Long among riskiest players in free agency - NFL.com
We hit the good side of the NFL's open market yesterday. Now it's time to explore the bad side. Every season, there are teams that break the bank to sign a free agent or trade for a player who ends up disappointing in a big way. Looking at the current market, which player would you be most leery of acquiring?

Russell Wilson, J.J. Watt headline NFL.com's All-Under-25 Team - NFL.com
Russell Wilson was the choice, after much consternation and internal strife.

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