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NFL draft insider Tony Pauline talks Tyler Wilson and his draft stock

NFP previews four offensive skill position players who need strong weeks at the Combine. | National Football Post
Russ Lande analyzes four prospects and what they need to show at the Combine.

2013 NFL Combine Preview: Which Players' 40 Times Will be the Most Important?
Out of all the interviews, agility tests, and positional drills that NFL Draft prospects will be working through over the next several days, none will be talked about more than the 40 yard dash. It's long been the most over-discussed event at the Combine, and in reality there may not be too many players whose stock will be greatly impacted by the event.

First Draft - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay discuss the deepest positions in the 2013 draft as they prepare for the NFL combine.

2013 combine: 10 players to watch - CBSSports.com
The annual NFL Scouting Combine begins on Wednesday, and 333 prospects have been invited to Indianapolis this year to put their skills on display for representatives from all 32 NFL teams. The combine runs from Wednesday through Feb. 26.

2013 NFL Combine Preview: Best Natural Athletes Who Should "Wow" In Indianapolis
Elite athletes. Physical Freaks. Workout warriors. These descriptions come out to play at the NFL Combine each year, as fans’ and NFL teams’ begin to water at the sight of these athletic specimens sprint, change direction, and bench in compression shorts and t-shirts.

NFL Draft Mock 2013 | NFL Draft Mock Draft
Eagles GM Howie Roseman said the Combine won't do much to change the draft board. Although this statement may largely be true at the top end of the draft, the Combine can highlight lesser known players and move heretofore 4th and 5th rounders up to 2nd/3rd round consideration. Last year the following names boosted their stock: Robert Turbin, Doug Martin, Bobby Wagner and Mychal Kendricks, among others. Whose it going to be this year?? If 2012 can be any indication, look toward those western mountain states. It's probably safe to say that the exposure out there is no where near that of Big-10 and SEC country.

A shared philosophy, a common goal
"We breakdown each player from just a pure athletic standpoint at the beginning. We breakdown their game as it is now," said Fitterer, who’s in his fourth year as director of college scouting after spending 8½ years as a scout for the organization. "Then we put them through the filter for our team – because we grade specifically for our team, we don’t grade for the NFL. So they have to fit our scheme."

Mock draft Wednesday’s: 20th February " Seahawks Draft Blog
The mocks we do here generally look at situations. ‘Who will be available at #25 if a certain team drafts a certain player.’ You know the drill by now.

An Insider's Guide to the NFL Scouting Combine | Bleacher Report
The NFL Scouting Combine is a series of long, drawn-out lulls that can feel like endless hours of sitting around, followed by the expectation to instantly perform at the highest conceivable level—not just once, but over and over again, day after grueling day.

Peter Schrager previews the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Now that the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl are finally over and out of the way, it’s time to focus on what really matters: the NFL Draft.

Top 8 quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL Draft | NFL.com
The NFL and fans have been spoiled by the success of young players at the quarterback position over the past few years. The 2013 NFL Draft might level things off a bit, as the class lacks any true stars. Here is one man’s opinion on the top eight signal-callers available:

Darrelle Revis of New York Jets, Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks exchange barbs on Twitter - ESPN New York
"I've never seen a man before run his mouth so much like a girl," the New York Jets' star wrote. "This dude just steady putting my name in his mouth to get notoriety. Sit down young pup and wait your turn."

Seahawks' short to-do list before draft starts with improving pass rush | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Entering this week's NFL combine, the Seahawks' priority is improving their pass rush. That won't be easy because it's a position that commands a premium.

The year of the small school player " Seahawks Draft Blog
In a year where there are seemingly no conspicuous talent dropoff points, perhaps nothing defines the parity level of the 2013 draft more than it’s remarkably strong class of small school prospects. Typically, these kind of players are late round picks or go undrafted. John Schneider has dabbled with small schools from time to time- spending a late pick on Mark Legree and signing Josh Portis in free agency. Occasionally you’ll see a Brian Quick or Jared Veldheer grace the top 3 rounds, but it’s hardly a regular occurrence.

Cold Hard Facts - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com
John Clayton provides his take on the possibility of the Seahawks acquiring a linebacker or defensive end during the NFL Draft or via free agency. He also explains what the NFL combine says about an athlete and predicts where former Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant will be drafted.

Revis takes bait and Sherman cranks reel - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Sherman was arguably the best cornerback in the NFL last season. He's also becoming its most notable talker of trash and rattler of cages. To my knowledge, Sherman's short list has included putting Michael Floyd on notice, calling out Tom Brady, warning Peyton Manning, disparaging A.J. Green and downplaying Roddy White.

Which defenses got most bang for cap buck - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks ranked seventh in defensive EPA last season. That was very good, but it was even better given the team's No. 30 ranking in salary-cap space allotted for defensive players. By that measure, Seattle led the NFL in bang for the salary-cap buck.

Draft rewind: Seahawks' five-year recap - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at the NFC West's best and worst from the past five NFL drafts, one team at a time.

2013 NFL Draft: Manti Te'o, Luke Joeckel could fit teams' needs - NFL.com
Plenty of eyes will be on Manti Te'o at the NFL Scouting Combine, but in his team-by-team combine primer, Elliot Harrison says Baltimore Ravens fans should look closer than most.

Workouts & Drills
Each February, hundreds of the very best college football players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams conduct an intense, four-day job interview in advance of the NFL Draft. Here is a brief breakdown of the measurable drills:

Marcus Lattimore's Path to the NFL Draft Should Look Familiar to 49er Fans | Bleacher Report
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore is on the verge of turning the big three-oh. There isn't a single back in the NFL who is happy when he turns 30, mainly because it usually spells the beginning of an end...

Marcus Lattimore plans to prove he can play in NFL ... this year - NFL.com
Marcus Lattimore won't be on the field in Indianapolis. But the rehabbing RB prospect still plans to turn some heads at the combine, beginning with the interview process, Jeff Darlington writes.

NFL Combine: More Important Than You've Been Told - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The NFL's underwear Olympics technically begins today. It's fashionable for people who want to sound smart to bash the combine and say that it's "worthl

Nnamdi Asomugha among NFC veterans on the bubble - NFL.com
Gregg Rosenthal looks at possible salary-cap casualty candidates in the NFC from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb to Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

NFL combine success stories set bar for hopefuls like EJ Manuel - NFL.com
EJ Manuel is among the prospects hoping to boost their stock at the NFL Scouting Combine. Gil Brandt says he has a host of examples to follow -- including that of former No. 1 pick Cam Newton.

Adding Perspective to NFL Combine Results: Part 2 | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of draftmetrics.com continues his analysis of NFL Combine results

Jets will shop Tebow at Combine | National Football Post
Release likely if no taker is found.

How business gets done at the NFL Combine | National Football Post
A veteran agent gives you a peek behind the curtain of the NFL Combine.

Four offensive skill position players who need a strong Combine | National Football Post
The NFP analyzes four prospects and what they need to show in Indy.

The NFL's game of Texas hold 'em is underway | National Football Post
All 32 teams will be bluffing and betting at this week’s Combine.

Top 32: Plenty of talent, some future stars and only one QB - NFL, NFLDRAFT - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Who says there isn't great talent in this draft? Pete Prisco says there's some future stars and lists his top 32 players heading into the combine.

Comparing rookie quarterbacks to their team’s prior year’s stats
A picture can say a thousand words, or just three: Russell Wilson – damn. The 2011 Seahawks threw touchdowns on just 2.9% of their passes, ranking 26th in the league. Russell Wilson had a 6.6% touchdown rate, ranking him second in the NFL behind Aaron Rodgers.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: Bjoern Werner and Damontre Moore
As a football fan, odds are high that you at least had a brief love affair with professional wrestling. Mine lingered a while. It was an obsession lasting long enough that when I think of defensive ends, they remind me of the ultimate "heels" from professional wrestling promotions: big, bad, freakish athletes capable of putting an end to their opponents with one swift and powerful move.

NFL to be more proactive regarding playing surface quality | ProFootballTalk
According to Clark Judge of CBSSports.com, Ray Anderson, the league’s vice president of football operations, said the NFL will be "more proactive" in deciding when to re-sod grass fields. As it currently stands, the respective teams and stadium operations staffs are responsible to approve a playing surface is fit for action. Anderson said that while the league won’t assume those responsibilities, it intends to be more involved in ensuring the quality of the fields.

Minor cap increase can result in major spending | ProFootballTalk
So what’s the difference between $121 million and $122 million? Glad you asked. (Even if you didn’t.)

The Tape Never Lies: There’s reason to be concerned about Kenny Vaccaro | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs | theScore.com
Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro is a very versatile defensive back, perhaps the most of all his peers. He’s played all over the field, whether it’s deep as a split-field safety, alone in the middle of the field, or manning up receivers in the slot. This versatility is one of the key reasons why most, including me, are high on the Longhorns defender.

Tavon Austin, Satellite Player - Evaluations - Rotoworld.com
West Virginia slotback Tavon Austin first caught my attention during the 2011 college season. Most memorably, I watched him light up LSU's dominant defense for 187 receiving yards and Clemson for 163 yards from scrimmage in the Orange Bowl. Austin could have entered the draft following that season, but he stayed for his senior year and turned in another prolific campaign.

FRG’s Take on the Scouting Combine | FirstRoundGrade.com
In just a few days, the city of Indianapolis will become a "Who’s Who" of NFL executives, coaches, scouts, agents, players, prospects and media. Hotels will be booked to capacity, dinner reservations will be hard to make, and the chatter of contract talks, trade rumors, and possible free agent movement will flood the airwaves and print alike. The NFL’s rumor mill will be in full swing, as Free Agency and Draft season seemingly collide during one long weekend.

2013 combine: Safety preview - CBSSports
With rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson leading their NFL teams to the playoffs last season and fellow first-year standout Luke Kuechly leading the league in tackles, it is more obvious than ever the immediate impact that rookies can make in today's NFL.

2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Dion Jordan - Battle Red Blog
It's like Jason Pierre Paul and Kam Chancellor had a baby.

5 Players the NFL Combine Will Hurt, Not Help
Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford: I am actually a big fan of Stepfan Taylor, but anyone who has watched him knows that he isn’t a burner that is going to excel in the 40 yard dash. He is quick so he might do well in other drills, but he’s not an overly explosive athlete that makes his money at events at the combine. If he can run under 4.55 he should be fine, but any slower than that and (fair or not) some will start to overlook him for players who might have tested better. He looks great on a football field, not in a 40 yard dash. I personally won’t be docking him if he runs slow, but some will.

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