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Bob McGinn - Packers draft outlook
Based on interviews with executives in personnel for five teams, it is possible to narrow down just a little bit the pool of players who might be considered by the Packers regardless of position if they exercise their current 26th selection of the NFL draft.
Salary Cap 101: Proration, Amortization, Cap Hits, Dead Money And More - Blogging The Boys
Brush up on your capology skills in anticipation of the various moves the Cowboys will make in an effort to get under the cap.
Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant arrested on Sunday morning | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief in Miami-Dade County early on Sunday morning, Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com reports. Details on what led to this morning's arrest are not available, but according to the Miami-Dade County Corrections website, Bryant was booked at 9:24 a.m. ET on a criminal mischief charge of over $200 and under $1,000.
2013 NFL Combine: Quanterus Smith may not workout for scouts before April's draft - SBNation.com
Smith tore his ACL in November and still has at least three months of rehab to go.
Gus Bradley discusses influences of Monte Kiffin, Pete Carroll
Pete Roussel is a valuable resource for coaches, athletic directors, NFL front-office personnel, and college football enthusiasts. A former college football coach, Roussel shares insight on coaches 365 days a year and is recognized as the most trusted expert on coaching transactions.
Still-injured Denard Robinson making steady progress at receiver | Audibles - SI.com
Audibles – SI.com - Chris Burke on the NFL
From the combine: In drills, Denard Robinson shows great improvement as a receiver | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
"My vision is to try to be the best that I can possibly be when I get to the NFL," he said. "Whatever teams put me at, that's what I'm going to work my tail off to be. Whatever they ask me to do that's what I'm going to do."
WR Tavon Austin impresses in morning group | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
I saw Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell watching from the field, and head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider sitting together watching from the stands. You also see interesting pairings of people sitting together watching the action. For instance, Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson sat with San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke and Seahawks senior executive Scot McCloughan watching the action.
Matt Barkley makes fantastic impression on Arizona Cardinals - NFL.com
The rumor mill is churning in Indianapolis, and Daniel Jeremiah keeps hearing one juicy piece of intel: Bruce Arians' Arizona Cardinals are extremely impressed with USC quarterback Matt Barkley.
Seahawks.com Blog | Nickell Robey: Little big man
"That’s why I run like I’ve got a chip on my shoulder, I jump like I’ve got a chip on my shoulder," Robey said Sunday. "Because they say I’m not a prototypical corner. I’m not 5-10, 5-11, 6-foot. And I’m not 190, 180, or whatever. "That’s why I go so hard and I try to go extra hard. Just to prove that it isn’t all about size. You can’t measure heart."
Star Lotulelei has a heart condition " Seahawks Draft Blog
Hard to say how this effects his draft stock, although suddenly that issue is barely significant. According to his agent he’ll work out at the Utah pro-day on March 20th. He could have surgery to rectify the problem and make a swift and full recovery. It could potentially improve his quality of life and be no issue at the next level. But it’s something teams will look into. In other news…
Scouting Combine: Day Five live blog " Seahawks Draft Blog
I thought Patterson hurt himself today. He might still be a top-15 pick based on upside, straight line speed and the ability to score any time the ball’s in his hands. However, you’re going to have to coach him up in a big way. Otherwise he’ll wing it, which is pretty much what he did at Tennessee. And winging it in the NFL will kill a quarterback.
Scouting Comine: Day Four review " Seahawks Draft Blog
Today the defensive linemen and linebackers were weighed and measured, while the offensive linemen and tight ends ran drills.
Thoughts as Alex Smith rumors heat up - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers cannot trade Alex Smith before March 12, but with word coming that a deal could be lined up, let's consider the possibilities.
Desmond Trufant upholding family name at combine | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
"I feel like they’re way more relaxed and chill on the field," Desmond Trufant said. "I think just being the youngest brother, I’ve always had to fight my way onto the court or the field. Or just to play video games – just anything with them. And it definitely translated to the field." But he’s just as proud of the legacy established by his older brothers, and looked forward to joining them in the NFL.
UCLA’s Datone Jones touts ‘maniacal effort’ | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
"(Seahawks linebackers coach) Ken Norton gave me a lot of (grief) for (not) having come to USC," Jones said. "He respects my game. I love Ken Norton. I’ve known him since I was in 10th grade."
NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
So many NFL people in Indianapolis want to talk with John Harbaugh, Manti Te’o, Drew Rosenhaus or Ryan Grigson. The most popular person at the combine should be someone else.
Seahawks.com Blog | Datone Jones no stranger to Pete Carroll
"It was unbelievable," Jones said of playing for Mora. "He’s a great guy. He’s a players’ coach. He’s going to fire you up. He’s going to expect the best. "One thing he told us when he came in, in his first team meeting, he said, ‘If you have aspirations of playing at the next level, then I’m your guy.’ He said, ‘I’m bringing an NFL staff in here, coaches that have never coached college football before.’ He said, ‘If this is your senior year, this is your rookie year.’ "
Denard Robinson shows speed at NFL Scouting Combine - NFL.com
Michigan standout Denard Robinson entered the NFL Scouting Combine with as much to prove as any draft prospect. He's off to a good start with a speedy effort in the 40-yard dash.
EJ Manuel, Tavon Austin rise; Geno Smith maintains status quo - NFL.com
EJ Manuel turned heads at the Senior Bowl, and the Florida State quarterback's rapid rise continued in Indianapolis. Daniel Jeremiah assesses surging draft stocks and provides a sleeper alert.
Tyrann Mathieu eager to shed his 'Honey Badger' past - NFL.com
Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is eager to move on from his troubled collegiate career and prove he's ready to be a dependable player at the NFL level.
NFL Scouting Combine: What we learned Day 4 - NFL.com
Gregg Rosenthal wraps up Day 4 at the NFL Scouting Combine from Alex Smith chatter to Tyrann Mathieu's media session to Denard Robinson, Greg Jennings and more.
David Nelson to become UFA after no tender from Buffalo Bills - NFL.com
The Buffalo Bills announced they will not offer restricted free-agent receiver David Nelson a contract for next year.
Reports: Trade that will take Alex Smith out of San Francisco is ‘all but done’ | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
According to multiple reports, the San Francisco 49ers have wrapped up a trade that will put quarterback Alex Smith in a new city. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported via Twitter that the 49ers have sewed up negotiations with a willing trade partner. The interested team is not yet known, though Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com says that from everything he's heard around the scouting combine this week, the Kansas City Chiefs have a deal for Smith that is "all but done."
From the combine: In drills, Denard Robinson shows great improvement as a receiver | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson's relative inability to show much as a receiver or return man during the Senior Bowl week in January had some wondering where he might fit in the NFL. Some pro teams have talked to him about possibly moving to cornerback, but during Sunday's receiver drills, Robinson showed that he's put in a great deal of work in the last month.
Players that did not shine at Sunday's Combine workout | National Football Post
Russ Lande tell us which players did not shine at the Combine today.
NFP looks at players who shined Sunday at Combine | National Football Post
Russ Lande tells us which players stood out during Sunday's Combine workout.
Player historical scores by position - Offensive Line | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of draftmetrics.com provides a historical context for this year's combine results
Judgements: Milliner out to prove doubters wrong at combine - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner has yet to have surgery to repair a torn labrum, but Clark Judge says that isn't keeping him from taking part in this year's combine.
Trades that make sense: Alex Smith will only be the first to go - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
An Alex Smith trade is all but done. But Jason La Canfora proposes four other deals -- Revis, Harvin, etc. -- that make great sense.
2013 NFL Combine: Denard Robinson explosive, versatile, worth risk - NFL, NFLDRAFT - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Robinson's not perfect, but when you're the only player in college history to both pass and rush for over 1,500 yards in a season, well, that's not so terrible. The NFL potential for Robinson is huge. Put Robinson at punt returner, also play him at wide receiver, a little at running back. He'd prosper in a place like New England or with the Steelers or even in Dallas. There a number of places where he'd prosper because he's a football player.
The Best On-Field RB Prospect No One is Talking About | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
When I watch Temple running back Montel Harris, the former Boston College star reminds of backs like Priest Holmes, Jerome Harrison, and Ahmad Bradshaw. I shared a game of his against Clemson with Draft Breakdown-Rotoworld-B/R analyst Eric Stoner and he was equally impressed. He commented on the strength and flexibility of his ankles, his creativity, and his versatility with scheme. He conjured late-career Tiki Barber or a less explosive Reggie Bush.
Projecting Trent Richardson and Alfred Morris, a year later
In the pre-season, I wrote three pieces on Cleveland Browns rookie Trent Richardson. As part of a thought experiment, I wondered who would lead the NFL in rushing yards from 2012 to 2021? I narrowed my finalists to LeSean McCoy, Beanie Wells (was I drunk?), DeMarco Murray (ouch), Richardson and the rest of the rookies, and then a few college running backs. I concluded that Richardson was the obvious frontrunner, with McCoy, Doug Martin, and Marcus Lattimore (double ouch) as the next best bets. I’m not really sure 2012 helped clarify the issue, although Martin and Alfred Morris certainly raised their chances.
Falcons to spend more time on read-option defense | ProFootballTalk
The proliferation of the read-option offense is spawning plenty of copycats. It’s also forcing teams to prepare better to defend against that attack.
NFL | Tyrann Mathieu measures 5-foot-9, 186 pounds - Rotoworld.com
LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu measured 5-foot-8 3/4 and 186 pounds at Sunday's NFL Scouting Combine weigh-in. So he's 5-foot-9, 186. Antoine Winfield is 5-foot-9, 190, and Cortland Finnegan is 5-foot-10, 188 on his tippy toes. The size is indeed a concern for Mathieu's chances of playing outside corner in the pros, but he's built perfectly for a slot corner with the ideal kind of aggressive, attacking mentality teams seek at that position. If Mathieu runs in the 4.4s on Tuesday, he could salvage a lot of his stock and potentially be drafted on day two.
2013 NFL Combine Results: Quarterback and Running Back Recap Notes | Articles | Draft
Geno Smith set out to distinquish himself from the rest of the quarterback class and several running backs needed to prove they have the athleticism to be worthy of an early round selection on Sunday. Who accomplished their goal in Indianapolis this weekend?
2013 NFL Combine: SEC safeties standing out - CBSSports
In a deep defensive back class, it's the impressive group of SEC safeties that is standing out among the rest.
2013 NFL Combine: Scott, Sorensen stand out among 'second tier' QBs - CBSSports
Arizona's Matt Scott and Southern Utah's Brad Sorensen turned some heads during the passing drills, which could boost each player's stock.
Scout’s Notebook: Up & Down Day For Some Key Skill Players
Here are some thoughts from Day 4 of the scouting combine (QB, WR, RB) Workouts from Sunday:
Broaddus: Not Sure A&M’s Joeckel Is Best O-Lineman In Draft
Here are some things from Saturday’s Scout’s Notebook from Lucas Oil Stadium Groups 2 and 3:
2013 NFL Combine: Player with the Most to Gain
'Tis the season of the NFL Combine. Once a year, toward the end of February, dozens of representatives from each NFL team travel to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the home of the Indianapolis Colts. They spend six days with the top football prospects in the country, measuring them, interviewing them, and watching them run around in spandex, all the while gathering information to aid them in determining which select few they want to invest in, to the tune of millions of dollars.
2013 NFL Combine: Player with the Most to Lose
It’s Combine weekend, and that means we’re devoting our every spare second to earnestly studying college football prospects. Earlier today, we looked at a player who stands to gain a lot from this weekend, if he plays his cards right. Now we’ll take a quick look at a player who could actually lose a lot if he doesn’t perform up to par. That player is West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
Scouting Report: Le’Veon Bell
Le’Veon Bell a two star recruit out of Reynoldsburgh Ohio played his high school football at Groveport Madison. Bell was widely recruited by schools in the Midwestern Athletic Conference at his natural position of running back, however he was also recruited as a safety at larger schools such as OSU and WVU.
Scouting Report: Tavon Austin
Intro: Austin has really emerged in the past few weeks as a dynamic playmaker. Many have taken to calling him Tavon Harvin, alluding to his playmaking ability that reminds many (including myself) of the former Florida Gator, or Tavon Awesome, alluding to the obvious- Tavon Austin is awesome. He is obviously undersized, but he compensates for his lack of size with great speed, elite burst, acceleration, change of direction and impressive vision. He doesn’t have great hands, but when he has the ball in his hands anything can happen. He has made some truly amazing plays and put together some extremely impressive performances this season, and almost single-handedly jump-started the West Virginia offense by balancing the offense when they gave him touches at running back out of the backfield. He’s a dynamic player, and he looks like he has a shot at the 1st round. A creative offensive coordinator could get a lot of mileage out of him, but even in a traditional offense he will make plays on offense and on special teams.