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2013 NFL Mock Drafts : NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Geno Smith goes to Chiefs
Super Bowl XLVII has come and gone. Now all 32 teams are focusing their attention on free agency and April's 2013 NFL Draft. The roster shuffling that takes place during free agency can greatly affect a team's drafting philosophy, but it's still a fun exercise to compile a mock draft during this time of year. There isn't a consensus top pick in this draft, but the overall depth of talent is excellent. There just isn't much difference between the 15th-best player in this draft and the 45th. The defensive tackle position is loaded and there will be several selected in the first round. Offensive tackle is another strong position, while quarterback and running back lack both top-tier talent and depth. Without further ado, here is my second Mock Draft ...

ProFootballWeekly.com - 2013 team-by-team free-agent list
The following list is a team-by-team look at players who will have their contract expire in March, making them either unrestricted (UFA) or restricted (RFA) free agents. Each player's number of accrued seasons is listed after his name.

2013 NFL Draft: Top five prospects at every offensive position - NFL.com
Bucky Brooks provides position-by-position rankings for offensive prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft. Two of the hottest names: running back Giovani Bernard and wide receiver Keenan Allen.

Gavin Escobar looking good " Seahawks Draft Blog
Very quietly, this is developing into a very strong year for tight ends. Certainly the strongest we’ve seen for a while. Maybe it’s just the current penchant for big, athletic difference makers, but there seems to be a few of those types this year.

All-22 Film Breakdown: The Redskins Running Game - Hogs Haven
The Redskins running game was one of best in the NFL this season. It evolved throughout the year as it incorporated aspects of the read-option and the Pistol formation. Here we breakdown the top three series of plays used by the Redskins this year.

Panthers sign ex-Seahawks DT Cole - Yahoo! Sports
The Carolina Panthers announced they've signed defensive tackle Colin Cole, an eight-year NFL veteran who has been out of the league the past two seasons.

Power teams for 2013: Five in the best position to dominate - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Who's got cap room? A franchise QB? Who's got more draft picks and returning starters? Pat Kirwan boils the league down to five teams in the best shape for 2013.

Morning links: Seahawks and the salary cap | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
"It’s always about cash," McIntyre said. "When (Seahawks CEO) Peter McLoughlin goes in to talk to John Schneider about salaries, the words cap space never even come up. It’s not a discussion. It’s all about how much they’re going to spend on players in actual cash, not cap dollars. "The big thing is the $5 million or so in cash that you can use to keep someone like Alan Branch, or bring in a pass rusher like Michael Johnson," McIntyre said about Seattle potentially releasing or trading Flynn. You can put that money into other resources other than spending $5.25 million on your backup quarterback."

Examining the Seattle Seahawks as Early 2014 Super Bowl Favorites in Las Vegas | Bleacher Report
If you live in Las Vegas, have a bookie or have an online sports betting account, then this article may be right up your ally. According to Covers...

Why Todd Bowles' Touch to the 3-4 Defense May Make All the Difference | Bleacher Report
Less than a month ago, Bruce Arians took over as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals . Many wondered what the hire would spell for defensive coordinator Ray Horton...

Denver Broncos will enter 2013 season with huge expectations - NFL.com
Calculating opponent records from 2012, the Denver Broncos have the easiest 2013 schedule in the NFL. Does this make Peyton Manning's team the favorite heading into next season? Let's debate!

Jim Harbaugh: 'Penalty is a penalty no matter when it occurs' - CBSSports.com
Given his inability to keep a straight face, Jim Harbaugh must be a horrible poker player. So it was hardly surprising when the 49ers coach told the media shortly after the Ravens' 34-31 win that he thought the officials missed a pass interference call on wide receiver Michael Crabtree that would've given the 49ers a first-and-goal with 1:50 to go in the game.

Friday Buzz: Titus Young, Michael Vick and more | National Football Post
Only the Rams claimed Titus Young when the Lions waived him, but many teams did their homework on him anticipating the receiver would be available. This is what one team found: They loved the player’s potential, citing Young’s explosiveness, suddenness, and ability to separate. But they said he lacked strength and was on the trainer’s table too much. They questioned his work ethic. And then they didn’t like the fact that he was defiant, untrustworthy, not accountable, immature and not respected by teammates.

A closer look at Chadron State OT Garrett Gilkey | National Football Post
A breakdown of a small school offensive lineman.

Does pre-season strength of schedule matter?
NFL.com posted an article yesterday looking at the strength of schedule for each team in 2013. We have known each team’s opponents since the end of the regular season, and while the full schedule won’t come out until April, it’s simple to calculate a team’s strength of schedule for 2013. Usually, the media reports this by looking at the win-loss record of each opponent from the prior season. Here are the projected SOSs for each team next season:

Reads Listens Views 2/8/2013 | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
It’s also the time I like to thank my readers who purchase the Rookie Scouting Portfolio publication. Available for download every April 1 (no joke) for going on eight years, the RSP is an online .PDF publication devoted to the play-by-play study of NFL prospects at the offensive skill positions. The publication has a menu that bookmarks the document so you have two types of analysis. The first portion is a magazine-style, pre-draft analysis of 120-150 pages that includes position rankings, player comparisons, skill set analysis of each position, and sleepers.

NFL Free Agency Rankings - Free Agency Update - Rotoworld.com
Evan Silva takes stock of the 2013 NFL Free Agency Market and ranks this year's top-40 free agents.

5 To Know: Broaddus Evaluates Handful Of Top Running Backs
(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 of the next two weeks, 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 running backs.)

Pre-Combine Notes 2.0
- Speaking of the Shrine Game, we spoke glowingly of Missouri Western defender David Bass during our coverage of practice. Recent word has the 260-pound Bass running the forty in the mid 4.6’s during workouts. If he runs that fast at the combine his stock will rise as teams will give him consideration as both a 3-4 outside linebacker as well as a 4-3 defensive end.

Alec Ogletree NFL Draft Scouting Report | NEPatriotsDraft.com - 2013 NFL Draft
Athleticism: +Adequate height and superb length for the position, features lanky arms. +Strength is still developing, sports a chiseled frame.

Luke Joeckel would be good fit with Chiefs, Eagles, Cardinals - NFL.com
Luke Joeckel is a can't-miss left tackle. The Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line was bad in 2012. Will Chip Kelly draft the Texas A&M stud at No. 4? Bucky Brooks breaks down Joeckel's best fits.

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