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The NFL Draft starts today.

The position-by-position guide to the 2014 NFL draft. | SportsonEarth.com : Mike Tanier and Russ Lande Article
This year's NFL draft features an outstanding class of wide receivers, some intriguing quarterbacks, a handful of potential superstars at tackle and across the defense, so-so safety and running back classes, and more hype and analysis than is healthy for human consumption.

The Notebook: Can Marqise Lee catch on in the NFL? - SBNation.com
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White turns his focus to the USC wide receiver.

Thoughts on the Richard Sherman Extension and the Seahawks - Over the Cap
Today Richard Sherman himself reported that he signed a new contract with the Seattle Seahawks that would keep him in Seattle through 2018. It’s a huge contract, worth $14 million a season, with up to $40 million in guaranteed salary. Thanks to former agent and terrific cap columnist Joel Corry we have the breakdown of the cash flows of the contract which gives us the ability to look at how good a deal this is.

Drafting Diamonds in the Rough — FootballPerspective.com
Asante Samuel. Jahri Evans. Robert Mathis. These three players share something in common that offers a hint to finding steals in the middle rounds of the draft. All three eventually made Pro Bowls. Each was drafted in Round 4 or later. And each played for a notable football powerhouse in college: Central Florida1, Bloomsburg, Alabama A&M.

Mike Freeman's 50-Point Stance: The Expanded Draft Week Edition | Bleacher Report
This is the 10-Point Stance on HGH. Pumped up like Jose Canseco.

2014 NFL Draft's All-Sleeper Team | Bleacher Report
It's time to give some love to the lesser-known prospects of the 2014 NFL draft.

Haden, Peterson paying close attention to Sherman deal | ProFootballTalk
Last year, a stream of franchise quarterbacks got big-money deals in the offseason.  This year, the investments will be made in the guys charged with the duty of picking off the passes thrown by franchise quarterbacks.

Get ready for a run on receivers | ProFootballTalk
With all the talk about quarterbacks and cornerbacks going early and often in the 2014 NFL draft, the position that could produce the most first-round picks in 2014 could be receiver. Current buzz has as many as seven receivers going in the first round, with up to five in the top 25.

2014 NFL draft: how team doctors examine health and concussion history | The MMQB with Peter King
The Rams will be one of the busiest teams this week, with a dozen picks to use in the NFL draft, including Nos. 2 and 13. So how did the team’s top decision-makers, general manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher, start their week? By blocking off Monday night for a meeting with their medical staf...

2014 NFL draft rumors: Kony Ealy criticized as con man by anonymous scout | Audibles - SI.com
Jadeveon Clowney and Stephon Tuitt have had the spotlight on them for most of the run-up to the 2014 NFL draft, but another defensive lineman who has generated plenty of positive buzz is Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy.

2014 NFL draft sleepers: Ethan Westbrooks leads list of under radar defenders | Audibles - SI.com
Any general manager worth his salt will tell you that an NFL personnel executive's salary is earned in the second and third days of the draft. Anyone can throw a dart and hit pretty well in the first round (at least generally), but to add key players to your roster in the later rounds, it takes ...

Most overrated prospects in 2014 NFL draft: Tom Savage and more | Audibles - SI.com
The long and winding road between the end of an NFL season and the start of the league's draft often opens the door for opinions to change -- and then change again and again -- on many of the incoming rookie prospects.

2014 NFL draft burning questions: NFL GM under pressure, more | Audibles - SI.com
The 2014 NFL draft sets up as one of the most mysterious in history. Where will collegiate stars like Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel end up? How many trades will we see in the first round? Chris Burke and Doug Farrar tackle the burning draft questions below.

Three 2014 NFL Draft musings | National Football Post
An experienced agent gives some details of what’s going on behind the scenes of the 2014 draft.

The decline of the running back position | National Football Post
Once lauded for their efforts, NFL running backs have watched their position lose value in recent years.

2014 NFL Mock Drafts - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
2014 NFL mock drafts by CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com, including pick-by-pick analysis by NFL Draft experts Rob Rang, Dane Brugler, Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan.

Seahawks complete the Sherman-Thomas extension exacta - Seattle Seattle Seahawks | Examiner.com
A week after signing All-Pro safety Earl Thomas to his anticipated contract extension, the Seahawks wrapped up their other All-Pro defender, Richard Sherman, on Wednesday.

Veterans who could lose their jobs to rookies: Offense - NFL.com
With the Ravens likely to draft a young running back, Ray Rice is one of a handful of offensive players whose starting job could be threatened by a rookie. Who else could be on the hot seat?

NFL draft trades we'd love to see - NFL.com
Trade chatter is picking up as the 2014 NFL Draft approaches. Take a look at six deals that make a lot of sense, including moves for Johnny Manziel, Sammy Watkins, Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon.

San Francisco 49ers Ultimate 2014 Draft Primer | Bleacher Report
The 2014 NFL draft gets kicked off tomorrow night at Radio City Music Hall. The San Francisco 49ers possess six top-100 picks and 11 selections total. After their third straight NFC Championship Game in 2013, the Niners will be looking to make a few bold moves to help them get over the hump so they can return to the Super Bowl.

Seattle Seahawks Ultimate 2014 Draft Primer | Bleacher Report
The 2014 NFL draft gets kicked off tomorrow night at Radio City Music Hall. The Seattle Seahawks possess six selections total. After a Super Bowl victory in 2014, the Seahawks will be looking to add depth at positions of need on both sides of the ball.

Arizona Cardinals Ultimate 2014 Draft Primer | Bleacher Report
The 2014 NFL draft gets kicked off tomorrow night at Radio City Music Hall. The Arizona Cardinals possess six selections total. After a 10-6 record in 2013 and a near playoff berth, the Cardinals will be looking to add impact players on both sides of the ball.

St. Louis Rams Ultimate 2014 Draft Primer | Bleacher Report
The 2014 NFL draft kicks off Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The St. Louis Rams possess two first-round picks and 12 selections total. After another losing season in 2013, the Rams will be looking to add impact players on both sides of the ball.

Highlights and video from Richard Sherman press conference | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
The deal is now signed and official, and Richard Sherman is under contract with the Seahawks through the 2018 season, playing under a contract that will make him the highest-paid cornerback in the game.

911 calls from Lockette suggest woman wouldn’t leave Kaepernick’s room | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The woman who sparked a police investigation in Miami involving 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players referred to herself as "Jesus" and wouldn’t leave Kaepernick’s hotel room, according to two 911 calls released Tuesday by Miami police.

Seahawks' Kam Chancellor had surgery month ago | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor had hip surgery about a month ago.

Sherman says he will remain the "raggedy dog" | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Late last night, Richard Sherman received a text from John Schneider. He finally knew they were going to wrap up his contract extension.

Seahawks GM John Schneider always wants more draft picks - ESPN
The Seahawks are pretty tight-lipped about what they might do in the draft, as all teams are. But Seahawks general manager John Schneider made it clear Tuesday what they like to do.

Hawk Talk highlights: Carroll, Schneider and the draft - 710sports.com
Highlights from the latest edition of "Hawk Talk" with Danny O'Neil:

Video: Oberto lands Richard Sherman as highest-profile jerky pitchman - 710sports.com
Talk about good timing. Kent-based Oberto has rolled out a new national ad campaign featuring Richard Sherman on the same day the All-Pro cornerback signed a four-year contract extension worth a whopping $57.4 million.

Seahawks sign Richard Sherman to contract extension
It was only a matter of time before the Seahawks signed All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman to a contract extension, and that time arrived on Wednesday.

Seahawks sign Richard Sherman to contract extension
It was only a matter of time before the Seahawks signed All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman to a contract extension, and that time arrived on Wednesday.

Richard Sherman: The NFL Would Not Have Banned A Donald Sterling For Life | TIME.com
The Seattle Seahawks star and TIME 100 honoree, who just signed a $56 million contract extension, talks about the upcoming NFL Draft, the lessons from his famous post-game interview, and why the NFL would react differently if it had its own Donald Sterling.

NFL Draft News & Notes: May 7th
If that’s the case Bitonio could then land with the Seattle Seahawks as the first round closes out.

Official Richard Sherman Website
I am blessed to announce that the Seattle Seahawks and I have reached an agreement on a contract extension. The goal has always been to stay in Seattle and continue to play for the Seahawks. With this chapter closed, I can continue to focus on what is important – defending our Super Bowl Championship and being the best cornerback in the NFL.

State of the Draft: What I’ve Heard and Who’s Going Where This Draft Weekend | Optimum Scouting
-Jordan Matthews is going to be a first rounder as well. The Eagles, Packers, Panthers, 49ers and Seahawks are all interested.

Sherman’s $40 million will be fully guaranteed within 21 months | ProFootballTalk
So how much will Richard Sherman really make under his new four-year extension?

2014 NFL Draft: 10 Bold Predictions
Where will Johnny Manziel land? Which QB will be selected well ahead of expectations Thursday - and which "rising" QB still has a lot to prove? Rob Rang and Dane Brugler make 10 Bold Predictions for the 2014 NFL Draft.

How NFL free agency "really" works | National Football Post
Free agency is the Super Bowl for agents.

NFL draft trades we'd love to see - NFL.com
Trade chatter is picking up as the 2014 NFL Draft approaches. Take a look at six deals that make a lot of sense, including moves for Johnny Manziel, Sammy Watkins, Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon.

Seattle Seahawks give San Francisco 49ers valuable reminder - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks have followed their first Super Bowl-winning season with a brilliant offseason.

Inside a war room during the NFL Draft | The MMQB with Peter King
With the draft fast approaching, I want to take readers inside a team’s command center: the war room. We were told to cease using that moniker in the months after 9/11 as it felt inappropriate, but as with all things that emotion faded and eventually the phrase again became common NFL parlance.

Scout's Notebook: How To Evaluate Quarterbacks
In the final segment of our 'Scouts Notebook' series, our panel of NFL Draft experts explain what evaluators look for when they scout the quarterback position and project college players to the NFL ...

Johnny Manziel avoiding Houston Texans; more 2014 NFL draft insight - NFL - Don Banks - SI.com
One rival club executive I spoke to said he knew of no other team taking that approach with UDFAs, and called it a "cool idea'' that the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks had. A long-time agent told me no club had ever been so pro-active in early pursuit of players who will go undrafted in the league's seven-round pick-fest. "It shows the Seahawks know it's an aspect of the draft that is fairly uncontrollable, so they're trying to do what they can do to have some control over it,'' the agent said. The extra two weeks built into this year's draft season, the agent said, has given clubs more time to invest in the pool of likely undrafted prospects.

Richard Sherman agrees to contract extension with Seattle Seahawks | Audibles - SI.com
The Seattle Seahawks have locked up another defensive cornerstone. Cornerback Richard Sherman and the Seahawks agreed to a four-year deal Wednesday that will make Sherman the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.

Tyrann Mathieu tweets, deletes Sherman contract commentary | ProFootballTalk
He's still rehabbing from his knee injury, but Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu can backpedal. In the moments after Richard Sherman's $57.4 million mega-deal with the Seahawks, Mathieu wondered aloud what teammate Patrick Peterson might be worth. "Oh boy, I wonder what @RealPeterson21 worth is.

The Rise of the Hyper-Informed Football Fan - Paul Glavic - The Atlantic
Analysts like Mike Mayock have transformed the close study of the NFL draft from an elite profession to a popular hobby—and changed the way fans engage with their teams.

NFL draft will unfold like a highly competitive game of poker | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Deciding how much value to place on a player is just part of the job for an NFL general manager. He also needs to know what the rest of the league thinks of the player, and guess right about when to pick that player, or pass on him.

2014 NFL Draft: Rumor Roundup on the Draft | Vikings Territory
As the draft nears, the rumors heat up, a few of which are real and most of which will never materialize. While not comprehensive, this should give us a small rundown on what's going on around the league.

Mina Kimes Joins ESPN The Magazine as Columnist, Senior Writer " ESPN MediaZone
Award-winning journalist Mina Kimes joins ESPN The Magazine as a columnist and senior writer as of May 1. Kimes, who comes to ESPN from Bloomberg News as a features reporter covering investigative and business-related stories, will be working as a columnist, covering a wide variety of sports topics and a senior writer, penning features, both investigative and narrative.

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