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Tuesday is in my top-10 of days of the week!

East-West Shrine week preview " Seahawks Draft Blog
This week the East-West Shrine game takes place in St. Petersburg with several players worth keeping an eye on. The game is on Saturday but there’s a series of practises during the week, so it’s an opportunity for certain prospects to impress that are currently flying under the radar. I’ve highlighted some of the names I’ll be monitoring this week:

NFL Draft 2012: QB B.J. Coleman Possible Sleeper Target For Seattle Seahawks? - SB Nation Seattle
Scouting Tennessee-Chattanooga QB B.J. Coleman, one of the players to watch in this week's East-West Shrine Game.

2012 Shrine Game: Monday East Practice Notes | Articles
Quarterbacks -Of all the quarterbacks, it was obvious that Chattanooga's BJ Coleman was leaps ahead of the other quarterbacks. He delivers a tight pass, has the arm to sling it around, timed outside passes well. He wasn't connecting deep down the field, and his touch and accuracy past 15 yards was a concern. Still, he found a rhythmn with some receivers, and I expect him only to get better as the week goes on. Along with his abilities as a passer, he was a vocal leader, challenging, motivating, directing the receivers well. Looks like he'll get the "character/leadership" grade easily this week.

2012 Shrine Game: Monday West Practice Notes | Articles
As I said in the East review, the West roster looked defintely like the less of the two rosters at just about every position. As a whole, Chandler Harnish and Devon Wylie flashed the most in a more structured, special teams heavy practice.

2012 Shrine Game: Monday Daily Notes | Articles
Here for the Optimum Scouting Shrine Game coverage, I'll be providing some of the most timely, accurate, up to day, and unique practice reports and notes. But a big part of this event that isn't as often covered is what happens OFF the practice/game field.

East-West Shrine Weigh-in Results | National Football Post
Get the rundown on all the latest from the East-West Shrine game…

Draft '12: Shrine Game Preview - NFL Draft Preview -
Stuck between the BCS National Championship and the Senior Bowl is the less publicized East-West Shrine Game, held on Saturday, January 21 in Tampa Bay.

Shrine Game Notes: East Roster- Day 1 " Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
Quarterbacks: BJ Coleman, QB, Chattanooga: Coleman was far and away the best quarterback on the East roster and was in my opinion the best quarterback of both practices. He measured in at 6’3", 234 pounds and had huge 10 ¼ inch hands (this was apparent when I shook his hand when I chatted with him after practice, he has a very strong handshake). His arm strength was apparent from the first throw he made and his passes cut right through the wind. His mechanics looked good as he has a compact, over the top delivery. The ball really shoots off of his hand and he has a quick release. He threw a couple nice deep balls today and demonstrated quality play fakes which I like to see. His accuracy was a bit erratic at times so he has room to improve from an accuracy perspective, but he easily has the best arm in St. Petersburg. He did have a couple wobbly throws during practice and that is something I noticed when I watched film of him, so that’s something I will be keeping a close eye on. I’ll have an interview with BJ up later in the week, so look out for that!

Free Agency Situations to Monitor | Dynasty League Football
Looking at the list of Unrestricted Free Agents this year, it seems like a fantasy team fielded from just that list would cruise to a championship. While there are some names that seem guaranteed to re-sign with their current teams (Brees, Rice, Welker, etc), many are far less certain. Watching these situations and knowing how they affect the relative value of players is a key part of dynasty league success.

Will There Be Redemption For The 2005 Top 10? " Pick 256
The top of the 2011 draft has yielded a number of impact players. In fact, each of the top 7 picks – Cam Newton, Von Miller, Marcell Dareus, A.J. Green, Patrick Peterson, Julio Jones, Aldon Smith – looks to be a star in the making. Conversely, the 2005 draft yielded perhaps the worst top 10 picks in any NFL draft in history. However, the 2011 San Francisco 49ers playoff run might provide some redemption for an otherwise putrid crop of players. Here’s a quick look at each of the members of the worst top 10 in history:

Harrell expects Flynn to be a starter elsewhere - JSOnline
Packers third-string quarterback Graham Harrell has heard people talking about the possibility of the team putting the franchise tag on backup quarterback Matt Flynn and he's skeptical. "I think if they franchise him he’ll make $6 million more than Aaron (Rodgers) does," Harrell said. "I don’t know how that’s going to work."

Roster Notables for 2012 Senior Bowl | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
This will be my third season watching prospects at the Senior Bowl and my second covering it for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog. Here are some of the prospects on the current roster list that I’m looking forward to watching up close and a few notes as to why.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Divisional Round
Each Sunday, the FO staff sends around e-mails about the games that each of us are watching. We share information about the games that the rest of the group might not be watching, ask questions, and keep everyone else informed about which games they might want to tune into (if they can).

USC wins, Stanford loses after NFL Draft declaration deadline. - Andy Staples -
The NFL Draft early-entry list featured one big surprise (Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas) and a big group of juniors who entered the 2011 season as near-locks to leave (Andrew Luck, Justin Blackmon, Trent Richardson). For the next three months, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Mike Mayock will examine their every conceivable strength and shortcoming -- right down to what a player's Starbucks order says about his ability to read NFL defenses.

Eli Manning, Osi Umenyiora key New York Giants' upset over Green Bay Packers - Peter King -
Here are two questions for you to start your Championship Week: What would have happened if Ernie Accorsi hadn't had such a backbone on April 24, 2004? And what would have happened if A.J. Smith had played hardball with Accorsi as the clock wound down on the fourth overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft, with just seven minutes to go and the Giants on the clock?

Heading South | National Football Post
With the exception of the Carolina Panthers, the NFC South failed to meet expectations in 2011.

Oregon's offense in good hands even without Thomas | National Football Post
The Ducks are well-equipped to handle the loss of their star signal-caller news: Fisher, Rams seek offensive coordinator to groom Bradford
The St. Louis Rams fulfilled their lofty offseason objective, hiring Jeff Fisher as their next head coach. But that in and of itself will only go so far.

Pro Bowl update: Seahawks' Browner still has a shot - Daily Links Blog -
The results of this weekend's divisional-round playoff games leave a few Seahawks with a chance to join teammate Earl Thomas in the Pro Bowl.

Schottenheimer and Rams' offensive future - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Frustrated New York Jets fans might chuckle over the St. Louis Rams' interest in their team's ousted offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, for the same job in St. Louis.

Should division welcome Gregg Williams? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Gregg Williams' expected departure from New Orleans to become the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator should interest NFC West fans.

Ranking the eligible underclassmen for the 2012 NFL Draft - NFL - - received an early list of underclassmen committed to the 2012 NFL Draft, and as of Sunday, a record-tying 56 eligible juniors and redshirt sophomores had entered the player pool. The number ties last year's total.

Rams can tip a tip from 49ers in retooling - The Telegraph
If the St. Louis Rams want to take a tip for rebuilding a football team, perhaps new coach Jeff Fisher should take a long look at the San Francisco 49ers.