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Updated mock draft: 25th January " Seahawks Draft Blog
Regulars will know the score by now. The idea of these weekly mocks is not to make a firm prediction as to what will happen on April 26th, rather it’s an opportunity to look at possibilities and talk about several different options. A lot of people are going to scratch their head at this week’s pick for Seattle, but I’ll try to explain.

Morning links: Rang high on DE Coples | Seahawks Insider
Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for, praised the performance of North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples so far through the first two days of Senior Bowl practices. Rang had Coples going to Seattle in his first mock drafts this year, but now has the North Carolina product headed to Buffalo at No. 10. news: QB, TE among positions of interest at Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl is the crown jewel of the college all-star circuit. The game annually showcases the top talent in a draft class, and the 2012 contest is certainly no different. Several of the top-rated prospects at their respective positions are slated to participate this week.

#NFLAnyEra: No. 16 Vikings DE Jared Allen - ESPN and ESPN The Magazine sought a list of the 20 current players who a 20-member Pro Football Hall of Fame panel and ESPN's John Clayton believe could excel in any era of the NFL.

From the CFL to the Pro Bowl
A year ago, Brandon Browner had just signed a future contract with the Seahawks after playing four seasons in the CFL. Today, the extra-large cornerback is heading to the Pro Bowl.

Reporter: Larry Grant could fill potential need at LB - Blog -
Seahawks fans might remember Larry Grant as the guy who essentially ended a Week 16 game at CenturyLink Field. Eric D. Williams of The Tacoma News Tribune sees the 49ers linebacker as one player who could be making plays next season for the Seahawks, not against them 2012 Senior Bowl Practice Report
The North team took to the field of Ladd Peebles Stadium for their third practice of Senior Bowl on Wednesday morning. The Minnesota Vikings coaching staff was in charge of the North team and they had the players practicing in full pads. Tuesday and Wednesday are the full-padded sessions. To start out practice they worked on special teams and in their individual position groups.

Cosell’s Watching the Championships: Alex Smith Left Plays on the Field : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Championship Sunday coaching tape: Giants defense vs. 49ers offense.

Cosell’s Watching the Championships: Why Giants O was Remarkable : NFL Films Blog
NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Championship Sunday coaching tape: Giants offense vs. 49ers defense. news: Ireland: 'Fins want QB who can 'put his team on his shoulders'
Reports surfaced Monday that the Miami Dolphins might be interested in acquiring Indianapolis Colts star Peyton Manning, indicating they're serious about upgrading at quarterback. Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland reinforced that idea Tuesday, clarifying what the team would look for in a "franchise quarterback."

Mac's Football Blog: Gregg Williams Promises Culture Change With Rams Defense
During an introductory conference call with the St. Louis media, newly-hired St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is promising a culture change on defense.

Coaches praise Chris Polk and Chris Rainey after Tuesday’s Senior Bowl practice | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Running backs Chris Rainey of Florida and Chris Polk of Washington were singled out for their outstanding play by their head coaches during Tuesday night's Senior Bowl press conferences.

Mike Tanier’s Senior Bowl Report: Wednesday’s South Team Practice | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Quinton Coples (DT-DE, North Carolina) is one of the other marquee linemen on the South squad, and while he did not look quite as sharp on Wednesday as he did on Tuesday, he started to reach the backfield at the end of the South practice. There has been a lot of talk about the Coples versus Cordy Glenn (OL, Georgia) matchup — a reporter at Mike Shanahan's press conference asked the coach to give them extra reps against each other, just for the entertainment value — and the pair are a lot of fun to watch.

In a World of Hurt: A blogger trains, NFL-style | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Up through the NFL Draft, Shutdown Corner blogger Kristian Dyer will be training at TEST Sports Club in Martinsville, N.J. along with roughly 20 players. All of these athletes are prepping for the NFL Combine, different pro days and of course, the NFL Draft in April. A former college soccer player, Kristian was a playground legend at quarterback back in middle school but never played a down of organized football. He will be blogging about the life of training for the NFL Draft and a career in the league as he lives it firsthand.

Senior Bowl: South Practice Report Day 3 | National Football Post
A pair of defensive backs are starting to move up draft boards.

Senior Bowl Interview with WR Jeff Fuller | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
This Q&A of Texas A&M wide receiver Jeff Fuller took place at the Senior Bowl’s media night. I was unable to identify the reporters at the beginning of this session so I have labeled them Reporter 1 and Reporter 2. Fuller is a 6’4", 217-pound receiver with experience in a pro-style offense brought to College Station by former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman. Here’s what Fuller had to say about his up and down senior year, his learning progression during his college career, and what he expects to face during his transition to the NFL.

Day 2 of Senior Bowl, Defensive Notes -
Scouts and team observers flocked to the fence to watch Mike Singletary take the North linebacker group through individual drills. The Vikings moved through individual drills at a fairly brisk pace, but Singletary could be heard giving tips on footwork, maintaining good body position when changing direction, alignment and run fits and recognition skills throughout practice. The North defensive roster doesn’t have the depth of talent that the South has, but a few players turned in notable performances on Day 2.

Day 2 of Senior Bowl, Offensive Notes -
After two days of practice, there haven’t been any dominant offensive stars. A handful of receivers have been impressive, and a tight end is beginning to turn heads, but quarterback play has been spotty. One of the reasons, especially during South practice, has been the dominance of the defensive fronts in 11-on-11 drills. The way the Redskins and Vikings have conducted practice has limited opportunities to see running backs in the types of drills and live action that provide intelligence on these players. That’s just the nature of the beast.

2012 Senior Bowl: Wednesday South Practice Notes | Articles
It was a bit of a windy day in the last NFL scout-full practice here at the Senior Bowl. To be honest, I was a Five-Hour Energy and Starbucks Coffee full, ready to go, so I got a chance to really focus in on how these prospects performed. I really focused on the receivers, defensive backs, and got some great offensive/defensive line notes as well. The biggest winners today to me were Brandon Weeden, Cordy Glenn, Sean Spence, Brandon Boykin, Janoris Jenkins.

2012 Senior Bowl: Wednesday North Practice Notes | Articles
Couldn't finish up before practice because of an extended seafood-filled lunch talking about the prospects this week with Josh Norris (@JoshNorris on twitter), and honestly it wasn't my best practice of evaluations. Still, got some great notes on some of the receivers and offensive linemen who impressed in days past. I thought the biggest winners were Marvin Jones, Lavonte David, Kevin Zeitler, and Alameda Ta'Amu.

Mike Tanier’s Senior Bowl Report: Wednesday’s North Team Practice | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The North and South squads follow very different practice schedules. Mike Shanahan and the South coaches make offensive and defensive players face off early in practice, so we can cut to the chase and start watching Quinton Coples and Cordy Glenn try to kill each other. Leslie Frazier's North squad starts with special teams drills, then individual position drills, then offensive and defensive play instillation, before finally getting down to 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. If you like one-on-one matchups and heated competition, you like the South's practice style. If you like watching the offense run plays at half-speed against other offensive players pretending to be the defense, then you are easily entertained.

Miami Dolphins In Depth
For five days now I've been telling you the Dolphins are on the quarterback hunt -- again.

2012 Senior Bowl: Interview With Iowa WR Marvin McNutt - Big Cat Country
The Senior Bowl is an excellent venue for players to carve their niche for the NFL and impress scouts of all 32 teams. The 2012 NFL Draft class is loaded with talented wide receivers and Iowa Hawkeyes wide receiver Marvin McNutt is looking to make an impression and separate himself from the rest of the group. It's also a position of dire need for the Jacksonville Jaguars and McNutt is receiver who could have some value in the mid-rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.

2012 Senior Bowl Practice Report: North Team, Day 3 - Big Cat Country
The North team practice kicked off this morning at Ladd-Peebles stadium with players warming up in individual drills. Surprisingly, all of the North team's quarterbacks have good enough footwork when working on drop back drills. Typically, the guys at the Senior Bowl will have clunky footwork in the drop backs, but all three on the North squad don't have that issue.

2012 Senior Bowl Practice Report: South Team, Day 3 - Big Cat Country
As Wednesday's practice came to a close, North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins had a flock of NFL scouts and personnel men to speak with after practice.

Draft Breakdown — Senior Bowl Diary: Day 3
Today at the senior bowl was quite an eventful day. Keeping with my trend of having no trend with my Senior Bowl reports, I’m going to break up my overall impressions by squads because today the experience in each was vastly different.

Arizona WR Criner quieting critics at Senior Bowl -
Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner saw his stock slip before his senior season even began amid concerns about family and personal health issues.