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17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Is Matt Flynn An Upgrade?
The short answer is, it all depends on what you want out of a QB.

Company for Larry Fitzgerald, Vernon Davis - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on where NFC West players ranked for 2011 in yards per pass target:

Five alternative options at quarterback " Seahawks Draft Blog
Pete Carroll spoke openly about his desire to improve the team’s pass rush this week, while also adding more speed to the front seven. He didn’t speak with quite as much urgency about the quarterback position. That’s not to say the Seahawks will ignore it (let’s hope not) but Carroll has been open and honest about his draft plans in the past and I’m not expecting anything different this time round. The big issue appears to be simply a lack of options. Matt Barkley has returned to USC, leaving just Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III as the two likely options early in round one. A lot of people have touted Ryan Tannehill as an option, but I just can’t grade him that early. Landry Jones, who has decided to return to Oklahoma, would almost certainly not have been an option for the Seahawks (or anyone else in the first round).

Bruce Irvin (DE, West Virginia) game tape vs Clemson " Seahawks Draft Blog
Bruce Irvin really intrigued me coming into the 2011 season. He’s a JUCO transfer who played spot-duty on third downs last year, but recorded 14 sacks and flashed elite potential as a pass rusher. He had the speed, the repertoire and the balance to be a legitimate pro-prospect. Taking on a new expanded role as a senior, expectations were high that Irvin could develop into an every down player.

Mock draft: With Barkley, Jones staying put, A&M's Tannehill moves into top 10 - NFL - Sporting News
11. (tie) Seattle Seahawks: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. Sidney Rice had injury problems in his first season in Seattle, and the Seahawks’ offense needs a high-level receiver to open things up and help Tarvaris Jackson make the next step as a starting quarterback.

Breaking down the game of Wisconsin OC Peter Konz | National Football Post
Just how good can this guy be in year one?

Boston College's Luke Kuechly enters 2012 NFL Draft field - Mocking The Draft
The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft just got another player. Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly decided to forgo his senior season to enter the draft

Catching up on Friday's NFL Draft declarations and making round projections - Mocking The Draft
Apologies for the lack of site updates Friday evening. After Boston College's Luke Kuechly announced he was entering the 2012 NFL Draft, I decided to have a personal life. (Pro tip: If you ever come to Northeast Ohio, try some micro brews)

2012 NFL Draft Q and A With Mocking the Draft's Dan Kadar: Draft Stock - NFL Mocks - Covering the 2012 NFL draft, Mock Draft Database, Scouting Reports, and Fantasy Football
Every week Dan Kadar of Mocking the Draft and I have a little Question and Answer session. This week I asked Dan about whose stock is up or down based on their performances in bowl games (the West Virginia Game had not happened yet). The impact of the coaching changes, the insane production of a Houston Cougars Wide Receiver, and the overall state of this draft class. Here’s what he had to say

LSU DE Sam Montgomery not entering 2012 NFL Draft - Mocking The Draft
The 2012 NFL Draft is without another pass rusher. According to, LSU redshirt sophomore Sam Montgomery said he won't be going pro.

McDaniels starts with the Patriots Sunday | ProFootballTalk
We told you earlier Saturday that Josh McDaniels was expected to return to the Patriots. Now it’s official.

Colts and Manning may both be open to pushing back option bonus | ProFootballTalk
The next big checkpoint for the ongoing Peyton Manning-Colts drama is March 8, when the quarterback’s monster option bonus is due.

Bill Simmons answers e-mail from readers and makes his NFL picks - Grantland
The Sports Guy rids his inbox of pigskin-related questions and makes his wild-card weekend picks

Report: Colts have already decided on Andrew Luck | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
It's not shocking news, except perhaps that it comes so early. ESPN's Chris Mortensen says that the Indianapolis Colts have already decided to draft Andrew Luck first overall in the 2012 NFL draft.

Jeff Fisher to tour St. Louis Rams' facility Sunday - NFL -
Jeff Fisher has a 147-126 overall record in 17 seasons as the Titans head coach. Getty Images The Rams' pursuit of Jeff Fisher, their top head coaching candidate, will take another significant step Sunday when Fisher visits the team's suburban St. Louis complex for a further round of interviews and meetings with club officials, a league source confirmed Saturday evening.

2011 NFP All-Rookie defensive team | National Football Post
Taking a look at the best first-year players on defense.

How does Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler stack up? | National Football Post
Can he make a run into the "second tier" of quarterback prospects? news: Haley close to rejoining Cardinals after being fired by Chiefs
Todd Haley is nearing a deal to return to the Arizona Cardinals, a league source said Saturday.

Seahawks headed on right path | - Sports
Not all expectations were met in 2011 season, but head coach Carroll encouraged about the team's future.

Hasselbeck weighs in on Lynch's contract situation - Blog -
Matt Hasselbeck has seen it. Twice. His team dished out lots of money to a free-agent running back only to get underwhelming results.

Seahawks fans: You think you have problems at quarterback? - Seahawks News -
How would you like to be John Elway? Okay so maybe it would be nice to have two Super Bowl rings and millions of dollars. But what is the former quarterback and current executive vice president of football operations for the Denver Broncos supposed to do at the quarterback position in the off- season?