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BJ Coleman (QB, Chattanooga) tape review " Seahawks Draft Blog
On January 11th I wrote an article for Field Gulls discussing quarterbacks available in this class, and touched on a little known prospect from Chattanooga: "If we’re talking darkhorses, B.J. Coleman is a former Tennessee transfer who has put up impressive numbers for the Mocs and has a lot of the physical tools Seattle likes. Big arm, mobile, makes difficult plays downfield. He’s very raw and more of an UDFA project, but he’s worth bringing to a camp."

NFL Scouting Combine Records - Mocking The Draft
More than 300 draft prospects will gather in Indianapolis, Ind. next week for the biggest job interview of their lives. They will be measured, interviewed and stared at for roughly a week before being sent on their way with two months to fret over where they will be selected come late April.

Creative team with WR needs could pry Wallace away from Steelers - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
The NFL is on the verge of free agency and clubs are about to put franchise tags on players they most want to retain. In past years, under the old CBA, six to 10 players would receive the franchise tag. This year the tagging process runs from Feb. 20 to March 5 and I expect double the usual number of players tagged because the price of the franchise tags has gone down significantly. But while the franchise tag will keep more quality veterans with four or more years of service off the market, there might be a few opportunities in a relatively untapped pool of players.

The 2012 Running Back Market - Offseason Low Down -
In terms of yearly earnings (apy), here are the ten highest paid running backs in foo

Mac's Football Blog: HGH Testing, Player Safety Among Topics NFL, NFLPA To Discuss At Combine
When the National Football League and NFL Players Association hold meetings at next week's Scouting Combine, players safety and testing for human growth hormone will be two main topics of discussion, Alex Marvez of reports.

Mac's Football Blog: Nike Shutting Smaller Retailers Out Of NFL Jersey Business
Nike will become the official uniform and sideline apparel provider for the National Football League, replacing Reebok, which had those rights for the last 10 years.

Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden: Less Tarrantino, More Gump | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Knowledge Is Good, Wisdom Is Better This example of Weeden’s decision-making comes from the 2011 Oklahoma State-Baylor game. Weeden and the Cowboys offense comes to the line in a 30-personnel, 1×1 receiver set versus a Baylor 4-3 on 1st and 10 at the Cowboys 27 with 8:34 in the first quarter in a scoreless game.

Lower numbers could lead to record franchise tag designations | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
With the date for teams to tag their best players if they so choose starting tomorrow, one point of interest is that in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the formula to decide what those tag numbers per position will be has changed -- and the new numbers will be advantageous to teams looking to retain their more important free-agent assets.

Ranking the 2012 Free Agents: Tight Ends |
It is a good year to be in need at some positions in this free agency class, and not a great year to be in need at others. Right now, the 2012 tight end crop falls into the latter category, but that’s not to say there’s no talent available at the position.

Mora: A little Tebowmania hits UCLA | National Football Post
Broncos QB working out with Bruins offensive coordinator Mazzone. news: Cardinals' Whisenhunt reiterates QBs Kolb, Skelton will compete
Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has maintained since the end of last season he wants competition for every position on his team. That includes quarterback, where Whisenhunt said last week he will let Kevin Kolb and John Skelton compete for the starting job.

NFL Rumors: Which of the Peyton Manning Rumors Makes the Most Sense? | Bleacher Report
With the Super Bowl over, Peyton Manning mania threatens to reach Brett Favre saturation levels at breakneck speed. Whether the aging veteran is healthy or still making his way back, there has been plenty of interest around the league already, especially for a guy who is still under contract. This is only a preview—the feeding frenzy will really begin when the Colts release him. Which scenario makes the most sense?

Cold Hard Facts - Podcasts -
John Clayton says Paul Allen is an atypical owner in that he really isn't concerned with profit so much as wanting a team in town for civic reasons. Clayton also discusses the market for Matt Flynn, why Mario Williams would make sense for the Seahawks and which quarterbacks he expects to throw at the scouting combine later this month.

Mock Drafts Central
It's never too early to start talking draft. With the 2012 NFL Draft about three months away, a small army of and NFL Network analysts are unveiling their first attempts at projecting how the first round will go on April 26. Happy mocking.

NFL draft: Illinois' Whitney Mercilus chronicles his experience leading up to the NFL draft -
I arrived in Phoenix to train at Athletes' Performance the first week in January, and have lived in an apartment here since. There are a lot of other draft prospects here, including Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, Alabama defensive end Courtney Upshaw, Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen.

Report: Tannehill to work out on campus March 29 -
NFL scouts will get the opportunity to scout Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill Pro Day one week after the only two quarterbacks currently rated by ahead of him -- Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III -- are scheduled to hold their own.'s Gil Brandt reports that Tannehill will have an on-campus workout March 29.

Kirk Cousins 2012 NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking The Draft
Accuracy: Cousins is consistent enough on underneath throws like screens and check downs. He sometimes will throw the receiver into a defender which results in big hits. His accuracy drops when he does not get his feet set in the pocket causing the pass to be off target.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
*Based on the buzz around the league, the Seahawks could be the early frontrunner for Peyton Manning, assuming he is released. Pete Carroll needs a quarterback and is believed to have a strong interest in at least exploring Manning. The Seahawks could offer Manning an attractive scenario. They have a young team with some fine skill players to put around him. They play in one of the league’s loudest stadiums. Manning wouldn’t be subject to the same kind of scrutiny in Seattle that he would in a lot of other markets. The Seahawks also could have a better feel for Manning’s medical situation than some teams. One of their team physicians, Stan Herring, who also is one of the country’s preeminent specialists for spine injuries. Herring is a member of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee.