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Draft 2012: Combine Wrapup - NFL Draft Preview -
The NFL Combine is a necessary tool for scouts to supplement the evaluation process with measurements, test times, medical checks, and interviews. I'd advise, however, to be wary of workout warriors whose measurables seem too enticing to pass up despite actual game tape showing less than quality play. Coaches often believe no challenge is too big and that outstanding athletes are pieces of clay to mold, when the truth is these players received college coaching and likely have been taught proper technique. They just have not implemented it.

Poe, Ingram among defensive gems - NFL - Sporting News
The NFL Scouting Combine's Monday session featured defensive linemen and linebackers. Here are the players who impressed and those who struggled:

Combine shows Brockers has plenty of red-flags -
LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers is one of the most intriguing talents in the entire 2012 draft but a poor showing at the Combine Monday is certain to give scouts pause before labeling him as one of its best.

Vontaze Burfict strikes out during NFL Combine process - Mocking The Draft
Vontaze Burfict may say he's the best linebacker in the 2012 NFL Draft, but evidence against that claim is mounting.

Mychal Kendricks impresses at the combine - Mocking The Draft
The Combine still has one more day to go but Mychal Kendricks stole the show for the LBs today. He ran an incredible 4.41 and showcased his remarkable athleticism in the broad jump and vertical.

2012 NFL Free Agency: Defensive tackle rankings -
Leading up to the start of free agency on March 13, we're compiling the best 2012 NFL free agents by position. These are the defensive tackles.

Below average safety crop exposed running 40s -
With Alabama's Mark Barron the only player at his position considered by most talent evaluators to be worthy of first round consideration, it isn't news that the 2012 draft offers only a mediocre crop of safety prospects.

Still proves worth, but others pushing him to be first D-tackle picked - NFL - -
Devon Still did nothing to diminish his stock in the eyes of NFL evaluators at the 2012 combine, but the crop of defensive tackles appears to be deeper than expected. The Penn State senior is ranked as the 10th-best prospect in the 2012 draft by, which ranks LSU junior Michael Brockers the top defensive tackle in the class.

Combine rewind: Interviews are overrated, just like hyped 40 times - NFL, NFLDRAFT - -
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL's scouting combine has come and gone, which means it's time to look back on the official kickoff of what I call "paralysis-by-analysis" season. I have to say I am not a big combine guy when it comes to evaluating players. But I do like the process. It brings the entire league together, gives us all a chance to gossip and lets us get a small feel for what the players are like in this draft -- even if much of what we get is canned, coached-up talk. Over the course of my time in Indianapolis -- am I a resident now with 14 days in a month? -- I gathered a lot of stuff. Here's some of it.

Indianapolis and the meaning of Peyton Manning - Grantland
Indianapolis and the meaning of Peyton Manning

Free Agent Hype Chronicles: Matt Flynn - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Disclaimer: This article is part of my series on free agency from the perspective of the agent, where I prepare Scott Boras-esque "books" that detail where each player stands in the marketplace and why he deserves as much of your team's money as possible. Normally, my goal is to use statistics and historical context to present the most accurate depiction of football that we can, but in this series, all I want to do is convince you to spend money on the player in question. As a result, I may include information or suggest comparisons that I don't necessarily agree with, just as an agent might try to play up his clients' strengths. Keep that in mind when you're reading. (For more on this, check out the Monday piece on Mike Wallace that started this series.)

Mac's Football Blog: 49ers Re-Sign LB Ahmad Brooks
The San Francisco 49ers announced that they have reached a six-year contract extension with outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who is now under contract through the 2017 season.

WRs Stephen Hill and Marvin Jones: Managing Physical Play (Short) | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill is tall, fast, and has a frame that will likely support another 10-15 pounds of muscle without sacrificing his 4.36-40 speed. Cal wide receiver Marvin Jones is a shade under 6’2″ and 200 pounds and he appears to have the type of physique that wouldn’t add weight if he injected liquified Crisco with an IV. Yet if I were building a team from scratch and you asked me which receiver I’d rather have catching passes from my quarterback, at this moment I’d take Jones despite the fact Hill’s physical skills are uncommon.

Combine: Best and worst from skill positions - Video -'s Tony Pauline discusses which skill-position players impressed and disappointed at the NFL Combine. - Video -

St. Louis Rams admit willingness to trade No. 2 pick in NFL Draft - NFL -
The St. Louis Rams are willing to trade the second overall pick of the April draft. Chief operating officer Kevin Demoff said Tuesday that the team would make a deal under the right circumstances, but has not made any commitments despite a report late Monday that a trade had already been decided. He said new coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead went to the NFL combine with an open mind.

NFL Combine: the merits of rising and falling 'stock' | National Football Post
The NFL spotlight is on Indy.

What would you offer to move up for RGIII? | National Football Post
Rams are looking to deal No.2 pick--and it won't be cheap. news: Report: Brown unlikely to use franchise tag on RB Hillis
After signing linebacker D'Qwell Jackson to a five-year, $42.5 million deal, the Cleveland Browns reportedly are not expected to use their franchise tag on running back Peyton Hillis. news: Eight subplots that could change NFL landscape in 2012
For all of you football fiends who have something on your mind besides the 40-yard dash and how many times some future backup linebacker can bench 225 pounds, this Bud's for you.

Catching up with former Seahawks DT Colin Cole - Blog -
"I feel great, actually. It's a situation where there's still a little bit of the [rehab] process to still be had, but I definitely am happy about my progress up to this point," he told "The Kevin Calabro Show" last week, adding that he is "planning on coming back in hopefully 2012 [and] I'll be able to get back to form of what I was prior to my injury."

How Good Is The 12th Pick?
The Seahawks lost the coin toss with the Kansas City Chiefs a few days back and now have the 12th pick in the upcoming NFL draft. I don’t really think picking 11th or 12th will make that much difference especially since the Chiefs and Seahawks have different needs.

Getting your early 2012 NFL free agency fix - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The two weeks remaining before NFL free agency will feel like two months at the current pace of activity. Don't bother with the disclaimers, either.

Scouting combine day six " Seahawks Draft Blog
This is an open thread to discuss the final day of the combine where the defensive backs will perform. The Seahawks are unlikely to be too active with this group considering the talent they have at both safety and corner, but they may look for further depth in the later rounds. I’ll review the numbers when they’re in and provide a breakdown.

Mychal Kendricks, Luke Kuechly risers among NFL combine linebackers - Tony Pauline -
The linebackers who took the field Monday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium were incredibly athletic and impressed NFL decision-makers with their speed. Many came across as three-down defenders, which will please NFL coaches even more. Not everyone impressed equally, however. Here's a look at the risers and sliders.

Josh Robinson, Stephon Gilmore help their cause at NFL scouting combine - Tony Pauline -
Defensive backs took the field Tuesday for the final day of combine workouts. More than a half-dozen NFL prospects cracked the 4.4-second markin the 40 on a day that saw several small school and lesser-known players stand out. Here's the final edition of risers and sliders from the 2012 combine.

2012 NFL Combine Notebook | The Sideline View
After talking to various NFL executives and player agents over a five-day period during the 2012 NFL Combine, here’s a look the what I’ve been hearing:

Carroll: Bears hiring Bates a wise move - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago
Even though Jeremy Bates lasted just one season as Seahawks' offensive coordinator, it didn't stop his former boss Pete Carroll from giving the new Bears' assistant coaches a glowing review Friday at the NFL Combine.

As usual, scouts are all over the place on this year’s draft class | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
There's one way in which the art of projecting draft prospects is very much like witnessing a car accident (well, two ways if you're watching Vontaze Burfict's combine performance): Everyone will come away from the event seeing different things. Scouts, coaches, and personnel execs each being their own preferences and biases to the process, and as a result, you're going to hear some very different evaluations when you're talking to the right people about the same players.

Community -
LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers is one of the most intriguing talents in the entire 2012 draft but a poor showing at the Combine Monday is certain to give scouts pause before labeling him as one of its best.

Tag Time | National Football Post
Game of Tag ends Monday.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under the Cap: NFC West Cap Overview
Football Outsiders is taking a division-by-division look at the salary cap situations of all 32 NFL teams. We're reviewing estimated cap spaces -– since cap situations are fluid and actual adjusted cap figures for 2012 remain unknown -– restricted free agents, unrestricted free agents, which players are candidates for the franchise tag and which players are headed towards the chopping block. Last week, we hit on the teams in the AFC. This week, our trip around the NFL moves to the NFC and continues with the NFC West.