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Mock free agency & upgrading at quarterback " Seahawks Draft Blog
In the last week we’ve been discussing the very likely proposition that Seattle won’t be drafting a quarterback early this year. With options limited in the first round and possibly better value to be had elsewhere in round two, we need to prepare for another twelve months of quarterback game tape study and wondering when this team will end a 20-year drought to draft a quarterback in round one.

Whitney Mercilus tape review vs UCLA " Seahawks Draft Blog
A lot of people ask why Whitney Mercilus (DE, Illinois) isn’t universally ranked higher than the late first round. He was the NCAA leader for sacks in 2011 with 16 in total and this isn’t a great year for pure pass rushers. So what gives? He’s not listed among Todd McShay’s top-32 for the draft or his latest mock draft. There’s always room for productive pass rushers, which is why I’ve consistently ranked him in the 16-32 range. Yet I’m still finding Mercilus one of the toughest players to work out. What defines him? What is going to make him a force at the next level, or what will hold him back? I keep coming back to these questions and I’m still searching for the answers.

First look at Seahawks' 2012 free agents - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks' top priorities in free agency appear clear, at least when it comes to their own players.

Peyton Manning Or Not, Seattle Seahawks Need To Draft A Quarterback In 2012 NFL Draft | Seattle Seahawks
While one Manning gains a ring the other is trying to find out where he can win his second. That Manning would be Peyton, who is scheduled to meet with Colts owner Jim Irsay to determine his future. While the odds favor Manning being released and free to sign elsewhere the slim chance he remains in Indianapolis is still there.

New QBs coach Jeremy Bates reunited with Jay Cutler - Chicago Sun-Times
Quarterback Jay Cutler will have his third offensive coordinator in four seasons with the Bears, but this transition could be the smoothest yet.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: 2012 Seahawks Off-Season Analysis Part IV: Linebackers
No position group will play a larger role in setting the ceiling or floor of this defense than the linebackers.

2012 NFL Draft Top 150 Prospects | Static
Now that the 2012 "Draft Season" has officially kicked off, it's time to update the Big Board Top 150. Keep in mind that these rankings are updated after Optimum Scouting has been at the Battle of Florida, Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, and Players All-Star Classic, as well as reviewing film on any players that surprisingly impressed/struggled.

Four year scholarships back on the table | February
Dennis Dodd over at CBS Sports reported yesterday that not only is the four-year scholarship back on the table for division one schools but NCAA President Mark Emmert is pushing for the support of the venture. The measure was voted down in 2011 as 82 schools contested the push for the four-year scholarship and the $2,000 stipend. Perhaps you remember that best for some of the lame excuses schools given that didn't even pretend to mask the self interest in keeping costs down and retaining the ability to cut players.

Urban Meyer, Jim Mora top new coach recruiting report card - Ben Glicksman -
Three weeks ago,'s Stewart Mandel graded college football's coaching hires, assessing how schools strengthened or weakened their transitioning programs. Ohio State earned high marks, Kansas failed.

Mirror Image: Adrian Hamilton, DE/OLB, Prairie View A&M - Mocking The Draft
In this first edition of Mirror Image, I will be breaking down a potential NFL Draft pick in Adrian Hamilton of Prairie View A&M. Adrian is a player that pops out on film, when you watch him. He is faster, stronger and better than the competition he faced this season. I will be comparing Adrian to a player already in the NFL, who in this case is John Abraham of the Atlanta Falcons. Find out why I believe they compare so well, and watch the highlight videos to compare yourself. Make sure to leave comments and post what you think of this potential draft pick.

2012 Keeper Rankings - Offseason Low Down -
Welcome to the sixth-annual Top-50 keepers spectacular. A few thoughts on the changing nature of NFL offenses before we get to the proceedings:

Forte OK with franchise tag if it leads somewhere -
The Bears, despite their somewhat contentious relationship with Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte during the past season, have made clear they don’t plan on letting him test free agency. That’s what team president/CEO Ted Phillips said recently, claiming new general manager Phil Emery would work with Forte on a possible agreement to a long-term deal or would franchise-tag him to keep him in Chicago.

Titans to fans: Forget Peyton, we’re good with Locker and Hasselbeck | ProFootballTalk
New Titans General Manager Ruston Webster participated in a conference call with season-ticket holders today, and the subject of the fan campaign for Tennessee to acquire Peyton Manning was broached.

Kendall Wright and the Money Catch | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I love the intellectual component of football. There’s rich material to explore with every position, unit and team from the perspective of technique and strategy. It’s what I do here almost daily.

Cosell Talks: Once Again, It’s the Quarterback : NFL Films Blog
3:46 remained in the fourth quarter. Eli Manning to Mario Manningham for 38 yards. For the third time in the last 4 years, an outstanding throw in a critical situation was the defining play in the Super Bowl. news: Big Blue-print: Lessons learned from another Giants title
The NFL has always been a copycat league. Franchises routinely examine the blueprints of Super Bowl champions to see if there are elements that can be replicated for desired results. This is especially true when a team wins multiple titles in a short span of time. After watching the New York Giants secure their second title in five seasons, opposing franchises will take away these five lessons:

NFL Draft: All Underrated Team | National Football Post
A look at which offensive prospects aren’t getting the love they deserve.

An open letter to Peyton Manning on coming to Seattle - Blog -
Dear Peyton, In the coming days or weeks your run in Indy will likely come to an end. Your incredible investment to that organization and the success you brought to the "Horseshoe" and city won't soon be forgotten. Yet, the Colts will draft Andrew Luck and you'll be left to weigh your options. Knowing how maniacal and task-oriented you are, I am sure you and agent Tom Condon have already begun the preparations and the process of game planning the next stop.

San Francisco 49ers – Niner Insider Blog – " Kaepernick ready to compete for starting spot - In his end-of-the-year meetings with Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman, 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick said the coaches advised him to focus on his mechanics.