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Michigan State's Kirk Cousins lacks accuracy in pro day workout - NFL - Sporting News
With representatives from every NFL team in attendance, quarterback Kirk Cousins and defensive tackle Jerel Worthy worked out at Michigan State’s pro day Wednesday in hopes of improving their draft stock, but neither had a great day.

Rob Rang - More details filter out from Michigan State Pro Day
QB Kirk Cousins (6-3, 215) had already led the Spartans to 27 triumphs, including two 11-win seasons and three straight victories over Michigan. But after impressing pro scouts at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine, he was in complete control at MSU's Pro Day. Cousins again showed he could complete any kind of pass, throwing to wideouts B.J. Cunningham, Keshawn Martin and Keith Nichol, tight end Brian Linthicum and running back Edwin Baker. Though no one will ever confuse him with Robert Griffin III, Cousins' accuracy, intelligence and leadership should make him a high second-round pick.

Top Post-Season Risers: Skill positions | National Football Post
Who has seen the biggest spike in their draft stock since the end of the season?

Top Post-Season Risers: LB/DB | National Football Post
Who has seen the biggest spike in their draft stock since the end of the season?

Top Potential 2nd Round Values | National Football Post
Prospects with first round talent who could fall.

Bold Harbaugh confidently bucks odds by taking on Moss, Cox - NFL -
Shortly before free agency began, the San Francisco 49ers made a couple of bold moves, adding two players who didn't suit up in 2011 -- one you know and one you don't. That's not the point. The point is that they were willing to take chances on two character risks others would not, and that tells me something about the team's head coach and the organization. They believe they're bullet proof.

Finnegan gets $24 million in real guarantees | ProFootballTalk
That five-year, $50 million deal, with $27 million guaranteed, given to cornerback Cortland Finnegan seemed to be a little pumped up. It is. But only a little.

Tight Quarters: LaMichael James | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
LaMichael James is a short, quicksilver running back in an offense that plays at a break-neck tempo. There’s little doubt that he can have an impact as a kick return specialist and a third-down back in the NFL. And if the Broncos don’t land Peyton Manning and continue with some form of spread option offense, James could be a nice fit as an integral part of Denver’s backfield as my colleague Cecil Lammey suggests.

Juron Criner: "Trust Me" | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Whether it was in a stadium, the park, the street, or your friend’s back yard, I know you’ve been in a situation where you knew you could take the man assigned to you. All you had to do was convince your quarterback. The fewer the words, the better. "Trust me."

2012 NFL draft pro day updates - Tony Pauline -
Virginia Tech has finished their pro day, and it was receiver Danny Coale that turned heads. The steady pass catcher bettered his time of 4.42 seconds from the combine, clocking as fast as 4.37 seconds today. His vertical jump of 37 inches was a two-inch improvement from Indianapolis, while Coale bettered his broad jump mark by 8.5 inches, leaping 10-3 1/2. One of the most underappreciated receivers in the draft, Coale interviewed well at the combine and impressed NFL decision makers with his maturity. He entered the season with late-round grades, but now has the possibility to break into the third round.

Top Five Possession Receiver Prospects | National Football Post
They may lack big time speed, but can still be effective in the NFL.

Catching Contracts | National Football Post
Receivers catch deals as Free Agency opens

Beard Wear – The Ides of March : NFL Films Blog
As you probably know by now, it’s March. And with March’s lion-like arrival comes your yearly over saturation of bracket puns and the forced inclusion of the word "madness" into every promotion in media. As if the only way to spark interest in someone’s work during the third month is to use unoriginal word play. That being said, my favorite is March Mustache Madness, the less charitable more cleverly named celebration of men’s facial hair. And who loves facial hair more than NFL players? Possibly not the wives of NFL players, but to each her own. Blogs " Blog Archive Flynn has trip planned to meet with Dolphins "
Free-agent QB Matt Flynn has a trip planned to Miami if and when his visit with the Seahawks concludes, league sources said Thursday. news: Short-term deals all the rage with cap rising in future years
This is becoming the year of the short-term deal. And it makes all the sense in the world. Sure, many of the contracts, as always, are cloaked in the veil of five or six years, but this offseason in particular market forces are providing acute incentives to structure deals in a way to allow for maximum flexibility for both club and player after a year or two. Remember, the cap stayed static this year, which won't be happening again for quite some time (especially with the new TV contracts providing significant revenue in 2013 and 2014). news: Hasselbeck OK with Titans' Manning chase
As his team moves forward in its attempt to sign Peyton Manning, Matt Hasselbeck can only watch as the Tennessee Titans look to bring aboard a quarterback to displace him.

Report: TE Visanthe Shiancoe to visit Seahawks - Blog -
Free-agent tight end Visanthe Shiancoe will visit with the Seahawks "within the next few days," according to Steve Wyche of the NFL Network. Shiancoe Mutual interest between Shiancoe and the Seahawks should come as no surprise.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks stand firm | Seattle Times Newspaper
"We like our roster," coach Pete Carroll said. "We like our roster, really." This was back in August, the Seahawks had just finished their Extreme Makeover: Post-Lokcout addition, and the coach was not-so-shockingly excited about the season in front of them. Blog | The Red ‘green’ show "
It was Red Bryant’s mother who gave him the nickname that has become his name, and the Seahawks’ defensive end is now going to show her the green.

Dolphins turning their focus to Flynn | ProFootballTalk
A week ago, the Miami Dolphins didn’t want to flirt with Matt Flynn. Now, they’re getting ready to propose.

Changing of the guard continues
On a day when former left guard Steve Hutchinson made a free agent visit, Paul McQuistan agreed to terms with the Seahawks and Robert Gallery was released.

Updated mock draft: 14th March " Seahawks Draft Blog
Free agency is in full flow, so before we get into this week’s projection I wanted to consider how it’s impacting the draft landscape:

Chat wrap: Ready for dominoes to fall - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The first wave of free agency has passed. Now, we wait for the quarterback market to shake out. Peyton Manning, Kevin Kolb, Matt Flynn and Alex Smith have much at stake. So does the NFC West. Their situations made for good conversation in the latest NFC West chat. Transcript here. Highlights below:

Kendall Langford lines up visit to St. Louis | ProFootballTalk
Free agent defensive lineman Kendall Langford visited the Bengals on Thursday. He appears to have left Cincinnati’s facility without a contract. Jason Jones Profile
Tennessee Titans veteran free agent defensive lineman Jason Jones is traveling today to visit the Seattle Seahawks after he met with the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday and left without agreeing to terms, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.