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Thank God it's TGIF, you guys. Tony Softli - Softli - Top 5 Running Backs in 2012 NFL Draft
I will explain in a detailed report for the top five players and break down their critical factors and athletic skill set for each position. This is what NFL personnel men look for when grading a player’s DNA (film) and how size, injuries, character issues and other concerns may affect draft boards in all 32 war rooms.

2012 NFL draft countdown: Analyzing SN's No. 35 prospect, North Carolina LB Zach Brown - NFL - Sporting News
Strengths: Brown has tremendous speed and closing burst to be an impact player in the NFL, despite the fact he lacks ideal height. (Vital statistics: 6-1, 244 pounds, 4.46 in 40-yard dash) On film, Brown reminded us of the Chicago BearsLance Briggs with his ability to make big plays chasing down running backs and in pass coverage.

2012 NFL draft countdown: Analyzing SN's No. 34 prospect, Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus - NFL - Sporting News
Strengths: Mercilus is a physical defender who's consistently able to make plays using his technique and outstanding competitiveness. (Vital statistics: 6-4, 261 pounds, 4.65 in 40-yard dash) He does an excellent job of holding his ground against offensive linemen on run blocks. He maintains outside position to carry out his contain responsibility.

Draft Tip Sheet: Hard times for fullbacks, virtual lock at 1-2 - NFL, NFLDRAFT - -
Of the 30 running backs in attendance for the combine workouts in Indianapolis last month, only two -- Southern Cal's Rhett Ellison and Bradie Ewing of Wisconsin -- were branded as fullbacks. Two other "draftable" players were among the tight end invitees as H-backs.

NFL Draft Risers and Fallers - -
While March Madness is commanding the headlines of the sports world, NFL scouts and evaluators remain on the hunt to find the future stars of pro football. Although the Combine has come and gone, numerous on-campus pro days are taking place every day throughout the month of March and into early April. These workouts give players the chance to improve their numbers from Indianapolis and the opportunity for Combine snubs to show their skills in front of NFL teams.

Rob Rang - Stellar workout from SJSU safety Ihenacho wows scouts
San Jose State safety Duke Ihenacho posted solid numbers at the 2012 Scouting Combine but he and those close to him knew he could do better. The three-time All-WAC Ihenacho certainly did that Wednesday at his Pro Day, putting up numbers to rival any safety tested in Indianapolis this year.

Hasselbeck says Titans’ pursuit of Manning didn’t bother him | ProFootballTalk
The Peyton Manning sweepstakes had three finalists, which meant three teams publicly identified themselves as willing to kick their quarterbacks to the curb if Manning agreed to sign. All three of those quarterbacks are doing their best to put a happy face on things.

How will the Jets work Tebow into the game plan? | National Football Post
Look for New York to get creative with the QB in 2012. Blogs " Blog Archive Mayock says pro days aren’t be-all, end-all for prospects "
PRO DAYS Mayock says pro days aren’t be-all, end-all for prospects By Staff | Published: March 22nd, 2012 | Tags: 2012 pro days, Andrew Luck, Brady Quinn, JaMarcus Russell, Mike Mayock, Paul Burmeister, Stanford For all the hype surrounding Andrew Luck‘s throwing session at Stanford’s pro day on Thursday, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said such workouts are not actually that important in terms of determining a prospect’s ability to succeed in the NFL.

Hawks interested in Stanford TE Fleener? | Seahawks Insider
With quarterback Andrew Luck performing well – as expected – at Stanford’s pro day this afternoon, Seattle Seahawks representatives on hand could only watch with envy. But they also could have been taking a closer look at one of the players on the receiving end of the many pinpoint passes Luck threw on Thursday – speedy tight end Coby Fleener, who also reportedly put on a show.

2012 NFL draft pro day updates - Tony Pauline -'s draft analyst Tony Pauline of checks in daily with news and notes about top prospects participating in pro days.

Lessons from Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte - NFC West Blog - ESPN
An irate Matt Forte lashed out at the Chicago Bears after the team signed Michael Bush to a four-year contract Thursday.

Williams's long road to recovery
Mike Williams was one of the feel-good stories of the 2010 season, as he returned from being out of the league for two years to become the Seahawks' leading receiver. Now, he just wants to feel better following ankle surgery that ended his 2011 season.

Grading the Seahawks' offseason moves so far - Blog -
After turning over most of the roster during their first two seasons with the Seahawks, general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll entered this offseason intent on locking up some of their own key players.

Why Shea McClellin could make sense for Seattle " Seahawks Draft Blog
Seattle has been pretty up front about their goals this offseason. Namely, they want to improve the pass rush and add speed at linebacker. Two-thirds of Seattle’s linebacker corps are currently free agents who may not return. Seattle wants to "get faster" at linebacker after all, and it would be hard to do that starting the same trio as last year. This is where a player like Shea McClellin could be particularly intriguing to Seattle, but before I talk about him, I think its important to discuss Seattle’s options. Thankfully, there are many.