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2012 NFL Draft Player Spotlight: Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State | Articles
As a high school standout, Bryce Brown rushed for nearly 8,000 career yards. His prolific rushing stats led to his being regarded as the number one recruiting prospect of the 2009 class. That ranking put him above even players like Trent Richardson and Matt Barkley, who are locks to be first round picks in their respective drafts. Brown however, who only saw action in three games this season, is considered by most to be a late round pick at the very best.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Walkthrough: The Taint
It is now possible to claim that the Saints victory in Super Bowl XLIV was tainted. Not just possible, but fashionable: a few major football analysts have made off-the-cuff remarks to that effect in recent weeks.

2011 Run Stop Percentage: Linebackers |
If there’s one thing that irritates me more than anything, it’s people quoting tackle numbers at me as if a high tackle count automatically makes a player great. It doesn’t.

McCarthy, Packers content to keep offseason FA splash to a minimum -
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy was at dinner earlier this month with longtime center Jeff Saturday. There was the usual small talk when both men had a sudden realization. Saturday to McCarthy: I haven't really done this in awhile. McCarthy: I haven't really done this in a long time, either.

NFL Draft: Ranking the 4-3 LB Class by Tiers | National Football Post
Is Shea McClellin one of the best values in the class?

Could Devin Thomas finally break through on offense with Bears? | National Football Post
Opportunity should be there for receiver

Suspended Rambo reportedly considering the NFL Supplemental Draft | National Football Post
Bulldog may be done in Athens.

What does it mean when you bring a prospect in for a visit? | National Football Post
There are different reasons why teams host players. news: NFC West draft needs: Wideout weapons in high demand
Outside of one obvious exception in Arizona, the NFC West as a whole is sorely lacking playmakers on the outside. Are the Rams in play for Justin Blackmon? Chad Reuter looks at each team's needs.

20 post-free agency fantasy sleepers | National Football Post
Now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look at some players set to make a big impact in 2012.

Jacobs and NFC West short-yardage guys - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Peter from Rutland, Vt., points to Anthony Dixon's failed third-and-1 rushing attempt in the NFC Championship Game as one reason the San Francisco 49ers might have signed former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs.

Seahawks Blog | Gray area concerning Seahawks' new logo | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Seahawks could be entering a gray area when it comes to their new logo and uniforms. As in a gray alternate jersey that Seattle may have available, according to one source. This jersey would be a third option to the blue -- which is typically worn at home -- and the white shirts usually worn on the road.

The Seahawks' need for speed (off the edge) - Blog -
Todd McShay got it right with his latest mock draft, a two-round preview which has the Seahawks taking a pass-rusher first and middle linebacker second. Over the last two years, Pete Carroll and John Schneider have spent 65 percent of their draft picks on the defensive side of the ball, and I don't expect to see that trend change, especially in the early rounds in late April.

Our discoveries, after tracking pre-draft visits and workouts | ProFootballTalk
For the last two offseasons, PFT has used the media and our own resources to track pre-draft visits and workouts. We’ve hoped to find a connection between those meetings and what happens on draft day. 2012 NFL Draft Sleepers: Offense
Here is a breakdown of a sleeper prospect at each position. All the players will be prospects who are going on the second or third day of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Draft Spotlight: Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri " Seahawks Draft Blog
Veteran readers may recall that in 2010, I did a daily series covering prospects titled "player of the day" or POTD for short. People seemed to enjoy reading them, but in terms of results, it was an abject failure. I covered about 30 or 40 players or so in that series. Only one of them (Earl Thomas) was actually drafted by the Seahawks, and he was a player I almost didn’t include because like most people I was assuming Seattle was only considering six foot plus defensive backs.

NFL Draft: Russell Wilson and the 'boot action' | National Football Post
Using video from the Rose Bowl to highlight the QB.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll still feeling giddy about Matt Flynn signing | The Daily Dolphin
"We felt very fortunate," Carroll said. "We thought that was going to be a very difficult challenge for us, for all the obvious reasons. After he visited us, and went straight to Miami, he called me the next morning and said ‘I want to come.’ It worked out great for us, and not often does it happen that way."

Seahawks banking that Flynn proves more legit than Whitehurst -
Matt Flynn will be the next starting quarterback in Seattle, and maybe he makes them a playoff team again and maybe he doesn't. All I know is that the Seahawks haven't had a great track record in the quarterback department lately, so let's cut to the obvious question: What makes the Seahawks so sure Matt Flynn isn't the next Charlie Whitehurst?