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Running back Doug Martin #22 of the Boise State Broncos.
Running back Doug Martin #22 of the Boise State Broncos.


Seahawks interested in Barron & Hightower? " Seahawks Draft Blog
Pauline’s sources are worth noting, especially when it comes to teams in the NFC. His Dallas sources have proven impeccable in recent years. On this one however, I’m not so sure.

2012 NFL draft countdown: SN's No. 21 prospect, Boise State RB Doug Martin - NFL - Sporting News
Strengths: Martin is a strong, powerful back who has uncommon quickness and big-play ability. He is similar to the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice and will be either a late first-round or early second-round pick.

NFL Draft 2012: Luke Kuechly, by far, tops ILB class - NFL - Sporting News
Just weeks away from the 2012 NFL Draft, Sporting News examines talent depth at every position before the first pick is made. The draft's first round will be April 26, followed by rounds two and three on April 27—both in prime time. Rounds 4-7 will be called April 28. On Monday, we examined the top cornerback prospects, led by LSU's Morris Claiborne. On Tuesday, it was the safeties, led by Alabama's Mark Barron. Third up today is inside linebackers, where there's another collegiate star who has become the clear-cut No. 1 pro prospect:

NFL Draft 2012: Among OLBs, Melvin Ingram rules the rooster - NFL - Sporting News
Several players in this category will transition from college defensive end, and four or more could be first-round selections.

B.J. Coleman throws for 16 teams at Chattanooga pro day - CBSSports
Quarterbacks inevitably rise as the draft approaches every year, and Tennessee-Chattanooga's B.J. Coleman is trying to hop on the train up draft boards. The No. 9-rated quarterback by, Coleman is currently projected as a fifth- to sixth-round pick. But he has excellent size at 6-3, 233 pounds, possesses good mobility and has the arm strength to make all the NFL throws.

Old-school scouts find diamond in the rough at WR - CBSSports
I really enjoy asking some retired football people to grade some players for me this time of year. They aren't tainted by the media reputations formulated about players, They simply watch a lot of game tape without former knowledge and then we discuss what they watched.

T.Y. Hilton 2012 NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking The Draft
T.Y. Hilton wasn't asked to make too many plays on deep routes, so it is tough to get a gauge on how strong his body control is. He adjusts to the ball well when coming across the middle, but I didn't get much of a chance to see him make plays along the sidelines.

Whitney Mercilus 2012 NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking The Draft
Pass rush: Mercilus has a nice first step off the line of scrimmage, which he uses to get past blockers and into the quarterback. Is strong at the point of attack to use the bull rush, but agile enough to spin. Likes to work to the inside instead of turning the corner.

NFL Draft Risers and Fallers - -
With NFL Draft weekend less than a month away, the pro day circuit is beginning to wind down. However there are still a few valuable workouts left on the docket. Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill will work out and throw on Thursday, March 29 and Trent Richardson, Mark Barron and Courtney Upshaw, who missed Alabama's first pro day because of injuries, will also work out on Thursday in Tuscaloosa. Pro day workouts are just a part of the process, but they shouldn't be overlooked. How a certain player works out carries a lot of weight within NFL front offices. With that said, here's a look at this week's Risers and Fallers: Here are this week's Risers and Fallers:

NFL - New offseason rules forcing coaches to adjust - ESPN
With a lockout in full force last year, NFL coaches had an impossible job in 2011. Their successes or failures were tied to so much that was out of their control. They had no offseason programs to keep veterans in shape. They had no chance to groom rookies in May and June. Basically, the owners and the union gave coaches the whistle and let them do what they could.

GM says Okoye not likely to return to Bears | National Football Post
DT has been sizing up options

NFL Draft: Stock Watch | National Football Post
Which prospects on offense are rising up draft boards?

NFL Draft: Breaking down the 'Cover 2' safety | National Football Post
Two routes safety prospects must defend in the deep half. Blogs " Blog Archive Fresno State’s WR Wylie looks good in pro day "
At the Fresno State pro day last Wednesday.Representatives from 15 teams were at the pro day including the Detroit Lions’ wide receiver and special teams coaches. The prospects ran on FieldTurf outdoors. Blogs " Blog Archive SMU’s Thompson impresses at tight end "
Taylor Thompson (6-foot-5 7/8, 259 pounds) is an interesting case: He’s been a defensive end at SMU and a receiver in high school. He ran 4.59 and 4.56 in the 40, had a 37-inch vertical leap, a 10-6 long jump, 4.41 in the short shuttle, 7.40 in the three-cone, and 22 strength reps. Thompson had an outstanding workout. He caught the ball really well, moves really well, and probably went from an undrafted free agent to a bottom-third-, top-fourth-round type of guy. He’s just a really good athlete who projects in my top 100. news: Wide receivers use pro days to improve their draft stock
Here's a look at prospects who helped their cause during their pro day:

Would moving Kam Chancellor to OLB make sense? - Blog -
According to a report, the Seahawks are looking to trade back from the No. 12 slot and take Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower with a later pick in the first round. That wouldn't qualify as surprising given the Seahawks' needs at linebacker and the willingness to move back that general manager John Schneider has demonstrated. The eye-opening portion of the report from was the alternative to that plan.

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts -
Would it make sense for the Seahawks to draft safety Mark Barron and move Kam Chancellor to outside linebacker? Why is Washington quarterback Keith Price being compared to Warren Moon? What's next for Gregg Williams now that audio of him telling Saints defenders to injure specific 49ers has surfaced?

Without Hawthorne, what will the Seahawks do at LB? - Blog -
The Seahawks, as you know, still have only one starting linebacker from last season under contract in K.J. Wright. Middle linebacker David Hawthorne agreed to a five-year deal with New Orleans this week, so he's obviously not an option to return anymore.