2012 NFL Draft: Did the Browns Blow It? - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The Cleveland Browns had an interesting first day of the 2012 NFL draft. On the one hand, Cleveland got two of the draft's most productive players: Brandon Weeden, quarterback from Oklahoma State, who threw 71 touchdowns over the past two seasons, and Trent Richardson, an absolutely ferocious running back who rushed for more than 1,600 yards as the offensive centerpiece for Alabama's championship squad.
Trent Richardson, Andrew Luck, Morris Claiborne, and the rest of the style choices from this year's NFL draft - Grantland
Bad suits, big hugs, and a very serious discussion of football's hair problem
Randy Moss starts 49ers workouts, calls them "eye-opening" | ProFootballTalk
"It was eye-opening," Moss said. "Today was the first day and we were moving so fast. Today felt like we’d been out here for a week or two."
Bruce Irvin tape review vs Pittsburgh " Seahawks Draft Blog
The first thing people want to know about Bruce Irvin is how many snaps he’ll take in Seattle. Pete Carroll claims he can play 600-700 snaps initially in the Raheem Brock role, but others have argued that Brock featured in around 550 snaps. Either way, Irvin can still have an impact at 500 snaps.
Why Pete Carroll Will Coach the Cal Bears in 2013
Remember when Beano Cook said in April of last year that Urban Meyer would coach Ohio State in 2012 and everyone called him crazy? Old Beano looks pretty good now, doesn’t he? Well I’ve got another prediction that will probably blow your mind: Pete Carroll as Cal’s head coach in 2013.
Seahawks to bring in 2 FBs for tryouts - Seattle Seahawks - CBSSports.com RapidReports
Undrafted free agent FB James Stampley from LSU and former Oakland Raiders FB Bryson Kelly from Central Washington University will get tryouts with the Seattle Seahawks during their minicamp from May 11-13, according to an LSU statement and a tweet from Kelly's agent. Seattle has just one FB -- FB Michael Robinson -- and could be looking to add depth at the position.
2013 Draft: Top 32 Seniors - NFL Draft Preview - Rotoworld.com
So with the 2012 NFL Draft firmly in our 48 hour rear view mirror, it is absolutely time to set our sights on next year's crop of college football prospects.
The best undrafted players of 2012: The defense | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
You may remember that Doug Baldwin and Victor Cruz had pretty good seasons in 2011. And that Wes Welker guy? He's pretty good, too. Arian Foster is nobody to sneeze at, and London Fletcher is one of the most durable and productive linebackers we've seen in this era. You heard of Tony Romo? Antonio Gates? And we'd better include James Harrison, lest he lay us out with one of those brick-hard hits.
Seattle’s Bruce Irvin pick got them an earful of naughty words from the Jets | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Bruce Irvin going at 15th overall still ranks as the most surprising pick of the NFL draft, but maybe only to you and me. Folks in and around the league might not have shared our surprise.
2012 NFL draft: The Green Bay Packers surprised with trades on Day 2 - ESPN
NFL teams zipped through Rounds 2 and 3 in just under four hours Friday. There was a run on offensive linemen in the second round. Surprise moves were made on quarterbacks. Russell Wilson went to Seattle. Nick Foles went to Philadelphia. Michigan State's Kirk Cousins didn't get drafted. The Broncos landed Brock Osweiler to be Peyton Manning's understudy.
2012 NFL draft - First-round defensive decisions loom large - ESPN
Owners and general managers knew the relatively hard-line rookie salary pool would have positive impacts on team economics and cap management.
Can these five rookies play an impact role? | National Football Post
Shea McClellin, Stephen Hill, Bruce Irvin and more.
7th Round Breakdown | National Football Post
Who caught our eye in round seven?
No. 1 in 2013? How USC's Matt Barkley can cement draft status - NFL.com
Matt Barkley will be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. That is my expectation after conducting a preliminary evaluation on USC's star quarterback.
NFL.com news: Rams plan to check in on Janoris Jenkins every day
It was clear someone would take a chance on Janoris Jenkins. The St. Louis Rams became that team Friday, selecting the troubled-but-talented North Alabama cornerback in the second round of the NFL draft.
Brock and Salk - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com
Russell Wilson talks about being drafted by the Seahawks in the third round and says his height has never limited him as a quarterback.
Seahawks won't win popularity contest, but drafted well - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
The draft grades are in and the consensus is "underwhelming" when it comes to the 10 new Seahawks selected over the seven rounds of the 2012 NFL draft. Mel Kiper dished out his lowest grade , a C-minus, to the Seahawks largely because "their needs were met, but in terms of maximizing value, there are huge questions."
Where NFL draft predictions went wrong - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Months of mocks and related analysis did not adequately prepare us for a half-dozen selections in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. NFC West teams made two of those surprise selections: Bruce Irvin to the Seattle Seahawks and A.J. Jenkins to the San Francisco 49ers. I've listed four others in the chart below after consulting with our other seven divisional bloggers.
Closer look at 49ers' 2012 draft-day parlay - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers parlayed the 92nd and 125th picks in the 2012 NFL draft for the 117th and 180th choices, plus 2013 selections in the third, fifth and sixth rounds. That had to be one of the better value plays in the 2012 draft, the 49ers' own little penny project.
Monday metatarsal musings
Or footnotes: Despite all the attention the Seahawks' efforts in NFL Daft generated over the weekend, there were some leftover nuggets after the team selected 10 players in the seventh-round exercise.
2012 NFL Draft Profile: Carson Wiggs - Hammer and Rails
The Man With The Bionic Leg To be a kicker invited to the NFL combine you have to be something special. Carson received that invite in February and came to Indianapolis to showcase his skills. No, he was not asked to kick form Monument Circle through the open window at Lucas Oil Stadium, but I think most Purdue fans agree that he might be able to give that a try.
After NFL Draft, teams are busy with critical mission of signing undrafted free agents - Jeff Diamond - SI.com
When the Colts selected Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish with the 253rd and final selection in the NFL Draft Saturday, it signaled the start of the undrafted free agent frenzy. In my years as GM of the Vikings, we called this John Randle time.
Grading the 2012 Draft: Rounds 1-3 " Seahawks Draft Blog
Grading a draft right after it happens is… well… it’s kind of stupid. As much fun as it is to read good (or blistering) reviews, we all know this to be the case. But as much as ignorant people allow those draft grades to make up their minds for them, and for as much as smart people love making fun of grades before any of the players have taken a professional snap, the truth is actually somewhere in the middle. Let me give you an example to illustrate what I mean.
Cosell Tweets: Round 2 of the NFL Draft : NFL Films Blog
Editor’s Note: Greg Cosell was live-tweeting during Round 2 of the NFL Draft. Below are a compilation of tweets written by Cosell about (almost) every team’s pick in the NFL Draft.
Seahawks fine with Wilson's height, QB surplus - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
With the selection of former Wisconsin star Russell Wilson in the third round, the Seahawks now have four quarterbacks. "That's what we want," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Friday. "That's an ideal situation."
Ex-Husker Licht helps Patriots stay strong - Omaha.com
You won't see him honored at a Husker football game — though he lettered for Tom Osborne in 1991. You won't spot his name on a wall at Nebraska Wesleyan — or find someone on the small Lincoln campus who has even met him.
2012 NFL Draft Grades: Not Gonna Happen - Big Cat Country
Simply put, I find grading the drafts of every NFL team to be absolutely ridiculous. Whether consciously or not, they are all based on the media's pre-conceived "consensus" values of draft prospects that may or may not actually reflect what NFL team's actually felt about that player.
2012 NFL Draft again the source of many interesting storylines - Peter King - SI.com
On Wilson, GM John Schneider told me: "One of the top three players I scouted this fall. We had a great conviction on him.''
Russell Wilson Could Find Great Opportunity With Seattle Seahawks - NFL Spin Zone - A General NFL Blog providing you all the NFL News, Rumors, Updates, and National Football League News.
The Seattle Seahawks made a big free agent signing when they picked up former Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn during the free agency period, but they weren’t done adding quarterbacks to the roster just yet. When the Seahawks were on the clock with the 75th overall pick in the third-round, they made former Wisconsin and North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson their selection.
NFP Draft Grades: NFC | National Football Post
A look at how the NFC graded out in the NFL Draft.
Everyone’s a draft critic, just ask Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
A day after the draft, for a second consecutive season the Seattle Seahawks’ efforts were mostly panned by draft analysts around the league.