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Boomshakalaka. Tony Softli - NFC West Improved Across the Board
The landscape of the NFC West division has improved, based on the 2012 NFL draft and free agency period of procurement. When I study all four teams, several playmakers and difference-makers, along with future starters and heavy contributors, have been added to rosters. I expect vast improvement for the division, from the bottom up.

The Return of Old School Football? Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Beliefs - Bucs Nation
SBNation's Sander looks at Schiano's team building philosophy. "Old school", similar to Pete Carroll's. Worth a read for Hawks fans. By the Numbers
Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has the pedigree that most fans love to see from their school's top defensive coach.

Still sittin' pretty? - Offseason Low Down -
Back on April 16, I posted an article here at Rotoworld called ‘Sittin’ pretty…for now’. In that piece, I investigated all 32 offensive depth charts in the hope of uncovering sleepers for the 2012 fantasy football season. I focused on players who were currently sitting in a situation that would allow them fantasy success and predicted if they’d maintain that upside following the draft.

Holes to fill: Post-draft, free agency spots of concern for all 32 teams -
Free agency and the NFL Draft have come and gone and you can bet most teams feel good about what they've added to their rosters.

Boom or Bust: Is David Wilson New York’s next big star? – Audibles
Three things jump at you when you watch film of new New York Giants running back David Wilson during his days at Virginia Tech:

Matchup I can't wait to see: Barron vs. Graham | National Football Post
Rookie safety will face a true test vs. Saints' TE.

Top Second Round Values | National Football Post
Who added the best values in round two?

Seahawks: One big question - NFC West Blog - ESPN
J.C. Colom asked the question via Facebook, and initially I was reluctant to answer it. Some things must wait until the regular season simply because there's not enough evidence to form a solid opinion, as Brett Schumacher pointed out before pleading with me to avoid quarterback-related questions.

Rams: One big question - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The team faces other questions coming off a 2-14 season, of course, but that position went largely unaddressed in the draft. St. Louis emerged from the draft with five linebackers on its roster, leaving roughly six or seven spots to fill for training camp.

49ers: One big question - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Ken Baker asked the question via Facebook. He's a Seattle Seahawks fan, so the question was probably rhetorical, but there's a broader context worth our attention.

Cardinals: One big question - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Joshua Steuter asked that question and a few others via Facebook as part of our ongoing discussion. We could have asked about Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and the quarterback situation, but we've been having that discussion for nine months already. The answer to Joshua's question could hinge on a few variables:

Top 40 watch list for 2013 " Seahawks Draft Blog
Everyone seems to do one of these nowadays, and a lot of them look the same. I’ve tried to be different where possible and bring something new to the table. This isn’t a mock draft, it’s not even a definitive list. It’s merely a collection of guys to keep an eye on in 2013. Some will succeed and progress towards the top of next years draft. Others will fail in that quest.

Bruce Irvin tape review vs Clemson " Seahawks Draft Blog
Bruce Irvin took 43 snaps against Pittsburgh, a game we reviewed earlier in the week. In the Orange Bowl he didn’t need such a workload as the Mountaineers blew Clemson away in a record breaking 70-33 victory. The nature of the snaps was interesting though.

Beyond the Shutdown 50 — OLB/DE Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
So ... if Irvin was the 15th player taken in the draft, how did we miss him in the original 50? The answer lies in a functional disconnect between media people who evaluate players, and the guys who do it for actual NFL teams.

Ex-front office executive gives Irvin an endorsement - Blog -
After the Seahawks drafted Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick, coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider spent much of their media interview vouching for Irvin's character and insisting that his past off-field troubles will not be an issue in Seattle. Ken Herock would agree.

2010 Running Game Wrinkle: Percy Harvin’s Role as a Roamer and Runner | Seattle Seahawks: Deciphering the Changes at Offensive Skill Positions for 2011 | Bleacher Report
In figuring what we could see as a result of Bevell and Cable’s influence in 2011, I’d like to highlight one facet of each team’s rushing attack from 2010. First, we’ll start with the usage of Percy Harvin. - Insider: Cousins could be steal for 'Skins
The following quotes are from NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Preparing himself for even more
In his first full season as a lead-blocking fullback, Pro Bowler Michael Robinson admits he was tired and often wondered how he'd be able to practice. So he's preparing harder and earlier for the 2012 season.

Osi's errors | National Football Post
When it comes to the issue of his contract, Osi Umenyiora has nobody to blame but himself.