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NFL Training Camp Battles: Jake Locker and Matt Hassellbeck to split reps at Titans Camp - Mocking The Draft
The quarterbacks of the class of 2011 had an interesting season.

Forgotten First Rounders: 2005 " Pick 256
Alex Barron – OT – 19th overall – St. Louis Rams Barron wasn’t an especially bad player, being a near full time starter for 5 of his 6 seasons in the league. However, being a mediocre starter who took too many penalties on a mediocre (at best) line isn’t good enough for a top 20 pick. One has to wonder how long Barron would have survived on a deeper roster or one which had fewer qualms about dumping marginally productive and overpaid players regardless of draft status.

The Best Rookie Storylines at Seattle Seahawks OTAs | Bleacher Report
The Seahawks have been one of the most unpredictable teams in the draft since head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over in 2010. Their bold moves always give us plenty talk about when analyzing their rookie class. Which rookie storylines are the most fascinating going into next week's OTA and the team minicamp from June 12-14?

NFL rankings: Cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, Charles Woodson, Champ Bailey have it covered - NFL - Sporting News
A funny thing happened during the 2011 season: Teams started to challenge Darrelle Revis' reputation as a shutdown cornerback capable of consistently taking away the opponent's best wide receiver.

NFL rankings: Safeties Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed head list with young stars in tow - NFL - Sporting News
For many seasons as impact playmakers on the rival defenses of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed have been the NFL's two premier safeties. But with Reed, 33, not totally sure about playing through another season and Polamalu, 31, entering the latter stage of his career, it's good to see the immediate future is still bright at the position.

Top free agents left on the market | ProFootballTalk
In March, our free agency coverage involved a list of the top-100 available players, nicknamed the "PFT Hot 100." All but 12 of those free agents are now accounted for. One of them was restricted free agent Mike Wallace, the Steelers’ wide receiver who wants big bucks.

Defensive prototypes: Defensive Backfield |
So far this week we’ve looked at defensive prototypes for the defensive line and for linebackers and in this final installment, we move to the secondary. As we work our way back from the line of scrimmage, things only get more complicated. In an attempt to counter offenses that have had things go ever more their way in recent years, new and more complex coverages have been devised, often involving intricate disguises and split-field concepts. This makes it more challenging for quarterbacks to key in on what is happening and know where and when to deliver the football, but also makes the job of profiling players in any given scheme a tougher task.

Ranking the top five RB prospects for 2013 | National Football Post
Where does Wisconsin RB Montee Ball rank on our list?

Landry Jones (QB, Oklahoma) vs Oklahoma State " Seahawks Draft Blog
It’s easy to forget, but this time last year Landry Jones was going to be a top-ten pick. That was the consensus opinion among many high-profile draft pundits, an opinion that remained right up until he hit rock bottom at the end of last season. If you’d said this time last year Jones would remain at Oklahoma for his senior season, a lot of people would’ve laughed hysterically.

Seahawks still have high hopes for Walter Thurmond - Blog -
The Seahawks saw Brandon Browner make the Pro Bowl last season while another cornerback, Richard Sherman, made four interceptions in 10 starts as a rookie. They've spent sixth-round picks on Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane in the past two drafts and re-signed veterans Marcus Trufant and Roy Lewis.

Saturday notes around the NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Good morning (yes, it's still morning here on the West Coast). A few notes and thoughts from around the NFC West on the first Saturday in June:

Drawing up the 'Slant-Flat' vs. Cover 2 | National Football Post
Why this base concept is still a top call in the NFL.

Fantasy Football 2012 Rankings: Wide Receiver Part II - Fake Teams
Can you get receiver in the later rounds? You bet. In fact, this might be the best year in a while to do so.