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Football Savages / 2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report - Preston Smith, DE Mississippi State
Preston Smith is the latest Mississippi State prospect that leaves the program with a ton of playing experience.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: Deep Diving for Small-School Sleepers
In his recent article on CSU-Pueblo quarterback Chris Bonner, Mike Tanier referred to me and Optimum Scouting's Eric Galko as "deep divers" of the draft analyst community. With my caps and "seafarer" grooming, I admit that I sport a resemblance to Steve Zissou on occasion. (I probably bear a greater resemblance to Russell Crowe lost at sea, but I'm hoping to sell you on Bill Murray. We all have our little delusions of self we like to hold onto.)

Fantasy Football - Offseason Extra: Scouting the second-year wideouts :
Odell Beckham, Mike Evans and several other rookie receivers were amazing in 2014. But which ones are at risk of a major let-down? Dave Richard examines the second-year receivers.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Marcus Mariota goes No. 2, Leonard Williams slides |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

NFL doctor says CTE is being “over-exaggerated” | ProFootballTalk
We've known about the condition known as "Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy" for several years now.  From time to time, CTE takes center stage.  And then it fades into the background again.

Competition Committee announces 2015 rule proposals | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has announced that the following rule changes, bylaw changes and resolution changes will be discussed by the Competition Committee and considered by the owners at next week's league meetings: Rule changes -- Allow any call to be challenged. -- Allow penalties to be challenged.

Rams sign Garrett Reynolds | ProFootballTalk
The Rams have released a pair of offensive linemen this offseason and they added one to bolster their numbers up front on Wednesday. The team announced that they have signed Garrett Reynolds.

Best, worst values in Wave 2 of free agency -
Did the Houston Texans over-spend for Vince Wilfork? Around The NFL's Conor Orr breaks down the teams who had the best and worst deals during the second wave of free agency.

Chris Canty inks 1-year deal with Baltimore Ravens -
Chris Canty is back with the Baltimore Ravens. The defensive end has signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal that includes a team option designed to spread out a $1.53 million signing bonus.

Kenrick Ellis, New York Giants reach contract -
The New York Giants will sign former Jets defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis. Big Blue hopes the tackle will help boost a woeful run defense.

Michael Crabtree visiting Miami Dolphins -
Free agent Michael Crabtree is visiting the Dolphins on Wednesday. Would the former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver be an upgrade in Miami?

No vote scheduled for playoff expansion -
A year ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke optimistically about playoff expansion at the Annual League Meeting. It was a question of when, not if. Is a decision on playoff expansion imminent?

Biggest head-scratching moves -
Ndamukong Suh and Jimmy Graham have new addresses. But what have been the biggest head-scratching moves thus far? The Around The NFL team explores.

Seahawks notes: Greg Hardy, Chris Canty out of the picture; Hawks to host Ahtyba Rubin; Percy Harvin signs with Bills - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News

Two potential Seahawks DE targets signing elsewhere | - Seattle Sidelines
Two free agents who had been linked to Seattle as a potential landing spot have or will sign with other teams.

Cary Williams brings experience to Seahawks’ secondary, but not overconfidence | The Seattle Times
Veteran knows he has areas that need improving, and he’s ready to work on those areas with Seattle coaches

Connection with Kris Richard helped Cary Williams connect with Seahawks
During his free-agent visit that led to Cary Williams signing with the Seahawks, the veteran cornerback got a crash course in the connection that makes defensive coordinator Kris Richard so valuable to the team’s success.

Agent's Take: Notable free agency contract tidbits for all 32 NFL teams -
Which guard makes more than his team's left tackle? Who is the NFL's highest-paid kick returner? Ex-agent Joel Corry examines the most interesting contract tidbit for all 32 NFL teams.

Draft Insider Tony Pauline speaks to Seahawks Draft Blog | Seahawks Draft Blog
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