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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Lovie Smith all but locks in Jameis Winston at No. 1 -
Jameis Winston is going to go No. 1 overall to the Buccaneers and Lovie Smith all but confirmed it on Wednesday at the owners' meeting.

Players who need to step up to fill the holes created by free agency |
Free agency has burned down to its dying embers. A few recognizable names remain available (Michael Crabtree, Stevan Ridley, Stefan Wisniewski, etc.), but for the most part NFL teams have their depth charts in order ahead of next month's draft.

Potential vs. production: Is Kevin White or Amari Cooper a better bet? |
In every draft, NFL teams measure the ceiling of each player, weighing the heights he may reach in his prime against the skills he can be expected to bring right away. Some teams tend to err on the side of caution, preferring players who have started for multiple years in big programs against top-tier competition, because it's ostensibly the most reliable way of determining how a player's skill set transfers from college to the pros. Other teams are perfectly fine with taking risks on small-school players or prospects with enticing upside but crucial gaps in their development on and off the field. For them, the calculated risk pays off enough when that fundamentally flawed player grows into a valuable addition at a lower price than more finished products.

Winston first, Williams second, and then the draft is wide open | ProFootballTalk
Everyone thinks the Buccaneers will take Jameis Winston with the first overall pick in the draft. Most people think the Titans will take Leonard Williams with the second pick. And after that? No one knows. Taking a look at a total of 10 mock drafts at Rotoworld, NFL.

Arizona neurologist praises NFL’s new injury timeout rule | ProFootballTalk
Any time a doctor who works for or near the NFL praises an NFL initiative, there's a reasonable cause for skepticism. But in the case of the league's recently adopted injury timeout rule, it's hard to find much room for argument. Via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.

Scout's Tales: Aaron Donald
Area Scout John Zernhelt on School Visits and Seeing Aaron Donald.

Packers may use pistol formation on a regular basis | ProFootballTalk
Last year, a late-season calf injury to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers forced coach Mike McCarthy to rely at times on the pistol formation, given the limitations on Rodgers' mobility.  McCarthy plans to use it more in 2015.

Jared Allen wants to prove he belongs: “I’m good still. Really” | ProFootballTalk
The Bears are still figuring out how best to use Jared Allen, since they're kind of contractually stuck with him. But after a disappointing first year in Chicago, Allen vows to show everyone this year that he still has plenty left in the tank, and he started that campaign when he met with General...

Kaepernick improving with Warner's help, flag football -
Colin Kaepernick has been working with Kurt Warner this offseason to improve his throwing touch. One testing ground for that progress: a corporate flag football event.

NFL to begin research on adding cameras to stadiums -
The NFL will begin research and development into adding new cameras to the goal line and other areas in all 31 stadiums beginning Monday, NFL Media's Albert Breer reports.

Lance Briggs to visit LB-needy San Francisco 49ers -
Lance Briggs will visit with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday. The Niners are in desperate need of linebacker help after the retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.

Audio: Talking NFL Draft with Seattle's KJR - Seattle - Scout's Rob Rang joined the Furness Show on his weekly visit previewing the 2015 NFL Draft from a uniquely Seahawks perspective. With 11 draft picks to play with, Seahawks' GM John Schneider and his staff appear set to have some fun this year -- almost as much fun as we'll have in projecting the best fits for the club.

Spring fling: Russell Wilson, Texas Ranger (for a day) | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Russell Wilson is in Surprise, Arizona, today, for his cameo with the Texas Rangers at their spring training.

Stefen Wisniewski going unsigned due to offseason shoulder surgery - Silver And Black Pride
Lately there has been a lot of speculation as to why former Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski has gone unsigned by NFL teams this offseason. He had reported visits with the Buccaneers and Seahawks...

Frank Clark’s tape vs Northwestern very impressive | Seahawks Draft Blog
We’ve talked about the off-field concerns with Frank Clark and they aren’t going away. You can’t ignore them. He may well have impressed teams during interviews at the combine — but we weren’t privy to those talks. Whoever drafts Clark, there’s going to be a portion of the fan base where this just doesn’t sit comfortably. And that’s totally understandable.

Video: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson slams home run during batting practice in visit to Rangers spring training | Dallas Morning News

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson works out with Texas Rangers - ESPN Dallas
Fantasy camp met Major League Baseball camp Saturday, as for the second consecutive year, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson followed up a Super Bowl appearance with a one-day workout with the Texas Rangers.