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Futures: Florida DE/OLB Dante Fowler | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I’m a big fan of Stephen White’s draft profiles. The former NFL defensive end-turned-blogger has a writing voice that transports me to a corner booth at a late-night Korean barbecue joint where, over the sizzle of pork belly, beef brisket, and kimchi on the iron-cast lid, we’re just a couple of buds downing beers and trading fours on rookie prospects. Good times.

Amari Cooper or Leonard Williams for the Raiders? - 2015 NFL draft
Insider's NFL Front Office is taking a look at the draft decisions facing the teams picking in the top five of the NFL draft. In this edition, it takes over the Oakland Raiders, looking at whether the team should invest in a wide receiver or defensive lineman.

Meet Joel Bussert, the mystery man who helped modernize the NFL | The MMQB with Peter King
Behind the scenes but in the middle of everything, Joel Bussert has counseled three commissioners over the course of four decades and always championed the quality of the game. Get to know him before he says goodbye

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert, Baltimore's Eric DeCosta on drafting late | The MMQB with Peter King
No pick in the top 10? No problem. Roster architects from two of the NFL’s most consistently successful franchises—Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert and Baltimore assistant GM Eric DeCosta—share insights into their draft-day strategies for picking late in Round 1

Kickers Are Prospects, Too: The Impossible Task of Scouting Kickers and Punters | Bleacher Report
This is the most important article about drafting kickers and punters that you will read this year.

SI 64: Nos. 24-20: Erving, Green-Beckham, Gordon, Johnson, Williams |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

2015 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Trades galore in the first round |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Hakeem Nicks on his future: “I’m nowhere near finished, man” | ProFootballTalk
Injuries and ineffectiveness kept Hakeem Nicks from cashing in with the Giants. And last year's attempt to re-establish his market with the Colts didn't work out quite as he had hoped. Now, Nicks is hoping someone will give him another chance to prove himself.

Taking a look at fifth-year options for 2012 first-round picks | ProFootballTalk
NFL teams are now deciding whether or not to pick up the fifth-year options on 2012 first-round draft picks. Here's a rundown of where each team stands: ALREADY PICKED UP The Colts have announced the obvious, they will pick up the option and pay first overall pick Andrew Luck $16.

Michael Bennett says he never asked Seahawks for a trade | ProFootballTalk
Asked specifically whether he asked for a trade (as was reported by Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram), Bennett replied: “I never asked for it. I didn’t come to them asking for a trade. I’m still trying to figure out how a guy from Dallas make up a story about me, I’m living in Seattle, I’m like how does that happen? I’m in Hawaii surfing, got the kids surfing in the ocean and they are talking about something else.”

2015 NFL Draft: Running backs return to respectability - publisher Frank Cooney continues his 2015 NFL Draft position series, breaking down the best running backs and tight ends available. Has the return of the RB been exaggerated?

The all-time NFL power rankings -- of the Super Bowl era -
Congrats, Cowboys, you're the best NFL team ever. Of the Super Bowl era, anyway.

Reggie Bush: Jarryd Hayne will make 53-man roster -
Jarryd Hayne is a 6-2 running back with a natural ability to catch the ball in traffic. Is that enough to land him a spot on the San Francisco 49ers' final roster? Reggie Bush is confident in his friend's chances.

Le'Veon Bell suspension would leave Steelers feeble -
The Steelers will likely be forced to start a new season without Le'Veon Bell. Does the absence of the star running back make Pittsburgh vulnerable in the season's first month?

Is Dante Fowler, Jr. worth a top-five draft pick? -
It's almost certain that Dante Fowler, Jr. will be selected in the top five of the draft, but is he worthy of such a high selection? Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah don't see eye to eye on this one.

2015 NFL Draft: Five potential first-round surprises -
Leonard Williams has a stunning slide and an unexpected team trades up for Marcus Mariota. Those are just two of the potential eye-openers of the first round, Charles Davis says.

Michael Bennett surfaces on 710 ESPN Seattle, says he never asked for a trade and talks about Jimmy Graham | The Seattle Times
Until today, Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett had been silent since a Twitter report last month stated that he was unhappy with his contract in Seattle and wanted to be traded to Atlanta.