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Optimum Scouting's 2015 NFL Draft Guide
Our 4th annual NFL Draft Guide is ready for purchase, and it’s packed with our Scouting Reports, including character evaluations, comparisons, Top-250 Big Board, lessons from our partner former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist, and more. We’ve evaluated over 250 NFL Draft Prospects and ranked over 500 Players in total in this year’s guide

Football Savages / NFL Draft Prospect Interview - Marcus Rush, DE Michigan State
Michigan State defensive end Marcus Rush started a total of 53 games in his career after redshirting as a freshman, setting the team's record. He has been a productive part of one of the most well respected defenses in the nation and been on a big stage a great deal.

A Chiefs draft lesson: Why GM Scott Pioli was better than you think | National Football Post

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2014 Adjusted Interceptions
Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers were co-leaders in interceptions last season, but nobody threw more passes that should have been intercepted than Andrew Luck. Shaun Hill threw more interceptions than he probably should have, while no quarterback had better luck on bad throws than Drew Stanton.

Joel Bussert recalls 40 years of NFL draft memories, oddities and more |
Next week in Chicago, Joel Bussert will work his 40th draft with the NFL, but his first outside of New York. The draft started in 1936 but hasn’t hit the road since last visiting the Windy City in 1964. Bussert wasn’t there back then, it only seems like it. He came on the scene in the league office in time for the 1976 draft, which was held at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel, when the selection process was still a rather low-key, straightforward affair. That means he's been around for half of the NFL's 80 drafts.

SI 64: No. 5: Florida DE/OLB Dante Fowler Jr. |
With the 2015 NFL draft fast approaching, it’s time for all 32 NFL teams to start getting their draft boards in order and ranking players based on their own preferences. At SI, it’s time for us to do that as well. To that end, Doug Farrar and Chris Burke have assembled their own definitive Big Board, consisting of the players they feel deserve to be selected in the first two rounds.

Packers looking at NFC Championship loss as tool for motivation and education | ProFootballTalk
“I thought about it in my training these past couple months whenever I reached that point of fatigue or feel like I can’t go no more,” Cobb said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Just having those thoughts in the back of my head and knowing that next rep may be the next rep that’s going to excel us past that moment. You use it as motivation. You have to. You find ways to fuel yourself in the offseason and that’s one of mine.”

Rangers don't want to interfere with Russell Wilson's NFL career -
"Russell has the competitiveness and work ethic to where he'd have a shot if he committed to baseball," Daniels said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Obviously, he's got a pretty good thing going on with the Seahawks, and we're not going to get in the way of that."

Report: Six teams 'in the mix' for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson -
The Vikings' phone is probably going to be ringing off the hook from now until the NFL Draft.

Playing for Chip or anybody else, Tebow not cut out to be NFL QB -
The Eagles think Tim Tebow can play? Did they forget that playing QB requires processing information at unreal speeds? Tebow can't do that. He never could. Yet Philly is poised to sign him Monday. Good luck.

The 7 coaches, GMs and owners who will swing the 2015 NFL Draft -
Names like Winston, Mariota and Williams top draft boards, but men like Whisenhunt, Kelly, Kroenke and Haslam are armed with the potential to make much more happen in Chicago.

NFL draft: Best/worst first-round picks for all 32 slots (13-16) -
The NFL's greatest receiver of all-time -- and an early 90's draft bust -- highlight CFB 24/7's countdown of the best and worst first-round picks, which continues with Picks 13-16.

Alex Boone: Jim Harbaugh 'wore out his welcome' -
Jim Harbaugh's tenure with the San Francisco 49ers ended after a tumultuous 2014 season. Guard Alex Boone, who stood up for Harbaugh during the season, said the coach "kind of wore out his welcome" with players.

Biggest free agency losers -
Despite underwhelming offseason moves and roster turnover, are the New England Patriots still the team to beat? The Around The NFL crew breaks down the free agency losers.

Biggest free agency winners -
Did the Jets and the Seahawks win free agency with their respective signings of Darrelle Revis and Jimmy Graham? The Around The NFL staff breaks down the free agency winners thus far.

Most return to team headquarters for phase 1 of offseason workouts–but not Michael Bennett | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks were back at team headquarters in Renton today for the first time since packing up to leave it Feb. 3, two days after the Super Bowl. They are beginning the voluntary phase one of their offseason workout program.

Results on field a strong indicator of Seahawks’ draft success under John Schneider, Pete Carroll | The Seattle Times
A team that had won nine games combined in the two years before the arrival of the general manager and coach has averaged 10 wins a year since. The Seahawks reached the past two Super Bowls and won the 2014 game.

Seahawks add Lemuel Jeanpierre to center competition - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks have re-signed center Lemuel Jeanpierre, who started three games as an injury fill-in last season and will compete to be Seattle's starter in 2015. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Would the Seahawks trade Michael Bennett? (No, but…) | Seahawks Draft Blog
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt following the Carroll/Schneider regime it’s to expect the unexpected. The high profile trades, the intriguing draft picks, starting a 5-10 rookie quarterback and winning a Super Bowl with him a year later.

Seahawks pre-draft position overview: Quarterback | The Seattle Times
As the NFL Draft nears --- it will be held April 30-May 2 --- it's time to review where the Seahawks stand at each position and assess possible draft needs.

Seattle Seahawks Players, Led By Russell Wilson, Power Retail Sales For NFLPI Licensees - Forbes
NFL Players Inc. licenses racked up more than $1.4 billion in retail sales during fiscal year 2015, which ran from March 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015.  Seattle Seahawks players, including quarterback Russell Wilson, were largely responsible for powering the surge in sales.  Wilson retained the top spot for the second straight year on the list of athlete endorsees based on total sales of all officially licensed products.  He was joined by teammates Richard Sherman (#7), Marshawn Lynch (#9), Earl Thomas (#29) and Kam Chancellor (#30) on the top 50 player sales year-end list.

Traincation Recap | Richard Sherman Official Website
Spent last week in Hawaii with the guys to get back into the groove as a team. It gave us a chance to strengthen relationships that we already have as well as helped to build ne...