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Thank goodness it's Friday.

Greg Cosell's draft preview: Many good defensive prospects for interior, too | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
We’ve looked at the edge defenders in this draft, and it’s a deep group. There are some possible impact defenders up the middle too, at the interior line and off-the-ball linebacker positions.

Washington, Seattle, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Extra Rest, and the 2015 NFL Schedule
And each of those teams, in the week following that bye, play the Seahawks. That gives Seattle a league-high four opponents in 2015 coming off of their bye week. In addition, the Seahawks play the Rams in week 16, when St. Louis will be coming off of ten days’ rest, having played on Thursday Night Football against the Bucs in week 15. You can view the full schedule here.

NFL Draft Needs: Rams - Draft Analysis - Rotoworld.com
Josh Norris and Evan Silva look at the Rams' biggest needs and project each of their 2015 NFL Draft selections.

The Comprehensive Guide to 10 years of first round trades | National Football Post
As the draft draws closer, the anticipation level for draft day trades begins to rise. These trades help make the draft event the most important occasion of the NFL offseason. To help get ready for this aspect of the draft event we reviewed all trades involving first round choices 2005 through draft day 2014 to see what could be learned.

Rankings of NFL Teams by Draft Class | National Football Post
For all the talk about the draft and teams that do well, there is one point that must be stressed. No team does well in the draft every year. Taking that statement to the next logical step, a team does not have to do well in the draft every year to be successful.

NFP Prospect Focus: David Johnson and John Crockett | National Football Post
This year’s running back class just may be the best we have seen in years. Not only are there a number of backs form the traditional big school powers, but also there are several top prospects from smaller schools. Previously I did a report of South Dakota State’s Zack Zenner. Today, we will look at Northern Iowa’s David Johnson and North Dakota State’s John Crockett.

Louisville's Lorenzo Mauldin, from foster homes to the NFL draft | The MMQB with Peter King
You step into a room and the door closes behind you. Inside, there are five men, one of whom you recognize from television; he’s an NFL head coach. You shake everyone’s hand and sit across from the group. They ask about a dozen questions.

Audibles Podcast: Breaking down our 2015 NFL draft All-Tape Team | SI.com
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from SI.com

Marcus Mariota to Browns? Trades that could happen during NFL draft | SI.com
With exactly one week before the start of the 2015 NFL draft, trade rumors are as hot as ever, and there are three prominent players who could be potential trading chips: Chargers QB Philip Rivers, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

Players, agents not reacting well to public waffling on fifth-year options | ProFootballTalk
Every May 3, teams must decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option for first-round draft picks entering their fourth NFL seasons.  This year, multiple teams publicly have expressed reservations about picking up the options on 2012 first-round picks.

Re-drafting the 2014 wide receiver class - NFL.com
The 2014 class of wide receivers boasted some of the best rookie wideouts the NFL has ever seen. Chris Wesseling breaks it all down, starting with Odell Beckham.

Mel Kiper and Todd McShay go head-to-head in three-round mock - 2015 NFL draft
For this one, it's not about whom we project -- it's about whom either of us would take at each slot.

Tom Brady misses Patriots' White House visit - NFL.com
The New England Patriots met with President Barack Obama at the White House today, but the Super Bowl champs made the trip without their star player: Tom Brady.

Rob Gronkowski fires back at President Obama after deflategate crack - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barak Obama took a couple of playful jabs at the Patriots and in return, Rob Gronkowski attempted to fire back. While addressing the recent Super Bowl XLIX champions, Obama was quick to joke about deflate gate. “I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town, I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat,” Obama said. “All right, all right. That whole story got blown a little out of proportion. All

The Science of Speed - CBSSports.com
Top draft prospects and NFL vets have found an edge working with Tony Villani, an innovative speed guru who gets results and prolongs careers.

Russell Wilson unveils his White House dinner date and it's not Ciara - CBSSports.com
Russell Wilson is pretty close with the woman he's taking to the White House Correspondents dinner.

Elway not happy with Demaryius Thomas: His absence makes no sense - CBSSports.com
John Elway is not happy with the Broncos No. 1 wide receiver.

LOOK: Patriots head to White House, where Prez makes Deflategate joke - CBSSports.com
The President of the United States of America: He's just like us!

2015 NFL Draft Big Board: Gurley's knee re-check gives him a boost - NFL, NFLDRAFT - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Todd Gurley's stock rises after his knee checks out. But other top prospects with injury red flags -- Jaelen Strong, Jay Ajayi and T.J. Clemmings -- could slide.

John Schneider on the importance, challenge of identifying toughness - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
An essential quality that Seahawks general manager John Schneider looks for in a potential draft pick is the toughness to survive in Seattle's hyper-competitive culture. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

2015 NFL Draft Preview: Linebackers | Seattle Seahawks
Outlining the top linebacker prospects as the 2015 NFL Draft approaches.

Thursday Round-Up: One burning question for the Seahawks before the 2015 NFL Draft | Seattle Seahawks
A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

A closer look at the Seahawks 2015 schedule: Weeks 5-8 | Seattle Seahawks
Find out what's worth noting when the Seahawks face the Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, and Dallas Cowboys in Weeks 5-8 of the 2015 regular season.

Seahawks pre-draft position review: Offensive line | The Seattle Times
We’ll continue our Seahawks pre-draft position reviews with a look at tight end.

NFL Draft Needs: Seahawks - Draft Decisions - Rotoworld.com
Josh Norris and Evan Silva look at the Seahawks' biggest needs and project each of their 2015 NFL Draft selections.

Jordan Phillips is a big dude, and the NFL needs big dudes - SBNation.com
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White puts Oklahoma nose tackle Jordan Phillips under the microscope ahead of the draft.

Marynowitz: Eagles Taking Three-Pronged Approach - Birds 24/7
It’s been nearly three months since Chip Kelly announced he was promoting Ed Marynowitz to vice president of player personnel.

Rating the NFL draft prospects: Wide receivers and tight ends
The Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn assesses the top wide receivers and tight ends in the draft next week. Included is each player's height, weight, 40-yard dash and projected round.