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Pre-Draft Skill Player Top 12s - Goal Line Stand -
With free agency long over with and the draft still upcoming, we’ve had a month or so to form 2015 rankings. We’ll dive into this even further in a couple weeks following the draft when we should largely know the main players and their landing spots, but now proved to be a fine time to release some preliminary ranks. Here are my thoughts on the top-12 players — also known as the QB1s, RB1s, WR1s, and TE1s — at the skill-player positions.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Introducing QBASE
On Thursday, a quarterback is almost certain to go No. 1 overall in the NFL draft for the 13th time in the last 20 years. And while there was a great deal of optimism about all of those quarterbacks at the time they were drafted, the numbers suggest that optimism was only sometimes warranted.

The NFL Mock Trade Draft, Part 2 «
Today, we’ll continue Monday’s mock draft of trades, starting with the 17th selection. For more details on the (tortured as always) logic behind these deals and the concept of this semi-mock draft, read Part 1.

The NFL Mock Trade Draft, Part 1 «
The week of the NFL draft is finally upon us. If you’re like me, you’ve read (or listened to) so many mock drafts by now that even the slightest hint of somebody arbitrarily making selections for an entire league is enough for you to curl into the fetal position. I love mock drafts, but by the last week of April, the onslaught is a little much.

Mock Draft: Projecting who NFL teams should pick in 2015 first round | The MMQB with Peter King
Mock drafts are the worst. Not only are you trying to guess what people far more experienced than you will do under the gun, but you’re doing so with about 1/1000th the amount of information they have—especially off-field information—about their own team and the prospects in the draft.

2015 NFL Draft All-Underrated Team |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

The Wes Welker Watch List: Top potential undrafted free agents |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Safe and risky options for the first 10 picks of the 2015 NFL draft |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Rookies at draft will undergo domestic violence education | ProFootballTalk
For the 28 players who opted to accept the invitation to attend the draft in Chicago, they won't have an option when it comes to submitting to an domestic violence education session.  According to Lindsay H.

Cordarrelle Patterson: This is a make or break year for me | ProFootballTalk
Last week, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said that he was excited about the future with wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and that he thought Patterson had grown up a lot this offseason.

Urban Meyer: Media attention on Tim Tebow “did wear” on NFL teams | ProFootballTalk
New Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow is no stranger to media attention. But for NFL clubs, the focus on Tebow has been an unwanted byproduct of having the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner on the roster, his former college coach believes.

NFL asks broadcast partners not to tip picks | ProFootballTalk
NFL Network and ESPN decided in 2013 to stop disclosing draft picks via TV or otherwise (e.g., Twitter) before the Commissioner announces the selections.  For 2015, the NFL has asked its network partners to do the same thing. According to Ryan Glasspiegel of TheBigLead.

Four smokescreens from NFL draft season -
There have been many rumors flying around about what could occur during the NFL draft on Thursday. The Around The NFL crew isn't buying most of them. Here are four smokescreens to lookout for.

Texans reportedly add Chris Polk to the mix -
The Texans have agreed to terms with running back Chris Polk, according to the Houston Chronicle. Will Houston still draft a running back?

Seattle Seahawks Draftland – Where The First Round Doesn’t Matter - Oregon Sports News
It’s been said that the Seattle Seahawks are a “draft-and-develop” team so often that we generally accept it as fact. What’s more true of recent Seahawks squads is that the blue birds excel at drafting and developing later-round prospects. The top two rounds? Not so much.

Could Seahawks find starting LG and C with first two picks of the draft? | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

Wide receivers available for needy Seahawks in bunches – starting with Michigan’s Devin Funchess | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Now that the Seattle Seahawks have Jimmy Graham, how much are they in the market for a wide receiver in this week’s draft?

Seahawks pre-draft position reviews — Special Teams | The Seattle Times
We’ll conclude our review of Seattle’s position groups heading into the draft with a look at special teams.

Danny Shelton has worked his way to his NFL draft moment | The Seattle Times
On a stage more befitting a man of his size and talents, Shelton will be in Chicago for the NFL draft, where an audience of 3,000 will fill Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre.

Jon Gruden was among few who lauded Seahawks’ pick of Russell Wilson | The Seattle Times
Consider this your annual reminder that what you hear on draft day doesn't always translate to what you'll see on the football field.

Seahawks' secondary is a primary need entering the draft - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Injury and attrition.

Seahawks ‘compete’ on, off the field | The Seattle Times
Footballers don aprons for autism; Martin Short still supporting Gilda’s Club three decades on; Hugo House has its cake, eats it too and raises money.

Seahawks pre-draft position preview — defensive backs | The Seattle Times
A continuing look at the Seahawks’ position-by-position needs before the NFL draft, this time the defensive backs.

Ranking each and every Seattle Seahawks draft class - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
On Thursday, the eyes of the sports world will be focused on Chicago, where the 2015 NFL Draft gets under way from the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

Realistic Draft Trade Possibilities for the Seattle Seahawks | Bleacher Report
Trades are part of every NFL draft, and since the implementation of the rookie wage scale as part of the collective bargaining agreement in 2011, it seems that teams are even more willing to pull the trigger on them.

Updated mock drafts — Who do they see the Seahawks taking? | The Seattle Times
We're just a few days away now from the NFL Draft, which begins with the first round on Thursday. Rounds two and three will be held on Friday and then rounds 4-7 on Saturday.

2015 NFL Draft Preview: Wide Receivers | Seattle Seahawks
A closer look at where Seattle stands at wide receiver as the 2015 NFL Draft approaches.

Ten Most Overrated 2015 Draft Prospects - Turf Show Times
Every year there are players that are adored for their size and/or elite athleticism. Here we will look at ten players that might not be worth the early pick they're likely to see.

Imagining Football in a Non-NFL World «

Why the NFL Draft Is More Awkward Than Ever - WSJ
In an era of unprecedented information and technology, one would think it would be easier than ever for NFL teams to draft the right players. But coaches and executives say it has never been more challenging.

Broncos waive reserve DE Quanterus Smith
Quanterus Smith's potential never matched his production. With the draft approaching this week, creating additional competition for roster spots.

Report: Broncos waive Quanterus Smith | ProFootballTalk
The Broncos kick off a three-day voluntary minicamp on Tuesday and they will reportedly be getting to work without defensive end Quanterus Smith. It's not because Smith is opting to work out on his own, as is often the case when players choose not to take part in voluntary work with their teams.

2015 NFL Draft Profile - Buffalo Defensive Lineman Kristjan Sokoli, DT, UB Bulls - Bull Run
There is no Khalil Mack type buzz for Buffalo fans this season but UB's Kristjan Sokoli has spent the spring convincing NFL scouts that he is definitely worth a look. The Buffalo defenders stock...