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2013 Senior Bowl: South Wednesday Practice Notes
It was a busy day for the Optimum Scouting team, with myself handling the offensive and defensive lines as well as the running backs and linebackers, while Alex Brown and Mark Dulgerian tag-teammed the quarterbacks, receivers, and defensive backs.

2013 Senior Bowl: North Wednesday Practice Notes
Apologies for the delay, couldn't get the notes in before the second practice. I (Eric Galko) took the quarterbacks, running backs, and linebackers, myself and Mark Dulgerian worked on the receivers and defensive backs, and Alex Brown focused on the offensive and defensive line.

Markus Wheaton, Lane Johnson among Senior Bowl standouts -
The first few practices at the Senior Bowl are routinely marred by inconsistent play from top prospects, due to the anxiety of performing in a stadium full of scouts, coaches and general managers. Evaluators certainly understand the pressure of the moment, but they still want to see which players are able to excel in a competitive environment that is similar to an NFL training camp.

Mock draft Wednesday’s: 23rd January " Seahawks Draft Blog
I watched some Detroit Lions tape yesterday to look at free agent pass rusher Cliff Avril. He’s an effective edge rusher, with great balance and lean and when he’s lined up against a right tackle he causes a lot of problems. But there’s one thing that kept jumping off the screen. Something that smacks you in the face it’s so obvious. Interior pressure collapsing the pocket. Time and time again.

Senior Bowl: North Practice - Day 3 |
South practice on day two was a much more intense session with pads and pressing, which made for a much more exciting practice. As a whole, the team had a better practice but a few more things came to light and today that were more evident than yesterday.

NFP Scout Talk | National Football Post
The 73 underclassmen who decided to make the NFL jump will enrich the draft significantly. It is the largest group of underclassmen in history, eight more than entered the draft one year ago. NFL scouts say as many as 23 of them have the potential to be first round picks, and as many as nine of them could be top 10 considerations

Senior Bowl: Day Two Skill Player Notables | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Day Two of the Senior Bowl was packed with observations from both practices. This morning’s report covers wide receivers, quarterbacks, running backs, and tight ends. There are also some thoughts about drills and the Senior Bowl selection process.

Senior Bowl Practice Report, North, Wednesday | The Tailgater
Denard Robinson cannot catch.

Senior Bowl Report | The Tailgater
Notes from a clear, windy day in Mobile:

2013 Senior Bowl: South linebackers still in learning curve - CBSSports
Florida running back Mike Gillislee had a number of outstanding runs Tuesday thanks to his nimble feet and a big offensive line. That made for a challenging day for the South linebackers.

2013 Senior Bowl: 15 Thoughts from Day Three (North Practice) | - 2013 NFL Draft
Senior Bowl week just flies by and it’s tough to imagine that the week is already half over. The North Squad was up first again today and the physical up-tempo style of practice continued.

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Senior Bowl Week Projection | - 2013 NFL Draft
The Patriots’ season is over and Senior Bowl practices are underway, meaning it’s time for another examination of some of the 2013 NFL Draft’s first-round possibilities, with due attention paid to recent stock fluctuations

Senior Bowl: Double Take - All Star Circuit -
10 percent. That is my goal for how much Senior Bowl reports and observations should play into my evaluations. In order to achieve that, however, a solid baseline opinion is necessary. From there, prospects’ tendencies that flared up during practice should reflect the already defined opinions, but if they drift in a different direction the next step is to go back and check game action to see if the same qualities flashed.

Senior Bowl Notes- North Practice- Day 3
Ryan Nassib had his best day today, though he’s still floating deep balls. Starting to really like his ability to throw on the run. After watching him this week, I’m pretty convinced Nassib’s NFL fit is as a west coast offense quarterback. Mike Glennon had a decent day, wasn’t spectacular, wasn’t terrible. Looks great throwing the deep ball, passes over the middle sometimes lack accuracy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, how you feel about Joe Flacco as a prospect, likely determines how you’ll feel about Glennon.

Senior Bowl Notes: South Practice- Day 2
Lane Johnson was the most impressive offensive lineman on the day in my opinion. He still needs to get stronger particularly in his lower body but he has all the athleticism you could want to play left tackle, he uses his length well, has good feet, recovers and anchors as well as he can given his relative lack of lower body strength and finishes blocks better than I expected and has a little nastiness to him in my opinion. He looks the part of a 1st round tackle and may end up being my #3 OT after I go back and study him more.

Senior Bowl Notes: North Practice- Day 2
Today was the first chance I got to see a full North practice, but I again came away underwhelmed. Glennon looks to be the cream of the North class, he has the strongest arm, and the most consistent ball placement. Ryan Nassib looked decent throwing on the run, but struggled from under center, and had trouble reading from the pocket.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Brooks on the sideline as 49ers begin Super Bowl preparations
Meanwhile, practice squad receiver Ricardo Lockette - perhaps the fastest player on the 49ers' roster - is playing the role of Ravens speedster Torrey Smith in practice. A former track star at Fort Valley State, Lockette ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash at the 2011 NFL combine, which matched the fastest time by a wide receiver.

What should the Seahawks do with Matt Flynn? | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News -
The Seahawks signed Matt Flynn during the last offseason to come in and be the likely starting quarterback in Seattle. They gave him a decent salary — a good contract for a backup QB, a modest one for a starter — and were ready for him to take the helm.

The future for Matt Flynn and Seattle | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Matt Flynn came to Seattle for a chance to start. That chance, however, never materialized. Not in training camp as Russell Wilson improved throughout August and won the job after three exhibition games. Not in October when Wilson showed an ability to correct his third-down passing struggles during that Week 5 win in Carolina. That game — when Wilson’s status as the starter was most tenuous — proved to be a turning point for Seattle’s rookie. He never looked back.

Seahawks to make like George and Weezy and move up? | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks have made five draft-day trades during general manager John Schneider’s three years in Seattle.

5 Players the Seattle Seahawks Should Cut All Ties with During the Offseason | Bleacher Report
Pete Carroll and John Schneider have carefully constructed one of the most talented young teams in the NFL. When they took over as head coach and general manager prior to the 2010 season, the Seahawks were an ever aging team that was in salary cap hell.

Report: Sexual assault allegations against Crabtree 'not holding up' -
The allegations of sexual assault against San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree do not appear to be holding up against further scrutiny, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle. Crabtree was accused of assaulting a woman Jan. 12 in a hotel room after the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers.

JaMarcus Russell attempting comeback, still weighs over 300 lbs -
"My first year out, I couldn't watch football but after a while, I couldn't keep the TV off. I got that itchy feeling but now I gotta watch it, gotta watch," Russell told Yahoo! Sports. "The last few years, the things going through my life, football is my job and it is how it feeds my family. People would say [that] I didn't love the game, but that pisses me off. People don't know the real you, but I want people to know the real me and see what I can do. People are always saying that I'm a bust. I want to show them I'm not. I'm committed to this now."

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: Making Sense of The Senior Bowl
And what information is really that vital? That Melvin Ingram looks great? Duh. That the Jaguars are kicking tires on every wide receiver they can find? That anyone down here in search of a franchise quarterback is going to go home and tell his general manager to call Matt Flynn’s agent at the first possible opportunity? -- Mike Tanier, from his 2012 column Southern Gothic

The Manning Index (and The Brady Effect)
Eight years ago — almost to the day — our old PFR colleague Doug Drinen wrote a Sabernomics post about "The Manning Index", a metric designed to roughly gauge the clutchness (or chokeitude) of a given quarterback by looking at how he did relative to expectations (he revived this concept in version two, six years ago). In a nutshell, Doug used the location of the game and the win differential of the two teams involved to establish an expected winning percentage for each quarterback in a given matchup. He then added those up across all of a quarterback’s playoff starts, and compared to the number of wins he actually had. Therefore, quarterbacks who frequently exceeded expectations in playoff games could be considered "clutch" while those who often fell short (like the Index’s namesake, Peyton Manning) might just be inveterate chokers.

Smart Links – Chris Ault’s Pistol, Chip Kelly’s Non-Pistol, 3-4 vs 4-3, Chappelle Show, Next Wave of Dual-Threat QBs – 1/23/2013 | Smart Football
ormer Nevada coach and Pistol Offense auteur Chris Ault has been on a bit of a media blitz recently; check out interesting interviews he’s done with the New York Times and the NFL Network. And in his interview with Mercury-News’ Jerry McDonald, Ault highlighted the fact that it’s myopic to think of this stuff as just the read and specifically the quarterback keep. Instead, what makes it all work — and potentially viable for the future in the NFL — is it’s just one piece of the puzzle but it actually bolsters the rest of what you do.

The Tape Never Lies: There’s a growing connection between Joe Flacco and Jim Caldwell | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
The other day I stood at the sports bookshelf in the corner of Barnes and Noble and read Gary Myers’ book "Coaching Confidential: Inside the fraternity of NFL Coaches". - Titans not expected to incorporate read-option with Locker
The NFL is a copycat league. The "read-option" has exploded at the NFL level, with Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III all finding almost immediate success employing it. The Titans have a highly athletic quarterback in Jake Locker, whose rare flashes at the NFL level have often been a result of him making plays with his legs. Naturally, Titans new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will include some option elements in the Tennessee offense in 2013, right? Don’t bet on it.