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The NFL Combine doth descend upon us.

Manti Te'o among players to be grilled at NFL combine
There are few job interviews as intense as NFL scouting combine interviews. Manti Te'o, Tyrann Mathieu and others with red flags are about to learn they're not exactly walking into a corporate board room. Torrey Smith found that out in Indianapolis two years ago.

Cosell’s Take: The evolution of NFL offense | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
It has become trendy to talk about the sudden impact of college football on the NFL game. The highly successful utilization of the Pistol formation, and the read option with its multiple concepts has ignited conversations that were unthinkable just a few short years ago. Perhaps no single play crystallized more sharply this new age of NFL football than Colin Kaepernick’s 56 yard touchdown run against the Green Bay Packers in the San Francisco 49ers' NFC Divisional playoff win.

The Shutdown Corner Combine Preview Podcast with Greg Cosell | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
With the 2012 NFL season in the books and the pre-draft process underway, it's time to reunite with our old buddy and new collaborator Greg Cosell of NFL FIlms and ESPN's NFL Matchup (as well as Shutdown Corner, in articles you can read here and here). The scouting combine is coming up rught away, and since Greg and I will both be there, along with Shutdown Corner's Brian McIntyre, we thought it would be good to go over the big prospects before the combine shook a few things out. As always, Greg gives you a sense of the process you won't get anywhere else, based on his conversations with players and coaches past and present, and his OCD-level evaluation of coach's tape.

Marquise Goodwin, Jesse Williams will be stars of NFL combine -
Who will be the workout wonders in Indianapolis this week? Daniel Jeremiah picks 10 potential stars of the combine, including Texas WR Marquise Goodwin, who will wow in the 40-yard dash.

Draft Rumblings - What NFP is hearing from around the NFL. | National Football Post
Russ Lande tells you what he is hearing from NFL personnel prior to the Combine.

Eagles’ G.M.: Combine won’t do much to change the draft board | ProFootballTalk
"It really shouldn’t change drastically," Roseman said. "I think some of the problems you get into is you get into the Senior Bowl, you get into the Combine and all of a sudden your board changes drastically. It’s got to be back on the tape."

NFL Combine: Intriguing players to watch | National Football Post
Michigan ATH Denard Robinson: The 6-foot, 197-pound former Wolverines quarterback is making the transition to receiver, and it has been a rough one thus far. It will be a long time — if ever — before "Shoelace" becomes a natural pass-catcher, but he needs to be able to put a rough Senior Bowl week behind him. He has all the athleticism in the world, so that bodes well for him moving forward. But his route-running and catching ability need a lot of work. Medical evaluations will also be important for him because he injured his right elbow during the 2012 season and still was not a full-go during the Senior Bowl.

Listen to podcast - Pod Player -
Former NFL personnel executive Tony Softli joins "Bob and Groz" and shares his thoughts on the evaluation process at the NFL scouting combine and whether the Seahawks should be interested in former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. Softli also shares the name of an undersized wide receiver to keep an eye on.

Official Jackson numbers left out signing bonus, incentives | ProFootballTalk
As officially recorded, it’s a one-year, $1.75 million deal with no guaranteed money or incentives. In reality, the deal includes a $500,000 signing bonus (which already has been paid) and incentives that could earn Jackson another $2.25 million, if he takes 65 percent of the snaps on offense.

Pre-Combine Notes 6.0
Two weeks from Saturday the offensive linemen take the field of Lucas Oil Stadium as the workouts for the 2013 NFL combine officially begin. Until then we will fill you on how the preparation is going for many of the invitees as well as the latest word on free agency. Update Feb 18th- Justin Hunter blowing up training….Werner- not so much…

Swartz: Seahawks Receiver Options " CBS Seattle
Draft a speed-burning youngster. Trade for an explosive play-maker. Sign a proven veteran free-agent? How about a combination of those for the Seattle Seahawks as they look to improve the passing game in 2013 and beyond.

One reason to be wary of pass rusher Paul Kruger? - Blog -
The conclusion I came to was that while Kruger is young and coming off his first contract – like tight end Zach Miller, receiver Sidney Rice and quarterback Matt Flynn, for instance – signing him to a huge deal would be an unprecedented move for a team that hasn't made such a significant commitment to a free-agent defender from another team. And if that trend is by design, it's hard to imagine Seattle going all out for Kruger.

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts -
Should the Seahawks take former USC quarterback Matt Barkley if he's available at NO. 25? What does having only one player at the combine say about the state of Washington's football program? What's the latest with disgruntled Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis?

Steadman Bailey is really underrated " Seahawks Draft Blog
For me, Steadman Bailey and DeAndre Hopkins are competing to be the best receiver in this class. And it’s a close call.

Seahawks "interested" in two off the radar prospects " Seahawks Draft Blog
Take it for what it’s worth- the Seahawks have been connected to two little known small school prospects in the past few days. Seattle showed interest in many players they did not draft last year, and often teams show interest in the players they don’t want, while never talking about the ones they do. They did interview Russell Wilson at the Senior Bowl last year, and there were reports that they showed interest in players like Korey Toomer and Jeremy Lane last year, which was the only reason I even knew enough to mention them before that draft.

How four mocks see West before combine - NFC West Blog - ESPN
With NFL prospects descending on Indianapolis this week, I've gathered pre-combine mock draft projections from Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Rob Rang and Gil Brandt. Their first-round picks for NFC West teams appear in the chart.

Assessing the 49ers' need at wide receiver - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers finished the 2012 season with an NFL-high four wide receivers who entered the NFL as first-round draft choices.

NFL scouting combine preview: NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL Nation previews the 2013 scouting combine by identifying the most important thing for each team to learn about its greatest area of need.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Reggie White & The Seahawks
He is a free agent. His career accomplishments already have him in the Pantheon of the NFL. Few pass rushers have terrorized quarterbacks at the rate he has, but he is going to be 32 next season. Free agents get paid for past performance as much as future, and committing big dollars to defensive end on the wrong side of 30 often leads to a new general manager shortly thereafter. But the lure of supreme pass rushers is like a siren's song. All are drawn to them, but only some avoid the craggy shores. One brave man steered his team through the dangerous waters. His name was Ron Wolf. Another man named Reggie White had 124.0 career sacks when he became a 31-year-old free agent in 1993. Wolf was committed to building through the draft, but went out of character to sign White to a 4 year $17M contract, which was unprecedented for a defensive player at the time. White made Wolf look like a genius by helping the Packers to a Super Bowl title in 1996. John Schneider, a Wolf protege, faces a similar decision this off-season with not one, but two thirty-something decorated pass rushers on the free agent market. History may have more lessons to offer Schneider as he attempts to guide his team past the rocky shores to a championship of his own.

NFL MANNIAC: NFL Running Back ball security (fumble %). Who's the best/worst?
One statistic that I love to evaluate is the fumble, but you can't just look at the fumble itself. To properly evaluate a players ability to protect the football, you must also consider the total number of touches. What you are looking for is the players fumble percentage per touch (fumbles / total touches). This will tell you the rate at which a player fumbles so you can properly evaluate their ability to protect the football. Also, I'm focusing on fumbles, not fumbles lost. The fumble being recovered by the player (or most likely his teammates), has nothing to do with the player's actual ability to protect the football.

AFC veterans on the roster bubble -
Which veterans could be cap casualties this offseason? Carson Palmer could give way to Terrelle Pryor in Oakland. Chris Wesseling breaks down roster bubble candidates for AFC teams.

Jets should trade Darrelle Revis to 49ers or Bucs, build for future -
Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets are going through tough times. Adam Schein writes a trade will benefit both player and team and has a few suggestions on where the star corner should go.

NFL Combine: Intriguing players to watch | National Football Post
Keep an eye on these former college stars in Indy.

A game of tag | National Football Post
A breakdown of where all 32 teams stand heading into free agency.

Why you should embrace the NFL combine | National Football Post
The combine is about more than just numbers.

Top 10: The most intriguing players at the combine -
I'm heading to Indianapolis on Tuesday as NFL Draft season kicks into high gear this week with the combine. Here are the 10 guys I'm most intrigued to see how their stock goes between now and late April. (NOTE: This isn't meant to be a combine version of the Freaks list.)

2013 NFL mock draft: Chiefs select Geno Smith with first pick -
With the first pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs will select Geno Smith, according to Pete Prisco's mock draft.

Lions' Nate Burleson thinks Jahvid Best should 'shut it down' -
Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson thinks that teammate Jahvid Best should 'shut it down,' instead of trying to return from his third career concussion.

Instinct or Practice: Demystifying the Nature of Running Back | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Is it instinct or practice? Nothing is as simple as it looks. Here’s a 2nd-and-five run by USC running back Silas Redd in the middle of the second quarter against Utah this year that begs the question.

The Greatest Wide Receivers Ever Version 2.0: Part II – Single season leaders
Yesterday, I explained my methodology for ranking every wide receiver in football history. Today I’m going to present a list of single-season leaders, which presents some problems.

Competition Committee seeking players’ input on low block rules | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s Competition Committee is asking for players’ input as it considers revising the rules about low blocks.

Quarterbacks & 2013 Depth - Draft Analysis -
Rick Mirer was the man in 1993. Runner up to Jerome Bettis for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, the Seahawks quarterback set rookie records for pass attempts (486), completions (274), and passing yards (2,833).

Developmental QB: Zac Dysert - Evaluations -
Miami (OH) quarterback Zac Dysert was an interesting evaluation this past college football season because he had little help around him, yet he made a plethora of plays. Some good, some bad – that’s just how Dysert is as a passer. And that, understandably, could turn some teams off as they seek their future face of the franchise.

2013 NFL Combine Preview: A Look at the Schedule for the Week Ahead in Indianapolis | Articles | Draft
For draft prospects and spectators alike, the multitude of events scheduled for the next several days can prove to be quite overwhelming. With a whirlwind of events scheduled for different position groups on different days, it’s easy to lose track of what each day will hold in Indianapolis. Fortunately we’ve got you covered, with a breakdown of each day’s events.

2013 NFL Combine Preview: Prospects With the Most to Lose in Indianapolis
The Combine, for some players, can be like America: "The Land of Opportunity", where a lesser player can make a name for himself, or a poor season can be redeemed by a good 40 yard dash or an impressive interview. However, for some players, it's all about maintain expectations and doing damage control just to not "hurt" their draft value.

2013 NFL combine: Press corners to the rescue - CBSSports
With rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson leading their NFL teams to the playoffs last season and fellow first-year standout Luke Kuechly leading the league in tackles, it is more obvious than ever the immediate impact that rookies can make in today's NFL.

2013 combine: 10 players to watch - CBSSports
Between the interviews, drills and medical evaluations, here are 10 players to watch carefully at the annual scouting combine in Indianapolis

2013 Combine: Outside linebackers - CBSSports
With agility drills, medical evaluations and the interview process, the 2013 NFL combine will be interesting for several linebacker prospects, including Georgia's Jarvis Jones.

3 Pressing Questions: Broaddus On 4-3 Personnel; TE Position
Football analyst Bryan Broaddus tackles three pressing questions for the Cowboys and the NFL Draft. This week, Bryan discusses the personnel to play a 4-3 scheme, breaks down an offensive position and gives us a hint on an intriguing prospect in the draft for this April.

5 To Know: Broaddus Evaluates Handful Of Quarterbacks In Draft
Here are a few quarterbacks to keep an eye on as we get ready for the 2013 NFL Draft:

2013 NFL Draft Presidents Day Preview
The third week in February is always important for football fans. Later this week, the NFL Scouting Combine will kickoff as over 300 former college players will flock to Indianapolis for the most important job interviews of their lives. But football fans aren’t the only ones celebrating this week. Today, millions of Americans are at home relaxing and taking advantage of Presidents Day – the last federal holiday on the calendar until late May. When football and patriotism come together for this one winter week, what you get is a list of NFL Draft prospects with a presidential flavor.

2013 NFL Draft Top 35 Big Board | Draft This Guy
2013 NFL Draft Notes