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Almost the weekend, you guys.

The Shutdown Corner post-combine mock draft, picks 1-16: Linemen rule the roost | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The scouting combine is valuable for many reasons. One of the primary reasons for the whole event is that it allows coaches, general managers. and team owners to get a sense of priorities and targets in a huge pool of talent. That applies to the faux-GMs who do mock drafts, including your humble draft correspondent. With Pro Days and player interviews coming up, there's still a lot to get through, and that's why we'll have multiple mocks over the next two months. But after the combine is when things start to shake out. One thing hasn't changed: There really isn't a first-round talent at quarterback -- we have two in this mock, and we tend to think that both will be overdrafted. Here are our first 16 picks; 17-32 will follow shortly.

The Shutdown Corner post-combine mock draft, picks 17-32: Safety dance starts in the second half | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The scouting combine is valuable for many reasons. One of the primary reasons for the whole event is that it allows coaches, general managers. and team owners to get a sense of priorities and targets in a huge pool of talent. That applies to the faux-GMs who do mock drafts, including your humble draft correspondent. With Pro Days and player interviews coming up, there's still a lot to get through, and that's why we'll have multiple mocks over the next two months. But after the combine is when things start to shake out.

The two players I’d hate to leave this draft without " Seahawks Draft Blog
Last year we knew that Seattle needed a quarterback. Insider whispers as well as vague comments from our coach and GM implied this quarterback search would not be early. I still remember John Schneider saying there was one great quarterback "that nobody was talking about." Intrigued, I began a writeup series studying the late round quarterbacks to see what was out there, and if possible, find out if this mythical quarterback really existed.

NFL Combine Fallers - NFL Draft Preview -
Evan Silva runs down ten players who hurt their draft stock at the 2013 NFL Combine.

2013 NFL Draft: USC QB Matt Barkley meets with Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks appear to be set at quarterback with Russell Wilson, so does their meeting with USC's Matt Barkley mean anything?

2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 - NFL - Don Banks -
We told you this year's draft was one of those exception-to-rule affairs, and the just-completed NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis seemed to confirm it. To wit:

Matt Waldman 2-27 - Seattle's live and local sports station
NFL scout Matt Waldman joins the show to give some insight on the NFL Combine and draft.

Is the Alex Smith trade good or bad news for the Seahawks? | - Seattle Sidelines
As you've probably heard by now, the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a trade that will send their backup quarterback, Alex Smith, to Kansas City in exchange for the Chiefs' second-round pick this year, and a mid-round pick in 2014.

Thoughts on how Alex Smith trade affects Seahawks - Blog -
A few thoughts from a Seahawks perspective on the trade that will send quarterback Alex Smith from the 49ers to the Chiefs:

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts -
How would former Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant fit into the Seahawks' defense? Would it make sense for former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren to take a front-office job with the Raiders? Is former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o the most scrutinized player in the history of the scouting combine?

Desmond Trufant prefers defending by himself | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Man up, stand up. Those are the words Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman shouts during critical moments of a game, referring to the defense’s willingness to play man-to-man coverage when the game is on the line.

NFL Draft, Positional Value, And Market Insufficiencies - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
I think we all understand that guard isn't as important as, say, left tackle on the offensive line. And thus, finding a franchise LT is more important than

San Francisco 49ers agree to trade Alex Smith to Chiefs -
The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a trade for quarterback Alex Smith, Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer reported Wednesday.

Alex Smith trade impacts Chiefs, 49ers, Geno Smith and more -
The Alex Smith trade has major implications for the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, but it also affects QB prospect Geno Smith and many others. Our analysts discuss the fallout.

Manti Te'o, Tyrann Mathieu draw varying opinions around NFL -
Tyrann Mathieu and Manti Te'o were two of the most talked-about prospects in Indy. What did we learn? Jeff Darlington spoke to NFL folks and found opinions varied wildly on both players.

Five notes from the 2013 NFL Combine | National Football Post
This year’s Combine had several themes you may not have picked up on unless you were there.

14 Players Who Helped Their Draft Stock Most At Combine | National Football Post
NFP breaks down 14 players who helped their draft status the most with their performance at the Combine.

NFP Scout Talk | National Football Post
A look at the prospects who were all-star interviewees at the NFL combine

Ten players who could restructure their contracts | National Football Post
Tom Brady did so on Monday. So which NFL player will be next to rework his current deal?

Here are five first-round prospects who should make clubs wary -
It didn't take the 2013 NFL Combine to turn teams on to first-round talents. They already knew who they were. But the combine did serve to alert shoppers of first-round risks -- guys who come with a Buyer: Beware tags -- and I can think of five potential choices who should make teams think twice:

Smart for Reid, good for Smith, Niners: Everybody wins in this trade -
The 49ers and Chiefs stand to gain a lot from the Alex Smith trade. And don't forget Colin Kaepernick -- he's a winner, too.

The Kaepernick Project: FSU QB E.J. Manuel | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Read my pre-draft thoughts of Terrelle Pryor and the beer goggles effect and you know I’m not one who gets too enamored with athleticism. Some teams and fans see a big athlete with a strong arm and swift legs and they think they can mold him into a quarterback. Sometimes they are right. Sometimes.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: North Carolina Guard Jonathan Cooper
There was an important decision to be made at the offices of Futures this afternoon: the boss or the wife? The work boss saw Knile Davis run a 4.30-forty at Indy; calculated the Razorback’s Speed Score; saw my tweet that I’d take Jonathan Franklin over Davis 10 times out of 10; and Monday afternoon asked me to write a Futures piece that addresses my take on the fastest big back at the Combine.

Alex Smith trade not done ’til it’s done | ProFootballTalk
With apologies to Yogi Berra, no NFL trade is done until it’s actually done.

NFL Combine Risers - NFL Draft Preview -
Evan Silva runs down 15 draft prospects who helped their stock at the past week's NFL Scouting Combine.

The Tape Never Lies: Dion Jordan might be best suited to be an outside linebacker | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
Dion Jordan has been one of the highest rated prospects for this April’s draft for a long time now. First lauded as a first-round selection, he’s now considered a surefire top 10 selection after tearing up the NFL Scouting Combine.

Top 10: Compelling NFL Combine story lines -
"I play with an edge, and I had to learn to control that edge off the field also. I had to learn how to fix my flaws, and life got easier." Has he really learned, though? A source told me that Rogers's attitude bothered some of his coaches at Tech, too, and they were skeptical about just how much he really had matured.

Dan Pompei's post on NFL Football | Latest updates on Sulia
According to a survey of front office men, as many as 13 cornerbacks could be taken in the first two rounds. They are Southeast Louisiana's Robert Alford, Cal's Marc Anthony, Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks, Utah State's Will Davis, Connecticut's Dwayne Gratz, Alabama's Dee Milliner, Oregon State's Jordan Poyer, Florida State's Xavier Rhodes, Rutgers' Logan Ryan, Mississippi State's Darius Slay, Boise State's Jamar Taylor and Washington's Desmond Trufant and Connecticut's Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

2013 NFL Draft: Long shot safety McWethy savors day in Wisconsin sun - CBSSports
DIII prospect not invited to combine, but will take part in Badgers' pro day

2013 NFL Draft: 49ers sitting on draft bounty of 15 picks - CBSSports
An Alex Smith trade (official March 12) would give San Francisco 15 draft picks.

‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Arizona Cardinals | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
After taking a few days to focus on the 2013 NFL scouting combine, "Shutdown Corner" resumes our look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We continue in the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals.

2013 NFL Draft: Cornellius "Tank" Carradine Scouting Report
The 2013 NFL Draft class isn’t as top-heavy with generationally-elite talents like the 2011 and 2012 classes were. For that reason, many people have called it a weak class. That’s hardly the case, though. While there isn’t a handful prospects I can point to as clear top ten talents, the depth from 20 to 100 is just crazy. Teams will find legitimate starters well into the third day of the draft, particularly on the defensive line and in the wide receiver and tight end classes.

Margus Hunt, Tavon Austin create stir at NFL Scouting Combine -
Margus Hunt wasn't the only prospect to significantly boost his draft stock in Indianapolis. Bucky Brooks spotlights risers, sliders and one player/team match that's meant to be.

Dee Milliner, Tyrann Mathieu among defensive backs who shined -
Dee Milliner came to the NFL Scouting Combine with plenty of hype, while Desmond Trufant was seen as a fringe first-round pick. How did they do on the field? Bucky Brooks runs through the DBs.

A Statistical Breakdown of the Top Pass Rushers (Pt. 1, Sacks) | Second Round Stats
Pass rushers are one of the most coveted positions, and thus one of the most scrutinized. We hear about this guy’s stiff hips or that guy’s long arms, I’m not going to talk about that. However, because pass rushers are so important, I’m going to break them into two parts. The first part (this one) is a study on their sacks, just their sacks. Every sack analyzed and broken down into its component parts to see how and why it came about. The next part will break down a sample of their game play and will take into account pressures, holding, run game support, etc. For now we stick with the sacks to analyze their pass rushing prowess.

Tight End or Wide Receiver? - Offseason Low Down -
You’ve seen the reports. "Titans TE Jared Cook will argue he’s a wide receiver." "Packers TE Jermichael Finley will push for the wide-receiver franchise tag."