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Here, read these. ALL IN THE FAMILY
Every year, quite a few players joining the National Football League come from families rich in athletic tradition. Here is a list of draft eligible players who had family members compete at either the collegiate or professional level in the world of sports.

2013 NFL Draft: Five prospects capable of filling significant voids -
Just over three weeks into free agency and just about three weeks away from the 2013 NFL Draft, we're in a perfect sweet spot to assess how the former can affect the latter. Amid rampant roster turnover across the NFL since the start of the league year on March 12, some notable holes have developed for particular teams. Below you will find five such holes, as well as a draft prospect who could fill the void. Out with the old, in with the new. Let the matchmaking begin!

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: Unknown, Unsung, and Underappreciated
When you’re in my line of work, the most memorable players are often the unknowns, the underappreciated, and the underdogs. One of the most memorable for me was a player I watched in September 2006, whose performance against a top-ranked Tennessee Volunteers defense was so good that it belied his 24-carry, 72-yard box-score entry.

Mock draft Wednesday’s: 3rd April « Seahawks Draft Blog
No trades in the mock this week (just to mix things up a bit). As noted yesterday, I think we’ll see a ton of first round deals on April 25th so take this with a grain of salt (you possibly already do). I’ve tried to think outside of the box and make a few surprise choices.

Character Guys Episode 2: The power of can't | National Football Post
What do you do when your high school coach tells you to give up on your dreams?

Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M Scouting Report | Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
Size: Michael has nearly prototypical size for the running back position, at least in my opinion. He is listed at 5’10”, 220 pounds and essentially looks like a create-a-player on a football video game. He’s got a strong lower body as well as a strong upper body. When you draw up a NFL running back there’s a good chance he has the physique of Michael.

Official Website of the Senior Bowl
Those were the famous words written by sportswriter Grantland Rice regarding the members of the Notre Dame “Box” offense that led the Fighting Irish to a win over Army in 1924. QB Harry Stuhldreher measured in at 5’7” and 151lbs. Left halfback, Jim Crowley, stood 5’11” and weighed 162lbs, while right halfback, Don Miller, checked in at 5’11” and 160lbs. Fullback Elmer Layden was the tallest at 6’0, but still only weighed 162lbs.

The Film Room: What Will The Texans Defense Look Like In 2013? - Battle Red Blog
I hope you missed reading my nonsensical ramblings as much as I missed writing them.

Tyler Thigpen, Josh Portis and other No. 2 QB options - Blog -
"I think maybe just purely from a perception standpoint you may not have that because of the names you're reading about in terms of the veterans, but there's several guys out there that we know we could play with and win with," Schneider said.

Cold Hard Facts - Podcasts -
The Professor discusses what positions the Seahawks will be zeroing in on with their second-round pick, and whether or not they will take a serious look at former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, aka "The Honey Badger." He also discusses Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis' status, Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington's second failed drug test, and the Packers' potential extensions for linebacker Clay Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Seahawks sign Josh Portis | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Josh Portis has signed a two-year deal, the team announced. He made the team in 2011, an undrafted rookie out of California University (Penn.), the third school he had attended. Portis spent that year on the team’s 53-man roster, but didn’t make the roster coming out of training camp last year. He started the year on the practice squad and was released at the end of November.

Offseason workouts at the VMAC — bring your “A” game | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
“Practice about to be all the way turnt up.” Those were the words of Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas via Twitter after his team traded for explosive playmaker Percy Harvin last month, anticipating the daily matchups in practice during one-on-one drills the two will have this season.

2013 NFL Draft: 50 Predictions with Under a Month to Go | Bleacher Report
The 2013 NFL draft is now just three weeks away and counting. The festivities get kicked off on April 25 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. With free agency winding down, teams are now putting the finishing touches on their draft boards.

#AskCoach Video Responses (Round 1)
Yesterday, Coach Carroll asked all you great Twitter-ers for any questions. We got a great response and Coach got on camera to answer some of them below. Check to see if your question was answered–and also to learn some sweet stuff from Coach, like who is his favorite coaching role model. (Any guesses?)

The Percy Harvin Trade Likely Changed The Seahawks Draft Strategy - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
August 27, 2011; Englewood, CO, USA; Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider walks along the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Denve

Nnamdi Asomugha: I have a bigger chip on my shoulder -
New San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is looking for a fresh start after back-to-back tough seasons. Asomugha said Wednesday he has something to prove.

Pat White signs with Washington Redskins -
In his second go-around in the league, Pat White has signed a contract with the Washington Redskins.

Cardinals LB Daryl Washington suspended four games for violating substance abuse policy | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The Arizona Cardinals opened the 2012 season with four straight wins (before losing 11 of their last 12). Getting off to a similar hot start in 2013 will be more difficult as inside linebacker Daryl Washington has been suspended by the National Football League for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The Shutdown 50: Mississippi State DB Johnthan Banks | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
We continue this year's series with Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks, who came to his school as a lightly-recruited player out of Maben, Miss., and made a big splash as a true freshman. In his third collegiate game ever, playing at free safety, he picked off two passes from the arm of one Tim Tebow -- then Florida's quarterback -- and returned both interceptions for touchdowns. Now, while it may be true that stealing a couple of wounded ducks from Tebow isn't exactly all-time stuff, Banks kept his performance level high through a collegiate career that included 45 starts, 139 solo tackles, 15 interceptions, 41 passes defensed, and five forced fumbles. He also returned 30 punts for 289 yards and a touchdown, and won the 2012 Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in the nation.

Character Guys Episode 2: The power of can't | National Football Post
What do you do when your high school coach tells you to give up on your dreams?

NFP Mock Draft - Version 10.0 | National Football Post
Russ Lande offers his unique take on what players teams will be selecting in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Scout Talk | National Football Post
Some NFL front office men think the first round may pass without a running back being picked

Four rules to effectively serve NFL players | National Football Post
If you want to work with and get through to NFL players, you better understand them and know these four rules.

After free-agency shakeout, Geno Smith a lock to be picked in top five - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Geno Smith's stock hasn't dropped, and several teams are still looking to upgrade at QB. Jason La Canfora says that means Smith will definitely be a top-five pick.

JaMarcus Russell: Lost 27 pounds, not 'breathing like a fat man' -
JaMarcus Russell says he began his comeback attempt at 315 pounds and is down to 288, with 270 the goal. He is tentatively scheduled to hold a pro day in one week.

League, union disagree on collusion | ProFootballTalk
At a time when the NFL and the NFL Players Association don't agree on much, they definitely don't agree on whether teams are colluding in free agency.

Vikings still want Winfield back | ProFootballTalk
At a time when the Redskins and cornerback Antoine Winfield reportedly have “high mutual interest,” the Vikings remain interested in a reunion.

Tape Review: Buffalo Bills - Going Deep -
After watching every 2012 Buffalo Bills game, Rotoworld's Nick Mensio breaks down the team and its key players.

2013 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 - NFL - Don Banks -
If you're a first-round quarterback hopeful in this year's draft, it wasn't a good week. Not at all. Several teams in the quarterback-desperate top 10 perhaps decided they won't be buyers in this year's first round. No. 3 Oakland went out and wisely traded for Matt Flynn. No. 7 Arizona did Oakland a favor and took Carson Palmer off its hands (for practically nothing). And No. 8 Buffalo agreed to terms with ex-Cardinal starter Kevin Kolb, giving itself a veteran arm/option.

NFL Communications - Foundation for the NIH Joins NIH in Seeking Proposals to Study Sports-Related Brain Injuries «
The FNIH today announced that the Sports and Health Research Program (SHRP) is seeking NIH grant proposals from experts in the field to study the detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sports-related brain injuries. The SHRP — sponsored by the NFL in collaboration with the NIH and announced last September – is conducting research focused on the long-term health effect of injuries sustained by professional and amateur athletes in order to gain more insight into serious medical conditions that affect both athletes and the general public.

Veteran scout analyzes 2013 DT crop - CBSSports
Reports on top DTs, from Floyd to John Jenkins

Nnamdi Asomugha should bounce back on San Francisco 49ers -
Nnamdi Asomugha's stock plummeted in two highly disappointing seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, but Bucky Brooks says the corner is poised to revive his career on the San Francisco 49ers.

Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA Scouting Report | Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
Size: Franklin has very legitimate NFL running back size. I don’t think he is maxed out, but being 5’10”, 200+ is more than big enough to be an every down back in my opinion. He isn’t an ideal fit for a power scheme, but I have no doubt that if he lands in the right scheme he could be the feature back at this size.

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State Scouting Report | Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
Size: Bell has all the size you could want in a NFL running back. He is listed at 6’1”, 230 pounds and runs with surprisingly good pad level for a running back that tall. He is in very good shape and presents a tough frame to bring to the ground when he’s hitting the hole. His size can be a detriment when he runs too upright and when he is fighting for extra yardage, but overall I think it is a strong asset.

Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin Scouting Report | Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
Size: Montee Ball doesn’t have elite size, but he’s not a small back. At 5’10”, 214 pounds he may not be huge but he does have strong legs, exhibits the strength to stiff arm, and has shown he can run through contact, drive his legs and gain extra yards. Ball definitely has NFL running back size.

2013 NFL Draft: Stedman Bailey Scouting Report
Stedman Bailey was one of the most productive wide receivers in the country over the last three years, racking up 41 touchdowns and 3,223 yards on 209 receptions. His dynamic teammate Tavon Austin drew much of the attention that was left over after people were done with Geno Smith, but Bailey may have been the most consistent of the three.