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Morgan State cornerback Joe Rankin invited to NFL super regional combine -
Rankin performed positional drills for the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Lions, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons and the Indianapolis Colts. NFL teams like his versatility as someone who can play cornerback, nickel or safety.

2014 NFL draft top 64 prospects: Nos. 39-35: Derek Carr, more | Audibles -
With the 2014 NFL draft fast approaching, it’s time for all 32 NFL teams to start getting their draft boards in order and ranking players based on their own preferences. At SI, it’s time for us to do that, as well.

2014 Pre-Draft Rookie Report 03/28 by FantasyGuru | Sports Podcasts
Hansen (@Fantasy_Guru) and Cosell (@GregCosell) take a look at the top prospects entering this year's draft with a slight emphasis on possible fantasy value.

Super Bowl champ Jermaine Kearse to be in Lakewood Saturday | Lakewood | The News Tribune
He may be a professional football player now, but Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse got his start playing football in Lakewood.

Colin Kaepernick investigation: Attempting to provide answers to questions on the table - Niners Nation
Colin Kaepernick, Quinton Patton & Ricardo Lockette are involved in an investigation of a suspicious incident at Lockette's Miami residence. We take a look at the numerous questions & pieces of speculation being thrown around surrounding the incident

Seahawks “monitoring” situation involving Ricardo Lockette, Colin Kaepernick | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks and 49ers have not found much common ground over the last few years, but the release of a police report of a “suspicious incident” involving players from both teams has led to similar statements from both Seattle and San Francisco.

2014 NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks Spotlight -
In the first of a team-by-team series, identifies five prospects who may be able to help keep the Vince Lombardi Trophy in Seattle.

2014 NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks need to draft for 2015 and beyond | The MMQB with Peter King
What do you draft for a team that has everything? Even with the Lombardi in hand, the Seahawks know change happens swiftly in the NFL. That’s why Seattle would be smart to look well into the future come the weekend of May 8-10

Report: Seattle Seahawks restructure safety Jeron Johnson’s contract - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks have restructured the contract of backup safety Jeron Johnson, according to a report, bringing him back for 2014 and ostensibly saving the team some money as it looks to retain the core of its Super Bowl-winning roster.

Newness along the line nothing new for Seahawks defense
Travis Jones was pleased with his unit’s ability to affect the quarterback in his first season as the Seahawks’ line coach. In 2014, he’s striving to do it from start to finish – and also do it with some different players in different roles.

Looking at Seattle’s options using Todd McShay’s mock | Seahawks Draft Blog
The thing about a mock draft is, it’s dominated by your own opinions and grades. According to the Huddle Report rankings for 2013 — the #1 placed mock had 12 correct matches (team & player) and guessed 26 of the 32 players drafted in round one.

Hawk Talk: Wright and the Seahawks' LB precedent -
Highlights from the latest edition of "Hawk Talk" with Danny O'Neil:

NFL Nation: 4 Downs -- NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Catch us if you can. That’s a message the Seattle Seahawks could send out to the rest of the NFC West. It is also something the San Francisco

Seahawk Ricardo Lockette, 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick named in ‘suspicious incident’ report | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawk Ricardo Lockette and 49ers Colin Kaepernick and Quinton Patton are named in a police report that says a woman woke up in a Miami hospital after visiting the players but doesn’t remember how she got there.

Free agency update — One month later | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
By calendar date, anyway, tomorrow marks one month since the beginning of the free agency signing period.

Is Tony Jefferson the Answer for the Arizona Cardinals at Strong Safety? | Bleacher Report
When former Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson went undrafted in 2013, draft analysts wept. Most were puzzled as to why he went undrafted. Was there an off-the-field incident we didn’t know about, or was it his size? Unfortunately, the million-dollar question was never answered.

Report: Eagles tried to trade for Dolphins' Dion Jordan -
Dion Jordan almost reunited with college coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles reportedly tried to pry the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 draft from the Dolphins. Find out what the Eagles offered.

Report: San Francisco 49ers, Brandon Lloyd talk deal -
Brandon Lloyd could be returning after a season away from the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers, who originally drafted the wide receiver in 2003, reportedly are interested in bringing him back to the league.

Jared Veldheer signing 'shocked' Arizona Cardinals -
The Arizona Cardinals were pleased to sign Jared Veldheer but were nonetheless surprised he was available this offseason. Why did the Oakland Raiders opt against applying the franchise tag on the left tackle?

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Lions land Sammy Watkins in big trade -
The Lions apparently love Sammy Watkins, huh? In Will Brinson's latest 2014 NFL Mock Draft he managed to let them land the Clemson wideout. See how and the ensuing fallout.

NFL Prospect Focus: Brent Urban and Christian Jones | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel breaks down the two defensive prospects.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Bortles moves back up as top pick for Texans -
The Texans going with QB Blake Bortles with the top pick makes too much sense, even though Jadeveon Clowney was sensational during his pro day.

Big Board: Underclassmen bring talent, but maturity question marks - NFL, NFLDRAFT - -
More than half of these 64 prospects are underclassmen. Rob Rang says guys like Clowney, Manziel and Lewan have talent to burn but maturity questions remain below the surface.

Report: 'Tired' Kelvin Benjamin blows off workout with NFL coach -
If receiver Kelvin Benjamin really cancelled an NFL workout because he was too tired, that's probably not a great look.

Report: 49ers have interest in signing WR Brandon Lloyd -
Although he's been out of the league for a year, it seems that there's a chance Brandon Lloyd could sign with the 49ers.

49ers gathering facts on reported investigation of Colin Kaepernick for Miami incident | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The San Francisco 49ers said they are aware of a TMZ report saying quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being investigated my Miami Police and are gathering facts on the incident.

Some teams aren’t fans of unlimited private workouts, either | ProFootballTalk
The Brandon Thomas ACL tear could prompt some agents to draw a line over private workouts, especially with two extra weeks until the draft and no limit on the number of on-campus running and catching and cutting and other activities sessions.

Miami police call initial report on Kaepernick “out of context” | ProFootballTalk
The Miami Police Department says the initial report that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault was based on taking information from a police document out of context.

Wide Receivers and Weighted Team Pass Attempts —
In his seven-year career, Calvin Johnson has already recorded 9,328 receiving yards. And for those curious about these sorts of things, he’s the career leader in receiving yards per game at 88.0, too. But Johnson has also benefited greatly from […]

2014 NFL Draft: Matt Miller's Latest Scouting Notebook Update | Bleacher Report
In less than 30 days, the 2014 NFL draft will be upon us. And as we sit four weeks out, no one has any idea what to expect.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Sammy Watkins goes third to Jaguars - NFL - Don Banks -
With the start of the 2014 NFL draft exactly four weeks away, that sound you hear in the distance is the clatter of top-rated quarterbacks falling. Things have a way of changing from week to week in the pre-draft buildup, of course, but my latest mock has just one quarterback being selected in the top five, and just two in the top 10. That's a long way from the high-profile trio of Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles going 1-3-4 as many first presumed.

Ultimate Guard Showdown: XSF vs. Yankey | The Tailgater
There is room in the annual draft conversation for only two guards. Traditionally, one is the experienced, quick-footed technician and the other is the raw-but-talented project. Any other guards in the draft are simply 300-pound guys who cannot play tackle.

Free Agency Thoughts: Miami Dolphins - Over the Cap
For the second year in a row the Dolphins have been big spenders in free agency. The Dolphins more or less neglected any long term vision for a few years under Jeff Ireland before they began throwing money around last offseason, with the most notable acquisition being WR Mike Wallace, who signed a ridiculous contract he could almost never live up to. They did not bring in anyone as high priced this year, but certainly did make their share of noteworthy moves.

Free Agency Thoughts: Buffalo Bills - Over the Cap
The Bills have always had the reputation of being one of the more money conscious franchises in the NFL and the decision to let safety Jairus Byrd head to New Orleans probably just helped reinforce that position. That’s not to say the Bills were wrong in their approach. Byrd seemed to have no desire to remain in Buffalo and tying him up with the tag, even if just to trade him for a mid to late round pick, could have compromised their ability to be active in free agency. Once they re-signed Aaron Williams it was pretty clear that Byrd was done with the team.

2014 NFL Draft: Diversity a must at linebacker -
Publisher Frank Cooney breaks down the top linebackers in the 2014 draft including Buffalo's Khalil Mack and an intriguing, if underrated, option from Stanford.

2014 Pro Days: LSU's Zach Mettenberger rusty but recovering -
Representatives of all 32 NFL teams were on hand to see quarterback Zach Mettenberger and the rest of the LSU Tigers at their Pro Day. The 6-4, 229 pound quarterback impressed with his quick recovery and velocity but he was far from the only headliner on Wednesday.