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Drafting the best vs. drafting for need | National Football Post
A strategy session for draft day as well as my top-five players in this year’s rookie class.

2014 49ers pre-draft tracker | CSN Bay Area
Here’s a look at the draft prospects with whom the 49ers have had reported contact leading up to the NFL draft, scheduled for May 8-10:

Public intoxication charges dismissed for 49ers center | ProFootballTalk
According to Matt Maiocco of, public intoxication charges against 49ers center Daniel Kilgore were dismissed last week. The charges will also be expunged from his record.

AJ McCarron, Jeremy Hill among potential first-round surprises -
Cody Latimer and Kyle Van Noy definitely aren't mock-draft darlings -- but that doesn't mean they can't be selected early. Bucky Brooks lists 10 possible first-round picks you likely won't see coming.

How Nolan Nawrocki Made Himself Into The NFL's Most Infamous Scout
Nolan Nawrocki lives in the nicest house in a tidy neighborhood in Elmhurst, Ill., a western suburb of Chicago. When I visit him a couple of weeks before Easter, the windows are already awash in signage.

NFL teams, players learning to deal with new salary-cap realities -
As recent moves involving Alex Mack and Jairus Byrd exhibit, NFL teams are dealing with a new salary-cap reality. Albert Breer gets the scoop on how economic strategies are shifting across the league.

Aldon Smith’s future: Court date, probable NFL suspension and the 49ers’ overwhelming weariness and frustration – Talking Points
Right to the point: My view, after talking to several sources involved with the 49ers’ decision-making, is that troubled linebacker Aldon Smith hasn’t only lost the benefit of the doubt, he probably won’t play for the 49ers in 2014.

Aldon Smith’s 2014 future darkening amid legal storm | 49ers Hot Read
Aldon Smith opened the NFC Championship game with a fumble-forcing sack. He later jumped offside on the Seahawks’ go-ahead, fourth-down touchdown pass. Could that eventually serve as the final game of his 49ers tenure?

San Francisco 49ers' option decision on Aldon Smith looms - ESPN
We are going to hear a lot about Aldon Smith in the coming weeks. The San Francisco 49ers' star pass-rusher was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles Intern

High-flying 49ers hitting heavy turbulence; key decisions ahead -
Issues surround centerpieces Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick, Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman and more. Can the Niners keep their powerhouse stoked?

Ronnie Lott on Aldon Smith: 'I'm worried about him as an individual' -
Hall of Famer and former 49ers great Ronnie Lott says he's concerned for Aldon Smith, who was arrested Sunday at LAX and charged with false report of a bomb threat.

Report: 49ers “very unlikely” to pick up option on Aldon Smith | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers have until May 3 to decide whether to extend the contract of linebacker Aldon Smith from four years to five. In the wake of his latest off-field incident, we reported that the 49ers haven't made a decision on whether to pick up the option.

NFL could discipline Aldon Smith without resolution of pending charges | ProFootballTalk
The NFL's Personal Conduct Policy gives a player the benefit of the doubt when he finds himself in one wrong-place/wrong-time situation. The policy isn't as forgiving when it happens two or more times.

Russell Wilson and Seahawks offense start training in Southern California
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has rounded up the offense for an offseason training stint in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Know your Bro
Bears tight end Martellus Bennett and Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett go head-to-head to see which brother knows the other brother better.

Bennett brothers best rookie season memories
Bears tight end Martellus Bennett and Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett break down their unexpected aspects of life in the NFL, along with their fondest rookie season memories.

Tuesday links: ESPN survey says Seahawks were big spenders in 2013 | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Interesting stuff here from an ESPN survey showing that the Seahawks spent more per player than 31 of the 32 teams in the NFL last season — $2.303 million — behind only the Minnesota Vikings.

Team salary report: Seahawks 116th in the world | Sportspress Northwest
A compilation of salaries around the globe shows the Seahawks’ average player’s salary of $2.3 million was relatively modest. It’s not as if the Super Bowl was, say, cricket in India.

Counting down the Top 25 Seahawks draft picks of all time: No. 24 — DT Brandon Mebane | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
We’ll continue our countdown of the top 25 draft picks in Seahawks history with a player of more recent vintage — current defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (pictured above in a Dean Rutz photo). WHEN DRAFTED: 2007, 3rd round, No. 85 overall

Dave Boling: Wonderlic worthless as a measure of leadership, toughness | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
If Colin Kaepernick scored a 37 on his Wonderlic test and Russell Wilson scored a 28, Kaepernick’s score was what percentage higher than Wilson’s? Don’t bother with the calculation. It doesn’t matter.

Tuesday notes: trio visit Seattle, thoughts on Billy Turner | Seahawks Draft Blog
The Seahawks have at least three players visiting their facility today — UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, Indiana receiver Cody Latimer and Canadian offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

Carson Palmer won't complain if Cardinals draft QB -
Bruce Arians thinks Carson Palmer can be the Cardinals' QB until he's 36 or 37, but the veteran QB knows Arizona might opt to draft a younger signal-caller. How does that make Palmer feel?

As good as he has been, Marshawn Lynch can be even better
Only one team in the league ran the ball more than the Seahawks last season, and only one other back had more carries than Marshawn Lynch. Don’t expect that to change for the Super Bowl champions in 2014.

Mike Holmgren: Draft a quarterback and stand by him -
Former NFL executive Mike Holmgren isn't buying talk that quarterbacks will slide in the 2014 NFL Draft. Find out what advice the Super Bowl-winning coach has for teams in needs of a signal-caller.

Brandon Lloyd, San Francisco 49ers strike 1-year deal -
The San Francisco 49ers announced Tuesday that receiver Brandon Lloyd -- who didn't play in 2013 -- has signed a one-year contract to rejoin the team that originally drafted him in 2003.

Dion Jordan poised for 'big things,' Dennis Hickey says -
Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey expressed his expectations for 2013 No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan on Tuesday. Is the promising young pass rusher off the trade block?

Brett Favre, Packers reunion nearly occurred in 2013 -
A Packers reunion with Brett Favre was in the works last season, but it kept getting postponed as the high school team coached by Favre continued winning. Is this the year the reunion happens?

Bounce-back candidates: Offense -
Robert Griffin III and Randall Cobb had lackluster seasons. Can they return to form? Marc Sessler lists the likely candidates to rebound in 2014 -- and who's facing a make-or-break campaign.

2014 NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints Spotlight -
This is the sixth of a team-by-team series, analyzing five prospects that each team should consider in the 2014 NFL Draft

Jags coach Gus Bradley talks about Clowney's passion for the game -
Going 4-12 last season and having the No. 3 pick in next month's NFL Draft is more feature than bug for the Jaguars.

Teams eyeing defense in 2014 NFL Draft may be forced to reach -
As many as 10 teams could go all defense in the draft's first three rounds, which could lead to reaches at DT, LB and safety. We also rank the top six DTs.

Mike Holmgren on draft and needing a QB: 'You've got to take one' -
Mike Holmgren says that when it comes to the draft, if you need quarterback "you've got to take one." Counterpoint: Brandon Weeden.

Mike Holmgren's advice to quarterback-needy teams: Draft one | The MMQB with Peter King
RENTON, Wash. — Mike Holmgren has been where so many coaches and team architects are, 23 mornings before the 2014 NFL Draft. He has been wondering where his starting quarterback would come from.

Draft top 5: Quarterbacks | National Football Post
Who tops Greg Gabriel's list in this class?

2014 NFL draft cornerback rankings: Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert lead diverse class | Audibles -
How unusual a draft might this be for the cornerback position? For starters, there may not be a CB taken in the top 10 ... but a half-dozen or so prospects still could wind up as Round 1 selections. The cornerback spot is well-stocked this year, deeper than it is overloaded with elite talent.

SI 64: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Kelvin Benjamin, Odell Beckham Jr. and more of the 2014 NFL draft's top prospects | 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 NFL draft Round 1 trade scenarios: Players, positions each team should target | Audibles -
With an additional two weeks before the NFL draft this offseason, the rumor mill is spinning like never before. Could a surprise team make a move for one of the top quarterbacks? Will Houston or St.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Factors: Cecil Shorts
Sometimes a player is put into a position where success is hard to come by. I don't think it's any kind of stretch to nominate the Jacksonville passing game as a gaping vortex where any time the Jaguars had an advantage in a one-on-one matchup, it was quickly nullified by the surrounding parts -- especially when Blaine Gabbert was leading the charge.

Sammy Watkins has potential to redefine wideout position in the NFL | The MMQB with Peter King
Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is either going to be a prospect who changes the game when it comes to evaluating receivers for the NFL draft, or he’s going to reinforce long-held beliefs about the position.

Source: Schedule release planned for April 22 | ProFootballTalk
When it comes to the 2014 schedule, the NFL has said that the target for the release is mid-April, but that the schedule won't be released this week. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL currently plans to release the schedule on Tuesday, April 22.

B/R NFL 1000: Top 35 3-4 Outside Linebackers | Bleacher Report
With the spread of the 3-4 defense and variations of it, the outside linebacker position is as important as ever in the NFL. It has allowed coaches to get more great athletes like Aldon Smith, Robert Mathis and Justin Houston on the field. But which players do it best in the 3-4?

2014 NFL Draft: Which Players Are Tumbling Down Draft Boards? | Bleacher Report
With less than one month remaining until the 2014 NFL draft, it’s the time of the offseason when rumors quickly escalate about players tumbling down various draft boards.