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First round gets huge ratings | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s decision to move the draft back two weeks this season drew almost unanimous derision in a poll of PFT Planet and it wasn’t hard to find similar opinions being presented around the country recently.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix picked to help fix back of Packers’ defense
Finally, it came down to the slot just ahead of Green Bay. What would have been the reaction among the Packers' decision-makers if the New Orleans Saints would have selected safety Ha'Sean "Ha Ha" Clinton-Dix of Alabama with pick No. 20. "I would have been crushed," general manager Ted Thompson said.

Draft nuggets: Rams had Martin rated No. 2 at OT behind Robinson : Sports
Turns out there was no such thing as a Greg Robinson vs. Jake Matthews "debate" at Rams Park.

Report: Seattle Seahawks Wanted Easley - Pats Pulpit
Apparently, New England wouldn't have been able to pick up their first round selection later on in the draft.

Former CU Buffs star Paul Richardson stays fast, gets bigger for NFL - The Denver Post
Paul Richardson does not weigh 175 pounds. "Today I weighed in at 175.9," Richardson proudly stated during his NFL scouting combine interview Friday.

Paul Richardson: 'I'll be able to be successful' - NFL Videos
Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson joins "Path to the Draft" before the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft to talk about his collegiate and soon-to-be professional career.

Seahawks take Paul Richardson, Justin Britt in round two | Seahawks Draft Blog
There are two things we can take out of this. The Seahawks do like to draft for need, and they do like to keep people guessing.

Best available players on Day 3
With three rounds in the books in the 2014 NFL Draft, who are Charley Casserly's top ten players left on the board? The man himself guides you through his group of the best remaining prospects.

Seahawks hope tackle Justin Britt gets it right -
The Seahawks are going to try and get it right on the offensive line.

Seahawks confirm Russell Okung had surgery -
It's not a question of offensive tackle Russell Okung starting on the right foot this season.

Seahawks take OT Justin Britt in second round -
The rationale: Seattle's offensive line is the position group most in need of immediate help after the free-agent departures of Breno Giacomini to the Jets and Paul McQuistan to the Browns. Not only that, but offensive line is a spot Seattle has previously invested in.

Seahawks take WR Paul Richardson in second round -
The rationale: He's fast. He proved that not just because he was timed at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine – third-fastest among all receivers – but because he was disappointed to run that speed.

Need trumped best player for Arizona Cardinals - ESPN
For months, the message from Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was the same.

Whirlwind of activity propels 49ers’ offense - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers -- the power brokers of the 2014 draft as they entered with a league-high six picks in the first three rounds -- did their thing Friday night. It was one big, messy, impossible-to-follow cluster of picks.

Justin Britt: 'I just want to get on the field' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seattle selected Missouri offensive tackle Justin Britt with the No. 64 pick of the 2014 Draft, with plans to play him at right tackle, where he will compete with Michael Bowie to replace the departed Breno Giacomini.

Pundit reaction to Richardson pick | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here is some initial reaction from some draft pundits to Seattle’s pick of Colorado receiver Paul Richardson:

Britt’s arrival, Okung’s injury means shuffle (for now) with offensive line | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
As expected, the Seahawks grabbed an offensive lineman in the draft. The surprise was that it was Justin Britt.

Richardson: ‘I figured it out when the general manager called me’ | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Here’s what Paul Richardson had to say:

Patriots plan ahead: 13 takeaways from Day 2 -
Have the Patriots found their QB of the future? We break down Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr, Josh Gordon and Stevie Johnson, as well as pick winners and losers from Day 2 of the NFL draft.

Four big questions for the draft's third day -
The third day of the draft might not carry Thursday's pick-by-pick drama, but some questions that need answers still exist. Will the Texans draft a QB like AJ McCarron, or will they trade for Ryan Mallett?

Ten plug-and-play starters from Day 2 of the NFL draft -
Will Derek Carr give Matt Schaub a run for the Raiders' quarterback job as a rookie? Around The League identifies 10 plug-and-play starters from Friday's second and third rounds.

Tre Mason drafted by St. Louis Rams at No. 75 overall -
The Rams added a complement to 2013 breakout player Zac Stacy. The shifty Tre Mason is headed to St. Louis after the Rams drafted him No. 75 overall.

Carlos Hyde taken 57th overall by San Francisco 49ers -
The San Francisco 49ers surprisingly selected a running back, taking Carlos Hyde with the 57th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. Hyde is the latest to compete with veteran Frank Gore for the starting slot.

2014 NFL Draft: Shocking picks and slips highlight Day 2 -
A total of 68 selections were made during the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the 2014 NFL draft and there were plenty of head-scratchers among them. What were the most shocking developments? The Patriots taking investing a second round pick in a QB makes the list... but just barely.

2014 NFL Draft: Top 10 second-day observations -
A record number of wide receivers in the first two rounds, no running back off the board in the top-50 picks and other observations from the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft

2014 NFL Draft: Top talent available entering Day 3 -
Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage, Arizona State LB Carl Bradford and Penn State DT Da'Quan Jones headline the best available prospects after three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft

2014 NFL Draft: Day 2 Trade Analysis -
Bitter NFC East rivals Dallas and Washington opened the trade market in Round 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft, with the Cowboys moving up to select Boise State pass rusher Demarcus Lawrence.

Another day in the books | National Football Post
Rounds two and three of the 2014 NFL draft offered plenty of intrigue as teams shuffled up and down the board to acquire the best remaining prospects.

NFL draft Day 3: Aaron Murray, A.J. McCarron among best players available | Audibles -
Two days and 100 picks are in the books at the 2014 NFL draft. Another 156 selections will be made on Saturday to finish off the event. As was expected with this deep and talented draft class, Day 2 concluded with more than a handful of potential NFL starters still sitting team-less.

Analzying the Trades in Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft —
The action got started on day two even before the round began. Buffalo, after giving up next year’s first and fourth round picks to move up to acquire Sammy Watkins, responded by trading Steve Johnson to the 49ers on Friday afternoon.  Buffalo was able to at least get back a 2015 4th round pick from the 49ers, which could become a 3rd rounder depending on Johnson’s performance this season.  This gives Colin Kaepernick another weapon in a contract year, and it provides some short-term insurance (if Father Time outraces Anquan Boldin) and long-term insurance (Michael Crabtree is a free agent after the season) at the position.