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Coffee & Cigarettes: Educational links for Saturday

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While I'm away from the blog for a couple of weeks, I've set up some posts that point you in the direction of some interesting or educational links about football. Today's expert analysis comes from Brian Broaddus, former NFL scout.

Counterpoint: First Pick Should Be Best Available, No Limits
In my experiences of being in draft rooms for 13 seasons, I have never went into that process with the thought of having just one player or position in my mind that we were going to select.

Broaddus: Pre-Draft Visits Are Just As Big As They Seem
In the coming weeks you will hear about NFL teams bringing in college players from around the country for the annual pre-draft visits. Each club is allowed to bring 30 players into their complex up until the week before the actual NFL draft.

Scout’s Eye: A Few Surprises Among The Combine DB’s
I don’t want to sound like a "Back in the Day" guy, but there was a time where the defensive back workout at the Combine was not the last group we evaluated -- that honor went to the tight ends.

Broaddus: Best Group Of Combine WR's I’ve Ever Seen
Physically, this was one of the best groups of wide receivers that I had ever seen in all my years of coming to the Combine. It was a combination of outstanding height and speed that was on display on Sunday here in Indianapolis.

Scout’s Eye: Tough Throws Look Easy At Manziel’s Pro Day
Here are some notes on Thursday’s Pro Day for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in College Station, Texas.

Broaddus: Clowney, Donald Starred At D-Line Workouts
The eyes of the NFCL Scouting Combine were focused on Jadeveon Clowney and what kind of numbers he might throw done on the field at Lucus Oil Stadium, and he did not disappoint with his effort on the 40-yard dash -- running an official 4.53 and a vertical jump of 37.5".

Broaddus: Tight Ends Don’t Impress, But Burton Intrigues
Before I arrived in Indianapolis, the last position group that I took the time to study was the tight ends and I came away with some really positive thoughts about them prior to heading to the NFL Combine.

Scout’s Eye: Closer Look At LBs After Combine Workouts
When the linebackers took to the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, all eyes were focused on Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack and who would leave that day heading into the pro days with the lead of one over the other.

Broaddus: Highly-Ranked QB Has Few Alarming Flaws
One of the questions I keep getting asked is not so much about the best players, but guys with some red flags or concerns.

Broaddus: What We’re Looking For Here At Senior Bowl
With our staff in Mobile for the Reese’s Senior Bowl, here are some things that the Scout’s Eye will be looking out for.