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Pro Football Weekly tracks the action from the college season through NFL draft weekend.

Harvin OKd to cut the chains loose

Posted Sept. 16, 2008 @ midnight
Following Florida’s win over Miami (Fla.) two weeks ago, junior WR Percy Harvin responded well to his first game action since heel surgery, and now he’s feeling better than he has since tenth grade. Hall off to fast startThanks in large part to a glorified seven-on-seven versus UCLA last weekend, BYU junior QB Max Hall is one of the young season’s statistical pacesetters. Hall’s 77.8 completion percentage is tops ...

Another Gator pops off

Posted Sept. 17, 2008 @ midnight
As if Florida heading into Neyland Stadium wasn’t enough of a storyline, Gators junior ILB Brandon Spikes says the Vols “quit playing” in last year’s 59-20 UF walk in the park. Spikes believes the Gators are tougher, too. This is the second time a Gator player’s comments have caused a stir. Receiver Louis Murphy flapped his gums before the Miami (Fla.) contest. VA Tech’s Harris to see increased role on offense ...

Green taking same path as Grubbs

Posted Sept. 17, 2008 @ midnight
Before he became the first OG selected in the 2007 Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, Ben Grubbs was originally recruited as a defensive lineman before spending time at tight end and finally settling in at offensive guard for Auburn. Current Tiger senior OG Tyronne Green backed up Grubbs for two seasons and it appears he’s on a similar path to the NFL thanks to a desirable skill set. Tigers’ vocal leader takes to coaching ...

When Bill Belichick watches you play in person, you know you're going to get drafted

Posted April 20, 2007 @ midnight
Got a good story from Brad Blank, a well-respected Boston-based agent, this morning. Blank, a Brown graduate, said he was attending the Brown-Harvard game this past season at Harvard Stadium, when who sits next to him ... but Bill Belichick. "Bill doesn't scout college games (in person) during the season, but he was there to see Zak (DeOssie, who is now Blank's client), so I asked him, 'Are you here for business or pleasure ...

Lions aren't getting nibbles for No. 2, Bucs content to wait for Johnson at No. 4

Posted April 20, 2007 @ midnight
We’re a week away, and so little seems settled with the first round, especially the first five picks. Can you remember a year in which the top of the first round looked so murky, despite all the apparent fascinations and rumors that run rampant this time of year?Honestly, the only thing I know that will happen for sure next Saturday is that Calvin Johnson, JaMarcus Russell and Adrian Peterson will go in the ...

Pro baseball player still on NFL radar screen

Posted April 23, 2007 @ midnight
Chicago Cubs minor-league pitcher Jeff Samardzija appears in our 2007 Draft Preview book. The former Notre Dame receiver with the long mane spilling out of his golden helmet is a starting pitcher for the Cubs’ Class A affiliate in Daytona, Fla. He has started three games this spring with no decisions and a 2.40 ERA. Samardzija signed a five-year, $7.25-million deal with the Cubs last summer before the start of his senior season ...

Some NFL GMs need to get aggressive, trade up and take a few chances

Posted April 24, 2007 @ midnight
It's so amusing to me to read how many NFL teams are talking about trading down, collecting additional picks and playing it safe as draft day approaches. I'm no scientist, and I was told there would be no math, but I believe there must be at least as many teams interested in moving up the board as there are moving down. So far, I don't recall seeing a single team express that ...

Last call: projecting some non-first-rounders for the AFC and NFC West divisions

Posted April 25, 2007 @ midnight
In a way, I am glad this is the last installment. Number one, predicting second-round-and-beyond picks is not only difficult, it’s also trying on my resources. I have hit up a few scouts, PFW draft expert Nolan Nawrocki and the rest of the other editors who cover these teams far too much. I owe them plenty.But it has been fun, too. After starting with the AFC East and NFC East, moving on to ...

NFL draft time capsule: 1982

Posted April 26, 2007 @ midnight
This is the last in a series of looks at past drafts, draft prospects, draft controversies and draft debates. The Baltimore Colts had a bold plan for the 1982 NFL draft. They would trade their longtime starting QB Bert Jones, a talented, tough but oft-injured warrior, to Los Angeles for the Rams' No. 4 overall pick. With that selection, they would take Ohio State QB Art Schlichter, who was regarded as the best passer in ...

The draft just needs to get here ... and now

Posted April 27, 2007 @ midnight
Seriously, bring it on already. I’m tired of reading about it. Tired of hearing about it. Tired of talking about it. Tired of hearing people talk about it and talking about what I hear. Bring on the draft. Let the anticipation reach its climax as the Jets, Giants and Eagles fans wearing jerseys in the crowd start cheering wildly just before noon on Saturday, and let’s get new commissioner Roger Goodell to step ...

Last-minute rumblings on the eve of the draft

Posted April 27, 2007 @ midnight
I just got word, and this is coming directly from K.C., that the Chiefs are still talking with the Packers and Bills about a potential trade for RB Larry Johnson. Though I still think the Chiefs peddling L.J. is far from a likelihood, the fact talks have lasted this far into the week is intriguing nontheless. Johnson will become an unresticted free agent after next season and will be searching a contract in ...

Bay Area intrigue: Raiders, Niners providing big-time drama with draft inching closer

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
It's 10:45 a.m. ESPN is on the TV in front of me. In about 15 minutes, the show begins. And at the moment, with all kinds of subplots developing as the seconds tick away, the Raiders and Niners currently command this blogger's attention, as they set the stage for what promises to be a very intriguing afternoon. Raiders owner Al Davis holds all the cards. A little more than a half-hour ...

Vikings on the clock...

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
I don't know what Minnesota will do. But I suspect this much: In five years, we will look back at Round One and get a hearty guffaw about the fact that Adrian Peterson was still on the board at No. 7.  

Run on QBs in Round Two -- and perhaps the end of Round One?

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
ESPN's Chris Mortensen, in analyzing why the Dolphins passed on Brady Quinn, suggested the team could be interested in taking a QB like BYU's John Beck or Stanford's Trent Edwards in Round Two. I thought that an interesting point, and I wonder if there won't be a run on QBs toward the end of Round One and at the beginning of Round Two. Detroit (No. 34), Tampa Bay (No. 35) and ...

Bears' defense feeling the effects of early picks

Posted April 28, 2007 @ midnight
Two things that bother me about the draft thus far. First, ESPN has shown a couple of the teams’ war rooms thus far, and the two I saw, including that of the Lions, had like 15 or 20 people in there. Talk about too many cooks for the kitchen. At this point, with the scouts’ input having been well-documented over several months and all the homework completed, do you really need 15 different voices or ...

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