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Some NFL evaluators say Brown will be better OT than Thomas

Posted April 05, 2007 @ midnight
According to several of my sources, there is an outside chance Levi Brown, in contrast to popular perception, could be the first offensive tackle drafted. Three teams with which I consulted in the past 24 hours regard Brown to be the top OT prospect in the draft. Wisconsin's Joe Thomas is clearly more refined and polished, they admitted, but every team values talent differently. With 32 teams, there are 32 different flavors, and Brown ...

Broncos hoping elite pass rusher will be available

Posted April 06, 2007 @ midnight
One of the teams that could be the most interesting in how they attack the first round is the Broncos.When you take a look at the Broncos’ roster after the first push in free agency, they have really only one glaring weakness and one secondary weakness. The glaring weakness is defensive end. Consistent pressure off the edge has been the one true, noticeable weak spot in Denver since the departures of Reggie Hayward and ...

Free-agent QB signings shape the draft

Posted April 10, 2007 @ midnight
In the past few days, two NFC South rivals have added depth at the QB position. Carolina signed former No. 1 overall pick David Carr to serve as Jake Delhomme’s backup (Delhomme was an undrafted signee of the Saints in 1997) on Friday. Three days later, the Falcons announced the signing of Joey Harrington, the No. 3 pick from the Carr draft, to serve as Michael Vick’s backup. (Vick was the No. 1 ...

My second attempt at picking non-first-rounders: the North divisions edition

Posted April 10, 2007 @ midnight
OK, onto Part Two of something I started last week: predicting good matches of draft prospects and teams past Round One. I have moved on now with the AFC North and NFC North divisions, picking six players total for the four teams in each of those respective divisions. Let me know how I did. Again, I am shooting for a 15-percent success rate, which I will calculate after the draft. Here goes ... AFC North  Baltimore ...

Ted Ginn works out

Posted April 11, 2007 @ midnight
Following his injury in the BCS national championship, there has been much speculation as to how WR Ted Ginn Jr. will heal and whether his inability to work out at the NFL Scouting Combine would hurt his draft status. Well, we're hearing a mixed reaction on Ginn's workout at Ohio State. Veteran scouts have said Ginn is one of the fastest players they had ever watched. At his workout Wednesday, he was clocked ...

Seven spot has Vikings on the outside looking in

Posted April 11, 2007 @ midnight
It's been an eerily quiet offseason in Minnesota, where a Vikings team filled with holes has done next to nothing to improve a bitter 6-10 campaign. Typically, a busted season offers the promise of an impact first-round pick, and although the Vikes own the No. 7 overall pick in April's draft, their spot leaves a lot to be desired. It's widely accepted that the draft has five immediate-impact or franchise-defining players at ...

Bledsoe vs. Mirer: A look back

Posted April 12, 2007 @ midnight
Drew Bledsoe retired Wednesday, ending a 14-year NFL career, so this is as good a time as any to take a look back at the 1993 NFL draft, when the Drew Bledsoe-Rick Mirer debate was one of the major storylines. Bledsoe, a Washington State product, was your classic drop-back passing prospect: big, strong-armed. Mirer was the better athlete, but supporters like Bill Walsh couldn't wait to see what he could do when he exited ...

The history of drafting quarterbacks is not so pleasant

Posted April 13, 2007 @ midnight
The more I think of it, the less envious I am of scouts and general managers when it comes to this time of year. Especially, of course, when it comes to breaking down quarterbacks. You know, the guys that lead the team, the cornerstones, the faces of a franchise.    The reason I bring this up is because I was doing a little research the other day for a feature I’m writing on Vince Young ...

Bucs' draft motto: Calvin Johnson or bust

Posted April 16, 2007 @ midnight
We still don’t know what the Raiders will do with the No. 1 overall pick and the draft is a mere 12 days away. Will they select the best quarterback on the board (Brady Quinn or JaMarcus Russell) or will they pick the best player in the draft (WR Calvin Johnson)? This much we do know: The worst-kept secret in the league these days is the Buccaneers’ infatuation with Johnson. Specifically, Jon Gruden’s ...

Packers not locked into RB Lynch at No. 16

Posted April 17, 2007 @ midnight
With Ahman Green departing Green Bay and leaving the cupboard awfully bare, the prevailing assumption is that the Packers are desperate for a back and a virtual lock to go after Marshawn Lynch with the 16th overall pick. It's certainly possible, but I'm hearing it's no slam dunk. With recent health and off-the-field concerns, Lynch may remain the No. 2 back in the draft, but the gap between him and Adrian Peterson ...

Southbound -- here are some more non-first-round predictions for you to chew on

Posted April 18, 2007 @ midnight
OK, I've made some calls on AFC East and NFC East teams , as well as the AFC North and NFC North clubs, so now let's take a look at some potential draft picks, Rounds 2-7, for the AFC South and NFC South teams: AFC SouthJacksonvilleFlorida CB Reggie Lewis — The Jags like local players and have drafted several Florida alums recently. Lewis was in for a workout last week, as was Louisville S ...

Ten years ago today...

Posted April 19, 2007 @ midnight
... the 1997 NFL Draft was held in New York. To me, this seems to be a draft that's fallen through the cracks over time, and that's probably because there wasn't a great QB debate at the top of the draft. We will always remember '83 (Marino, Elway, etc.), '98 (Manning vs. Leaf), '99 (Couch, McNabb, Smith, Culpepper, McNown, Heather Kozar), 2004 (Eli Manning makes a weird face and puts on a Chargers ...

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