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Title: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Sep 6th, 2010, 11:57pm
With one week of college football in the books, let's kick off the discussion on the 2011 NFL Draft with this goodie from off "The REAL Feed":

Week 1 risers & sliders for NFL draft (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/09/06/risers.sliders.week1/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (06.09.2010 18:56)
The college season kicked off last week as NFL prospects from around the nation displayed their talents for league decision-makers. Several prospects looked good in the season opener, while a few high-profile prospects turned in disappointing performances.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Jan 6th, 2011, 8:47pm
No "luck" at QB for Panthers...  From "The REAL Feed":

Stanford QB Luck decides to stay in school, delay NFL entry (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81d8125f/article/stanford-qb-luck-decides-to-stay-in-school-delay-nfl-entry)
NFL.com (06.01.2011 16:12)
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has decided to stay in college to get his degree instead of immediately cashing in on the riches of playing in the NFL.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Jan 7th, 2011, 1:35pm
One quarterback out; one quarterback in... according to "The REAL Feed":

Arkansas QB Mallett declares intention to enter NFL draft (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81d83e10/article/arkansas-qb-mallett-declares-intention-to-enter-nfl-draft)
NFL.com (06.01.2011 23:33)
Ryan Mallett took a close look at the NFL last year before deciding to return to Arkansas. The Razorbacks' junior liked what he saw this time around,declaring his intention to enter the NFL draft Thursday night.


And, two 'Bama boys headed to the National Football League:

Sources: Alabama's Mark Ingram, Marcell Dareus enter draft (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2011/news/story?id=5996836&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)
ESPN: NFL (06.01.2011 19:12)
Alabama running back Mark Ingram and defensive end Marcell Dareus will enter the next NFL draft and plan to announce so at a news conference Friday, multiple sources said Thursday.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Jan 7th, 2011, 7:18pm
Another running back enters draft... according to "The REAL Feed":

Wisconsin RB John Clay leaves Badgers for NFL draft (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2011/news/story?id=5999915&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)
ESPN: NFL (07.01.2011 15:27)
Wisconsin junior running back John Clay has decided to pass up his senior season and enter the 2011 NFL draft.


So does a defensive standout:

Missouri sophomore DE Aldon Smith decides to enter NFL draft (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2011/news/story?id=6000278&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)
ESPN: NFL (07.01.2011 17:06)
Standout Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith will enter the NFL draft.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Jan 10th, 2011, 4:51pm
Giving an in-state guy a little press here...  From "The REAL Feed":

Versatile' Illinois Fighting Illini LB Martez Wilson to enter NFL draft (http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/ncf/news/story?id=6007747&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)
ESPN: NFL (10.01.2011 10:16)
Illinois linebacker Martez Wilson said Monday he will enter the NFL draft.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Jan 12th, 2011, 1:37pm
Three 2011 Draft-relevant pieces in a row rolling [smiley=rollin.gif] off "The REAL Feed", one, out of a LOCAL source, is likely to be an announcement of declaration:

Top 25 overall prospects for '11 NFL draft (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/01/11/top25.prospects/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (12.01.2011 11:22)
With the college season completed and another SEC team crowned national champion, the scouting process for the 2011 NFL Draft moves to its next phase. The Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is fast approaching and the Jan. 29 Senior Bowl is right around the corner. Then, ...


OSU calls 1:30 p.m. press conference for Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden (http://newsok.com/osu-calls-130-p.m.-press-conference-for-justin-blackmon-and-brandon-weeden/article/3531719?custom_click=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Newsok%2FSports%2FOsu+%28NewsOK.com+RSS+-+sports+%3E%3E+osu%29#)
NewsOk.com - OSU Football (12.01.2011 11:20)
From Staff ReportsThe Oklahoma State athletics department has called a football press conference for 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.The topic for the press conference was not disclosed, but the Cowboy football program has some big questions facing it.The first: Will Biletnikoff Award-winning receiver J...


Andrew Perloff: 2011 NFL Mock Draft, Blaine Gabbert No. 1 (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/andrew_perloff/01/12/mock-draft/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (12.01.2011 11:03)
With Andrew Luck deciding to remain in school, there's no clear-cut choice for the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Andrew Perloff re-works his mock to find out who Carolina may take.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Jan 14th, 2011, 2:02pm
Auburners going pro...  From "The REAL Feed":

Cam Newton Going Pro (http://football.about.com/b/2011/01/14/cam-newton-going-pro.htm)
About.com: Football (14.01.2011 13:47)
It came as no surprise Thursday when Auburn University issued a release announcing Heismann Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton is skipping his senior season and entering the NFL Draft.
"This decision was difficult for me and my family," Newton said. "I think it is best that I make that ne...


Auburn DT Fairley intends to apply for NFL draft (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81dad5e7/article/auburn-dt-fairley-intends-to-apply-for-nfl-draft)
NFL.com (14.01.2011 13:50)
Lombardi Award winner Nick Fairley isskipping his senior season at Auburn to apply for the NFL draft.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Jan 19th, 2011, 4:58pm
More youngins than ever and what the perennial draft favorite Lions are projected to do... according to "The REAL Feed":

Record 56 underclassmen apply for NFL draft (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2011/news/story?id=6038090&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)
ESPN: NFL (19.01.2011 14:45)
Cam Newton and Nick Fairley of national champion Auburn are among 56 non-seniors applying for April's NFL draft -- a record total, but only three more players than left college early a year ago.


Lions take UCLA LB Akeem Ayers in Mel Kiper's mock draft (http://detnews.com/article/20110119/SPORTS0101/101190423/1126/rss14)
Detroit Lions (19.01.2011 14:42)
ESPN's Mel Kiper, draft expert, has issued his first NFL mock draft and he has the Lions drafting UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers with the 13th pick in the first round.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Jan 23rd, 2011, 3:27pm
Worth noting...???  From "The REAL Feed":

Syracuse RB Carter named MVP of East-West Shrine Game (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81dd96eb/article/austinled-defense-lifts-east-over-west-in-shrine-game)
NFL.com (22.01.2011 20:28)
Syracuse running back Delone Carter ran fora touchdown and was selected the offensive MVP in the East's 25-8victory over the West on Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Jan 25th, 2011, 9:41pm
The kiddies in the fishbowl... [smiley=fish.gif] Get your look!  From "The REAL Feed":

Several star in Day 2 of Senior Bowl (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/01/25/senior.bowl.tuesday/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (25.01.2011 19:13)
NFL scouts and decision makers breathed a sigh of relief Tueday as the forecasted monsoon rains never materialized in Mobile, Ala. As a result both sessions were completed without a hitch during the second day of Senior Bowl practices. Several senior prospects are making a move up draft boards wi...

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Jan 27th, 2011, 10:33am
Starring in the Senior Bowl...  From "The REAL Feed":

NU's Helu stars in Senior Bowl drills (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/super-bowl-2011/01/26/senior.bowl.wednesday/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (26.01.2011 20:47)
The final day of full pads practice took place Wednesday at the Senior Bowl, and all that remains is to play the game on Saturday. Many of the coaches and scouts in attendance now head for home better informed on the players they hope to select in April. Just like the initial two days of practice...

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Jan 27th, 2011, 8:27pm
Unconventional Draft wisdom... from "The REAL Feed":

Seven non-traditional thoughts on the draft (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/andrew_perloff/01/27/2011-nfl-draft-thoughts/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (27.01.2011 12:19)
It becomes easy to follow the consensus leading up to the draft, but things never turn out the way everyone thinks in April. Here are some observations on the avalanche of draft analysis starting to pour in on this year's class:


Don Banks: 2011 NFL Mock Draft, 1.0 (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/01/27/2011-nfl-mock-draft/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (27.01.2011 12:28)
With 30 of the NFL's 32 teams already in full-blown draft prep mode as Senior Bowl week winds down in Mobile, Ala., it's time for Don Banks' initial stab at mocking April's first round.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Jan 31st, 2011, 10:17am
Don't know if this is that big of news, but he did lead the Tide to the National Championship...  From "The REAL Feed":

Alabama QB McElroy injures throwing hand at Senior Bowl (http://www.nfl.com/seniorbowl/story/09000d5d81e012b0/article/alabama-qb-mcelroy-injures-throwing-hand-at-senior-bowl)
NFL.com (30.01.2011 18:27)
Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy won't be able to throw for two weeks after cracking a bone in his right hand during Saturday's Under Armour Senior Bowl, the Mobile Press-Register reported.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Feb 9th, 2011, 10:51pm
Early mock draft for a season we can only hope will be... From a LOCAL source that rolls off "The REAL Feed":

Mock draft: Who will Ravens pick? (http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baltimore-sports-blog/bal-sportsblitz-mock-draft0209,0,5415627.story)
SunSpot.net - Sports (09.02.2011 17:47)
Baltimore Sports Blitz : The 2010 NFL season is over and it's unclear if and when the 2011 season will start, but Matt Vensel has good news for Ravens fans (well, besides the Steelers losing to the Packers in the Super Bowl). It's mock draft season, and the Ravens have the 26th selection. Among t...

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Feb 11th, 2011, 12:15pm
Time to get the Cam-cam a rolling...  From "The REAL Feed":

Former Auburn QB Newton works out in front of media (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d81e4049d/article/former-auburn-qb-newton-draws-rave-reviews-for-workout)
NFL.com (10.02.2011 17:40)
Heisman Trophy winner CamNewton has given the media a glimpse of the workouts he's going through dailyas he prepares for the NFL combine and draft.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Feb 16th, 2011, 7:30pm
Just some goodies on this years goodies... from "The REAL Feed":

Tony Pauline: Top 50 draft prospects heading into combine (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/02/16/2011-nfl-draft-prospects/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (16.02.2011 11:15)
One week before the NFL Scouting Combine begins in Indianapolis, Tony Pauline ranks his top 50 prospects and finds the 2011 draft won't be lacking in quality defensive linemen.


QB Comparisons: Cardinals Edition (http://ari.scout.com/2/1048797.html)
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (16.02.2011 14:09)
Brad Wilbricht compares the top quarterbacks in this year's draft class to current signal callers in the NFL.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Feb 20th, 2011, 12:01am
Fins checking their "tackle box" for the right bait for the right fish... [smiley=fishing.gif] From a LOCAL source on "The REAL Feed":

Plenty of QBs, running backs on Miami Dolphins' NFL Combine radar (http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/02/19/2075886/plenty-of-qbs-running-backs-on.html)
Miami Herald: Sports (19.02.2011 20:33)
Chatter on some quarterbacks and running backs on the Dolphins' radar, heading into the NFL Combine:

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Feb 21st, 2011, 1:39pm
Revised mock draft and the projected trajectories of a couple teams... From "The REAL Feed":

FanHouse: Fairley, Peterson go 1-2 in mock draft (http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2011/02/18/mock-draft-2-0-nick-fairley-replaces-aj-green-in-top-spot/?ncid=txtlnkusspor00000002&xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (20.02.2011 19:18)

[smiley=pussycat.gif]...

Are Bengals Going Green? (http://cin.scout.com/2/1049851.html)
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (21.02.2011 00:00)
Look for the Bengals to address offensive needs in April's draft as they keep an eye on who could help them at this week's NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. But with the Bengals having a history of taking the best player available, and with a bevy of quality defensive end...


[smiley=ssbigbird.gif]...

Countdown to Combine: Quarterbacks (http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/blog/2011/02/countdown_to_combine_quarterbacks.html)
SunSpot.net - Sports (21.02.2011 06:19)
Ravens Insider : With the NFL Combine starting Thursday, Sun reporter Jamison Hensley takes a look at all the positions and assesses the Ravens' needs. At quarterback, the Ravens appear set with Joe Flacco.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Feb 21st, 2011, 6:31pm
Here's an interesting twist on one Jake Locker...  If there is a "lockout", he may "bolt"!  From "The REAL Feed":

Draftee Jake Locker focuses Los Angeles Angels on NFL CBA talks (http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/news/story?id=6145331&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)
ESPN: NFL (21.02.2011 15:57)
The Angels are watching the NFL labor talks in case their draftee Jake Locker ends up playing baseball.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Feb 23rd, 2011, 4:13pm
Updated mock... from "The REAL Feed":

Don Banks: 2011 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/02/23/nfl-mock-draft/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (23.02.2011 11:04)
With the 2011 NFL Draft taking center stage this week in Indianpolis for the annual scouting combine, Don Banks returns to reassess the first round. And there's a change at No. 1.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Feb 24th, 2011, 6:21pm
Kid quarterbacks receive validation while top pick remains a mystery.  From "The REAL Feed":

NFL draft: First-round QB picks gaining credibility (http://www.freep.com/article/20110224/SPORTS01/110224032/1049/sports01)
FREEP: Football - Detroit Lions (24.02.2011 09:55)
Bills coach Chan Gailey said today at the NFL Combine that the immediate success of quarterbacks drafted in the first round recently has made teams more apt to draft a signal caller early.


Don Banks: Consensus No. 1 draft pick has yet to emerge (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/02/24/combine/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (24.02.2011 10:17)
The Panthers own the No. 1 pick and have needs on both sides of the ball. Who will they select first in April? Don Banks says the answer could present itself this week at the combine.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Feb 26th, 2011, 11:29am
This spring...  Jags [smiley=wildcat.gif] hand in the quarterback jar...  Fins [smiley=fish.gif] looking to speed things up...  Lions [smiley=lion.gif] looking to stay on the defensive...  Bolts [smiley=lightningbolt.gif] have to make 'em count...  Cards [smiley=chicken.gif] needs are aplenty.  That is what these LOCAL sources on "The REAL Feed" contend:

Waiting for a Super man: Draft's quarterbacks emulate Packers' Aaron Rodgers (http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2011-02-25/story/waiting-super-man-drafts-quarterbacks-emulate-packers-aaron?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+jacksonville/ksHE+(Jacksonville+Jaguars+%2B+Jaguars+News+-+Jacksonville.com+and+The+Florida+Times-Union))
Jacksonville.com: Ultimate Jaguars (25.02.2011 22:14)
INDIANAPOLIS - Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers' name became a popular one on Friday as quarterbacks at the NFL Scouting Combine trickled through for media interviews.
Florida State's Christian Ponder even compared himself to the Super Bowl MVP, then smiled sheepishly.
"Obviously, a Super Bo...


Heading into NFL Draft, Miami Dolphins have a need for speed (http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/02/25/2086166/heading-into-nfl-draft-miami-dolphins.html)
Miami Herald: Sports (25.02.2011 20:49)
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland concedes that the team has a need for speedier players on the field.


Lions' defensive front may get boost in NFL draft (http://www.freep.com/article/20110226/SPORTS01/102260406/1049/sports01)
FREEP: Football - Detroit Lions (25.02.2011 23:00)
The strength of the Lions' defense is an aggressive, productive front, and general manager Martin Mayhew intends to keep it that way.


Chargers Have to Make Picks Count This Year (http://sdg.scout.com/2/1051225.html)
Scout.com > NCAA > Division I-A Football (25.02.2011 20:20)
The NFL Scouting Combine arrived and Chargers fans are hopeful general manager A. J. Smith was paying attention.


Cardinals: Plenty to Look for at Combine (http://ari.scout.com/2/1051085.html)
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (25.02.2011 12:15)
With the NFL Scouting Combine taking place this weekend, the Cardinals have the luxury of looking at every position in order to get better.


And, then, there is the battle of perception at the combine...

2011 NFL combine: Blaine Gabbert not conceding draft spotlight to Cam Newton (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2011/news/story?id=6159753&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)
ESPN: NFL (25.02.2011 17:04)
Much of the buzz at the NFL combine has surrounded Cam Newton's unusual decision to perform the complete battery of workouts this weekend. Missouri's Blaine Gabbert isn't conceding anything to him.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Feb 28th, 2011, 6:56pm
Some more draft goodies...  From "The REAL Feed":

Combine reports: QB/RB (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/02/27/qbs.rbs.combine/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (27.02.2011 20:06)
One of the most anticipated days of the combine is complete, as the highly touted quarterbacks took the field, hoping to answer the many questions scouts had about their skills. Then, a swift group of running backs impressed NFL decision-makers with better-than-expected 40 times. Here's a look at...


Cam Newton gets mixed reviews at Indy combine (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2011/news/story?id=6166264&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)
ESPN: NFL (28.02.2011 02:20)
Cam Newton followed through on his pledge to participate in drills at the NFL scouting combine on Sunday, and he drew mixed reviews.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Mar 3rd, 2011, 1:29am
Regarding the fractured foot good-looking 'Bama wideout Julio Jones endured during the combine...  From "The REAL Feed":

Agent: Julio Jones to have surgery, to be OK by NFL draft (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2011/news/story?id=6175041&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)
ESPN: NFL (02.03.2011 14:34)
Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones will have a screw inserted to repair a stress fracture in his foot on Saturday morning, according to his agent Jimmy Sexton.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Mar 7th, 2011, 4:16pm
A peek at the Chargers' possible plans... from "The REAL Feed":

Chargers Draft Projections: Version 1.0 (http://sdg.scout.com/2/1053907.html)
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (07.03.2011 10:56)
With the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine now in the books, draft boards across the league are starting to take shape. The Chargers will be busier than most in late April with five picks inside the first three rounds. Here is what San Diego will do with those picks as it aims to regain contender status.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Mar 8th, 2011, 11:04pm
The "webCam" currently tops "The REAL Feed":

Hyped QB Newton makes positive strides at Auburn's pro day (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d81eabb74/article/hyped-qb-newton-makes-positive-strides-at-auburns-pro-day)
NFL.com (08.03.2011 22:36)
For Cam Newton, Auburn's pro day was all about having a second chance to make a first impression.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Mar 9th, 2011, 9:18pm
Draft stock goes up for one, and another mock draft this time from a LOCAL daily to consider...  From "The REAL Feed":

Ingram drops time in 40 below 4.5 at Alabama's pro day (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d81eaef26/article/ingram-improves-40yard-dash-time-at-alabamas-pro-day)
NFL.com (09.03.2011 17:27)
Mark Ingram used Alabama's pro day Wednesday toprove he's faster than he showed at the NFL Scouting Combine last month.


Charean Williams' NFL Mock Draft (http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/03/09/2908569/charean-williams-nfl-mock-draft.html)
Star-Telegram: Dallas Cowboys (09.03.2011 15:06)
Sure, we're still six weeks away from Draft Day, but it's never too early to start projecting, and Star-Telegram NFL expert Charean Williams is up for the challenge. The Cowboys have the ninth pick.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Mar 10th, 2011, 9:20pm
Here's this guy's take...  From "The REAL Feed":

NFL Draft Prospects: Boom or Bust? (http://ari.scout.com/2/1054866.html)
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (10.03.2011 14:31)
Owners of the fifth overall selection, the Cardinals will look to secure a boom in Round 1 while avoiding any of the draft's potential busts.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Mar 11th, 2011, 7:45pm
Ravens to go tight-end...  That is what this LOCAL source on "The REAL Feed" speculates:

Feeling the draft: Four tight ends Ravens could target in April (http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baltimore-sports-blog/bal-sportsblitz-feeling-draft-tes0311,0,4628974.story)
SunSpot.net - Sports (11.03.2011 13:30)
In the weeks leading up to April's NFL draft, I will highlight four players at each position whom the Ravens could target at different stages in the draft -- from their top pick to their Mr. Irrelevant. In this post, I will focus on tight ends.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Mar 13th, 2011, 1:15am
Two rounds of speculative drafting to pour over...  Currently atop "The REAL Feed":

2011 NFL Mock Draft Expanded to Two Rounds (http://football.about.com/b/2011/03/12/2011-nfl-mock-draft-expanded-to-two-rounds.htm)
About.com: Football (12.03.2011 23:58)
The ongoing labor issues may be robbing us of the free agent feeding frenzy that generally happens this time of year, but regardless of what happens with the lockout, one thing is for sure. The NFL Draft will go off as planned. So, I'd like to shift your attention for a moment from the ongoing ...

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Mar 16th, 2011, 2:00am
Newton #1... according to this LOCAL source on "The REAL Feed":

All signs point to Newton as Panthers' No. 1 (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/03/15/2143820/all-signs-point-to-newton-as-panthers.html#)
Sports: NFL / Football -- Charlotte.com (15.03.2011 20:23)
(By Tom Sorensen, tsorensen@charlotteobserver.com) The Carolina Panthers will select Cam Newton with the first pick in the NFL draft, or are working hard to convince the football world they plan to.If a team craves Newton and offers the appropriate picks, the Panthers could trade down - but not t...

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Mar 17th, 2011, 7:18pm
Rookie-to-be impresses... according to "The REAL Feed":

Don Banks: Gabbert turns heads during pro day at Missouri (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/03/17/blaine-gabbert-pro-day/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (17.03.2011 15:40)
After not throwing at the combine, Blaine Gabbert needed a strong performance at his pro day to solidify himself as the draft's best QB. Don Banks was at Missouri to see how he did.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Mar 22nd, 2011, 7:18pm
Panthers [smiley=pinkpanther.gif] "bluffing" out of the one hole... [smiley=stilldunno.gif] ;) and one top prospect at wideout catching up to another... according to "The REAL Feed":

Carolina Panthers evaluating 'about 8 guys' for No. 1 (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2011/news/story?id=6247397&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)
ESPN: NFL (22.03.2011 13:04)
With the top pick in the draft, the Carolina Panthers are leaning toward, well, who knows?


Peter King: Jones closing gap on Green as draft's best WR; mail (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/03/22/mail/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (22.03.2011 09:52)
A.J. Green or Julio Jones? That is the question for many receiver-needy teams in the draft. Peter King dives into the debate and reveals the tide is shifting toward one of the prospects.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Mar 31st, 2011, 11:06pm
Some interesting Draft stuff off "The REAL Feed (http://www.fantasyfootballer.com/newsstand.htm)":

NFL Mock Draft: What if the Panthers traded? (http://blogs.charlotte.com/panthers/2011/03/mock-draft-v40-mockin-in-the-free-world.html)
Sports: NFL / Football -- Charlotte.com (31.03.2011 11:51)
(By Darin Gantt, dgantt@heraldonline.com) We could do another straight mock draft, and tell you again how it's looking more and more like Cam Newton for the Carolina Panthers.But where's the fun in that? The one option we haven't touched yet is the possibility of trades. The Panthers would lik...


Feeling the draft: Four interior linemen the Ravens could target (http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baltimore-sports-blog/bal-sportsblitz-feeling-draft0331,0,102571.story)
SunSpot.net - Sports (31.03.2011 13:00)
In the weeks leading up to April's NFL draft, I will highlight four players at each position whom the Ravens could target at different stages in the draft -- from their top pick to their Mr. Irrelevant. In this post, I will focus on interior offensive linemen.


Illinois RB Leshoure to meet with Dolphins; Lions take a look (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d81f08c9b/article/illinois-rb-leshoure-to-meet-with-dolphins-lions-take-a-look)
NFL.com (31.03.2011 17:44)
Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure seems to have piqued the Miami Dolphins' interest. He has a visit scheduled with the Dolphins, along with five other teams, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. Leshoure visited the Detroit Lions on Tuesday.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Apr 1st, 2011, 12:14pm
Now that April hath arrived, it is getting Draftier and Draftier... ;) From "The REAL Feed":

USA Today NFL mock draft mostly has Lions taking offensive lineman (http://www.freep.com/article/20110401/SPORTS01/110401004/1049/sports01)
FREEP: Football - Detroit Lions (01.04.2011 03:05)
NFL mock draft fever is everywhere, inflicting just about every Web site and publication. The latest victim is the USA Today, which released its first of three mocks from six writers.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Apr 1st, 2011, 6:25pm
Draft goodies... from "The REAL Feed":

2011 NFL draft: Former Clemson Tigers DE Da'Quan Bowers feels 100 percent in workout (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2011/news/story?id=6280531&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)
ESPN: NFL (01.04.2011 11:30)
Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers says he felt 100 percent working out at Clemson on his surgically repaired knee that has raised questions about his draft status.


Don Banks: Five unconventional draft prospects (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/04/01/nfl-draft-prospects/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (01.04.2011 12:16)
When it comes to the players who make up a draft, everyone's got a story. Don Banks finds five 2011 prospects who took decidedly uncoventional routes to the brink of the NFL.


Mock Draft #1: Newton's Fall? (http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=nfl/news/news.aspx?id=4393152)
The Sports Network: NFL (01.04.2011 12:57)

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Apr 3rd, 2011, 2:09am
A couple pieces from the LOCAL dailies that roll off "The REAL Feed":

Cam Newton: Fact or fiction (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/04/02/2192205/newton-fact-or-fiction.html)
Sports: NFL / Football -- Charlotte.com (02.04.2011 18:51)
(By Darin Gantt, dgantt@heraldonline.com) Cam Newton comes to town this week for the job interview that could make him the first pick in this month's NFL draft.He'll talk football with the Carolina Panthers, who own that pick, but perhaps as many of the questions will be about off-the-field topic...


Later running back options abound if Miami Dolphins pass on Ingram at No. 15 (http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/03/2147705/later-running-back-options-abound.html)
Miami Herald: Sports (02.04.2011 19:14)
Dolphins NFL Draft talk

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Apr 9th, 2011, 10:31am
A recent Mock tops "The REAL Feed", and there is news on an up-and-comer...

Jamison Hensley's 2011 mock draft (http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bal-jamison-hensley-mock-draft-1-2011-pg,0,7470139.photogallery)
SunSpot.net - Sports (08.04.2011 23:12)
With the NFL draft 19 days away, The Sun is kicking off its coverage with a mock draft. Potential targets for the Ravens' 26th overall pick are pass rushers, cornerbacks, offensive linemen and wide receivers. The last time the Ravens had the No. 26 pick was 1996, when they selected an undersized ...


Nevada's Kaepernick visits with Titans, Broncos; Raiders next (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d81f22f31/article/nevadas-kaepernick-visits-with-titans-broncos-raiders-next)
NFL.com (07.04.2011 15:47)
Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick met with the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos earlier this week, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. Kaepernick also is scheduled to visit with the Oakland Raiders next week, according to the source.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Apr 18th, 2011, 2:20pm
Got the munchies for Draft goodies...?  From "The REAL Feed":

NFL mock draft (http://www.thestate.com/2011/04/17/1783013/nfl-mock-draft.html#RSS=sports)
The State: Sports (17.04.2011 22:02)
1. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, Auburn High-risk, high-reward pick for team competing in division of top QBs.  2. Denver Broncos


1-minute drills for all 32 teams going into draft (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/04/18/2011-draft-preview/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (18.04.2011 11:42)

Draft edge is not in Miami Dolphins' favor (http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/18/2172622/draft-edge-is-not-in-miami-dolphins.html)
Miami Herald: Sports (17.04.2011 19:41)
The Dolphins are outnumbered. They are surrounded. This coming NFL Draft reminds of the Little Big Horn, frankly, and the unsettling part is that Crazy Horse is living in New England and wearing a hoodie jacket with cutoff sleeves.


NFL draft: Trading down makes more sense than trading up for Redskins (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/post/nfl_draft_trading_down_makes_more_sense_than_trading_up_for_redskins/2011/04/18/AFSN5CzD_blog.html?wprss=rss_sports)
Washington Post: Sports (18.04.2011 09:33)
Mike Shanahan has to be sitting back and smiling to himself, because every day, there is a different report about what the Washington Redskins are supposedly trying to do in the NFL draft.


Billick says NFL lockout will affect Ravens' draft philosophy (http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/baltimore-sports-blog/bal-sportsblitz-ravens-draft0418,0,290021.story)
SunSpot.net - Sports (18.04.2011 10:00)
After serving as the Ravens' head coach for nine seasons, Brian Billick is kind of familiar with the way Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome and his staff operate in the offseason. And in a recent video for FOXsports.com, Billick said the NFL lockout could force Newsome to change his philosophy for nex...

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Apr 22nd, 2011, 4:23pm
Lots of Draft Previews rolling off "The REAL Feed (http://www.fantasyfootballer.com/newsstand.htm)".  This is the topmost one:

Green Bay Packers 2011 Draft Preview (http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=nfl/news/news.aspx?id=4397882)
The Sports Network: NFL (22.04.2011 14:40)

There is this kind of stuff too:

2011 Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft (http://kan.scout.com/2/1066501.html)
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (22.04.2011 07:02)
There is no debate that the Kansas City Chiefs 2010 draft class might go down as the greatest in team history. But that was last year. With the NFL Lockout in full swing and free agency still on the shelf, General Manager Scott Pioli has his work cut out for him next weekend to add players that...


And, MUCH, MUCH MORE with the Draft now just around the corner...

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Apr 24th, 2011, 11:19am
LOCALLY sourced draft goodies from "The REAL Feed":

What They're Saying About the NFL Draft (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/04/23/2245799/what-theyre-saying-about-the-draft.html)
Sports: NFL / Football -- Charlotte.com (23.04.2011 21:23)
(Compiled By Gary Schwab, From Wire Reports) Is Cam Newton worth the No. 1 pick? The debate will certainly continue right up to the time the Carolina Panthers do - or don't - take him with their top choice Thursday night in the NFL draft. Here are some recent thoughts from the media and around th...


Team-by-team draft capsules (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/04/23/2243933/team-by-team-draft-capsules.html)
Sports: NFL / Football -- Charlotte.com (23.04.2011 16:48)
(The Associated Press) Team-by-team capsules for the NFL draft on April 28-30 in New York:1. CAROLINA PANTHERS (2-14)

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Apr 25th, 2011, 3:31pm
Draft stuff really starting to roll off "The REAL Feed (http://www.fantasyfootballer.com/newsstand.htm)", especially out of the LOCAL dailies.  I'm not even going to try to capture it all; just giving yous some snapshots:

News Tribune's NFL draft experts have Vikings picking QB Locker (http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/197296/)
Duluth News-Tribune: Football (25.04.2011 00:25)
The mock draft braintrust at DraftSeason - Matt Falk, Eric Falk and Nik Edlund of Two Harbors - have the Minnesota Vikings selecting Washington quarterback Jake Locker with the 12th pick in this week's NFL draft.  Talk about this topic


Mike Mayock on Cam Newton: 'I just don't know if he cares enough' (http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2011/04/mike-mayock-on-cam-newton-i-just-dont-know-if-he-cares-enough/1?csp=34sports&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomSports-TopStories+%28Sports+-+Top+Stories%29)
USA TODAY: Sports (25.04.2011 10:57)
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has a message for the Carolina Panthers if they're seriously contemplating choosing Cam Newton with the ...


Titans want QB in draft to replace Vince Young, also looking for plenty of defensive help (http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/titans_want_qb_in_draft_to_replace_vince_young_also_looking_for_plenty_of_defensive_help/2011/04/25/AF3ABciE_story.html?wprss=rss_sports)
Washington Post: Sports (25.04.2011 11:04)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vince Young isn't gone from the Tennessee roster just yet, not that the Titans want him back. So quarterback is at the top of their shopping list this NFL draft.


With 6 of top 92, Patriots open to deals (AP) (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-draft-patriots)
Yahoo! News: Democratic Party (25.04.2011 11:58)
Bill Belichick is a wheeler-dealer during the NFL draft. In each of the last two years he made seven trades while it was going on. Expect more of the same. The coach of the New England Patriots has six of the top 92 picks in the three-day draft -- three in each of the first two rounds -- plenty o...

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Apr 27th, 2011, 10:38pm
One final round, if you will, of pre-Draft goodies... from "The REAL Feed":

Mock draft: Falcons select UCLA's defender Akeem Ayers (http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/mock-draft-falcons-select-927329.html?cxtype=rss_sports_82014)
Falcons | ajc.com (27.04.2011 18:25)
If the Falcons retain the 27th pick in the first round of the NFL draft, they should be on the clock around 11 p.m.


Various factors contributing to Ingram's potential big draft drop (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d81f83e41/article/various-factors-contributing-to-ingrams-potential-big-draft-drop?module=HP_cp2)
NFL.com (27.04.2011 18:39)

Don't be surprised to see three QBs taken in draft's top 15 (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d81f83832/article/draft-shocker-could-four-qbs-be-taken-in-drafts-top-15)
NFL.com (27.04.2011 18:39)
Jason La Canfora expects three QBs to go in the first 15 picks of the draft, with one being Colin Kaepernick to Miami.


Jamison Hensley's final mock draft (http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bal-jamison-hensley-mock-draft-1-2011-pg,0,7470139.photogallery)
SunSpot.net - Sports (27.04.2011 19:14)
Baltimore Sun reporter Jamison Hensley makes his final predictions heading in Thursday's first round of the 2011 NFL draft. Among his new prognostications: The Cincinnati Bengals trade up into the bottom of the first round to select quarterback Andy Dalton (left) out of TCU. Who will the Ravens t...

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Apr 28th, 2011, 2:42pm
Here is a nice piece heading into tonight's NFL Draft that outlines all 32 teams positional needs division-by-division.  From "The REAL Feed":

Draft needs of all 32 NFL teams (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/draft_needs_of_all_nfl_teams_LBMd96TnqeVG2hWxfaxBWL?CMP=OTC-rss&FEEDNAME=)
NY Post: Giants (28.04.2011 05:18)
A breakdown of the needs of every team heading into the NFL draft, which starts tonight at Radio City Music Hall:
NFC EAST
COWBOYS: OL, S, CB
Which was more atrocious last year: The offensive line or the secondary? Jason Garrett needs help on both units if he's to...


Here is a well-set-up Draft tracker too...

NFL draft tracker (http://stats.washingtonpost.com/nfldraft/draft.asp?type=round&rd=1&ref=ON)
Washington Post: Sports (28.04.2011 10:33)
The Carolina Panthers have the No. 1 overall pick when the NFL draft kicks off tonight at 8 p.m.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Jul 24th, 2011, 8:13pm
Just when we surely thought 2011 NFL Draft discussion was FAR behind us, this situation crops up...  Currently atop "The REAL Feed":


Terrelle Pryor's NFL supplemental draft eligibility in question
(http://profootball.scout.com/a.z?s=127&p=9&c=2&cid=1088885&nid=5395927&fhn=1)
Scout.com > NFL > National Football League Team (24.07.2011 18:12)
Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Aug 18th, 2011, 4:51pm
NFL rules... Pryor eligible. From "The REAL Feed":

Pryor eligible for draft, but faces suspension (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/08/18/terrelle.pryor.supplemental.draft.ap/index.html?xid=si_nfl)
SI.com: NFL (18.08.2011 09:28)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been declared eligible for Monday's NFL supplemental draft but must sit out the first five games after he signs a contract.

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Aug 22nd, 2011, 1:35pm
Everybody jacked up for today's supplemental draft??? ::)

From "The REAL Feed":

Terrelle Pryor spices up NFL's supplemental draft; party like it's ... April (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/post/terrelle-pryor-spices-up-nfls-supplemental-draft-party-like-its--april/2011/08/22/gIQA0iXPWJ_blog.html?wprss=early-lead)
Washington Post: Sports (22.08.2011 10:09)
No need to rent out Radio City Music Hall. Jets fans can stay home. So can Roger Goodell.The NFL's supplemental draft will take place via email at 1 p.m. today, with teams submitting bids on the six players deemed eligible. This draft is conducted in such a low-key fashion that teams even don't k...

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Aug 22nd, 2011, 1:51pm
Pryor taken by Raiders in third round of supplemental...  Link to come...  Based on the high round in which they took him, it looks like old Al Davis [smiley=wiseman.gif] is thinking Pryor can be groomed as a quarterback!!! [smiley=hmmmm.gif]

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Aug 22nd, 2011, 3:04pm

on 08/22/11 at 13:51:49, StegRock wrote:
Pryor taken by Raiders in third round of supplemental... Link to come... Based on the high round in which they took him, it looks like old Al Davis [smiley=wiseman.gif] is thinking Pryor can be groomed as a quarterback!!! [smiley=hmmmm.gif]


LOCAL daily on "The REAL Feed" reports:

Raiders use 3rd-round pick for Pryor (http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/22/3853749/raiders-use-3rd-round-pick-for.html#mi_rss=Sports)
The Sacramento Bee: Sports (22.08.2011 13:23)
The Oakland Raiders have used a third-round pick in the NFL's supplemental draft to select former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.FILE - This Jan. 4, 2011, file photo shows Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor celebrating amid confetti following Ohio State's 31-26 win over Arkansas in the ...


The article says that no other players were chosen.  There was one pick in the whole supplemental: Pryor to the Raiders!

Title: Re: 2011 NFL Draft Discussion
Post by StegRock on Sep 7th, 2011, 3:27pm
This is sort of the "anti-Draft" post, actually...  From "The REAL Feed":

Most undrafted rookies make teams since 2003 (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6940325/most-undrafted-rookies-make-nfl-teams-2003)
ESPN: NFL (07.09.2011 13:28)
More undrafted rookies have made NFL rosters this season than in any year since 2003.



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